See The Best Of What The Yarra Valley Has To Offer

Get ready for a spectacular day as you take in the rolling green hills of the Yarra Valley from every angle. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, this is it. From the hot-air ballooning start with Global Ballooning(opens in a new tab) through to Australian native animals then lunch and wine at one of Australia’s best locations, you will get a perfect introduction to everything the Valley has to offer.

If you would like to get close to a kangaroo or a koala (no feeding, patting or holding) the Sanctuary offers these encounters. Please advise us if you wish to include this as part of your Sanctuary experience.

Note: Indicative times of 4:00 am to 6:30 pm apply but will be confirmed prior to the date of travel. Pick up is from Pullman on the Park Hotel, Wellington Pde, East Melbourne.

Tour Details

Everything You Need To Know


Per Adult: $740
Per Child (6-12 yo): $580

Start time

4:00 am

Finish time

6:30 pm

Meeting place

Pick-up from Pullman on the Park Hotel, Wellington Pde, East Melbourne.


Transport, hot-air balloon experience with breakfast, entry to Healesville Sanctuary, main course, a la carte lunch with a glass of wine and coffee at the stunning Yering Station Winery, wine and cheese flight at De Bortoli Winery, bottled water, guide and GST.


Want to do this tour privately? No problem! Contact us for options.


An Early Start

Aerial view of Yarra River, Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s most famous hot-air ballooning destinations, so get ready to generate some incredible memories.

Your day starts very early, pre-dawn when you depart from Pullman on the Park Hotel, Wellington Pde, East Melbourne for the Yarra Valley and be transferred to the designated balloon-briefing site.

Get Ready to Fly

Hot air balloon, early morning over Yarra Valley vineyards

Get hands-on and assist with the balloon launch or freely enjoy capturing the experience through photos. And then, you’re air-bound! You’ll silently drift above Yarra Glen, the vineyards and the meandering Yarra River. After flying for approximately 1 hour, you’ll descend to pack up the balloon before travelling through to Balgownie Estate Vineyard for a hearty champagne breakfast.

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary

Koala in tree at Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley

Our first stop is the world-famous Healesville Sanctuary, one of Australia’s most recognized and acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries.

With 30 hectares of bushland, it showcases more than 200 species of Australian wildlife in a distinctly Australian setting. Here, visitors can experience close-up encounters with some of Australia’s most unique and captivating wildlife in their natural habitat, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus.

Yering Station Vineyard Lunch & Tasting

Yering Station Winebar Restaurant, Yarra Valley

Yering Station’s stunning Wine Bar Restaurant is the perfect lunch venue. With its world-class views and cuisine, you’ll enjoy an a la carte main course meal. After lunch, visit the original winery (circa 1859) that features local artworks and produce as well as estate and reserve wines to taste.

De Bortoli Vineyard Wine & Cheese Flight

Cheese platter at De Bortoli Cellar Door, Yarra Valley

Our final stop for the day is the family-owned De Bortoli Winery at Dixons Creek. Part of Australian wine folklore for 3 generations, the De Bortoli represent the Italian heritage at the root of so much of Melbourne’s cuisine. Here, you will enjoy a pairing of selected wines and cheeses.

Journey Home

Yarra Valley vineyard

Our pleasant journey home winds back through the Steels Creek and the Christmas Hills as you reflect on a day full of memories and stories to last you for decades to come.

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Koala in tree at Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley
Hot air balloon drifting over Yarra Valley vineyards