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Top 22 Things To Do In The Yarra Valley With Kids

Top 22 Things to Do in the Yarra Valley with Kids

The Yarra Valley is probably the most popular day trip for Melburnians. But with so many places to play, eat (and drink!) it’s hard to know where to start. Check out my list of the best things to do in the Yarra Valley with kids.

Here are my tips on things to do, where to eat, what to see and do and where to stay in the Yarra Valley with kids. Locations include Yarra Glen and Healesville, the two main towns in the Yarra Valley region, and as far as Lilydale and Seville.

things to do in the yarra valley

Yarra Valley Playgrounds

1. Seville Water Park and Seville Regional Play Space

 

Seville Water Park

Seville Water Park is free water play area that has been created from the former Seville Memorial Swimming Pool. Next to the water park is the farm-themed Seville Regional Play Space. Full review.

Seville Water Park, 20 Monbulk-Seville Rd, Seville

2. Yarra Glen Adventure Playground

 

yarra glen playground

Yarra Glen Adventure Playground is a huge playground suitable for all ages just a hop, skip and jump from the main street in Yarra Glen. Full review. 

Yarra Glen Adventure Playground, McKenzie Reserve, cnr Anzac Ave and Bell St, Yarra Glen

3. Lillydale Lake

 

Lillydale Lake

Lillydale Lake is a fun nature-based playground with free water play during the hotter months. Full review. 

Lillydale Lake Playspace, 435 Swansea Road, Lilydale

Things do in the Yarra Valley with Kids

4. Healesville Sanctuary

healesville sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary is a calm and restful bush environment to see Australian native animals and it’s one of the three zoos that is managed by Zoos Victoria. As well as animals there are playgrounds, water play and an indoor play area. Full review. 

Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

5. Cherryhill Orchard

cherryhill orchards

Every summer we go cherry picking at Cherryhill Orchard for our Christmas cherries and indulge in a cherry ice cream afterwards! In Spring they run a cherry blossom festival too. Full review. 

Cherryhill Orchard, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

 

6. Warratina Lavendar Farm

 

warratina lavender farm

Warratina Lavendar Farm doesn’t really have a play area – the purpose of visiting there is to capture beautiful photographs of lavender fields!

7. Yarra Valley Railway

 

Yarra Vally Railway

Yarra Valley Railway is a heritage railway that trundles from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review.

 

8. Healesville Glass Blowing Studio

 

healesville glass blowing studio

Healesville Glass Blowing Studio is not the right location for toddlers who like to touch everything! But the small studio is fascinating for those wanting to watch glass being blown and sometimes they have sample sales where you can buy a little glass trinket for $5.

Healesville Glass Blowing Studio, 416-420 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville (03) 5962 2211

We have visited Hedgend Maze but do not recommend it, particularly if you’re short of time.

Places to Eat in the Yarra Valley with Kids

 

9. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

 

Yarra Valley chocolaterie

A chocolate factory, shop, cafe and grounds to explore. Full review.

10. Oakridge Wines

 

Oakridge yarra valley

An upmarket winery and cellar door with pram access, high chairs and outdoor games. Full review.

11. Zonzo

 

Zonzo yarra valley

Some of the best pizza I’ve had EVER had. Full review.

12. Hargreaves Hill

 

hargreaves hill yarra valley

Award-winning microbrewery and restaurant which is welcoming of kids. Full review.

13. Healesville Hotel

 

Healesville Hotel

A child-friendly pub with classic pub fare and an amazing Bombe Alaska! Full review.

14. Hutch & Co

 

hutch and co lilydale

A cool cafe at the foothills of the Yarra Valley in Lilydale. Full review.

15. TarraWarra Estate

 

tarrawarra yarra valley

An architecturally stunning winery in Yarra Glen with a contemporary art gallery museum next door. Full review. 

 

16. Rochford Wines

rochford yarra valley

Rochford Wines is one of the most popular family friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley. At their restaurant Isabella’s the service and attention to detail for those with little ones is notable. Full review. 

On the grounds of Rochford Wines there is also a branch of the excellent 400 Gradi. Famous for their pizzas, the restaurant also offers traditional Italian cuisine complemented by an authentic winery experience.

400 Gradi Yarra Valley, Enter via Rochford Wines main gate on Hill Road and follow 400 Gradi signage, 878-880 Maroondah Hwy Coldstream VIC 3770

17. Habituel

habituel yarra valley

Try the best pastries and the most incredible croissants from Habituel, a small bakery cafe and coffee roasters in the heart of Healesville. Full review.

Habituel Yarra Valley Bakery & Coffee Roasters, 314 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777 03 5957 3230

 

18. Innocent Bystander

 

innocent bystander yarra valley

Innocent Bystander is a huge family-friendly restaurant, bar and cellar door serving their famous pizzas and paellas. Full review. 

 

19. Giant Steps

 

      

Giant Steps is a high-end restaurant and cellar door in the heart of Healesville which can still accommodate kids depending on their age. Full review. 

Other reader tips include Yering StationMedhurst Wines, Healesville Harvest (part of the Healesville Hotel), Yarra Valley Dairy and De Bortoli Wines.

 

 

Where to Stay in the Yarra Valley with Kids

20. Glamping at Big4 Yarra Valley

 

Like the idea of camping but don’t have the right equipment or gear? Then try affordable glamping at Big4 Yarra Valley. For only $220 a night you can hire two adjoining belle tents for 2 adults and 2 children plus enjoy all the facilities of a Big4 Holiday Park such as a jumping pillow and pool. Full review. 

Big4 Yarra Valley Holiday Park, 419 Don Rd, Healesville (03) 5962 4328

 

21. Holly Lane Mews

 

holly lane mews

I find Holly Lane Mews through Stayz and it is perfect our family. The property is a working horse stud and the owners live in a big house on the land, with a few private cottages nearby. There were lots of animals to look at it, including the bird aviary and the resident dogs. Apparently, native wildlife appears at night too.

holly lane mews

Our 2 bedroom cottage (which could be 3 bedrooms if we needed) is $210 a night. This includes a substantial cook-your-own breakfast with eggs, bacon, bread, cereal, yoghurt, fruit and even some homemade biscuits. Parking is free and on site and if the weather had been better the kids could have enjoyed the swing set more. In summer there’s a small pool too! The owners provided a portacot and high chair at no extra charge.

Holly Lane Mews, 28 Willow Bend Drive, Steels Creek

 

22. Balgownie Estate

 

Balgownie Estate

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa is one of the most well-established wineries with accommodation in the Yarra Valley and the 4.5 star resort is a great place to visit as a family. Full review. 

Balgownie Estate, 1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen

Where are your favourite things to do in the Yarra Valley with kids?

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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