About This Venue
Olinda Yarra opened its gates to the public in 2018 as a recent addition to the Yarra Valley wedding venues, renown as Yarra Valleys heritage treasure and making history since 1868 as the regions leading Dairy and cattle farm,
Set on over 1,000 acres of Yering river flats you and your guests will connect with the relaxing farm lifestyle surrounded by gorgeous farm animals, acres of century old gardens, heritage homestead, stables and barn, silos and the iconic railway bridges. Our cute cottage offers accommodation for up to 6 guests overnight or day use for you and your guests on your wedding day.
Your ceremony stage can be set at various locations including the gorgeous Barn, steps of the Queen Anne Homestead, or around our magnificent botanical gardens designed by William Guilfoyle infamous for creating the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.
Celebrate in our stunning clear sided Marquee on the lawns surrounded by stunning views of the Yarra Valley mountain landscape, the oak-tree boulevard, iconic railway bridges and grazing Angus cattle.
We provide the venue with inclusions below and a selection of beverage packages to suit many budgets, from byo with a 5 hour service fee to our five hour Farmyard beverage or Reserve Collection beverage packages sourcing quality wine and beer from reputable local suppliers.
• One hour Ceremony with chairs and signing table, optional wooden frame arbors, rustic chandelier, carpet runner, fairy lights.
• Marquee Reception for 6 hours with greenery chandeliers, special lighting, table and chairs
• Outdoor bar area, tables and bar stools, fire pits (weather permitting)
• Sound system with bluetooth and wireless microphones
• Festoon lighting around the Marquee
• Complimentary Tea and Coffee station
• Amenities and toilet facilities
• Unlimited photography around the property
• Unlimited parking
Catering is up to you. We do provide a list of suggested caterers and menus that we like to work with to help provide a total package, however we are also flexible in allowing other pre-approved caterers.
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 provides an incredible venue and atmosphere with a great location creating a seamless experience for you to celebrate your wedding.
We look forward to working with you to make this your most memorable day.
Raise your Wedding on the Farm!
- 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 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 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.
WHERE TO STAY
- Yarra Valley Lodge
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