Enjoy a small-group full-day tour that combines native wildlife with wine tasting in Victoria’s internationally acclaimed Yarra Valley wine region. Set out from Melbourne for a visit to Healesville Sanctuary, founded in order to preserve and protect endangered animal species, and spend the morning observing koalas, kangaroos, emus and other iconic native animals. Then, head to Yering Station Vineyard for a delicious a la carte main course lunch and wine tasting before finishing the day with cheese and wine at the De Bortoli Winery.
Your tour begins at either your central Melbourne accommodation or St. paul's Cathedral at 9am. From here, you'll head towards your first destination.
The world-famous Healesville Sanctuary is set amidst 75 acres of Australian bushland approximately 46 miles (75 km) northeast of Melbourne. The not-for-profit conservation organisation is dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction in Australia. Healesville showcases more than 200 species of Aussie wildlife. Spend your morning observing with some of them, including kangaroos, koalas, emus, wombats, platypuses, and birds of prey.
Then continue on for an early afternoon visit to the Yarra Valley and a sit-down lunch at Yering Station Vineyard’s stunning Wine Bar Restaurant. Enjoy a world-class setting while choosing from a full a la carte menu and sipping on a glass of wine. After your meal, tour the property’s original winery — featuring local artwork and ample vino varietals.
From here pay a visit to De Bortoli Winery at Dixons Creek — known for their premium cool climate wines. It’s also the Yarra Valley’s largest wine producer. Snack on cheese while sampling some of their sparkling, table and dessert wines and taking in spectacular scenic views.
Finally, sit back and savor the valley’s natural beauty and the towns of Steels Creek and Christmas Hills while your driver heads back toward Melbourne. Keep an eye out for kangaroos en route.