This is a french wine maker...and you can tell! The French definitely know what they're doing. They have excellent wines...both red and white. The grounds and cellar door are also impressive...definitely worth a stop!
Healesville Sanctuary, Australia's premier wildlife park, is nestled in the foothills of the Yarra Valley, just one hour from Melbourne. Koalas, dingoes, kangaroos and the unique platypus are just a few of the 200 species of Australian wildlife flourishing in a beautiful bushland environment of towering gum trees and lush tree ferns. Renowned as the best place in the world to see Australian animals in their natural habitats, visitor highlights include the many Animal Close-ups and Meet the Keeper presentations scheduled throughout the day. Encounter a Dingo on the pathways, see a Wedge-tailed Eagle soar in the exciting Birds of Prey Flight Presentation and discover the impressive Sidney Myer World of the Platypus, a stunning nocturnal creekside habitat.
Visitors will enter a real working hospital environment, engage with veterinary staff and see first-hand all the previously behind-the-scenes areas including the operating theatre, laboratory, emergency and post-mortem zones, care and recovery wards, and rehabilitation and release areas.
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Visit TarraWarra Estate. Try the wines for public tasting. Eat at the bistro for lunch. Visit the on-site gallery. Not necessarily in that order.
I remember doing wine tastings when I was half my present age and the expectation was a wooden plank in a tin shed. How times have changed that expectation.
TarraWarra sets the standard. The wonderfully imaginative architecture of the tasting rooms-wine bar-bistro and art gallery next door, designed by Allan Powell, provide an admirable environment in which to eat, drink and view the permanent collection of contemporary Australian art donated by Eva & Marc Besen or to view the temporary exhibitions.
Light Lunch offered eight options. After spending an hour or more wandering through the purpose built gallery enjoying the current exhibition, we enjoyed the regional platter for two for lunch. We chose a window table inside (it was winter time) and enjoyed both the views over the vineyard and the Australian King parrots feeding under the acacia a few metres away. pics of King Parrot thanks to Wal.
All in all, decor, food, service,and the wines available for tastings in quality glassware were spot on.
Don't leave the Yarra Valley until you have tried all of the above!!
The number 1 attraction which visitors come to Healesville to see is undoubtedly the Healesville Sanctuary, one of the largest, and I believe longest established too, native animal sanctuaries in Australia, with close to 200 species of Australian animals and birds featured (compare this to 300 species at the Melbourne Zoo, but that is for Australian and world animals combined).
It's a lovely fantastic park, in a very natural bushland setting with the Badger Creek flowing through, large enclosures, many animal demonstrations during the day (like the snake keeper doing his thing, there's also an 'in flight' demonstration by the wedge tailed eagles, and much more). The nocturnal and reptile houses here are also very good and very extensive.
Unfortunately over the years, some of the animals have become less accessible (you used to be able to wander among the Kangaroos but now they are in a roped off area - too many people touching them perhaps) but they've improved the park in other ways, such as adding the Animal Hospital/rescue centre which is open to the public (pot luck if you get to watch any operations).
Some of my earliest (and fondest) memories of animals in my home country is of coming to this Sanctuary with my family at age 4 and hand feeding the Kangaroos.
Just don't feed the pesky White Ibis, who invade the park (a bird with an ungainly looking long black curved beak that clacks like chopsticks).
I'm a bird lover, but after you've seen a few of these, you soon lose interest and don't bother feeding the scavengers.
Looking to fill in a little time early in the day before the Yarra Valley wineries open their doors for public tastings?? Head for the Yarra Valley Archery Park at Launching Place south of Healesville.
If you didn't bring your bow and arrow set, equipment can be hired and tuition is freely available.
Coffee is available and there are other avenues of entertainment as well - pool table for example.
HEALESVILLE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY...Less than an hours drive out of Melbourne is this marvellous wildlife Sanctuary with over 200 species and is a great place to view your favourite Aussie wildlife..it is open every day of the year and is in a truly great bush setting that makes it so enjoyable and natural..you can get up really close to wildlife..great photo opportunities...staff are really helpful..
This sanctuary is serviced by most major day tour companies..
AAT KINGS-- 03 9663 3377
GRAYLINE-- 03 858 687
A.P.T. -- 1300 655 965
Healesville Sanctuary is a fantastic day out for all the family. Plenty to offer all ages. There is a huge range of different animals to see. Kangaroos, wombats, owls, platypus (a must), bird flying demo (a must), bats, reptiles. A Cafe is also available as well as pram hire. A place I've been many times myself.
Adults - $ 22.00, Children - $ 11.00
Opening times are from 9am to 5pm. They are open every day of the year, including Christmas Day and all public holidays,.
A great place to eat...a great cellar door...and good wines...but the museum? ...stole the show. This is an art museum with modern art...and changing displays. It overlooks the yarra valley...and honestly...you could spend hours on this campus. We were not that crazy about using any time away from tasting wines...but it well worth it...and I'm so glad we stopped.
Bar none...the BEST wine in the valley...or at least what we've tasted so far.
Bill just happened to recognise the label from one of the bottles at healesville hotel..as it was one of the most expensive...and saw this close to Coldstream Hills. He doesn't advertise...he's not the map...it was a fluke that we stopped there for our last stop.
The Dr of botany who runs the vineyards was one of the first...and has been doing this for 38 years. The second you walk into his cellar door and meet him...you KNOW you've walked into the presence of a legend. It's only $5 for his tastings...and his wines start at $65...but they should be much more. You definitely get what you pay for...and this is no exception. I can't even tell you which of the wines were our favorites...but we walked out with a handful...even with a fortified. THIS IS A MUST SEE!...and a MUST DRINK!
Yarra valley is known for their chardonnays...and pinot noirs because of the climate. This place has some of the best of both..and also an excellent reserve merlot. They have a neat atmosphere...a fun tastor...and good wines. This place is a must stop for a good taste of victorian wines...enjoy!
This was a fun stop. This would definitely be a great stop for lunch. The chef here is famous...and they were completely booked out...or else...this looked like the place to be! The still have a great cellar door...and they do serve bread, jams and other few items inside....plus a courtyard to hang and have a glass of wine over looking the valley.
A great place to stop for a quick bite to eat...or a little cheese platter...or ice cream. This is a great shop with pasta, some of the best cheeses...little boutique wines...and ice cream. They even have a place for the kids to watch the cows be milked.
If you get a chance...buy some peppered pasta....excellent!!
One of the best places for food, cheese and wine tastings.
It's always been rated as one of the best for food. We ate there for a lunch...and it was a VERY quiet room to the side. If you want a little more action...sit in the main dining room. The food was superb...and definitely deserves it's great reputation.
Then...we headed back downstairs to the cellar door for fortified tastings and cheese tastings...for $8! ...not a bad dessert!
They are known for their good pinot noirs...and we also liked the reserve merlot (yes...a merlot....)
This is an estate which is quite new...I believe they opened their doors in 2004. It's family owned...and very classy. There's a huge windowed cellar door which overlooks Yarra Valley. There are many wines here...and I definitely know why...it's stunning. They also have a few places to sit outside.
We enjoyed their oaked chardonnay...yes...a chardonnay! It's worth the stop if you get a chance to see their place.