Birds of Prey Presentation
Healesville Sanctuary's Birds of Prey Presentation was launched over ten years ago and since then has become one of the Sanctuary's 'must do' experiences. The presentation takes place in a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre creating an intimate, natural space for an unforgettable encounter with Australia's amazing birds of prey. A 20-minute presentation in which up to 5 birds of prey are flown - imagine the feeling of a wedge-tailed eagle flying only inches above your head! Other birds you may meet include the buzzard, kite, peregrine falcon, osprey and the owls. Presentations are held every day at 12 noon and 2.30pm - don't miss it.
The Yarra Valley is famous for its wineries and there are several very close to Healesville itself, and others a little further away.
Most are rather prominently signed and display a board if they are open for wine tastings/cellar door sales (and most are). Others also have restaurants on site, some even with musical entertainment some weekends.
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
- Wine Tasting
On the first Sunday morning of each month, Healesville has a large Trash & Trivia market (new, craft, and secondhand items) down the hill just behind the shops in the main street.
It's well worth a wander, you can barter and maybe pick up a bargain or just admire the goods and produce. Something for everyone.
Also on the 1st Sunday of the month till about 1 or 2 pm is more a handicrafts market (bigger and with the addition of a lot of food stalls of all different types and caravans) at Yarra Glen, which is a little town, also in the Yarra Valley, only about 15-20 minutes drive away.
We really enjoyed them both, especially the Indian curry at the Indian van at the Yarra Glen market. There were also a lot of stalls where you could try free samples of the wares they were selling, like specialty biscuits or pickles or fudges, confectionery, etc.
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Badger Weir (Park)
In the summer, Badger Weir is open from about 9 am until 7 pm (closes earlier in winter months) and is a great place to go to take walks in the southern rainforest to the weir.
If you are there early in the morning before the crowds arrive, there is a good chance you could spot at least one Superb Lyrebird on your walk. We've been lucky to see them perform most occasions when we've visited. Though they're normally quite shy, the ones here are a little more tolerant of humans watching them, as long as you keep your distance so as not to scare them off into the tree ferns and back into the scrub where you'll easily lose sight of them.
Or you can enjoy a picnic or BBQ (check it's not a Total Fire ban day if in summer) in nice surroundings, with the creek flowing beside one of several BBQ areas.
And not to be missed in the picnic area is the wildlife. My favourites are the King Parrots, as they are much less commonly distributed in Victoria (mainly confined to rainforest) than the also pretty Crimson Rosella, found just about everywhere. Best of all, they are very tame, offering you excellent photo opportunities (beware, there are 'no feeding the wildlife' signs up and the ranger is now enforcing this and threatening to fine people if they feed the birds.). It's a bit of a shame, because I really love having the birds climb on me, but it's so they don't become too dependent on humans and make a nuicance of themselves.
Good point: they will still come rather close to you and some will land, even if you haven't food for them.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
- Jungle and Rain Forest