Yarra Glen

Yarra Glen, Tourism Victoria

Population 2598

Yarra Glen is in the heart of the Yarra Valley wine region, nestled between the Yarra River and the Great Dividing Range. It is a gorgeous area featuring lush, vine-covered hills and fertile valleys, all within easy reach of Melbourne. Fine wines and top-quality local produce, fascinating antique, specialty gift and clothing shops, and restaurants are all in town to entice. For the more adventurous, there is hot-air ballooning, scenic helicopter flights and skydiving at nearby Coldstream airfield.

Visitor Information

Yarra Valley Visitor Information Centre, Old Courthouse, Harker St, Healesville; (03) 5962 2600


Nearby national parks

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

Nearby towns

  • Healesville

    To the west of Yarra Ranges National Park and within easy reach of Melbourne, Healesville has a charming rural atmosphere. There are good...more

  • Olinda

    Olinda is in the centre of the Dandenong Ranges, a landscape of towering mountain ash forests, lush fern gullies, waterfalls, English...more

  • Warburton

    Warburton was established when gold was discovered in the 1880s, but its picturesque location and proximity to Melbourne meant it quickly...more

In Town

Yarra Glen Grand Hotel: imposing heritage-listed and National Trust–classified hotel, built in 1888 with a recently refurbished restaurant, stands like a sentinel in the main street; 19 Bell St; (03) 9730 1230.

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Co: the old Colonial Bank building houses a fine-dining restaurant specialising in local produce and an extensive choice of Yarra Valley and European boutique beers; 25 Bell St; (03) 9730 1905. 

Den of Antiquities and Yarra Valley Antique Centre: boasts large collections of genuine antique furniture, china and glass, vintage radios and other collectibles; 25A Bell St; (03) 9730 2111.

Railway Station: old station on the 1888 Healesville–Lilydale railway line, rebuilt in 1915 and now being restored as part of the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway; King St.


Yarra Valley wine region With over 50 cellar doors and around 100 wineries, the Yarra Valley is home to some exceptional names. De Bortoli is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery and is well recognised throughout the country. Owned by the legendary Moet & Chandon, Domaine Chandon makes sophisticated sparkling wines that can be enjoyed in the glass-walled tasting room overlooking the vines. Yering Station produces excellent shiraz viognier as well as award-winning pinot noir. It is also the site of a produce store, a good restaurant, and the Yarra Valley Regional Farmers’ Market held in an old barn (3rd Sun of the month). To combine wine with art, head to TarraWarra Estate (see Healesville). Giant Steps/ Innocent Bystander is a modern cellar door near the town of Healesville with an excellent cafe/bakery, bistro serving mouth-watering pizzas and cheese room.

Kinglake National Park Kinglake's beautiful messmate forests, fern gullies, panoramic lookouts and bushwalking tracks were devastated by the bushfire of February 2009. Park access and camping have reopened after extensive restoration works. Phone Parks Victoria on 13 1963 for further information.

Gulf Station: this National Trust–owned pastoral property, preserved as it was during pioneering days and recently restored, features old-fashioned farming implements and early animal breeds; open Wed–Sun and public holidays; 2 km NE.

Yarra Valley Dairy: a working dairy with sales of specialty cheeses, clotted cream and local produce; 4 km S.

Ponyland Equestrian Centre: trail rides and riding lessons; 7 km W.

Sugarloaf Reservoir Park: sailing, fishing and walking, with barbecue and picnic facilities available; 10 km W.

Yarra Valley Regional Food Trail: a self-guided tour, taking in the many gourmet food outlets in the region; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

St Kilda 43 km

St Kilda Marina gives boat anglers easy access to excellent snapper and whiting grounds. Inshore there is plenty of seagrass and sand areas for whiting while the deeper waters offer reef areas for snapper. The St Kilda... Find out more

Maribyrnong River 44 km

The age-old adage about the grass supposedly being greener somewhere else applies to fishing around Melbourne. Many anglers who head out of town do so because they don’t believe any serious fishing is possible... Find out more

Yarra River 46 km

Mulloway are one of the most sought and least caught Victorian species. Anglers often put in hundreds of hours in unsuccessful quests for a trophy of this enigmatic species. During autumn, reports tell of mulloway being... Find out more

Patterson River 50 km

The Patterson River is well known for bream, and walking and bike tracks on both sides of the river offer ease of access for bank fishing. The most productive waters are in the marinas between the Mornington Peninsula... Find out more

Altona to Williamstown 51 km

The skyline stretching around the shore from Altona to Williamstown provides an unlikely backdrop for top fishing. Industry dominates, in particular refineries, with flames burning off gases. However, anglers who fish... Find out more

Carrum 51 km

The Launching Way boat ramp facility at Carrum is the best in the bay but during snapper season anglers who haven’t launched their boats and parked their cars by about 6am have to go elsewhere. Managed by Parks... Find out more

Goulburn River 55 km

The Goulburn River from Eildon Pondage to Alexandra is one of the most popular stretches of trout water in Victoria. Places like Thornton, ‘Gilmore’s Bridge’ and the Breakaway, where the Acheron River... Find out more

Rubicon River 56 km

The Rubicon, one of Victoria’s legendary trout waters, is popular with trout anglers who fish using all methods available. Rising in forested hills with a steep gradient in the headwaters, the river varies from... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Bicentennial National Trail - Healesville starting point 13 km

Acclaimed as the longest-marked, nonmotorised, multi-use trekking route in the world, this track traverses an incredible 5330 kilometres from Healesville to Cooktown in north Queensland, passing through 18 national... Find out more

Dandenong Ranges National Park 20 km

About an hour’s drive out of Melbourne, some 35 kilometres east of the city, this park has forests of towering mountain ash and lush, damp fern gullies. Around 300 kilometres of walking tracks crisscross the park,... Find out more

Indigenous tours - Melbourne 40 km

To grasp what Melbourne was like before the skyscrapers arrived you can take a two-hour Koori Heritage Trust walking tour. You will gain an insight into Indigenous history and the natural and cultural landscape of the... Find out more

Cycling around Melbourne 40 km

Melbourne has an active cycling community that has helped develop and establish some great routes and a network of cycle paths. One of the best sources of information is Bicycle Victoria. One option is to hop on the Main... Find out more

Melbourne Zoo 40 km

Melbourne has a choice of two excellent zoos: Melbourne Zoo, with more than 320 species on display; and the 225-hectare open range zoo at Werribee, about 30 minutes drive from the city centre (access from the Princes... Find out more

Mountain-biking around Melbourne 40 km

With 20 kilometres of tracks developed by the Mountain Bike Association of Australia, Lysterfield Lake Park has something for all standard of mountain-biker, including family-friendly loops and exciting single-track... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Heritage Golf & Country Club (St John course) 10 km

Jack Nicklaus, the golfer, was the most powerful player of his generation and also its finest strategist, a man who could win a tournament based on smart play and at other times on pure heroics. Jack Nicklaus, the... Find out more

RACV Healesville Country Club 11 km

Of the 120 golf courses featured throughout these pages, the new layout at Healesville is the odd one out. It could, in fact, be considered a minnow among giants, for this par-68 measures only 4872 metres from the... Find out more

Riversdale Golf Club 33 km

Victoria’s second oldest club, formed 18 months after Royal Melbourne, began life in humble circumstances as the Surrey Hills Golf Club. After a brief stint at Camberwell the club moved to its present location... Find out more

Huntingdale Golf Club 38 km

Huntingdale – Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath aside – is arguably the most famous of Melbourne’s sandbelt courses, home to the Australian Masters for 30 years. A parade of the game’s best... Find out more

Metropolitan Golf Club 38 km

Metropolitan has changed dramatically over the past century but has never been short of plaudits. The club, the second oldest on the Melbourne sandbelt, was established in 1908. J. B. Mackenzie was one of the founding... Find out more

Spring Valley Golf Club 39 km

The story of Spring Valley Golf Club’s early days is not dissimilar to that of many clubs which now call Melbourne’s sandbelt home. Spring Valley began its existence outside the sandbelt, as Forest Hills... Find out more

Commonwealth Golf Club 39 km

It is nearly 90 years since the first rounds were played where the Commonwealth Golf Club now lies. The club was constituted in 1920 and land – regarded as scrub country, and comprising only 89 acres – was... Find out more

Yarra Yarra Golf Club 40 km

First-time visitors to Yarra Yarra Golf Club, expecting the river with the similar name to play a pivotal role, might be surprised. The closest the Yarra gets to this acclaimed sandbelt course is the spot where it... Find out more

Kingston Heath Golf Club 42 km

Kingston Heath has long been regarded as the second best course in Australia, only marginally behind nearby Royal Melbourne’s West course. Both layouts call on players to be strategically smart from tee to... Find out more

Southern Golf Club 43 km

Southern is one of the Melbourne sandbelt’s least-known courses, but in recent years its star has been on the rise. The original layout was created by Sam Berriman, a British expat who began his working life in... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company Restaurant

An old bank building in the main street of Yarra Glen has become the public face of the much-awarded and admired Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company, located in nearby Steel’s Creek. The front bar is the scene of both... Find out more

TarraWarra Estate Wine 
Bar Cafe

The TarraWarra winery has one of the more spectacular cellar door buildings in the Yarra Valley, including a cellar door, a stunning gallery of modern Australian art and an elegant wine bar that takes in the views of... Find out more

Eleonore’s Restaurant 
at Chateau Yering

Hidden behind cypress pines, historic Chateau Yering is a luxury hotel nestled among established gardens adjacent to the vast Yering Station winery complex. This 1850s homestead boasts one of the most elegant restaurants... Find out more

Yering Station Wine Bar Restaurant

With its soaring, curving roof and floor-to-ceiling windows capturing some of the Yarra Valley’s best views, this winery restaurant certainly offers diners a dramatic sense of place. The wine list mainly sticks to... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company

Craft brewers come from all sorts of different backgrounds but classical pianist Simon Walkenhorst and his opera singer wife Beth Williams are among the more exotic. Together, they started Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company... Find out more

3 Ravens Brewing Company 32 km

This microbrewery began operating from the basement of the successful Thornbury-based engineering company Zetkin and has proved to be an interesting diversion or sideline for the principal business. Some of the company... Find out more

Mountain Goat Brewery 36 km

Kicking off in 1997, home-brewer Dave Bonighton and music industry booking agent Cam Hines proved that two good mates can start a successful microbrewery with no money, but with unlimited enthusiasm, dogged perseverance... Find out more

Foster's Group (Abbotsford Brewery) 37 km

Re-branded as the Foster’s Group in the 21st century, Carlton & United Breweries was formed in 1907 through an amalgamation of the city’s six largest beer-makers: McCrackens City Brewery, Victoria... Find out more

2 Brothers Brewery 41 km

A microbrewery is not exactly what you might expect to find tucked away among panel-beaters and sheet-metal fabricators in the industrial estates of Moorabbin, 20 minutes south-east of Melbourne. While the location may... Find out more

Matilda Bay Garage Brewery 45 km

Previously operating as the Stockade Brewery, this South Dandenong-based microbrewery was acquired by the Foster’s-owned Matilda Bay Brewing in 2004 and re-badged as their ‘garage’ brewery. Then head... Find out more

Campsites around town

Longridge Park camping area 18 km

A one-time cattle-grazing area set within the pretty Yarra Valley Parklands, the turf at Longridge can now be booked through Parks Victoria (by phone or online) by individuals or groups of up to 40 for relaxing camping... Find out more

The Gums camping area 21 km

The Gums camping area can be reached by travelling 4 km down Glenburn Rd from Kinglake, and then continuing for another 6 km down Eucalyptus Rd. While the campsites here in the midst of the Great Dividing Range have been... Find out more

Nioka Bush Camp 24 km

The tiny 1.2 ha Nioka Bush Camp is a Parks Victoria site beside the Plenty River on the outskirts of Melbourne. It’s a peaceful retreat where you can fish, bushwalk or just hang around doing not much at all.... Find out more

Bull Creek camping area 31 km

From the Melba Hwy, turn east on Murrindindi Rd to the south of Devlins Bridge. The Bull Creek camping area is signposted off this road at the southern end of the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve.... Find out more

The Ferns camping area 31 km

This camping area beside the Murrindindi River is signposted off Murrindindi Rd, about 100 m south of Falls Creek Rd.... Find out more

Water Gauge camping area 32 km

The Water Gauge camping area is located off Murrindindi Rd some 1.4 km north of The Ferns.... Find out more

Kurth Kiln camping area 32 km

This camping area is accessed via Soldiers Rd, which branches off the Gembrook–Launching Place Rd. As you stroll through the mountain ash, keep your eyes peeled for swamp wallabies and echidnas.... Find out more

Pine Tree camping area 34 km

About 2.8 km north of Water Gauge, you’ll see signposted access off Murrindindi Rd to the Pine Tree camping area.... Find out more

Blackwood camping area 34 km

Around  1 km from the forest boundary along Murrindindi Rd is signposted access to the Blackwood campsites.... Find out more

Suspension Bridge camping area 34 km

The Suspension Bridge camping area is signposted off Murrindindi Rd about 200 m north of the Blackwood access. This site can accommodate smaller caravans.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Crystal Brook Tourist Park 20 km

This park caters for tourists. It has good facilities and is located in a leafy area of the northeastern suburbs of Melbourne. A minimum-length stay applies during holiday periods.... Find out more

Wantirna Park 25 km

This is a large park with a limited number of tourist sites. Located in the eastern suburbs, its facilities include tennis courts and a recreation room. It is good value. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park 35 km

This is a tourist park in a quiet area of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, just 9 km from Melbourne’s CBD. The park has relatively easy access to the Hume Highway and other northern approaches and is a popular... Find out more

BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park 45 km

Just 6 km south of Dandenong, this is a good quality park, ideal for those wanting to stay on the eastern side of Melbourne. It is very close to the Jayco factory. Bookings are required in peak times and a minimum-stay... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Art at Linden Gate

Art lovers will especially relish the little touches that make a stay at these mud-brick and timber suites so special. After all, the property is the home of noted steel and stone sculptor Ernst Fries, who welcomes... Find out more

Valley Guest House

They are not even an hour from Melbourne, yet these six secluded suites could be hundreds of miles away. Situated in peaceful Steels Creek Valley, two hillside suites boast king-size beds with private balconies... Find out more

Chateau Yering

Hidden behind roadside cypress pines, this historic luxury hotel lies adjacent to the vast Yering Station winery complex. A graceful chateau built in the early 1850s, its entrance is framed by a picturesque garden,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Alto Hotel on Bourke 41 km

Although it is not doing anything radical, this plush hotel on Bourke Street is one of the most ecologically aware in Melbourne, and should be commended for its power-saving measures, garbage sorting, supply of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Yea East rest area 50 km

1km E of Yea (R) or 30km W of Alexandra (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Gumbuya rest area 52 km

77km E of Melbourne (L) or 40km W of Yarragon (R)

Secluded among trees well off the highway.

Sheepwash Lagoon rest area 56 km

11km E of Yea (R) or 20km W of Alexandra (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.      

King Parrot Creek rest area 58 km

21km SE of Seymour (L) or 17km NW of Yea (R)

Well off the highway under some large trees.

What's on around town

Yarra Valley Farmers Market: historic barn at Yering Station; 3rd Sun each month.

Shortest Lunch: midwinter fine food and wine at the smaller boutique wineries; June

. Yarra Valley Food & Wine: regional produce and music throughout the year including the midsummer Twilight Cellar Door, Gumboot Season in the winter months and Shedfest in Oct; details from visitor centre.

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