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Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary
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Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary

By Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours
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Just east of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s most popular wine regions. On this guided tour, combine a morning visit to the Healesville Sanctuary—where you can spot kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and other native wildlife—with an afternoon in the lovely Yarra Valley. Two wine tastings, a delicious winery lunch, and convenient round-trip transportation are included.
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$170.78
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Ages 0-95, max of 11 per group
Duration: 10h
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Highlights
  • Savor two guided wine tastings and lunch at wineries in the Yarra Valley
  • Enjoy native wildlife and prepaid, fast entry at the Healesville Sanctuary
  • Learn about Australian winemaking and varietals on guided winery visits
  • Includes convenient pickup and drop-off at Melbourne hotels

  • Bottled water
  • Lunch and complimentary glass of wine
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off at select Melbourne hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry to Healesville Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Healesville Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Yering Station
  • Entry/Admission - De Bortoli Winery
What's not included
  • Purchases of a personal nature.
  • Koala Encounter (currently AUD$30 per person per animal)

After pickup from your Melbourne hotel, set out on the drive to the Healesville Sanctuary, a nonprofit conservation center home to over 200 animal species. Your prepaid tickets get you straight inside, so you can spend the entire morning exploring the wildlife sanctuary and spotting native Australian animals such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, wombats, and platypuses. Continue to the Yarra Valley, where the first stop is Yering Station. After a lovely lunch at the restaurant looking out over the vineyards, take a tour of the historic winery and sample their fine wines. Your second wine tasting is at De Bortoli Winery, the valley’s largest wine producer. Enjoy a guided tasting and sample a selection of red, white, sparkling, and dessert wines paired with a selection of regional cheeses. Return to Melbourne via the scenic towns of Steels Creek and Christmas Hills. Your tour ends back at your hotel.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • The Langham Hotel, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank, Australia The Westin Hotel, 205 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia Sofitel Hotel, 25 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia Intercontinental Hotel, 495 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia Grand Hyatt Hotel, 123 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia Park Hyatt Hotel, 1 Parliament Square, East Melbourne, Australia Marriott Hotel, Cnr Exhibition & Lonsdale Sts, Melbourne, Australia Adina Apartment Hotel, 189 Queen St, Melbourne, Australia
  • St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Meet by the front steps, Flinders St side, opposite Federation Square.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 13938P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Does not include meals for infants
  • Must be 18 years old or older to drink
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements when booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels are welcome providing there is someone with the passenger who can help them board and disembark
  • Operates rain or shine; please dress appropriately
  • Encounters with a kangaroo, koala, wombat or dingo are available at extra cost. Please enquire if interested although places are limited
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary?
Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary price starts from $169.90. Discover and book Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary on Tripadvisor
What is the Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary cancellation policy?
Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary?
Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary is hosted by Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 13938P3

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    Healesville Sanctuary
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Yering Station
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    De Bortoli Winery
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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uweinalem
uweinalem
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Amazing wine tour! Well worth the price!
For anyone who loved wine or just want to learn about wine, I highly recommend this tour. We had a great time and r
NgK632
NgK632
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A great experience of a lifetime!
Visited Melbourne for about 3 weeks, we stay in Parc Hotel Bundoora. We rented a car during the stay to travel arou
CampbellN821
CampbellN821
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Great wine & food, poor transportation
The food and wine was lovely, the guide excellent. The only complaint was the Toyota Hi-Ace used as transportation.
Gabriellarthomson
Gabriellarthomson
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So fantastic! 10/10
Loved our tour with Paul! Went for my friend’s birthday and we had a fabulous day! Delicious wine and cheese. Lunch
KNZOR
KNZOR
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I'VE REACHED MY FIRST EVER WINEGASM!
IF YOU CAN'T DECIDE ON A TOUR, READ THIS REVIEW. My palette has always been hopeless. I have had many wines with e
D K
D K
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One of my best days in Melbourne
Tasted at 6 different wineries while traveling in a comfortable van. Excellent lunch. Beautiful views. HIGHLY recom
352ti
352ti
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Great tour - highly recommended!
Paul is a really nice bloke and an excellent guide. It was a small group with lots of information from the staff at
Jadebirks90
Jadebirks90
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Absolutely amazing tour... highly recommend
The whole tour was excellent. Paul made the day as he provided unexpected commentary during the drive to the vineya
lrmc2023
lrmc2023
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Nice tour of Yarra valley
Robert the guide was informative, the wineries stops had good choices and food, the Healesville sanctuary voluntee
Z1161WMsidneys
Z1161WMsidneys
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Yarra Valley Tour/ Tasting with Vinetrekker
If You are researching a Visit to Yarra Valley, You’ll want to spend the Day with Vinetrekker. Paul Robinson, The O
Scott R
Scott R
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Outstanding day out at the Mornington Peninsula wineries
Absolutely top day out! I've had the pleasure over the years of visiting some awesome and well known wine areas in
Margaret20232023
Margaret20232023
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Yarra Valley Wine & Food Day Tour
The tour was excellent as was our guide Rob. We visited five different wineries and had an excellent lunch at Yerin
R9661HJkevinl
R9661HJkevinl
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Great Wine and Wildlife Experience
The wine and cheese experience at deBortoli was excellent! We also enjoyed the tasting and lunch at Yering Station
kw1851
kw1851
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Lovely day
Given an opportunity to sample wines from 5 wine producers. Beautiful setting and a great introduction to wine from
tinao246
tinao246
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Amazing
The day was absolutely amazing. There was a great selection of wineries, with beautiful locations. The quality of t
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Zoe P
Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
This experience is a little more expensive than many of the winery tours on offer and for good reason. It’s a small group experience with private rooms allocated at the wineries for your tasting experiences. This experience showcased 2 wineries. DeBortoli where we had an excellent wine and cheese pairing tasting followed by Yering Station for another wine tasting followed by a delicious lunch with amazing views of the Yarra Valley from the restaurant.
We were then taken to Healesville Sanctuary for the remainder of the afternoon for a leisurely stroll seeing koalas, kangaroos and Tasmania Devils which included a really informative Keeper talk. There is another tour option which incorporates a further 3 wineries instead of the sanctuary if that is your preference.
Our gracious host, Paul then came to collect us for the journey back to Melbourne.
A wonderful day with a great group of people from all around the world.
Written January 6, 2023
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lumonte
Brasília, DF80 contributions
Mar 2023
What a wonderful day!
The tour at Healesville Sanctuary was amazing. It is not a zoo, but a place for preservation and raising awareness regarding the importance the flora and fauna have in our lives. The close encounter with the koalas was nice and the Spirits of Sky presentation was unforgettable.
Yering and De Bortoli wineries were excellent. I had the chance to taste really good wines, the best shiraz I have ever tasted, and the lunch was perfect.
Rob, the guide, was kind and fun. He had a significant role in integrating all of the participants, making the day really pleasant.
It was my first day in Australia and I couldn't have had a better start.
Written March 20, 2023
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vinetrekker
Thank you lumonte for your review and delighted to hear it was the perfect start to your holiday in Australia. All the best and have a wonderful time here.
Written March 21, 2023
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Emma C
Plymouth, UK2 contributions
Simply put… the best!
Paul was friendly, organised, punctual, knowledgeable (so so knowledgeable!) and joined in quietly to group activities allowing connections to form among the group throughout the day. His choice of Healesville Sanctuary for the morning was perfect - the animals were out and about and our volunteer tour guide Graham was just brilliant. His knowledge left me so inspired to know more.
Lunch at the Yering Station vineyard was superb - I’m vegetarian and they didn’t skimp on the creativity and quality of the good one bit.
The wine tasting though… well that was next level. We really enjoyed Yering Station and the wine was delicious but we moved on at the end to our last winery which blew us away… de Bortoli winery wine and cheese tasting was… well… Sensational!

I did another tour in Dandenong and Healesville with another company recently and they were very good but this one? Don’t hesitate… book it!!
Written September 8, 2022
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Thanks EmmaC1601 for your generous review, we're stoked to hear that your Yarra Valley experience was the best. We bring together very impressive components that highlight native animals, great wine and food. It's a very balanced day and ideal if you're not wanting to visit 5 vineyards. Thanks so much for your support, it was very much appreciated.
Written September 20, 2022
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elizabethpV8634SC
Golden, Colorado209 contributions
Jan 2023
If you are interested in visiting the Yarra Valley but a whole day of wine tasting is not what you are looking for, then this may be the perfect answer.

We had an outstanding day, visiting two wineries as well as the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. Our first winery De Bortoli, paired a different cheese with each of the five wines we tasted. At the second winery, Yering Station, our wine tasting was followed by lunch at their restaurant with splendid scenery to accompany a delicious meal and a glass of wine. The presentation of the food was as impressive as the flavors.

We then continued to the Sanctuary where we had over 2 hours to wander around and see all the animals plus the bird show (where you will be buzzed by some low-flying raptors and other birds). Our driver Shane did a great job in keeping everything perfectly organized and was punctual at every stop and every step of the way. Based on our experience I would definitely recommend Vinetrekker and would use them again.
Written February 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
vinetrekker
Thank you Elizabeth for the detailed review and that Shane took excellent care of you.
Written February 16, 2023
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Stephen W
Carshalton, UK7 contributions
This trip exceeded expectations... far more than a wine tasting and zoo trip.

The Animal Sanctuary trip included a personal guided tour from Graham, a gentle Auzzie gent. He was incredibly knowledgeable and it was clear that everyone who worked there was passionate about what they did. But the most striking feature was the beautiful fauna and flora that surrounded Australia's native animals.

From there we went for a top quality lunch and two stunning wineries for tasting numerous wines of the region. But the absolute star of the day was the matching of cheese with wine at the last stop.

Paul chauffeured, charmed, provided commentary and was attentive to every detail throughout the day.

Simply superb!
Written September 8, 2022
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Wonderful to hear from you Stephen W and even better knowing that your recent tour to the Healesville Sanctuary and Yarra Valley exceeded your expectations. That puts a smile on all our faces. The setting at the sanctuary is world class and it's no wonder the animals and staff are all so happy there. Being able to then add a high quality lunch, wine and cheese is pretty special. Thanks for choosing to travel with us, we greatly appreciate it.
Written September 20, 2022
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Dan
1 contribution
May 2022
I went on a Yarra Valley winery and Healesville Sanctuary tour. It was just a delight. Paul did a fantastic job of engaging the group throughout the day to make sure everyone was included as well as being super attentive to each member. He is close with all the venues stopped at and it feels bespoke with each site visited. It truly is an unforgettable experience.
Written May 3, 2022
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Lovely to hear from you Daniil and an absolute pleasure to have you travel with us recently to the Yarra Valley and Healesville Sanctuary. Our small group yours make it easier for our guides to interact with their guests which enhances the experience for all. Thanks for your support and all the best.
Written May 5, 2022
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D K
11 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
I’ve done 2 different wine tours with this company and HIGHLY recommend them. I spent the AM at the sanctuary with open encounters of various animals. If you want to get really close to a Roo or Koala, you need to book this in advance as it tends to sell out. You could honestly spend an entire day at the sanctuary, I wasn’t able to see everything in 3 hrs because I took my time, so be sure to walk quickly. Try to grab the bird show around noon. I went to 2 brilliant wineries after. Such a great day! Cam was very helpful and knowledgeable about wine.
Written February 21, 2023
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vinetrekker
Thank you DK for the review and so happy you had the best day. Cam will be thrilled to know he contributed to your enjoyment.
Written February 22, 2023
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Mary A
Pyeongtaek, South Korea1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Solo
Fantastic day exploring the Yarra Valley! Paul was wonderful. I appreciate how well he communicated—he sent me a note after I booked the tour and touched base beforehand so I knew exactly where to be and when. As a solo traveler visiting the area, I found that particularly helpful. The wine was exquisite and I learned so much. We had multiple tastings (I especially loved the cheese pairings!) While the rest of my group did 5 wineries, Paul worked it out to take me to the wildlife sanctuary after lunch. I found that two wineries and the sanctuary were the perfect combination for me. The Healesville Sanctuary is doing wonderful things for the Australian wildlife and the bird show was so fun! At the sanctuary, I had a volunteer guide who was very knowledgeable and walked me around, explaining interesting facts about the animals. When I joined the rest of the group, Paul had saved me a glass of rosé because I’d mentioned it’s my favorite wine—very kind of him! I also appreciated that it was a small group (which is both great in this post-COVID world and best for getting to know people on the tour). Thanks Paul—I’ll definitely be back next time I’m in Melbourne!
Written July 4, 2022
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vinetrekker
Thanks oawoniyi for taking the time to review your recent Yarra Valley Wildlife, Wine and Food Daytour and thrilled to hear you had a terrific experience. The combination of wine, food and native animals is an irresistable one, especially for time poor visitors and it's done so well in the Valley. Our small group format works well and allows good interaction amongst everyone. We're pleased you felt more than comfortable as a solo traveller and have nothing but great memories of your time with us. All the best and hopefully you'll get the opportunity to return to Melbourne.
Written July 20, 2022
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Dan S.
3 contributions
Aug 2022
My wife and I went on the the Yarra Valley Wildlife and wine day tour with Paul/Vinetrekker. It was a great day. We went to Healsville Sanctuary in the AM, this was a great experience. It allowed us to see numerous animals unique to Australia we would have otherwise missed on our trip. We then went to an amazing lunch at Yering Station and enjoyed a glass of wine. We then proceeded to try some of the reserve wines at the tasting there. Along the way Paul shares his knowledge of the area as well as his extensive knowledge of wine. Lastly we went to DeBertoli winery for the final tasting which included a cheese pairing. Although we were visiting from the US and thus had interest in the Sanctuary tour, if this is not of interest to you then would recommend the full day of wine tasting with Vinetrekker, you won’t regret it.
Written August 21, 2022
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Thanks C2105DMdaniels for taking the time to review your recent wildlife and wine tour to the Yarra Valley and pleased to hear it was a great day. It's a wonderful combination for our international visitors and what's not to love about native animals, great wine and food. Glad to know you've got nothing but wonderful memories of your Vinetrekker tour.
Written September 20, 2022
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Shafira
10 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Had the best time on the Wineries & Healesville Sanctuary tour. The wineries were beautiful, and it was very pleasant to see and take in the breathtaking views. I gained so much new insight in wine and the region itself during the tour. And the tour around Healesville Sanctuary was really fun and insightful. The volunteers at Healesville gave us a lot of knowledge about the Australian wildlife that they had in the sanctuary. Our guide Rob was very kind and generous, and he’s also a really good storyteller. We had a lovely time talking to him. Would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Melbourne, and would love to connect with Vinetrekker again when I go back to Australia next time
Written December 1, 2022
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