Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

4.5 stars

Editor's summary:

Combine great wine, fine food and amazing Aussie wildlife on this acclaimed small group Yarra Valley Food, Wine and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne. The tour starts with a visit to the must-see Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Ranges to meet the furry and feathered locals, before you move on to two of the Yarra Valley’s most renowned wineries for tastings and a leisurely gourmet lunch.

Pricing & Dates

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☆ Explore renowned Healesville Sanctuary – home to more than 200 species of wildlife

☆ 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.


☆ 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 glass of wine

☆ Wine and cheese degustation tasting.

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.

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!

Important information

Once your booking is 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.

In addition to CBD hotel pick-up, the tour also collects guests from St Paul’s Cathedral (opposite Federation Square).

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.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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