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How to Spend 2 Days in the Yarra Valley

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How to Spend 2 Days in the Yarra Valley
Just an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is the ideal destination for a romantic weekend away or a country escape. Two days gives you plenty of time to indulge in wine and food tasting, explore the countryside, and take part in some fun activities. Here’s how to spend two days in the Yarra Valley.

Day 1: Vineyard Views and Wine Tasting 
Morning: Rise early to soar over the Yarra Valley on a hot-air balloon flight. Watch the sunrise as you float over the vineyards, then celebrate your landing with sparkling wine and breakfast among the vines. For a hassle-free experience, choose a tour with hotel pickup. 

Afternoon: A wine tasting tour is a must; with more than 80 wineries to choose from, the insight of a local guide is invaluable and a designated driver is essential. Choose a tour that combines a big name winey with smaller boutique wineries, and sample popular varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. 

Night: Book a table at a winery restaurant for a decadent wine tasting dinner with views of the vineyards. De Bortoli winery, with its acclaimed Italian restaurant, is a great choice, while the Balgownie Estate also offers pre-dinner walking and Segway tours around the estate. Be sure to book ahead, especially in high season.

Day 2: Great Food and the Great Outdoors
Morning: Visit the Healesville Sanctuary to most of Australia’s native species in one place; residents include kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, wombats, and platypus. Alternatively, opt for a hike or horseback ride through Yarra Ranges National Park or stroll through Blue Lotus Water Garden. Book your tickets in advance to avoid wasting time in the long lines. 

Afternoon: Yarra Valley is renowned for its artisan produce so a food tasting tour is a worthy addition to any itinerary. Indulge your sweet tooth at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, taste handmade cheeses and yoghurts at the Coldstream Dairy, or go fruit picking at Rayner’s Orchard.

Night: For the best sunset views, head to the Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Tower, not far from the town of Yarra Glen. Afterwards, indulge in a final wine tasting or opt for a night tour of the Yarra Valley which typically include a pizza dinner and tastings of local beer, cider, and gin.
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Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

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Soar over the Yarra Valley during the golden light of sunrise during an unforgettable hot air balloon flight. Float over the scenic landscape of gentle rolling hills and vineyards as day breaks across this beloved winemaking region. Upgrade to enjoy hotel pickup and a delicious sparkling wine breakfast at Balgownie Estate after touching down back on solid ground.
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  • 4 hours
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Ultimate Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour

Ultimate Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour

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Discover the flavors of Yarra Valley on this full-day gourmet food and wine tour. Enjoy private wine and cheese tastings with your small group, and learn about regional wines from your knowledgeable guide and through discussions with local vintners. Savor a gourmet 2-course meal with wine pairings followed by cellar door tastings surrounded by the natural beauty of Yarra Valley. A maximum of 10 people allows for an intimate, personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours
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2-Day Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Luxury Vineyard Resort Stay

2-Day Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Luxury Vineyard Resort Stay

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Experience the delights of the Yarra Valley with an indulgent 2-day spa break at the luxurious Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort. Expand your knowledge of Australian wines with expert-led wine and Champagne tastings, enjoy a delicious lunch of regional specialties and make the most of the tennis courts, swimming pool and gym. For the full experience, add on a massage or spa treatment (own expense) at the Natskin Spa Retreat. This small-group tour has a maximum of 24 people and includes overnight accommodation and round-trip transport from Melbourne.
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  • 2 days
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Blue Lotus Water Garden - Admission Ticket

Blue Lotus Water Garden - Admission Ticket

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Explore the Blue Lotus Water Garden at your own pace with pre-paid admission. Discover the many water lilies, ferns, lakes, and fountains of this beautiful spot. Keep an eye out for exotic birds, platypus, and other local wildlife. For a bite to eat, visit the on-site café or take advantage of the gardens’ extensive picnic grounds.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Balgownie Segway Vineyard Tour: 60 Minutes

Balgownie Segway Vineyard Tour: 60 Minutes

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Take a break from wine tasting and do something different in the Yarra Valley with a Segway tour of the Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort. This 1-hour tour and Segway rental gives you plenty of time to explore beautifully landscaped grounds and vineyards, covering much more distance than you would by walking. The self-balancing electric scooters are easy to ride and offer a fun and adventurous way to mix it up in Victoria’s famous wine country.
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  • 1 hour
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Yarra Valley Beer and Wine Tours from Melbourne by Classic Convertible

Yarra Valley Beer and Wine Tours from Melbourne by Classic Convertible

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Discover the flavors of the Yarra Valley while riding in style. Feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair as you cruise through the valley’s rolling hills and vineyards in a classic Chevrolet convertible driven by a friendly chauffeur. Stop at several boutique wineries and breweries for a guided tasting of regional wines and craft beers. Choose from three different tour options to customize your experience, with some options including a gourmet lunch. Group size is limited to four people for a truly personalized experience.
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  • 6 hours
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Behind-the-Scenes De Bortoli Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Tour Including 3-Course Lunch

Behind-the-Scenes De Bortoli Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Tour Including 3-Course Lunch

The Yarra Valley yields some of Australia’s finest wines. Experience them on this guided behind-the-scenes tour of the award-winning De Bortoli winery, including the vineyard and the cellars. Taste current and older vintages alongside artisan cheeses before you feast on a seasonal 3-course chef’s menu with wine pairing. Should you wish to purchase wines, De Bortoli can arrange to ship them overseas.
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