Romantic Escape in the Yarra Valley

Romance and the Yarra Valley are synonymous with each other ... they are like besties who like to hang out together ALL THE TIME. There is a reason why the Yarra Valley is a wedding destination of choice, our stunning region is full of beautiful, breath-taking backdrops that suits wedding vowels, love and happiness. Throw in some amazing produce, seriously delicious wines and you have yourself a pretty good locale for romance.

Proposal time? YES … Yarra Valley IS the perfect destination for a romantic proposal. Whether you choose to propose in the middle of a vineyard, lazing over a beautiful picnic hamper, up in a hot air balloon or over a romantic lunch or dinner in one of the most romantic Yarra Valley Restaurants, the picturesque Yarra Valley offers the perfect backdrop.

There is something a little bit mystical about hot air ballooning. Getting up pre-dawn to escape upwards in a floating balloon as the sun rises is magic. Romance? Please – this is SO romantic. The views and experiences one gets from floating above the Yarra Valley is second to none.

  • Yarra Valley Picnic

A gourmet hamper of locally sourced Yarra Valley produce and a bottle of Yarra Valley wine is one of the finer things in life. There are plenty of beautiful places to lay a blanket and unpack a picnic in Yarra Valley and it’s an experience that tops the list for the romance stakes. You won’t be disappointed … we promise. Check out Yarra Valley’s top picnic spots here!

  • Romantic Getaway

A romantic getaway must include a night or two tucked away in luxury accommodation – and of course we are biased at our stunning little hotel. Yarra Valley Lodge boasts rooms that overlook gentle rolling hills that are home to kangaroos and other Australia wildlife. From your hotel room patio, you can relax with a wine in hand and watch the wildlife bounding past. Plus, the fact that we have Bella Restaurant, our on-site restaurant, a Day Spa for her and a golf course for him …. #romanticweekendaway. Check out our Taste of the Yarra Valley Special!

  • Yarra Valley Wine Tour 

Have we mentioned the incredible Yarra Valley wine?   Yarra Valley wineries boasts some of Australia’s best wines and a wine tour when visiting Yarra Valley is a must. You can either decide on a self-drive Yarra Valley Wine tour or choose to book on a local Yarra Valley wine tour. 

If you organise a wine tour with the locally operated Yarra Valley Wild Wombat Wine Tours, these guys will take of everything and even better it means you can taste all of that delicious wine at the cellar door without having to worry about driving. A fuss-free wine tour, and a gourmet lunch will definitely go along way towards the best romantic weekend in the Yarra Valley. If you are looking for a more private tour, they can arrange this too!

  • Decadent Sweets 

A romantic escape in the Yarra Valley isn’t all about the wine and the freshest of produce – although these are incredible reasons!  It’s also a great time to enjoy some decadent sweet treats together, perfect for an afternoon treat or to enjoy on your Yarra Valley picnic. If dessert is on the cards, then no visit to the Yarra Valley is complete without a trip to the delectable Yarra Valley Chocolateries’ & Ice Creamery

Choose from yummy desserts, the best brownies or the creamiest locally made Yarra Valley ice cream. Love Chocolate a lot? Why not book an indulgent chocolate making class like the Taste and Create or Chocolate discovery so you can recreate these Yarra Valley chocolate delights at home!

The Alowyn Gardens is such a delightful and tranquil place to visit together and as you wander through the well laid out gardens you will find plenty of sights from garden displays, water features, the wisteria arch (brilliant in October), hedges in the French garden, roses, sunflowers, herb and vegetable gardens which will keep you so interested that you can really lose track of time. Open year round with seasonal flowerings (so if you are keen to see something specific call in advance).  A visit to the Alowyn Gardens is truly seeing Mother Nature at her finest.

  • Explore the Yarra Valley Markets 

A lazy morning browsing the stalls at the local Yarra Valley markets hand in hand, with an aromatic brew in the other offers the perfect outing on your weekend in Yarra Valley. Enjoy a delicious breakfast made from seasonal local produce at the plentiful food stalls, pick up some locally made bread, cheese, condiments and other goodies for a picnic lunch and chat with the locals. There is a huge range of markets to explore in the Yarra Valley, check out our insider’s guide to the Yarra Valley markets for more info.

  • Yarra Valley Bike Tour

Looking for a more active Yarra Valley romantic escape? Exploring the Yarra Valley on a bike tour with companies like the local Yarra Valley Bike Hire & Tours is a great way to explore more of the region, spend quality time together in the fresh air and work off that local Yarra Valley cheese. 

From gourmet food experiences to exploring the Yarra valley on an electric bike tour, the experienced local team can personalize the tour to your needs.

You can spend hours together exploring the wonderland of thousands of lotus flowers and waterlily blooms spread over 14 acres of beautiful gardens at the Yarra Valley Lotus Garden. Wander around the stunning lakes, view the waterlily’s and spectacular fountains along the various pathways throughout the garden. Pack a picnic lunch and spend time quality time together as you immerse yourself into the breathtaking scenery. The garden is open from December to the end of April so it’s also perfect for a romantic Yarra Valley Valentine’s Day.