About This Venue
Olinda Yarra Estate is a family-owned and managed heritage cattle farm est. 1868 that overflows with rustic charm, beauty and has something for everyone.
We are extremely passionate about our venue and hosting magical weddings, set on over 1,000 acres of Yering river flats you and your guests will experience a relaxed farm atmosphere surrounded by gorgeous farm animals, acres of century-old gardens, heritage buildings such as our Queen Anne homestead, Barn and Stables, the old Silos and our iconic railway bridges.
You will be amazed by Olinda Yarra Estate’s offerings with cost-saving inclusions such as lawn games, festoon and fairy lighting, greenery chandeliers, wine barrels, outdoor and indoor bars, lounge, play equipment and of course our cute and cuddly farm animals – miniature ponies, alpacas, chickens, ducks and cows who love photobombing!
Your wedding is going to be magical and to ensure this we include our amazing Valure Events Wedding Planner to assist you all the way and be there with you on your special day.
For accommodation we have that covered too with our onsite Cottage sleeping up to six people and ideal for day use with any special needs for your guests. We also collaborate with some awesome hotels and transport suppliers from buses to private vehicles that can ease all other accommodation and travel needs for you and your guests.
Our package options cover either diy custom experiences or fully catered experiences. We offer byo serviced beverages or all inclusive beverage packages using quality regional suppliers – both serviced with all glassware and our staff.
• Your exclusive Wedding Planner
* One-hour Ceremony with chairs and signing table, optional wooden frame arbours, rustic chandelier, carpet runner, fairy lights.
• Marquee Reception for 5 or 6 hours with greenery chandeliers, special lighting, table and chairs
• Outdoor alfresco bar area, tables and bar stools, wine barrels, fire pits (weather permitting)
* Lawn games and children’s play equipment
• Sound system with Bluetooth and wireless microphones
• Festoon lighting around the Marquee
* our gorgeous farm animals around the grounds for patting and selfies
• Complimentary Tea and Coffee station
• Amenities and toilet facilities
• Unlimited photography around the property
• Unlimited parking
Proximity is everything and being 45 minutes from the CBD, your guests can stay at many nearby large accommodation places within 10 minutes transfer, We have a variety of transport options too, from Uber and Taxis to bus transfers and 10 minutes from the Lilydale railway station. We also can host helicopter landings.
Olinda Yarra Estate provides an incredible venue and atmosphere with a great location creating a relaxed heritage farm experience for you to celebrate your wedding.
- AV system
- Bar area
- Bridal change room
- BYO alcohol
- BYO catering
- Clean-up included
- Fire pit
- Marquee or Tent
- No curfew
- Tables and seating
- Wet weather cover
- Wheelchair Access
- Air conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Linen supplied
- Open fireplace
- Towels supplied
- Washing machine
- Wheelchair access
Owner / Manager
For over a decade we are proud to own and operate Olinda Yarra Estate as a successful working cattle farm, which has been making history since it was founded by John Kerr over 150 years ago.
In 1868 John Kerr purchased 1,500 acres of semi swamp land on the river flats near Yarra Glen naming it Olinda Yarra – from the properties Yarra River and Olinda Creek frontage. Two years later John married Elizabeth MacIntyre and they grew to a large family with 10 children living in the custom built Queen Anne Homestead.
Renown as once being the largest and most advanced dairy cattle farm in the region, John, Elizabeth, his family of ten children, farmhands and horses cultivated the land and successfully grew quality pasture to feed his large dairy herd. By 1880, he had milking sheds covering about a quarter of an acre and a staff of 17 to help send 200 gallons of milk to Melbourne daily. Using the old Yering Railway Station to transport the milk, the legendary Railway Bridge located on Olinda Yarra showcases these times. The stables and dairy sheds are currently still being used for farming purposes.
John led the way in innovations, building the first silos in 1912 for making silage hay, an important part of cattle feed programs to this day, and these silos remain an iconic feature of Olinda Yarra.
– Community and Events
John was a man of great force of character and natural ability. But he was also something better, renown as a man of high moral principle and unswerving goodness. People and community mattered. John ensured Olinda Yarra played a huge role in the welfare of the district, with Olinda Yarra hosting many community, fundraising and private events for guests coming from near and far to support each other, celebrate, laugh and enjoy good times.
And the tradition continues, with Olinda Yarra Estate being such a popular place for festivities. As current owners, we too are very passionate about sharing its history and offering this magnificent property for your enjoyment and memorable moments.
We look forward to meeting you.
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