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.
Yarra Valley Playgrounds
Seville Water Park, 20 Monbulk-Seville Rd, Seville
Yarra Glen Adventure Playground, McKenzie Reserve, cnr Anzac Ave and Bell St, Yarra Glen
Lillydale Lake Playspace, 435 Swansea Road, Lilydale
Things do in the Yarra Valley with Kids
4. 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 Orchard, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East
Warratina Lavendar Farm doesn’t really have a play area – the purpose of visiting there is to capture beautiful photographs of lavender fields!
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
A chocolate factory, shop, cafe and grounds to explore. Full review.
10. Oakridge Wines
An upmarket winery and cellar door with pram access, high chairs and outdoor games. Full review.
Some of the best pizza I’ve had EVER had. Full review.
12. Hargreaves Hill
Award-winning microbrewery and restaurant which is welcoming of kids. Full review.
A child-friendly pub with classic pub fare and an amazing Bombe Alaska! Full review.
14. Hutch & Co
A cool cafe at the foothills of the Yarra Valley in Lilydale. Full review.
An architecturally stunning winery in Yarra Glen with a contemporary art gallery museum next door. Full review.
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
Habituel Yarra Valley Bakery & Coffee Roasters, 314 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777 03 5957 3230
Other reader tips include Yering Station, Medhurst Wines, Healesville Harvest (part of the Healesville Hotel), Yarra Valley Dairy and De Bortoli Wines.
Where to Stay in the Yarra Valley with Kids
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
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.
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, 1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen
Where are your favourite things to do in the Yarra Valley with kids?