Yarra Valley

About Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley is located to the northeast of Melbourne, and on the up-side of the Yarra river. The valley is known for its 80 vineyards in various nearby locations such as Healesville, Yarra Glen, Seville, and many more. Its unique landscape and favorable climatic conditions of the region make it one of the best regions to produce wine. Yarra Valley tour offers breathtaking views, local food, world-famous wine, indulgent activities like hot air ballooning and much more.

In this divine landscape, you can wander around the vineyards, and stop to have a peaceful time near the Yarra river. Stroll through the dense forest and spot the regional wildlife in the parks and sanctuaries nearby such as Healesville Sanctuary, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Blue Lotus Garden, etc. Some of the places you can visit in the valley are Tarrawarra Museum Of Art, SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, Gumbuya World, etc. These places offer various activities like witnessing the wildlife, sculptures, culture and art of the region.

Yarra Valley Melbourne Highlights

  • Dip into the scenic beauty and indulgent adventures like hot air ballooning in the Yarra Valley, Melbourne.
  • There are various things to do in Yarra Valley such as catching the amazing view of serene lush forests, peaceful river banks, charming townships, various famous vineyards, and much more while soaring in the sky through hot air ballooning in Yarra Valley.
  • Discover the contemporary, modern and vibrant art at the Tarrawarra Museum Of Art
  • Admire the peaceful nature and cultural display through art and sculptures at William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • Capture the spectacular view of the valley and the scenic beauty all around from SkyHigh Mount Dandenong while enjoying the multi-cuisine dinner at the bistro.
  • On a Yarra valley wine tour taste the renowned flavors of wine at wineries and discover its amazing taste
  • Have a look at the various species of waterlilies in the blue lotus garden.
  • Float in the wavy pool and fill some thrill in the tour with adventurous rides at Gumbuya World

Attractions In Yarra Valley

Discover Australia's only water theme park, Gumbuya world, wonderful wildlife at Healesville sanctuary, the majestic skyline of Melbourne at sky-high mount Dandenong, and cultural, contemporary and modern art at the award-winning building of Tarrawarra museum, an amazing land of blue lotus and many more. All these places are near the Yarra valley at an hour's distance from Melbourne.

Tarrawarra Museum Of Art

Tarrawarra Museum of Art is surrounded by the rolling terrain of Yarra valley. The combination of the museum and the valley displays a perfect blend of nature and art. The award-winning museum was inaugurated in the year 2003 and is a well-known cultural icon of the region with innovative exhibitions of modern art.

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong And Scenic Lookout

At the uppermost reach of the Dandenong ranges, you get a chance to witness the Majestic Skyline of Melbourne. The sky-high mount gives a wide panoramic view of Melbourne and gives you a perfect escape from the chaotic city. After sunset, the clear sky in the mountain night filled with a carpet of twinkling stars will give you unparalleled peace and pleasure.

The Sky High bistro is a perfect place for enjoying some quality time with family and friends and having a natural view at the same time. You can have dinner at the sky-high restaurant, which starts at 5:30 p.m.along with coffee from the bistro kiosks which are open from 10 a.m. in morning. The mount is packed with various delicious options for food and snacks.

Healesville Sanctuary

Take a close look at the Australian wildlife including kangaroos, Platypus, dingoes, wombats, and many more at Healesville Sanctuary. The sanctuary offers the stunning Valley with a wide range of wildlife native to the region at a 1-hour distance from Melbourne, Australia. The place provides free entry visits for children under 16 years every weekend during months of government holidays. The sanctuary is open every day throughout the year from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

William Ricketts Sanctuary

The William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong ranges adjacent to the forest hills of mount Dandenong is the perfect place to relax in nature. In this vast sanctuary, you will find a number of clay sculptures including over 90 major cultures and many small ones. They represent Rickett's vision and also his inclination towards Aboriginal culture, lifestyle, and spirituality. This beautiful natural Vista is a perfect getaway for a weekend or a day trip. Don't miss wandering around the grounds and scrolling on the peaceful and relaxing trails within the Sanctuary.

Gumbuya World

Gumbuya World amusement park is located in the North, Victoria, Australia. It is a water, wildlife and theme park with various water slides, native wild animals and lots of snacking and food options. This is the only water park in Victoria, visit to get unlimited rides including a Mini coaster, berry twirl tea cups, energetic wave pool, lazy 300m river and many more. It is free for children under 3 years and prices vary according to the seasons. Opening time is 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day of the week.

Blue Lotus Garden

Blue Lotus Water Garden is a seasonal Garden located in Yarra Valley Australia which opens from 26 December to 18 April every year. This tropical garden has a lot of Ponds and two lakes with thousands of flowering plants. Get a chance to witness the wide display of Kakadu Lagoon native water lily, Tropical World complex, Claude Monet waterlily, Golden lotus, Flower Fairy Garden and much more.

Hot Air Ballooning In Yarra Valley

Hot air ballooning in Yarra Valley is the perfect way to start the morning in this region, it gives you a wonderful view of the vineyards, wildlife and valley all around. You can enjoy 60-minute hot air ballooning in Yarra Valley with and without breakfast, also you can choose this activity to express your love for the special one by taking a custom balloon ride with the words “will you marry me” or even a solid red one without words.

Hot Air Ballooning Over The Yarra Valley With Breakfast

Experience the spectacular Yarra Valley and admire the vast trajectory of vineyards and valleys while soaring in the sky at sunrise. The 60-minute ride in the hot air balloon over the endless views of lush green valleys, trees, tropical vegetation and vineyards is a great way to spend a morning in the Yarra valley. After having a blissful sunrise with orange and yellow rays of sunshine, get ready to end your magical morning with champagne and a delicious breakfast at Balgownie Estate.

Hot Air Ballooning Over The Yarra Valley

Get an excellent opportunity to have incredible photos of Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon ride. Experience the truth of the sky while the sun rises and make it a mix of orange and yellow. Be ready to be mesmerized by the endless beauty of the morning Sky over the landscape of Yarra Valley. The ride is of 60 minutes which takes you through the sky. You can gaze at the sun and indulge in the natural beauty all around. In the end, get a certificate of your ride.

Private Balloon Flight Over Yarra Valley

Private hot air ballooning in Yarra Valley gives you an opportunity to fill the morning of the special one with love and express your feelings in the air differently. You can choose a pure red balloon as a symbol of love or you can even confess and express your feelings with a "will you marry me" customized hot air balloon. Take off in your private balloon to spend your special moments with your special one along with champagne on board. The private hot air balloon ride will be followed by breakfast at Balgownie Estate.

Know Before You Visit Yarra Valley Melbourne

Location: Yarra Valley is located to the northeast of Melbourne, surrounded by the Yarra river in Victoria, Australia.

Timings: Timings of different activities in the valley vary. But the best time is 7 am to 11 am to visit the wineries, and parks, and to explore the valley. You will find the cycling routes open at this time.

Best time to visit: Months from November to April are the best time of the year to visit the Yarra valley. The weather is pleasant in this period of the year and the valley bustles with tourists, locals, festivals and events during these months.

How To Reach:- You can reach Yarra valley via road from:- Melbourne Airport ( domestic and international arrivals) at a distance of 58 km, a 1.5-hour drive. - Avalon Airport (domestic arrivals) at a distance of 58 km, 2-3 hours drive.- Both the airports have private car transfer services.

Yarra Valley FAQs

What is special about Yarra Valley?

Yarra valley is one of the cool- climate regions in Australia. It has over eighty vineyards throughout the valley and is nearby known for the celebration “Shedfest”, of the Yarra valley’s small wineries, which happens in the month of February every year

What is the best time to visit Yarra Valley?

The beginning of summer and end of spring months (November to January) is the best time of the year to visit the Yarra valley. The weather is pleasant in this period of the year and the valley bustles with tourists, locals, festivals and events during these months.Don't miss the “Shedfest”, a celebration of small wineries of the valley that happens in the month of February.

How long should one spend in Yarra valley?

You can spend 2-3 days in Yarra valley and explore the vineyards, wander in the natural scenic land all around, try the local food there, visit sanctuaries nearby and many more.

Are there any parking facilities in Yarra Valley?

There are parking restrictions in the city. You can apply for the parking permit from the “parking permit” section at the website www.yarracity.vic.gov.au. You can mail info@yarracity.vic.gov.au or call on 03 9205 5555 for further queries.

How far is Yarra Valley from Melbourne City?

Melbourne city is at a distance of 32 km, a 27 minutes drive from the Yarra valley.


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