Australia has long been one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and it is easy to understand why. There is no shortage of adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to be found around every corner. In Victoria, nestled in the valley just north of Melbourne, it is the lure of the vineyards and storied cellar doors that draw visitors from all over the world.
Don’t Miss the Australian Yarra Valley!
If you are in Victoria and planning a day of wine tasting, you can’t go wrong with Yarra Valley. Located about an hour drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is home to some of Australia’s oldest wineries like The Melba Estate at Coombe Yarra Valley.
Originally home to Dame Nellie Melba, a prominent figure in Australian history, Coombe Melba Estate with seven acres of historic formal gardens and hedges, and a meticulously restored clock tower and motor coach house, this historically significant property is a must see.
Nestled in the valley among wineries of yesteryear are some innovative modern vineyards marching to a different drummer and becoming “can’t miss” venues in their own right. Kellybrook Winery & Distillery is one such establishment offering not just wine but ciders and ales distilled from the orchards of apples, pear, and more nestled in among the vines.
5 Reasons to Hire Your Own Wine Tour Driver
1. No Public Transportation
The Yarra Valley is located northeast of Melbourne. Travel time from Melbourne to Yarra Valley is approximately one hour by car. There are no public transportation alternatives connecting Melbourne to the Yarra Valley. The only options available are the hire of a chauffeured tour driver to drive your group to the sights you want to visit—or driving yourself.
2. Private Concierge
When you hire a chauffeured vehicle, you gain the invaluable wealth of local and regional knowledge that your driver has to offer. Essentially, you are getting a tour guide, a concierge, and a chauffeur driver all in one person.
3. Stay Safe & Avoid Legal Woes
A chauffeured tour takes the burden of safety off of your shoulders and lets you simply enjoy the experience. Australia takes traffic safety very seriously and has fairly strict traffic laws which are absolutely enforced by the local authorities. Check the list below
- Visitors who intend to drive in Australia are required to hold a valid International Driver’s License as well as your locally issued Driver’s License
- Seatbelt use is mandatory for all vehicle occupants
- Speed limits are strictly enforced in Australia regardless of whether the speed limit is clearly posted
- All use of mobile devices is strictly prohibited while operating a motor vehicle
- Australian’s drive on the left side of all 2-way streets, it is imperative to keep this at the front of your mind when driving Australia’s roads
4. Planning Particulars
There is so much to do and see in Australia’s wine country. With the average tasting session at each winery generally lasting around an hour it can be difficult if not impossible to accommodate all the activities and venues you would like to visit into just one day. That is where your chauffeur’s expertise will truly shine through. Our drivers know the local wineries, know their individual quirks. They will be able to help you filter through all the choices and offer suggestions to help you fit the maximum amount of fun into the time you have available.
5. Enjoy The Wine
Perhaps the single most convincing reason to hire a chauffeur for your wine tour, is hands down the freedom from responsibility that your driver will provide. Your discreet, professional, and always courteous driver will be patiently waiting to drive you and the members of your group safely back to your front door or hotel lobby at the end of your wine tasting adventures. With a safe ride home at your disposal, you are free to immerse yourself in the experience and the wine
Match the Elegance of Your Wine Tour with Your Own Driver
Your iChauffeur driver will handle as many or as few of the planning details as you would like. Call in and chat with us. After years of driving business executives, government officials, and visitors from all over the globe, we have learned a thing or two about reading between the lines to suss out what visitors really want to experience from their first inquiry call.
We are able to discern within minutes, which wineries you will like and which wineries we know you will absolutely fall in love with. We can steer you in the right direction and curate an itinerary that provides the personalized mix that is uniquely tailored to the individual members of your group.
Beyond the old vineyards dripping with history and the avant-garde distilleries crafting ciders and ales from fresh local fruits, there are a myriad of experiences yet unexplored. Let us help you find the must-see sights, sounds, tastes and activities that will make your Australia visit one that you will be telling the friends and family back home about for years to come.
We can help you select from non-wine related attractions like the Tarrawarra Museum of Art, built in 2003, which houses Australia’s newest exhibits of contemporary and modern art in an award-winning building that is a work of art and architectural beauty in itself.
The Healesville Animal Sanctuary, which is home to some of Australia’s cutest animals, allows visitors to get up close and personal with koala, wombat, and kangaroo—just to name a few. Of course, you can always simply devote yourself to the never-ending vineyards and wineries; you are captain of your vessel every step of the way we are there to provide a guiding light and to make sure your visit is everything you imagined it would be.
With so many vineyards to visit and so many wines, cheeses, and chocolates to taste, immerse yourself in the sensory delights that make Australia a top destination and let your personal chauffeur take care of the details. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed and will return home relaxed, and filled with the inspiration from a lifetime’s worth of memories of your once in a lifetime Australia wine tour experience.