Places to Visit for an Amazing Yarra Valley Tour From Melbourne

Are you looking to be a part of the 3 million visitors that savour wine, hike jaw-dropping trails, or spend a relaxing day at a four and a half star spa? 

Look no further because you just found your reason to take an Amazing Yarra Valley Tour From Melbourne, at just an hour’s drive it’s to the perfect weekend getaway! 

We’ll cover the best times to go there, things to do, and the best way to experience everything Yarra Valley’s got to offer.

Paradise a Short Drive From Melbourne

The Yarra Valley is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Australia and is easily accessible with only a short 1-hour drive from the Melbourne CBD.

The picture-perfect region will captivate you with its natural beauty, quaint villages, quality wineries and foodie delights.

With a history stretching back nearly 180 years, Yarra Valley is world renowned for it’s wine industry, and home to some of Australia’s best wineries. Today, the Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s leading cool climate wine growing regions, with internationally-renowned names such as Domaine Chandon, St Huberts, De Bortoli, Yering Station, Oakridge and Coldstream

But wine is not the only thing that Yarra Valley serves to quench your thirst. You can find local breweries,artisan cider and tantalising gins to excite the palate. 

Luckily, private Yarra Valley tours are available to provide the complete sophisticated luxury experience. 

The Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Yarra Valley is during early autumn and late spring. Ideally, March is the perfect time to visit to experience ripe grapes covering the vineyards and the smell of wine fermentation wafting from the wineries. 

The region offers plenty of activities like concerts, music festivals, and art shows year round. And if you’re looking for a memorable hen’s getaway, then a private luxury tour is the perfect day out for a group of friends in the Valley.

Summers are pleasant but tend to be drier than the other seasons. It’s an excellent time to visit the surrounding national parks in the area or combine a visit to Dandenong Rangers for sweeping views of Melbourne and surrounds. 

Yarra Valley is one of the more popular destinations for adults and families, so if enjoying a getaway in a crowd isn’t your scene, it’s best to book days that aren’t colliding with any school holidays. 

Fresh Produce

In between the wineries, you’ll pass by organic farms and provedores that provide fresh produce for the area. Taste melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and have the aroma of fresh-baked artisan bread slowly invade your senses. 

The fine-dining restaurants in the area also take advantage of all the fresh farm produce and dairy products. On a fine-dining tour from Great Private Tours, you’ll experience an indulgent lunch, where the food experience is paramount and the wineries are paired to match the cuisine.

It’s about all the local wines and produce you’ll taste with your friends and loved ones, where every ingredient is meticulously selected to provide fireworks with every sip and bite. 

Art and Nature

Isn’t nature really art at its finest? That might be true, but Yarra Valley is home to the TarraWarra Museum of Art. 

The collection includes sculptures, paintings, and prints in various styles ranging from the 1950s to the present day for everyone to admire. 

If you want to get up close and personal with wildlife native to Australia, the Healesville Sanctuary is a short drive away. It’s the perfect place to get close to Australia’s famous kangaroos, koalas, and even Tasmanian Devils! 

For the ultimate nature experience, you need to experience the Yarra Valley from above. And there’s no better way to do this than to take a romantic Hot Air Balloon journey over the rolling hills and vineyards below. 

Pampering at the Spa

We’ve kept you in suspense long enough. Your luxury vacation day spa is nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. The Piaf Day Spa sits on 10 acres of rainforest sanctuary. 

So as you get your body exfoliated, a custom facial, or a heated stone massage, you can relax knowing you’re truly spending a day in paradise. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling solo, on a honeymoon, or with a group of friends. You’ll be able to find customisable packages to fit your needs. 

Yarra Valley Sophisticated Luxury Tours

From the art and culture to the mouthwatering food, world renowned wine region and the natural beauty of the rolling hills and landscapes the Yarra Valley has plenty to offer anyone looking for a sophisticated adventure.

If this sounds right up your alley, then Great Private Tours is here to help take you in style and luxury. We’ve put together various tours consisting of carefully selected vineyards for your pleasure. You’ll get to experience some real hidden gems alongside well-known wineries and first class restaurants.

Get in touch for your private Yarra Valley tour!

Our Reviews

Five Days of Excellent Touring with Great Private Tours and Elijah My wife and I spent six nights in Melbourne and three days on the Great Ocean Road in February. I researched and talked with many tour operators when I planned our month-long visit to Australia, including at least five tour operators in the Melbourne area. My interactions with Steve, the owner of Great Private Tours in Melbourne, were extensive and valuable. He provided excellent insights and suggestions that improved our visit to the Melbourne area. His offerings were very reasonable and included excellent tour vehicles and amenities. It was a wonderful experience dealing with him. I highly recommend him. We ended up spending six days with Great Private Tours in one of their Mercedes Viano vans. The first two days included the Full-day Melbourne Tour and the Phillips Island Penguin Parade. Both were led by Elijah McLeod. The third tour went to the Mornington Peninsula with Steve, the owner. Mornington is a beautiful area and really shouldn’t be missed if you have the time while in Melbourne. We then spent the last three days on a tour of the Great Ocean Road with Elijah again. The quality of these tours was excellent and included little extras like (a) varying maps and really high quality publications relevant to our destination for the day; (b) Wi-Fi hotspots in the car so we never lacked Internet access when needed; (c) bottles of water; (d) a small refrigerator in the car; etc.. While Steve was the man I most interacted with while planning the trip, Elijah was the man who had to implement the plans. There’s little to add about Elijah beyond he is simply the very best guide we’re had in our years of touring. He’s the kindest man I’ve ever met. He greeted everyone we passed. He always asked and remembered the names of everyone we dealt with at shops, restaurants, hotels, wineries, etc. He offered to take pictures of folks who were struggling to include themselves in photos. My wife doesn’t walk distances or go up steps well, so he always found ways to get her to where we were going with as little walking and steps as possible and was always at her side to help her. He always asked if we needed water, a restroom break, a better temperature in the car, a charge for our phones, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a blanket, etc. He drove safely. He came up with wonderful new ideas for places to see and things to do as he learned about our interests. For example, on the second day of our Great Ocean Road trip, he arranged for us to visit the Narrapumelap Home, a Victorian-era French Gothic Revival country mansion in Wickliffe built by John Wyselaskie in 1873, and meet its new owner and restorer, Kevin McIntyre, for a personal tour of the magnificent house and grounds. Elijah grew up with Kevin and his family in this area. I can guarantee this is a stop not on anyone else’s tour. I highly recommend Great Private Tours and Elijah to anyone thinking of private tours in Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road.
Jam-packed day! Steve from GPT was great to work with and was a fantastic tour guide. I am the type that likes to do as many things as possible and Steve created an agenda that helped us do and see all the things we wanted. He was very accommodating, polite, and professional. Steve was flexible with timing since some locations we wanted a little longer time at and others we were ok to move along. Steve was great at giving us the background and history to many of the locations and answered many questions. Wouldn't hesitate to book a tour with him again.
Amazing private tour! Despite the bad weather the day we had the tour, Steve still made it an absolutely enjoyable tour, he was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had and we had great conversations on our journey. We got to see the beautiful natures of Victoria, the 12 apostles, rain forests, and even koalas and kangaroos, we had a delicious seafood lunch and a few small refreshing hikes. The car was also extremely comfortable! Would highly recommend this private tour!
Rania L
Rania L
Really amazing great private tour We were picked up at our hotel by Brenden. He was a great guide and gave us a lot of information about the tour, but also about Australia. On forehand we changed the restaurant for lunch (our kids do not like seafood) and we went to the best lunchplace ever, great burgers and curry! The helicopterride was really a bonus, what a beautifull views and because we did the reverse tour we were there just before the big crowd arrived, this also was the case for the walk to the 12 Apostles. Seeing those made me emotional.
Dianne D
Dianne D
Best way to see Australia! Best way to see Australia! I can not say enough good things about Steve Andrew and our day with him on the Great Ocean Road. Approaching the GOR in reverse was exactly what we were looking for to avoid the crowds. Steve was very knowledgeable about the things that we saw and experienced. The vehicles were very clean and comfortable. Steve was on time to pick us up and return us to our house so we could make connections for other activities. We had such a positive experience on this tour that we booked another tour for a second day. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Australia.
Robin F
Robin F
Traveling with a disabled person Steve took us on a half a day tour of Melbourne and we enjoyed it so much we asked him to take us on a full day to Dandenong Ranges/Rickett Sanctuaries/steam train tour. He was friendly and very knowledgeable but what made the tours special was his flexibility accommodating my disabled friend so she could enjoy the experience fully. He went out of his way to spot wild life for her since she wished it so much. We’re thankful to Steve for helping us enjoy Melbourne and showing us great places for shopping and eating too!
Couldn't have asked for more. I have to say that this was probably one of our favorite tours while in Australia. Others just couldn’t measure up to this one. Our tour stared with a pick up at our hotel by Steve in a really nice Benz van, with water. From the very start Steve was friendly, warm, and informative. He was very knowledgeable and made the entire trip enjoyable. Our first stop was a small coffee shop run out a garage. A welcome first stop after we got out of the city traffic, with good coffee and a delicious sticky muffin. Steve took us on a “reverse” loop so as to arrive at the Apostles before the larger bus tours would. At the 12 Apostles we had a 15 minute flight over the Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. What wonderful view, one you can’t get by they shoreside lookouts. We got some really cool pictures, and splurged to buy the video taken during the flight. On the way back, we stopped in Apollo Bay for lunch. The included lunch exceed all expectations. Delicious seafood, relaxing environment, and a friendly, and talented, chef. Apollo Bay provided for some retail therapy too. From there we went to Melba Gully, named after Dame Nellie Melba. The best way to describe it is a rain forest park. On the way back had stops to see koalas, feed parrots, see kangaroos “playing golf”, visit historical sites, all while Steve provided colorful and entertaining commentary. I felt this trip wasn’t just a guide taking us around, but a mate who enjoyed showing guests the Great Ocean Road. For a full day adventure of 12 hours, this was well worth price. I would highly recommend tour.
AUZ2019 What a fantastic trip!!! Steven Andrew was a phenomenal guide - so many fun and interesting facts plus first-rate tour experience. Could not have been more pleased! A must item to book when you are in Melbourne!
Dandenong, Puffing Billy Tour, William Ricketts It was a fantastic tour, Steve is very knowledgeable and personable. He explained what we were seeing and ensured we had a good time.
Mike P
Mike P
Amazing tour A fabulous tour of an amazing place with an excellent informed guide. A real treasure. I recommend this tour to everyone
Alicia P
Alicia P