Enjoy a most uniquely Australian experience on this 2-day wildlife and wine tour. Experience close-up encounters with captivating wildlife and savor the world-renowned wines and food found in the Yarra Valley.
If you would like to feed and pat a kangaroo or get close to a koala (no feeding, patting or holding), the Sanctuary offers these encounters. The extra cost is $30 per animal and each encounter last 10 minutes. Alternatively, you could book a 2 hour Australian Wildlife Experience which would include the koala and kangaroo encounters along with your own guide for an additional charge of $99. Sessions and places are limited and book up quickly so bookings are typically required in advance. Please advise us if you wish to include this as part of your Sanctuary experience.
Note: Indicative time of departure on Day 1 would be 8:30am with drop off on Day 2 around 6:30pm but these will be confirmed prior to the date of travel. Pick up is from your city hotel or from another agreed point. If you are staying out of the city, the Melbourne Town Hall, which is located in the city on the corner of Collins & Swanston Streets would be the central meeting point.
WhenThis tour is offered daily
Start Time8:30am on day 1
Finish Time6:30pm on day 2
Meeting PlacePick up is from your city hotel or from another agreed point. If you are staying out of the city, the Melbourne Town Hall, which is located in the city on the corner of Collins & Swanston Streets would be the central meeting point.
Price$660 per person per couple
InclusionsTransport, entry to Healesville Sanctuary, wine tastings at Coldstream Hills and Medhurst Vineyards, glass of sparkling at Domaine Chandon, wine tastings, 2 x main course a la carte lunches, glass of wine and coffee at Yering Station, Garden Suite accommodation at Chateau Yering, three course a la carte dinner at Eleonore’s Restaurant, full breakfast in Sweetwater Cafe, newspaper, use of Chateau Yering facilities, petit fours on arrival, wine tasting with cheese at De Bortoli, bottled water, guide and GST
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Head into the Valley
We’ll pick you up at your city hotel, otherwise, those staying outside of the city can meet us at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Here you’ll meet your guide ready to help care for your experience over the next two days. All of our guides are local experts passionate about sharing their knowledge of our unique tour offering.
Settle into your comfortable transport as we leave Melbourne’s outskirts, passing through the bush-laden suburbs of Templestowe, Warrandyte and Wonga Park.
Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
An exciting start to our day, we arrive at the world-famous Healesville Sanctuary, one of Australia’s most recognised and acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries.
Within its 30 hectares of bushland, more than 200 species of Australian wildlife thrive in this distinct setting. During your visit, 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
Yering Station is Victoria’s oldest and most storied vineyard and continually considered one of its best. From their beautifully situated Wine Bar Restaurant, enjoy the sweeping views of the Yarra Valley. Their a la carte menu features fresh and seasonal cuisine which compliments the exclusive and extensive wine list.
Chateau Yering & Eleanore’s Restaurant
After lunch, it's a short walk through to the historic homestead of Chateau Yering. The property reflects the elegance of its establishment in 1854, but balances that with more modern efficiencies of a five-star hotel. Settle into your luxurious Garden Suite accommodation before indulging in the award-winning dishes from the creative chefs at Eleanore’s Restaurant.
Sweet Beginnings to Day 2
Your morning begins with a delicious breakfast inside the light and comfortable conservatory-style Sweetwater Cafe. Enjoy the remainder of your morning with the freedom to explore the facilities and admire the best rural vistas in Victoria until you meet your driver and group for lunch.
Yering Station Vineyard Lunch
The menu at Yering Station Wine Bar Restaurant takes full advantage of the seasonal produce plentifully available in the region and with such variety, there’s sure to be something new to savor. Your post-lunch tour takes you through the Station’s original winery (c. 1859) which features local artworks and produce as well as estate and reserve wine to taste.
De Bortoli Vineyard Tasting & Cheese Degustation
Our final stop for the day is the De Bortoli Winery at Dixons Creek. In true Italian style, you’ll feel the genuine warmth and hospitality from this 3rd generation family operation. Careful cultivation from some of the oldest plantings in the region awards their production of delicious sparkling, table and dessert wines, which will superbly compliment your cheeseboard degustation.
During your ride back home, share newly formed memories of such a unique wildlife and wine experience. Sit back and relax as we pass through Steels Creek and Christmas Hills admiring the superb Valley views. Just make sure to keep an eye out for the occasional kangaroo.
ChristinaCC214: Definitely recommended to everyone who wants to experience high quality winery tour! Definitely worth the $!
Dermotd480: It was well organised, with a good choice of wineries. An outstanding tour, can't recommend it enough!
Emilygillian: The tour was very well designed and the wineries were just perfect. Highly recommend!