The Yarra Valley east of Melbourne has so much to offer visitors. This intimate small group tour is a chance to meet the furry and feathered Aussie locals at acclaimed Healesville Sanctuary and visit two of the region's finest wineries for tastings. A gourmet lunch is included.

AUD $230pp

Yarra Valley Food, Wine and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne with Lunch
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 9am
Departs from: St Paul’s Cathedral and selected Melbourne CBD hotels
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘This tour gets great views for a reason — it’s amazing! Absolutely unforgettable scenery, wildlife interactions, plus great food and wine. Excellent customer service as well. We learned and experienced so much about Australia in a single day. It was definitely the highlight of our trip!’ Slsadventures

Tour highlights

  • Explore renowned Healesville Sanctuary — home to more than 200 wildlife species
  • Visit historic Yering Station winery for a wine tasting and a superb a la carte lunch
  • Enjoy a degustation of wine and cheese at the famous De Bortoli winery
  • Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Yarra Valley
  • Maximum group size: 11.

What's included

  • Guided small group tour with commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Entry to Healesville Sanctuary
  • Winery lunch (main course) with a glass of wine
  • Wine tastings and a shared cheese platter.


Adults: AUD $230pp
Children (4 to 15 years): AUD $180pp

This tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

What you can expect

Combining two of the things Australia is best known for — wine and wildlife — this relaxing small group Yarra Valley Food, Wine and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne will introduce you to one of the country’s most renowned wildlife sanctuaries and give you the opportunity to explore two award-winning Yarra Valley wineries.

You’ll depart Melbourne in the morning in air-conditiooned comfort, accompanied by a passionate guide with a thorough knowledge of the Yarra Valley, its wine and the iconic Aussie wildlife you’re about to encounter. [More]

After a lovely drive east, your first stop is Healesville Sanctuary — home to more than 200 species of native Australian animals, birds and reptiles. Healesville Sanctuary is operated by Zoos Victoria and has a mission to conserve Australia’s precious wildlife and wild places. In the lush 30-acre site you’ll meet dingoes, emus, platypus, koalas, kangaroos and more. For those looking to get up close and personal with some of these critters, there’s the option to take part in one of the sanctuary’s Close-up Encounters (additional cost applies)

The next stop on this Yarra Valley Food, Wine and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne is famous Yering Station winery, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting followed by a delicious a la carte lunch (main course and a glass of wine). There will be plenty of time to take in the sweeping views of the valley.

The last stop of the day is the wonderful family-owned and very famous De Bortoli winery. Here you’ll be treated to a degustation of cheese and wine tastings, and learn about De Bortoli’s third-generation Italian heritage.

The journey back to Melbourne will take you via the picturesque Christmas Hills, and you’ll arrive back at your CBD hotel and around 6.30pm.

This Yarra Valley Food, Wine and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne has something for everyone — stunning scenery, captivating wildlife and the very best Australian food and wine. It’s a superb day out!

Guest reviews

  • MMVV (25/1/2019) – Via TripAdvisor

    We spent a wonderful day with Paul on this tour. If you enjoy animals the sanctuary was nice, not too kid-like or kitchy and the volunteer guide named Margot was terrific, even at 82. The wine tastings were elegant and the lunch was superb. Much better than Napa, less people, not as touristy. A great day.

  • SybilZ2 (31/12/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    My mother and I had a great time on this tour. Very worth it. It was raining, so we had the option of doing wine tasting all day rather than stopping at the sanctuary, but we ended up having an amazing day at the sanctuary. with so few visitors due to weather, we had a really awesome up-close look at some of the animals, even getting to help feed some of them. The lunch is delicious and at a very nice winery, followed by a tasting. The last winery had some of the best dessert wine we have had, so we ended up purchasing a case!

  • Slsadventures (20/12/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    This tour rates incredibly highly for a reason - it's amazing! Absolutely unforgettable scenery, wildlife interactions, plus great food and wine. Excellent customer service as well. We learned and experienced so much about Australia in a single day. It was definitely the highlight of our trip!

  • Chua (4/6/2018)

    Adam was very helpful when making our booking, and gave very prompt updates. Thumbs up for his good service! The tour was comprehensive and comprised of wildlife, wine, cheese and lunch. A good combination overall. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave great insights on the places, food and wine.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

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Hotel pick-ups are generally between 8 and 9am.

Healesville Sanctuary’s ‘Close-up Encounters’ are an extra cost and must be booked in advance. Visit their website for details.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.