Review: Yarra Valley Segway tours provide free-wheeling fun amongst the vines

The stunning Yarra Valley is one of Melbourne's most popular day tour destinations and can be explored in a variety of ways, including upright on two wheels. Join this Segway tour and get up close and personal with one of the valley's most beautiful wineries. Review: Vanessa O'Hanlon

Yarra Valley Segway tours

4.5 stars

Yarra Valley Segway tours with Segway Victoria

These Yarra Valley Segway tours will give you the opportunity to glide amongst the vines in the fresh air at beautiful Rochford Wines. Enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch, then climb on board your Segway for a guided tour of the winery grounds. Segways are fun and easy to operate. Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

While it’s well-known for its lush vineyards and lazy lunches, these days Victoria’s Yarra Valley is also a destination for upright adventure enthusiasts on two wheels.

On my travels I’ve watched other tourists zigzagging their way around cities on these funny two-wheeled contraptions known as Segways – and although I’ve been a little quiet about my ambitions, secretly I’ve envied every single one of them. Well today it’s my turn to ride, on one of Segway Victoria’s Yarra Valley Segway tours.

Our meeting point is the popular Rochford Wines, a little under an hour’s drive from Melbourne. I last visited the region about two months ago. At the time I was mesmerised by the green rolling hills, but under the scorching heat of the summer sun the richness of colour has faded. That hasn’t deterred the jovial lunch-goers at the winery though – Sunday amongst the vines is as popular as ever!

Our tour begins inside the coolness of the restaurant. I get to know my fellow foodies and adventure seekers over a glass of local white wine and a refreshing smoked trout salad with cracked wheat, cucumber and preserved lemon.

I hesitate about the glass of wine and its possible affect on my balance, but what the heck. I’m at a winery. It’s all part of the experience!

Yarra Valley Segway tours

Yarra Valley Segway tours. Image: Vanessa O’Hanlon

My belly’s full and here we go. These Yarra Valley Segway tours begin with an animated video outlining the logistics and safety aspects of riding a Segway. Looking the part, dressed in a helmet and oversized fluorescent yellow vest (yes, the true fashionista), I am ready to skirt my way around the winery!

The machine moves with the flow of your body. To gain speed, lean forward. Tilting backwards slows it down and standing upright will keep a steady pace.

It’s here I should probably insert a guilty admission: this is not actually my first time! I had a practice run in Krakow, Poland and I loved the zippy freedom of dodging obstacles; the art of balancing.

And besides, it’s fun, and I was never going to say no to a Yarra Valley wine!

After a slow and steady paced practice, we’re ready to hit the designated guided course with a vengeance. With barely a vehicle and ample space, this course is ideal for beginners or those looking for more of a challenge.

We accelerate and venture off the path. After a while Zac our guide says: ‘we’ve done rugged, now we are going ruggeder!’ I’m not sure that’s a word, but I get the gist. This is the fun stuff!

Yarra Valley Segway tours

Yarra Valley Segway tours. Image: Vanessa O’Hanlon

We make our way along a dusty track to the back of the winery. The mountains provide a scenic backdrop, perfect for a snapshot or two. Though perhaps I should be paying a little more attention to the ride. I feel in control and at ease, until I lean a little too far forward.

Weaving in and out of the chardonnay vines, I find myself getting a bit too close to the grapes! Just before I go head first into the vines, I manage to regain balance. Phew!

We approach a small bridge and Zac introduces us to his ‘stabby, grabby’ pick-up stick. ‘If you lean the wrong way on the log bridge, I will use it to drag you out of the water’, he calls.

I’m not sure I want to be the one taking a bath, so I carefully manoeuvre my way over the bridge, take a sharp right, bounce over a little jump, duck under a prickly vine, before gaining speed and heading off again.

Yarra Valley Segway tours

Yarra Valley Segway tours. Image courtesy of Segway Victoria

After a couple of hours of zipping around, it’s time to head back to the restaurant. Stepping off the Segway, I’m left with a strange sensation – my balance is out of alignment.

With a slight swagger I make my way to the car. Whilst it’s tempting to stop for another glass of wine, I still have to drive home!

If you’re an adventure seeker and a lover of fine food and wine, then these Yarra Valley Segway tours with Segway Victoria are a must.

Vanessa travelled as a guest of Segway Victoria.

Additional images: Bigstock


Vanessa O'Hanlon

About the writer

Vanessa O’Hanlon is an Australian television news presenter with the Nine Network and an avid traveller. Her travels began with a flight to Egypt, a visit to the pyramids and a camel ride and instantly she knew there was no turning back. Since then Vanessa’s backpack has seen a thing or two, from discovering relatively untouched Bhutan to bracing the cold winds on the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro. Her travel tales span nearly 50 countries. Combining a love of writing, photography and exploring the unknown, Vanessa is pleased to share her adventures with The Big Bus tour and travel guide readers.

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