Dominique Portet, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia
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The Yarra Valley in one day

Recommended duration: One day
Total distance: 144 kilometres (return to Melbourne)
Driving time: Approximately three hours return to Melbourne

Sample Australia's best pinot noir and sparkling wines in a world-renowned wine-growing region in the Yarra Valley, less than an hour from Melbourne.

Head up high for a bird's eye view
Start your day at dawn floating over forests, farms, and vines in a hot air balloon before landing for a breakfast of sparkling wine and local produce at a winery. If heights don't tempt you, tour the beauty of the area from your own car.

Wine appreciation and gourmet delights
There are over 55 wineries in the region, 40 of which offer wine tastings and cellar door sales, and if you are lucky enough to be served by the winemaker you might also get a free wine appreciation lesson.

Stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants at the major wineries, some of which feature well known names in the kitchen, or enjoy a cheese platter in a relaxed atmosphere at one of the smaller wineries.

Discover local produce for yourself, stopping at farm gates, roadside stalls and gourmet outlets to collect ingredients for a picnic lunch.

Native animals up close and personal
Complete your tour by getting close to Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, home to more than 200 species of native birds and animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, lyrebirds and even the Tasmanian devil.

Mandala Wines, Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia. Credit: Mandala Wines

Yarra Valley wine region

Sip, sniff, and savour fine wines within the hallowed walls of historic Victorian viticultural institutions, or discover secret winery gems.

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Echidina magic moment

Healesville Sanctuary

Watch for waking koalas and peek at a joey in a kangaroo's pouch, meet keepers or observe vets in the animal hospital, all in an Aussie bush setting.

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Ballooning, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Balloon and scenic flights

Rise above the Yarra Valley at sunrise on a silent, scenic hot air balloon flight – a tranquil way to experience the wonders of the landscape.

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Bread at Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander, Healesviile, Victoria, Australia

Local produce

Gather regional produce for an unforgettable picnic lunch with fresh Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and ice creams.

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