24 Hours in the Yarra Valley - Our Guide
Wondering what to do in the Yarra Valley?
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Looking for a food and wine escape or perhaps a romantic getaway weekend? Perhaps you just need to get out of the big smoke for the day and take the family away for a breath of fresh country air. Our '24 Hour What To Do In Yarra Valley' Guide is just what you need to stretch those legs, fill your belly and leave you feeling a little tired but by god.... HAPPY!
Fuel up at Healsville Cafe
Healesville Harvest Cafe offers a great start to the day. Open 7 days a week and located next to the Healesville Hotel, they serve up aromatic Genovese coffee with tasty breakfast options like free range eggs on freshly baked muffins with smoked bacon, frittatas & baked eggs that will fuel you for the day ahead. If you are looking for lunch their dishes include beautiful seasonal salads ... harvest farm broccoli, feta & almond, Vietnamese chicken coleslaw, belly warming soups, handmade pies along with pork & fennel sausage rolls.
Meet some of the local wildlife
Spend some quality time at the Healesville Sanctuary for an up-close and personal meeting with some of Victoria’s incredible wildlife. The zoo opens at 9am and you can either explore the zoo at your own pace or plan your day with a great schedule of free talks and shows by experienced handlers. For something extra special you can book animal experiences such as the Wombat Pat and Play, or close up encounters with a Kangaroo, Koala, Dingo, Python or an Echidna. If you are travelling on a weekend or during the school holidays this is a great thing to do in the Yarra Valley with kids as they can enter the Zoo for free and they will love the experience.
Enjoy a late lunch
No trip to the Yarra Valley is completely without a visit to one of the regions incredible vineyards. There are so many to choose from so if you only have 24 hours in the Yarra Valley, you may need to plan a longer trip to our region to explore them all. The Innocent Bystander has a great atmosphere and its located close by to the Healsville Sanctuary and serves an incredible menu along with affordable and smooth Yarra Valley Wines with their Prosecco to Syrah served out of temperature controlled draft taps.
Housed in a huge warehouse space in the Healesville town centre, where their woodfired sourdough Pizza is not to be missed, not to mention their extensive lunch menu. Pick up lunch and some amazing eat-at-home foodie finds like take away freshly baked breads, local and imported cheeses, share plates of olives, oysters, salads and don't forget the to-die-for desserts.
If you are keen to keep exploring cellar doors for the rest of the afternoon, some of the best winery’s in the Yarra Valley include; Domaine Chandon, Oakridge Wines, Dominque Portet, Yering Station, TarraWarra Estate, Giant Steps and many more.
Time for an afternoon tipple?
Head to Four Pillars Gin Distillery for some of the best boutique spirits in Australia. Aged in Chardonnay soaked barrels, they have just released (in March 2017) their first 9 ... called Solera No_6, which has recently won gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition! At the distillery cellar door, you will learn how to taste gin properly and really feel some of the flavours like Eucalyptus, lemon myrtle and Tasmanian bush peppercorn appear in the four varieties of gin.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
If you are looking for something sweet no visit to the Yarra Valley is complete without a trip to at the Yarra Valley Chocolateries’ & Ice Creamery where you can choose from yummy desserts, THE best brownies or an ice cream. Make sure you buy a few jars of their salted peanut spread!
Explore a little culture
If you have time make sure you check out some incredible artwork on display at TarraWarra Museum of Art, just outside of Healesville. The gallery itself is beautiful too— and the ideal venue to watch the sun set over the Yarra Ranges
Stay a little longer…
We hope, if you're reading this, you will be tempted to stay on a little longer and there is no better place to stay than at our gorgeous lodge, and you will NOT regret dinner at our outstanding Bella Restaurant. All our produce is sourced locally ... just remember to leave room for the kookaberry raspberries, almond crumble, Chambord ice cream, lemon balm dessert #sublime.
Collapse into bed in one of our 102 superbly appointed guest rooms with amazing views of kangaroos, rolling hills and the Heritage Golf Course and you can access our Yarra Valley accommodation packages HERE. Experience Pure Yarra Valley bliss and then wake up to our AMAZING buffet breakfast (that's included in the room rate of course). Because by then you'll definitely be hungry (again!).