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How to Spend 3 Days in the Yarra Valley

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How to Spend 3 Days in the Yarra Valley
With three days in the Yarra Valley, you can afford to take your time and savor the region’s fine wines, gourmet cuisine, and photo-worthy scenery. Look for tours that combine wine tasting with fun outdoor activities, and venture further afield to discover the Dandenong Ranges. Here are some ideas.

Day 1: Vineyard Views and Wine Tasting
Kick off your Yarra Valley adventure with a hot-air balloon flight over the vineyards. Early morning flights allow you to watch sunrise over the hills and typically include breakfast accompanied by sparkling wine. 

Devote the rest of the day to sampling the Yarra Valley’s diverse wines, which include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. A tour is essential, not just for the designated driver; exploring with a guide saves you the stress of arranging tastings and transport yourself. Choose a tour that visits multiple wineries in one day or opt to travel in style in a convertible Chevrolet.

For lunch or dinner, book a table at one of the Yarra Valley’s most renowned wineries, such as De Bortoli winery or the Balgownie Estate. Both offer wine tasting packages that include gourmet cuisine and a guided winery tour; Balgownie even offers Segway tours around the vineyards. 

Day 2: Art, Food, and Wildlife
The Healesville Sanctuary is a must-visit for animal lovers and families with kids; animal residents include koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and platypus, while zoo keeper talks and demonstrations create a fun and educational experience. Book your tickets in advance to skip the lines. 

Spend the rest of the day on a food tasting tour, hopping between the villages of the Yarra Valley, where you’ll find art galleries, handicrafts boutiques, and artisan food producers. Stop at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery in Yarra Glen; browse local art at the TarraWarra Museum of Art; and taste regional cheeses at Yarra Valley Dairy. 

In the evening, swap wine tasting for a beer and cider tour of the Valley to discover the region’s craft beer breweries, rum distilleries, and artisan cider mills. 

Day 3: Discover the Dandenong Ranges
Located south of the Yarra Valley, the mountain village of Olinda is the gateway to Dandenong Ranges National Park. Spend the morning browsing art and handicrafts shops and then take a stroll in the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, home to rhododendrons, azaleas, and other flowers. Nature lovers can also choose from a number of short hikes and wildlife trails in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.  

In the afternoon, journey further into the mountains with a ride on the legendary Puffing Billy Steam Train. The hour-long train ride winds its way through the fern gullies and forests of the Dandenong Ranges, affording fantastic views over the Yarra Valley. For the best value, look for Super Saver deals that combine a ride on the Puffing Billy Train with the Healesville Sanctuary or wine tasting in the Yarra Valley. 
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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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$192.08
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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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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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Award winning, all inclusive, private, gourmet tour of the Yarra Valley.

Award winning, all inclusive, private, gourmet tour of the Yarra Valley.

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Discover the Yarra Valley’s burgeoning craft beer culture and meet other brewing enthusiasts with a guided tour from Melbourne. Stop in at five unique breweries along the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail to sample local beer and cider while learning about the craft brewing process. All tastings and a gourmet lunch are included on this relaxed and social tour.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road, Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins

Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road, Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins

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Get acquainted with Melbourne's top attractions with this super saver package. Across two days within a 7-day period, you'll travel the Great Ocean Road to visit the 12 Apostles, explore the Dandenong Ranges, ride the historic Puffing Billy steam train, meet native wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary, and experience the famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Plus, you'll receive complimentary admission to a top attraction such as Eureka Skydeck 88, the Melbourne Aquarium or the Melbourne Star observation wheel.
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  • 2 days
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CHEVY CONVERTIBLE Tour Package Lunch Wine Cheese Chocolate from Yarra Valley

CHEVY CONVERTIBLE Tour Package Lunch Wine Cheese Chocolate from Yarra Valley

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This is a Classic Convertible Chevrolet Wine Package Tour. You travel in Style. Your Driver is Experienced and Knoweledgeable of all wine. We travel along winding roads and scenic country side which breath Wineries. Lunch is offered at the family run winery either Medhurst Winery or Yarrawood Winery. We like to take you to the smaller wineries which are out of the way that give a personalised experience great wines and friendly staff. Please not Not all small wineries are open midweek. We personalise to suit your requests. We keep it simple - it's all about you and your Special Day!
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  • 5 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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