1. Wineries

The rolling hills of the Yarra Valley are less than an hour from Melbourne and are dotted with over 70 vineyards. Call in to the welcoming cellar doors to taste the region's diverse cool-climate styles, and savour a meal of fresh local produce with stunning views at a winery restaurant.

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2. Healesville Sanctuary

Come face to face with your favourite Australian animals in Healesville Sanctuary's natural bush setting. Observe animals in their natural habitats or go behind the scenes to learn more about caring for these quirky characters. Join a wine and wildlife tour to take advantage of the Yarra Valley's bounty. 

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3. Puffing Billy

Make your way through the forests and fern glades of the Dandenong Ranges on board Puffing Billy, Australia's oldest and most-loved steam railway. Look out from the open-sided carriages as you travel between Belgrave and Gembrook, or choose a first-class wine and dine option for a more refined journey.

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4, Ballooning over the Yarra Valley

See the rolling hills and vineyards of the Yarra Valley from a different perspective with an early morning hot air balloon flight. Watch the sunrise in total tranquillity as you drift over forests and farms, coming down to land for a decadent breakfast of sparkling wine and local produce.

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5. Local Produce

Fresh seasonal produce is ripe for the picking in the fertile farms of the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley Food Trail signposts standout orchards, farm gates and roadside stalls for the freshest fruit, vegetables and cheeses. Call in to cafes and restaurants to savour local produce prepared with passion.

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6. Food

The Yarra Valley's celebrated wines are at their best when matched with farm-fresh food in regional eateries. Winery restaurants combine stunning views with contemporary cuisine, while friendly cafes serve wholesome meals and heritage homes prepare gourmet fare. Options abound in the Dandenong Ranges, with the Devonshire tea a local tradition.

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