About the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley region is only a 45 minute day trip from the Melbourne CBD. It boasts one of the best wine regions in Australia with the towns of Healsville, Coldstream, Yarra Glen and Lilydale central to the Region. Rimmed by the Dandenong, and the Great Dividing Ranges the Yarra Valley has stunning natural beauty. But the area is not just about wineries; with farmers markets, cooking schools, specialty shops, flower farms and restaurants there is plenty to tempt the palate and senses. There is also an abundance of accommodation and day spas, so it’s a perfect area to have a Girls Weekends Away!

Things to Do

With over 90 wineries in the Yarra Valley region you may well think that tasting wine is all there is to do. You of course would be wrong, the Yarra Valley offers some great outdoor activities from walks and weekends markets, hot air ballooning to pampering yourself at local day spas. You could even try your hand at one of the cooking schools. The Yarra Valley is all about discovering new things. Remember to check our GWA merchant page to receive discounts exclusive to Girls Weekends Away members. Remember Girls to take a look at the discounts available as a Privilege card member. Just click above for more info.


We have listed some of the wineries in the region. At GWA we can also organise wine tours for you and your friends. For more info regarding these tours email us at contact_us@girlsweekendsaway.com.au

  • Fergusson's (GWA merchant)
  • Morgan Vineyards
  • Yering Station
  • Domaine Chandon
  • Sticks
  • Round Stone
  • Train Track
  • Helen's Hill

Boutique Wineries

Here are a few well hidden boutique wineries that many miss. Why? Because most tourists head to the well know Yarra Valley heartland. But why not turn right up the Warburton Highway to Seville, we did and this is what we found.

  • Ainsworth Estate Open
  • Five Oaks Vineyard
  • McWilliams Lilydale
  • Seville Estate
  • Elmswood Estate
If you want to get a better idea of where all the wineries are before you head out, use your melways or visit Click Here for a free map site


With an abundance of fresh produce and some of the best wines in the world, what a great way to spend a Weekend Away!

  • Healesville Hotel
  • Killara Estate Winery
  • Lovegrove Winery
  • Fergusson's Winery
  • Balgownie Estate
  • Rochford winery
  • De Bortoli
  • Yarra Glen Hotel
  • The Vines

Other Things to do

  • Sunday School @ Domaine Chandon, wine appreciation.
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Lilydale Herb Farm
  • Yarra Valley Dairy
  • Cheese tastings
  • Wine Tours (obviously)
  • Healsville sanctuary
  • Museum of Lilydale
  • Warrantina lavendar Farm
  • Yoga

Wine Basics
If you want to learn a little more about wine before you head to the Yarra valley, here is a great guide to help you have a better experience.Wine basics

Day Spa's

What better way to Relax, Refresh, Revitalize than to head off to one of the day spa's in the Yarra Valley. Most day spa's offer an extensive menu, including massages, body scrubs, wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures. We have compiled a couple we know of here.

  • Piaf Day Spa
  • Indulge Spa retreat
  • Argyles retreat
  • Japanese day spa
  • Bush Creek Buddha retreat
  • Healesville Massage
  • Delvin health retreat Heritage retreat & Day spa
  • Yarra Valley Massage


Make sure you check your calendar as these markets rotate through the month.

  • Yarra Valley Farmers Market
    (3rd Sunday monthly at Yerring station)
  •  Healesville Craft Market
    (1st Sunday monthly at the Healesville Race Course)
  •  Mont De Lancy Market
    (2nd Saturday monthly, Wellington Rd Wandin)
  • Marysville Markets
    (2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, Murchison St, Marysville)

Victorian Regional Guide

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Live Music

  • Warratina Lavender Farm
    (Saturday & Sunday afternoons)
  •  Seville Hill Winery
    (Saturday & Sunday afternoons,
    Oct – April)


Cooking Schools

There are some great 1/2 day and day events that center around cooking. Here are a few that we have found.

Yarra Valley Partners


If you are interested in becoming a Girls Weekends Away Partner Click here for more information.


Wine Lovers' Guide To Australia, the book about the popular and critically acclaimed SBS television series has something for everyone. Wine lovers guide


Wine tasting Package

In the Vines at Yarra valleyIncludes cellar door tastings at 4 premium wineries, a restaurant standard lunch at Rochford's winery with matching wine and a private tour of Domaine Chandon followed by a glass of bubbles.


One Day Action Package

Paddle the rapids & Abseil in one day.
It’s an action packed Adventure Experience you can fit into your weekend!Yarra Valley paddlingThis is an excellent location for a fun and exciting day out where participants learn new skills and work together to successfully complete a river trip while negotiating grade 1 and 2 rapids. You lunch on the banks of the river and then it’s just a short trip to the abseiling site where you can battle your nerves and step over the edge!