14 AWESOME THINGS TO DO
When visiting Melbourne you should spend some time in the outer areas to explore the picturesque countryside and the many attractions on offer. Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley Region is a short drive from the city and is an absolute must visit. Here is my guide to the Yarra Valley and 14 awesome things that you can do there.
The Yarra Valley region in Victoria is perfect for a day trip from Melbourne, or a short stay. You should venture out of the city for a change of scenery and enjoy the stunning countryside, only one hour drive by car. Public transport does not go all the way to the Yarra Valley. But there is a Hop It bus service available to, and around, the Yarra Valley region.
There is an abundance of activities and indulgences to enjoy in the Yarra Valley region. These are my recommendations for some of the fabulous things to do here that are sure to delight.
1. Wine Tasting At Vineyard Cellar Doors
Levantine Hill Winery
2. Indulge in fine dining or a casual bite
3. Attend a music concert or festival
Rochford Winery in Coldstream is a large estate and immensely popular for their music concerts called Day On The Green. Major Australian and international artists have performed here, such as Elton John, Robbie Williams, Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, and Human Nature, making it a hugely touristy venue.
4. Sample Locally Made Produce At The Dairy
5. Spoil Yourself at The Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is smack in the middle of wine country and is the perfect place to stop after sampling wines all day. There is an Ice Creamery here as well, for the child in all of us. Read my article for more delicious details.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
6. Sample local Beer & Cider
Visit Coldstream Brewery for a sample of locally made beer and cider from Victorian apples and pears. Enjoy a tasting paddle at the pub here.
Napoleone Ciderhouse and brewery has a long history of fruit growing and winemaking too. Enjoy a paddle and taste apple and pear ciders, as well as beers, plus there is food available from the attached Meletos restaurant.
Kellybrook makes cider and beer, as well as their own wines, at the one location. It’s a ‘one stop shop’ and super close to the city.
8. Walk / Hike
9. Formal Gardens
There are beautiful gardens everywhere in the Yarra Valley region
10. Cherry Blossom Trees
Cherry picking directly from the trees at Cherryhill Orchards at Wandin East is a fun activity to do with kids in the Summer season. Hugely popular, as you can eat as much as you want. Check their website for details before you go.
The cherry blossoms are a must-see attraction in the lead up to the cherry season and hence a Blossom Festival is celebrated each year to enjoy the beautiful orchard trees in full bloom.
11. Admire Local Art and Architecture
The region is known for great local art and sculptures, which can be seen at many of the wineries. Art galleries you can visit include Art at Linden Gate in Yarra Glen.
The TarraWarra Museum of Art is a contemporary art gallery, attached to the TarraWarra Winery, showcasing Australian artists. Entry is A$12 per adult.
12. Go On A Balloon flight
Take a hot air balloon ride over the whole Yarra Valley region to appreciate the sheer beauty of the landscape over vineyards, lakes, river and mountains in the background. You will have to drag yourself out of bed early for a sunrise tour but it will be totally worth it. Global Ballooning Australia offers many different tour flight options.
13. Stay Overnight At A Charming Winery Hotel Accommodation
Some of the accommodation options in the Yarra Valley region that you can choose from for a weekend or short stay include:
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14. Take A Tour Of The Yarra Valley Region
Finally, you can take an organised tour of the Yarra Valley region and let the experts be your guide, without the worry of driving, particularly if you’re planning to enjoy the beverages . Choose one of the tours I’ve selected below.