Yarra Valley

Take the short 1 hour drive from the city and feel a world away. Visit historic wineries and renowned restaurants, hike through towering forests to misty waterfalls, and find inspiration at regional galleries, nature parks and ornamental gardens.

The Yarra Valley is recognised as one of the world’s premier wine growing regions with over 80 sensational cellar doors, superb restaurants serving fresh regional produce, luxury accommodation, iconic scenery and stunning artwork.

The first grape vines were planted in the Yarra Valley in 1838 at Yering Station, with the first wine being produced in 1845.

Whether you’re visiting for just a day or longer, you’ll have plenty of time to wander around the Yarra Valley’s historic villages, Healesville, Warburton & Yarra Glen with just a short yet beautiful drive between each.

Healesville

One of the most beautiful drives in Victoria is The Black Spur, starting just outside Healesville. As you pass through the forest, you will be surrounded by giant Tree Ferns & Mountain Ash trees, so remember to lower the windows and savour the fragrance of the Australian bush.

A LOCAL’S TIP: If you have a sweet tooth, drop into Beechworth Bakery in Healesville and try one of their famous & delicious Beestings!

Plan your adventure by reading more about the Black Spur Drive here.

Warburton

With the beautiful tree-lined Yarra River meandering through the historic town of Warburton, numerous parks & easy rainforest walks, this town offers a relaxing day out, within an easy 1 hour drive of Melbourne.

You’ll find great coffee, delicious bakeries and beautiful places along the Yarra River to set up a picnic or take a swim for anyone wanting to brave the crisp clear water!

If you would like to experience a walk through the cool temperate rainforest, the O’Shannassy Aqueduct trail is a 30 kilometre walking and bike riding trail from East Warburton to Don Valley in the Upper Yarra Valley. There are a number of opportunities to Step-On and Step-Off the trail, to allow for shorter walks if desired.

The O’Shannassy Trail is set into the mountain ranges, surrounded by the natural forest of Mountain Ash & Tree ferns. The trail follows the historic open channelled O’Shannassy Aqueduct, built in 1914, and allows for spectacular views of the Yarra Valley in spots. As the trail follows the Aqueduct, it means the track is on a gentle grade, so it is perfect for people of all levels of fitness.

While you’re in the area, take a drive up to Mount Donna Buang. The summit being 1,245m and overlooks Warburton.

There is a 21 metre high lookout tower on the summit providing panoramic views of the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, and the Alps.

Picnic facilities are available. Many walks start from the Summit.

A LOCAL’S TIP: See if you can hear or spot a Lyre bird on your way to the summit!

Yarra Glen

Home to some of the country’s best known wineries as well as the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery family attraction.

Experience the cellar doors that this great touring region is famous for. Enjoy wine tastings, meet the wine makers, enjoy a cheese platter or a leisurely lunch in one of the many fine winery restaurants while you soak up the views that span across the valley.

Back in town, explore Yarra Glen’s antique shops, print gallery and independent boutiques – not a chain store in sight!

To find out more about what our beautiful Yarra Valley has to offer, please visit the Yarra Valley Official Visitor Site.