Best time to visit Yarra Valley

Discover the cheapest and most pleasant time of the year to visit the beautiful Yarra Valley and explore its wineries.

If you are planning to visit the Yarra Valley, we have researched the best months to go based on weather conditions, peak season and activities.

Best time to visit Yarra Valley

March and November


March and November fall in early autumn and late spring and offer pleasant weather. Being harvest season, March is ideal for exploring the vineyards and for going on wine-tasting tours. During this time, you can also participate in the Grape Grazing Festival.


Summers (December to February) are dry in the Yarra Valley, with intermittent hot spells while the winters are usually cold and cloudy. The region receives moderate rainfall in early spring.

Avoid school holidays as the wine tours get overcrowded with tourists.

Weather and prices

Best time to visit Yarra valley, weather wise. Early autumn (March) and late spring (November) have calm and comfortable weather with minimal rain.

Cheapest time to visit Yarra Valley. Winter (June to August) is the cheapest time to visit Yarra Valley due to reduced tourist activity.

Best time to visit Yarra Valley for...

  • Wineries. In early March, vineyards are laden with ripe grapes and you can watch the harvesting process. It is also the perfect time to join the food festivals that occur during this period.
  • Honeymoon. Avoid school holidays for a quiet and non-intrusive romantic getaway.
  • Hen’s weekend. March and November are ideal months for a hen’s weekend due to the perfect blend of good weather and cheap prices. You can also participate in activities like Rochford Winery Concerts, the Yarra Glen Arts Show, the Yarra Valley Music Festival and Regional World’s Longest Lunch.
  • Hot air ballooning. Riding a hot air balloon in Yarra Valley is enjoyable year-round, but it is best from November to May when the skies are clear and rainfall is low.

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