Dominique Portet Winery, Yarra Valley, VIC © Tourism Australia

Guide to the Yarra Valley

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, Yarra Valley, VIC. © Tourism Australia

Visit the vineyards

The Yarra Valley is Victoria's oldest wine region, dating back to 1838, and has garnered a global reputation for its chardonnay and pinot noir. Visit the French-style cellar door at Dominique Portet Winery, which specialises in sparkling wine and has received rave reviews for its Fontaine Rosé. Experience a behind-the-scenes vineyard and winery tour at De Bortoli or enjoy a private wine tasting with cheese plates at Yering Station. The Yarra Valley is also known for its local breweries and artisan cider producers. Drop into Innocent Bystander, located in the former White Rabbit Brewery site in Healesville, or try a range of standard and special brews at Watts River Brewing, also in Healesville. 

Hot Air Ballooning over the Yarra Valley © Visit Victoria

See the vines from up high

For a unique view of the valley, take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride. The one-hour flight departs at sunrise, and ascends above rolling hills and corridors of vines. Afterwards, guests are served a champagne breakfast at Balgownie Estate.  

Yarra Valley Dairy, Yarra Valley, VIC © Visit Victoria

Sample local flavours

The Yarra Valley is celebrated for its fresh produce, including freshwater salmon, trout and caviar, as well as handmade cheeses and preserves. Start the day with freshly baked muffins and coffee at Healesville Harvest. Head to Yarra Valley Dairy for a wide selection of artisan cheeses, and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, where you can choose from more than 250 chocolate products. Drop into Yarra Farm Fresh to sample the best locally grown Yarra Valley produce, such as cheeses, biscuits, cakes and chutneys, all under the one roof. Gourmands should make reservations for the five or eight-course degustation at Ezard at Levantine Hill.  

TarraWarra Museum of Art, TarraWarra Estate, Healsville, Yarra Valley, VIC © Tourism Australia

See the arts

Sculptured into the Healesville landscape, the TarraWarra Museum of Art showcases Australian works from the mid-20th century onwards. Australia's first significant privately funded public museum, it was established by philanthropists Eva and Marc Besen, with works chosen from their private collection. Today, it is one of the cultural jewels of the Yarra Valley, displaying pieces by some of Australia's most acclaimed artists, including Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams, Jeffrey Smart and Arthur Boyd. After your visit drop into TarraWarra Estate's restaurant and cellar door.


Piaf Day Spa, Yarra Valley, VIC © Piaf Day Spa

Unwind in a day spa

After a day of wine tasting, treat yourself to a luxurious pampering session at Piaf Day Spa. Set on a four-hectare (10-acre) rainforest sanctuary, it has treatment rooms framed by spectacular views. Pick one of the many packages that include treatments like body exfoliation, heated stone massages and customised facials. There are also couples packages and treatments that can be tailored to your needs.

Koala at Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley, VIC © Tourism Australia, Time Out Australia

Come face to face with Australian wildlife

Visit Healesville Sanctuary to get up close to Australian native wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, dingoes, koalas and kangaroos. Hear the kookaburras or spot a lyrebird in the lush fern gullies and misty mountain ash forests of Dandenong Ranges National Park. Take a drive through to the charming village of Marysville, home to some of Victoria's most breathtaking waterfalls and walking trails. Walk through gentle hills, past rivers and into the mountains and forests, where wildlife abounds.

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