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  • Healesville Sanctuary

    by mikp Updated May 21, 2007

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    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,.

    Owl Albino Kookaburra Brolga Wedge Tail Eagle Echidna
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    WILDLIFE WATCHING

    by DennyP Updated Jul 10, 2008

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    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

    KOALA BEAR... HUNGRY KANGAROO ROCK WALLABY.. KANGAROOS... WOMBAT....
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    Yarra Valley Dairy

    by lesaandbill Written Jul 27, 2006

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    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!!

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    Badgers Brook Vineyard

    by lesaandbill Written Jul 27, 2006

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    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.

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    Dominique Portet

    by lesaandbill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

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    Coldstream Hills

    by lesaandbill Written Jul 27, 2006

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    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!

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    Another string to your bow!Yarra Valley Archery Pa

    by pedroswift Updated Sep 10, 2008

    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.

    Lots to do!
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    Art, Food & Wine in picturesque setting

    by pedroswift Updated Oct 28, 2009

    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!!

    A window to the world of TarraWarra Tastings???
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    De Bortoli

    by lesaandbill Updated Jul 27, 2006

    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....)

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    Badger Weir (Park)

    by Kate-Me Written Dec 13, 2003

    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.

    Juvenile Crimson Rosella
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    Healesville Sanctuary

    by Kate-Me Updated Jul 31, 2009

    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.

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    Healesville Market

    by Kate-Me Written Dec 13, 2003

    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.

    Healesville market
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    Wineries

    by Kate-Me Written Dec 13, 2003

    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.

    Vinehard on a hillside
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    Watch Aussie animals at Healesville Sanctuary

    by HarShe Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

    Kangaroo Koala Wallaby Emu Wombat
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    Visit a Vet Hospital at Healesville Sanctuary

    by HarShe Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

    For further information contact: Jill Rischbieth Communications Manager Ph. 5957 2856 Mob. 0412 748 810 Email. jrischbieth@zoo.org.au

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