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The Yarra Valley is a popular holiday destination for those looking to unwind and relax. You can visit the vineyards, dine on local fresh produce or indulge in a luxurious day spa. Sound heavenly? We thought so too.

The Yarra Valley also offers holidaymakers the opportunity to explore and adventure in Dandenong Ranges National Park, where visitors can come face to face with some of Australia’s native wildlife.

If all that’s holding you back from a trip to the Yarra Valley is a few vital questions, don’t panic.

Where is the Yarra Valley located?

The Yarra Valley is the area that surrounds the Yarra River. It’s located in Victoria, southeast Australia.

How far is the Yarra Valley from Melbourne?

The Yarra Valley is located approximately 63kms away from Melbourne. This equates to approximately 56 minutes on the road.

How do I get to the Yarra Valley?

The Yarra Valley is most accessible via road, and thus you’re best option to get there would be via car. You could also journey via bike along the scenic Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail.

The trail starts from train terminus Lilydale, where you have the option to rent a bike, and continues for 39kms across the valley to Warburton.

The trail passes lots of wineries, most only a short detour off-route. The route is a former trainline and is completely separated from road traffic.

What are the best things to do in Yarra Valley?

There’s plenty to experience and see in Yarra Valley. We’ve outlined some of the best things below.

  • Wineries. There are wineries in abundance in Yarra Valley. Travel to traditional family-owned wineries such as Badger’s Brook or indulge in luxurious surroundings at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa, amongst an array of alternatives.
  • Explore nature. Why not picnic at the Big Peninsula Tunnel, explore the Cathedral Range State Park or take to horseback at Chum Creek?
  • Art. Stop by Art at Linden Gate to see some astonishingly contemporary sculptures, experience culture in a more traditional style at Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden or take in the excellence on offer at Healesville Fine Art Gallery.
  • Personal pampering. Visit Piaf Day Spa, set in 10 acres of rainforest, or spoil yourself with a trip to the luxurious Japanese Mountain Retreat Mineral Springs and Spa.

Where are Yarra Valley wineries?

Since the mid-80s the Yarra Valley has experienced solid growth and is now recognised as one of the world's premium cool climate wine regions. Due to the region’s varied microclimates the Yarra Valley has the ability to produce outstanding wines. The Yarra Valley wine region is located an hour’s drive east from Melbourne.

Where is Yarra Valley racecourse?

Yarra Valley Racecourse is located at 2 Armstrong Grove, Yarra Glen Victoria 3775. Yarra Valley is home to the Spring races, festivals and music events.

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