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Things to do in Yarra Valley that don’t all include wine

Explore more than just the wineries in Yarra Valley with experiences to make your trip fun-filled and tasty.

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The Yarra Valley region is known for its wineries and local food shops but there is more to the area than just eating and drinking.

Find yourself in nature at the Yarra Valley National Park for walks and camping, take a break at a day spa, dress up for the races or tee off at the local golf course.

Yarra Valley makes for the perfect day or weekend trip with plenty of activities to keep you busy and relaxed.


Top things to do in Yarra Valley

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Taste the best Yarra Valley wines

No trip to the Yarra Valley is complete without a visit to some of the local wineries.

Take a tour that brings you to multiple wineries with food samplings so you can learn about pairing wines with your meals.

A local guide will teach you about the winemaking process while you sample wine made from the grapes surrounding you.


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Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

After all of the wine and savoury snacks you’ll need a bite of something sweet at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie.

Each chocolate artisan is an expert in choosing the best flavour combinations for truffles and chocolates.

You can tour the factory and taste test the chocolates yourself.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

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Wine with Sample Chocolate Tasting at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Cream Company
Wine with Sample Chocolate Tasting at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Cream Company

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Wine Tour with Visit to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
Wine Tour with Visit to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery

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Eat up at the Yarra Valley Dairy

Cheese pairs well with wine. If you agree then a stopover at Yarra Valley Dairy can’t be missed.

Try the locally crafted, award-winning cheeses made from cow and goat’s milk. Most are soft in the style of the cheeses of France and Italy.

Many winery tours also include cheese tastings.

Yarra Valley Food and Wine Tour from Melbourne - Full Day
Yarra Valley Food and Wine Tour from Melbourne - Full Day

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Chauffeured Cheese and Wine Tour with 2 Course Lunch - For 2
Chauffeured Cheese and Wine Tour with 2 Course Lunch - For 2

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Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour from Melbourne with Wine Experience and Lunch
Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour from Melbourne with Wine Experience and Lunch

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Drink in breathtaking views from above with a hot air balloon ride

Find the perfect photo opportunity and see the Yarra Valley from a new height.

A hot air balloon ride provides gorgeous views over the rolling hills and vineyards of the region. Take a ride at sunrise for an incredible experience during the golden light.

Hot Air Ballooning Over The Yarra Valley
Hot Air Ballooning Over The Yarra Valley

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Hot Air Ballooning Over The Yarra Valley with Breakfast
Hot Air Ballooning Over The Yarra Valley with Breakfast

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Yarra Valley Ballooning Getaway and Dinner - Midweek
Yarra Valley Ballooning Getaway and Dinner - Midweek

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Spend beer o’clock in a local brewery

For non-wine lovers there’s the popular Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail, which lets you brewery hop and sample the local craft beers and ciders on tap.

A great way to learn about the brewing process while you taste is with a local guide.

Yarra Valley Beer, Cider and Artisan Drinks Tour - Full Day
Yarra Valley Beer, Cider and Artisan Drinks Tour - Full Day

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Private Yarra Valley Tour with Lunch, Beer and Spirits-For 2
Private Yarra Valley Tour with Lunch, Beer and Spirits-For 2

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Brewery Tour - Yarra Valley Cider & Ale Trail
Brewery Tour - Yarra Valley Cider & Ale Trail

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Tee off on the golfing green

The Yarra Valley has golf courses for every level of player while offering scenic views and diverse courses.

World-class champion layouts will test your abilities and 18-hole courses are ideal for a quick daytrip from Melbourne.


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Day spa

The Yarra Valley has a number of day spas and beauty treatments available to add to a relaxing stay. Piaf Day Spa (pictured) is located within a rainforest and Argyle Aveda Day Spa combines beauty and wellbeing.

Choose to pamper yourself for a day or weekend with massages, beauty treatments and more.

Relaxing Facial and Eye Treatment - 60 Minutes
Relaxing Facial and Eye Treatment - 60 Minutes

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Yarra Valley Overnight Getaway With Massage - Weekday
Yarra Valley Overnight Getaway With Massage - Weekday

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Massage, Facial and Body Polish with Two Hour Spa for Two
Massage, Facial and Body Polish with Two Hour Spa for Two

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Walk or cycle your way through the landscape

If you’re tired of driving, take it easy by strolling through the Alowyn Gardens (pictured) or a bushwalking trail in Yarra Valley National Park along the Yarra Valley River. Another popular choice is the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.

For more of a challenge try the Mt Donna Buang Summit. There are also scenic cycling routes such as the Chum Creek to Toolangi trail.

Segway Vineyard Tour, 60 minutes – Yarra Valley
Segway Vineyard Tour, 60 minutes – Yarra Valley

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Yarra Valley Motorcycle Tour, 3 Hours - Departs Melbourne
Yarra Valley Motorcycle Tour, 3 Hours - Departs Melbourne

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Connect with nature and ditch the hotel for a camping adventure

The Yarra Valley has camping sites appropriate for any level of camper from beginner to experienced, with budget-friendly options to boot.

Some campsites are basic and free while others are powered and ideal for caravans. Turu is a great place to start if you’re looking to book camping spaces in the area.

For those who wish to be out among nature but without the hassle, glamping is also an option.

BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park
BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park

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Don your best frock and hightail it to the races

Yarra Valley Racing is not far from the wineries and can be enjoyed after a day of touring and tasting.

Local wines and farm-fresh produce is available at the races where you can enjoy a morning mimosa or three-course lunch while showing off your racing best.

2.5 Hour Yarra Valley Mountain Hut with Wine Tasting Horse Ride
2.5 Hour Yarra Valley Mountain Hut with Wine Tasting Horse Ride

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Horse Riding, 1 Hour Bush Horse Trail Ride - Chum Creek, Yarra Valley Melbourne
Horse Riding, 1 Hour Bush Horse Trail Ride - Chum Creek, Yarra Valley Melbourne

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Horse Riding, 1 Day Yarra Valley Pub Ride - Chum Creek, Melbourne
Horse Riding, 1 Day Yarra Valley Pub Ride - Chum Creek, Melbourne

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