Your Weekend Guide to Yarra Valley, Victoria

Nicole Tj
November 20, 2020

Hatching your next getaway? Just an hour away from Melbourne and you're in Yarra Valley Victoria wineries. Here are our top picks to kickstart your adventures.

About Yarra Valley, Victoria

Just an hour away from Melbourne, Yarra Valley Victoria is a convenient pop over for a quick “let-your-hair-down kind of wine-about trip". Enough to make you forget about work, close enough to get you back in time. But is it somewhere you, the city lover, could take a regional getaway to? We've curated our Yarra Valley guide to get you to travel Australia! Our ask? Share your experiences with our travel-loving community, inspire the next person to discover something they’ve never known before. Save your spot on our waitlist by signing up here.

Things to do in Yarra Valley, Victoria

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Beyond Ballooning Hot Air Balloon Rides
Hot Air Balloon Yarra Valley‍

Global Ballooning Australia From $405

Mark a special occasion with a hot air balloon ride over the picturesque Yarra Valley. Yes you'll have to get up at 4am to catch the sunrise - it'll be well worth dragging yourself out of your cozy cabin for. The sunrise hot air balloon flights go for an hour and you can enjoy a champagne breakfast after landing to celebrate your spectacular morning. When you fly with Global Ballooning, you can also be assured it’s a carbon neutral flight. Global Ballooning Australia is the only Victorian operator to offset their carbon emissions, so there are even more reasons to enjoy your ride.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours

Yarra Valley Wine Tours From $149

Perhaps the most popular thing to do in the Yarra Valley is to go wine tasting! Leave the car at home and join a day touring with Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours. With numerous Melbourne pickup points, you’ll reach the Yarra Valley in just over an hour where you’ll then visit 4 different wineries and enjoy a delicious lunch.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Steavenson Falls Trail
Photo by @senormakis


Steavenson Falls Trail  Free

Fit this between your winery visits. An easy 700m return walk to visit one of Victoria's highest waterfalls. Visit day or night - the path's lit with floodlights.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Mountain Ash Trees in Warburton Rainforest Galleryr
Photo by @elizasum


Warburton Rainforest Gallery | Acheron Way, Warburton VIC 3799 | Free

The 350m long elevated walkway takes you through the Rainforest Gallery. Here, take in the beauty of the towering Mountain Ash trees, some up to 400 years old.


Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Tarrawarra Museum of Art
Tarrawarra Museum of ArtCheck opening dates/hours.

Need a break from all that wine, cheese and trails? Pop over from Tarrawarra Estate next door to check out the latest exhibitions here.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Historic Yarra Valley Railway Tour

Yarra Valley Railway 

Take a step back through time and travel onboard a historic train from the 1940s. Completely volunteer operated, the trip takes you on 4.5km of restored railway, through the picturesque Yarra Valley and a historic tunnel before halting behind Tarrawarra Estate.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Cherry Picking at Cherryhill Orchards

Cherry Picking Yarra Valley 

Visit Cherryhill Orchards where you can pick and eat up to 15 different varieties of delicious cherries straight from the tree! Be quick, peak picking time is over the summer.


DRINK: YARRA VALLEY WINERIES (& MORE)

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Serving Drinks at Napoleone Cider

Napoleone Cider | 10 St Huberts Rd, Coldstream VIC 3770 | Closed Tues & Wed

Serving cider and other fancy drinks out of a shipping container bar.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Restaurant in Chandon

Chandon Yarra Valley 727 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC 3770 | Open 12-4:30pm

Come try Australia’s favourite sparkling wine at its Yarra Valley home! While tastings in the wine room are temporarily closed due to COVID safety measures, you can relax in the dining room over a glass of bubbles.


Travis Yarra Valley Guide - The Restored Motor House and Clock Tower in Coombe


Coombe Yarra Valley Open Wed-Sun 10am-5pm

This cellar door and restaurant in-one was once home to Dame Nellie Melba. Sip traditional style sparkling and the full range of elegant, cool climate table wine in the tasting room. Later on, you can wander over to the restaurant and fill up on seasonal and predominantly estate-grown produce.


Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Have a Bottle of Wine at Rochford Winery

Rochford Wines Yarra Valley Open every day

Rated a 5 star winery by James Halliday 2021, make sure you add this winery to your itinerary. With a winemaking philosophy centered around sustainability and environmental responsiveness, you can enjoy a range of quality artisan wines on site. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat too at the beautiful Isabella restaurant on location.


Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Have a Bottle of Wine at Zonzo Estate

Zonzo Estate Yarra Valley Closed Mon & Tues

An old milking shed turned city dining experience and wedding destination, set amongst 45 acres of vines. Wood-fired pizzas, slow cooked lamb.


Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Take Cocktail Making Class at Four Pillars Gin

Four Pillars Gin Opens daily

Where you need to go for your gin fix. These guys just won the IWSC International Gin Producer of the Year for the second year in a row. In other words, they're good. Even better, skill yourself up with a cocktail making class for the group.


Eat: Yarra Valley Restaurants

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Drooling Food Offered by Innocent Bystander

Innocent Bystander | 316-334 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777 | Opens daily

Equal parts eatery and super hip wine label, Innocent Bystander will fix you up for brunch, lunch, or dinner - Funghi, Puttanesca or Formaggi pizzas, complete with a flirty Moscato. We're drooling. You're drooling.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Famous Wedding Venue - Stones of the Yarra Valley

Stones of the Yarra Valley  Currently open only for events

Yarra Valley wedding venues don’t get much better than the famous Stones of the Yarra Valley. This picturesque venue is surrounded by vineyards and will be sure to make you swoon. There’s a great restaurant on-site for visitors to dine in while you’re wedding location scouting too.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Yummy Food Served by Meletos Yarra Valley

Meletos Yarra Valley Opens daily

With an expanded outdoor dining space, bar and rotisserie overlooking acres of wines, enjoy 3 courses from $60pp. Even stay a night at The Farmhouse at Meletos.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Heartswood

Heartswood Closed Mon-Wed

“Heartwood should feel like you're at a friend's place, albeit one that has great coffee, booze and is handy in the kitchen. We're sold.


Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Glorious Cheese Offered by Yarra Valley Dairy

Yarra Valley Dairy Open 10:30-5pm

No trip is complete without a stop at Yarra Valley dairy to stock up on cheese, glorious cheese! Renowned for their soft, creamy cheeses you’ll love their range of Italian and French style dairy. It also doubles as a great stop to do some gift shopping!

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Handmade Chocolate Offered by Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Open daily 9-5

Finish on a sweet note with handmade chocolates, pastries and artisan ice-cream at the chocolaterie. You can even join hands-on chocolate making classes or sit back and watch the pros work their magic!

Stay: Yarra Valley Accommodation

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Tiny House Getaway at Shacky

Shacky Sleeps 2 | From $160/night

Score yourself a tiny house getaway in Australia's most scenic, secluded locations.


Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Beautiful Scenery at Yarra Valley Lodge

Yarra Valley Lodge | Sleeps up to 4 | From $180/night

Sleep in luxury in the heart of the Yarra Valley. This accommodation is located on the grounds of the exclusive Heritage Golf & Country Club. Find out more here.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - Spacious Stay at Maison Stay via Airbnb

Maison Stay via Airbnb | Sleeps 6 | $292/night

Spacious enough for you and 5 of your wine-loving mates.

Travis Yarra Valley Guide - The Converted Loft in The Shed via Riparide

The Shed via Riparide Sleeps 5 | From $210/night

If you've been eyeing off that converted loft, this might be the getaway pad for you.


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