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Activities To Do In Yarra Valley

1. Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride
2. Visit Popular Vineyards
3. Go On A Hiking Trail
4. Explore the Picturesque Gardens
5. Board The Iconic Puffing Billy
6. Get Close To Animals At Healesville Sanctuary
7. Check out Steavenson Falls
8. Step Into Redwood Forest
9. Take The Yarra Valley River Cruise
10. Witness Colourful Views At Blue Lotus Water Garden

The Yarra Valley is well known for its selection of exquisite food and drink, but there are many other things to do in Yarra Valley. It is also easily accessible from Melbourne for a quick weekend getaway. Activities to do in Yarra Valley include, a vacation to the Valley that will reward with stunning vistas, a purple paradise of lavender fields, activities to engage young and old alike, and its cuisine and wine offering will far from disappoint.

For those seeking room to roam and breaths of fresh air, the Yarra Valley, which is bordered by the Yarra River, Badger Creek, Watts River, and the slopes of Mount Riddle, offers a picture-perfect location. The Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation live there as well, and you may enjoy a wide range of Indigenous cultural events to make your visit there more enriching. One of the nearest national parks to Melbourne is this valley, and these are just a few of the things to do in Yarra Valley.

Here are some things to do in Yarra Valley:

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Visit Popular Vineyards

  • You have to visit the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's oldest wine-producing regions, and try some of the outstanding wines produced there. 
  • The legendary rolling hills of this region are dotted with great wine estates and small-scale producers, with the lush mountains serving as one of Victoria's most picturesque backdrops. 
  • Renowned for its chardonnay and pinot noir, respected for its shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. 
  • Wine connoisseurs can easily spend the entire day tasting local wines, travelling from cellar door to cellar door to sample a wide range of top-notch beverages.

Entry Fee/Charges:
The price ranges from $90 - $100 for an adult, and $70 - $80 for children.

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Board The Iconic Puffing Billy

  • Anyone would be thrilled to have the opportunity to hang their legs over a 120-year-old open-sided railway carriage, however this is undoubtedly one of the ultimate activities in Yarra Valley for train enthusiasts. 
  • Puffing Billy has been travelling from Belgrave to Gembrook along the same mountain track for more than a century.
  • The trail winds through Victoria's Dandenong Ranges' natural forests and fern ravines. As you travel, you rumble over old timber trestle bridges. 
  • Make a day of it by taking the three-hour round trip from Lakeside to Gembrook, where you can cool off at Emerald Lake Park with its playground, wading pool, and rentable paddle boats.

Location:
1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave VIC 3160, Australia

Timings:
10:00 AM onwards

Entry Fee/Charges:
The price ranges from $20 - $25 for an adult, and $10 - $15 for children.

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Take The Yarra Valley River Cruise

  • Enjoy a wonderful and unwinding evening sailing on the Yarra River.
  • Utilise the three hours of your cruise time by soaking up the relaxing ambiance.
  • There are many delicious main course possibilities to choose from, including vegetarian options.
  • Get constant English-speaking staff support and enjoy yourself with your loved ones.

Location:
Melbourne River Cruises, Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Timings: 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Entry Fee/Charges: The entry fee ranges from $35 - $40 for adults and $15 - $20 for children.

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Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride

  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the lovely Yarra Valley in the morning, with 360-degree views of the magnificent wine region's undulating vineyards, forested mountains, mirrored lakes, and mountain mist. 
  • It is breathtaking to experience floating in the quiet of a planet that is just beginning to awaken. 
  • There are numerous photo opportunities during your Yarra Valley balloon flight as you soar above the vineyards. 
  • A ballooning trip would fly perfectly in the valley because it is a natural amphitheatre.

Location: 1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia

Timings: Monday - Sunday : 04:30 AM - 06:30 AM

Entry Fee/Charges: The price ranges from $280 - $300 for an adult, and $215 - $230 for children.

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Go On A Hiking Trail

  • Perhaps it's the delicious aroma that drifts through the canopy, the well-known lyrebird call that reverberates through the trees, or the barely audible sound of rushing water, but the lush Australian bush in the area just makes you feel warm inside. 
  • Some of the hiking activities to do in Yarra Valley include the Yarra River Trail, La La Falls, Myrtle Gully Circuit, Sugarloaf Peak, and Badgers Weir.
  • These trails offer amazing views, along with a connection to mother nature.
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Explore the Picturesque Gardens

  • The Dandenong Ranges has a lot to offer those who enjoy taking a stroll in the formal gardens. 
  • In Olinda, Cloudehill Gardens is among the most well-known, the Japanese maples in the fall and the daffodil glade in the spring are two highlights of the series of walled outdoor "garden chambers" that can be explored. 
  • The indoor/outdoor Seasons at Cloudehill restaurant offers delicious breakfast and lunch fare while looking out over the grounds. 
  • The 90 life-sized sculptures that artist William Ricketts has meticulously carved into rocks and tree trunks have created a peaceful environment and is based on a real person, and emphasises the value of the environment in Indigenous culture.
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Get Close To Animals At Healesville Sanctuary

  • Healesville Sanctuary is an internationally known zoo that focuses on Australian fauna, including those beloved Aussie animals like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats. 
  • Over 200 species are on display in the Sanctuary, which is spread out over a large area. 
  • If you want to see some famous species up close, you must go to the treetops of the Koala Forest and the Kangaroo Country. 
  • For instance, finding a platypus in the wild can be challenging, but at Healesville Sanctuary, you can jump into the platypus pool for a swim and feed while being assisted by a certified animal keeper. 

Location:
Glen Eadie Ave, Healesville VIC 3777, Australia

Timings:
Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Entry Fee/Charges:
The price ranges from $25 - $30 for an adult, and $10 - $15 for children.

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Check out Steavenson Falls

  • Steavensons Falls, which stands an astounding 84 metres tall and is one of the most stunning waterfalls close to Melbourne, is also one of the highest. 
  • The 350 metre hike to the main lookout is quick and simple, and the views are worth it. 
  • Although there are many opportunities for hiking and bird watching in the nearby countryside, take the short walk to the viewing platform beneath the falls. 
  • The hours before midnight, when the falls are brilliantly floodlit, are the most romantic times to visit.

Location: Falls Road, Marysville, Victoria, Australia

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09

Step Into Redwood Forest

  • Sequoia forest, which is conveniently located in the township of Warburton and is known officially as the Cement Creek RedWood forest.
  • The Yarra River and Cement Creek can be found here, but what distinguishes this redwood forest from that in the Great Otways is the tree art that is dotted all across the forest. 
  • Take a quick trek around the forest's loops, staying close to the brook that flows through. Spending time admiring the Sequoias with your camera from all different angles shouldn't take you more than 45 minutes to an hour on an ideal small day trip from Melbourne.

Location:
Cement Creek Rd, East Warburton VIC 3799

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Witness Colourful Views At Blue Lotus Water Garden

  • Explore a vivid new world of lotus and waterlilies at the Blue Lotus Water Garden in the stunning Yarra Valley. This 14-acre garden is home to a world of traditional Japanese and Amazonian flowers from December through April.
  • In the man-made lakes, ponds, and lagoons, take in the over 70 distinct varieties of water lily blossoms, including a priceless collection of Claude Monet's original water lilies from his garden in France. A number of family-friendly activities are available as one of the most delightful things to do in the Yarra Valley at this time.

Location:
2628 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction, Yarra Valley, Victoria, VIC 3797, Australia

Entry Fee/Charges:
The entry fee ranges from $20 - $22 for adults and $10 - $12 for children and the autumn season is usually the best time to do this activity.

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People Also Ask About Melbourne

  1. Which are the best activities to do in Yarra Valley?

    The best activities to do in Yarra Valley include:
    1. Go Ballooning over the Yarra Valley
    2. Discover Healesville, Warburton, and Marysville (the old towns)
    3. Driving the Moody Black Spur
    4. Spot the fauna at Healesville Sanctuary
    5. Sample the Valley’s best cheese & chocolates
    6. Visit the mystical Redwood forest in Warburton
    7. Check out the Steavenson Falls and Blue Lotus Water gardens

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  2. What is special about Yarra Valley?

    Yarra Valley is considered one of the best cool climate wine-producing regions in the world, has a long history of wineries, but it also has a major history of beer and cider factories that date back to the early 1800s.
  3. What is the best time to visit Yarra Valley?

    The best time to visit Yarra Valley is early Autumn, around the month of March. It also depends on the activities and things to do in Yarra Valley, since it is open all year round. In Summers (Dec - Feb), the weather is quite warm, making it a great time for camping. In Winters (Jun - Aug), if you want to experience the snow and stay in a cosy cabin with a fire. In Spring (Sept - Nov), flowers start to bloom and it's a great time to visit the waterfalls. In Autumn (Mar - May), when leaves turn a yellow-red colour, it's the perfect time for river cruising.

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  4. Where is Yarra Valley located?

    The Yarra Valley is located northeast of Melbourne, surrounding the Yarra river and has approximately 80 vineyards spread across beautiful rolling hills.
  5. How long should one spend at Yarra Valley?

    You should spend 1-2 days at Yarra Valley. There are many things to do at Yarra Valley that make it a perfect weekend getaway location. You can visit the Healesville Sanctuary, Redwood Forest, Alowyn gardens, Puffing Billy railway, Winery tour, and Hot air ballooning.

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