Things to do in Yarra Valley

Things to do in Yarra Valley

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Why to visit Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River. It’s a hugely popular destination for locals taking short breaks from nearby Melbourne and Geelong, as well as visitors from around the world.

There are plenty of good reasons to visit the Yarra Valley, but for many people the vineyards and wine cellar doors are a major attraction. After all, wine has been produced here since way back in 1838, making this Victoria’s oldest wine region and one that’s renowned across the globe.

There are more than 80 vineyards in all, with delicious food and drink available to enjoy at many of the wineries (some have cafes, restaurants and places to stay too) among the rolling hills. A popular spot for many visitors is the historic town of Yarra Glen.

When you’re finished sampling the (admittedly incredible) local produce, you’ll also find stunning scenery, wildlife, walking trails, markets, galleries and plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy. Plus, don’t miss the chance to explore or simply gaze in awe at the mighty Dandenong Ranges, which form part of the Great Dividing Range.

There are so many fun things to do in Yarra Valley, so it’s the perfect location for adventurous people of all ages.

What to do in Yarra Valley

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to this stunning cool climate wine region or someone looking for Yarra Valley experiences to take your next trip to the next level, we’ve got you covered with a huge range of the best experiences here at Adrenaline.

Yarra Valley tours

Whether it’s a Yarra Valley day trip or something to do as part of a longer visit. Jumping on a Yarra Valley tour can be a great option. Thankfully, you’ll find a range to choose from at Adrenaline.

If you’re going to hit the Yarra Valley wineries you better do it properly. Look no further than the Epic Yarra Valley Wine Tour. This full-day tour from Melbourne with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide includes everything you need for the most memorable of days out.

You’ll live the life of a wine connoisseur, stopping off for tastings at three premium boutique wineries, enjoy a main course lunch with wine, taste gourmet cheese at Yarra Valley Dairy and treat yourself at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-creamery. To top things off you’ll also swing by a local brewery (like Coldstream Brewery), where you can quench your thirst with a tasting or pot.

Prefer a slightly slower pace? How about a Segway tour through the vineyards? These rides are a great chance to explore your surroundings, a lot of fun and an awesome way to enjoy the scenery.

Hot air balloon ride

If you’re wondering what to see or where to go in Yarra Valley, there’s no better way to get the lay of the land than a hot air balloon ride. These incredible sunrise balloon rides are a real must-do and one of our most popular Yarra Valley experiences, giving you a bird’s eye view of the vineyards, hills and quaint towns.

There’s even the option of rounding off the experience in style with a delicious gourmet breakfast once you’re back on the ground. Whether it’s a special treat for a big occasion or just something you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to, there are few better places to go hot air ballooning than Yarra Valley.


If it’s a full-on adrenaline-rush activity you want it doesn’t get much better (or more exciting) than a skydive. Yarra Valley is an incredible place to try the most spectacular adventure sport of all. Tandem skydiving is completely safe and an experience that’s worthy of any bucket list. Feel the nerves rising as you take off from Lilydale and climb in the plane to 15,000ft, then let it all out as you freefall toward the ground at high speeds, before the parachute opens letting you cruise back down to earth while taking in the very best views of this scenic part of Australia.

Drive a supercar

If fast cars are your thing, or you just love an adventure, a Yarra Valley European supercar drive is an experience not to miss. Feel like a superstar as you take to the open road in a Ferrari or Lamborghini, soaking up all the best views and feeling the power of these elite cars. Just choose the length of time you’d like to drive for! There’s even the option of travelling as a passenger for those who can’t or don’t want to drive.

Say hello to wildlife

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing day out for families and animal lovers of all ages. It’s a great place to enjoy up close and personal encounters with a variety of Australian wildlife, like koalas and kangaroos.

Horse riding

Yarra Valley is a great place to go horse riding, even if you’re an absolute beginner. Take a trail ride for awesome views of the Great Dividing Range and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities. Plus, the experienced guides will be on hand to help you make the most of your ride and share local knowledge. There’s even the option to combine your horse-riding adventure with wine tasting at Tokar Estate Yarra Valley wines. Horse riding doesn’t get much better than this!

How far is Yarra Valley from Melbourne?

Yarra Valley is less than an hour’s drive (and around 50km) from Melbourne. It’s easy to drive to yourself, with easy to navigate roads and plenty of places to stop off and enjoy at your own leisure.

Of course, if you don’t have access to a car or would rather sit back, relax and perhaps enjoy a drink or two along the way, you may prefer to jump on one of the many Yarra Valley tours. These are a great way to see the best sights, attractions and hidden gems. Browse our selection and you’ll find a variety of exciting options to suit in this part of Victoria.

Those thinking about ways to get to Yarra Valley using public transport can take the train to Hurstbridge, Lilydale or Belgrave, or hop on one of the variety of buses services.