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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 - $...more
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...more
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...more
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!more
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.more
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!!more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
During the four trips we have made to the Yarra Valley in recent years , we have based ourselves at Healesville at the Yarra Gables Motel and we have eaten at least once per trip at the Healesville Hotel Dining Room. Based on the half dozen or so meals we have eaten here, I highly recommend the establishment and its ancillary food outlets the front...more
If you're a local...then you'll know about The Age Good Food Guide. If they give a restaurant 1 chef hat..it's excellent...but if it's 2 or 3? it's close to heaven. We found out the Healesville Hotel has 2 hats...and had to jump on the bandwagon. We heard the degustation meal at nite was the way to go...but we cooked at our cabin at night...so we...more
I already mentioned this under the Cellar Door...but this looked like a very cool spot. It was definitely buzzing...and it was the place to be. Theres a famous chef here...so the food is supposedly some of the best...We're definitely going back when we can get a reservation...more
They have an excellent cheese platter and it's one of the nicest vineyards in yarra valley. We've been to the one in napa...and were surprised at how many different champers they have here vs in california.It's a perfect place to chill...They also have plenty of things to do...opera and events all the time. Cheese Plattermore
We try to eat someplace different everytime we go out...b/c there's so much we want to see and do in our 4 years here in australia...but Mt Rael has been a revisit THREE TIMES!We absolutely love this place....After a day of sampling wines...this is a great place for lunch or dinner. This restaurant sits on top of the hill...and overlooks the entire...more
The Great Australian Ice Creamery is a franchise/chain, but not too widespread, and all the ones I've been to have been great: about 20 or more flavours of ice cream to choose from, including some out of the ordinary flavours, options like sundays and cream topped ice creams, etc (and possibly they also do pancakes, but I forget)I believe this one...more
I was rather surprised to find on a map that though Healesville is only an hour from Melbourne central, it can't be accessed by train. The closest train station seems to be Hurstbridge, still quite some suburbs and distance away.
The best way to get there would be by car, especially since the Sanctuary is a few kms out of the centre of the town and the other attractions are quite some distance apart too.
We love biking...and thought biking around the Yarra would be a fun time...until we found out the police were all over the place with breathalizers. If you're over the limit on your bike...you can get a DWI. We thought it was an aussie joking around with us...until we had it confirmed! they were telling the truth...
The drinking limit is much less in australia than the states...and they are very strict here in oz. They are all over the place in this area...so definitely be careful...
One of the little things I enjoyed while in Healesville this trip, were the Plover birds we had camped almost right outside our door in the grass at the pub.One of the two standing in the grass started up a furious squawking when we arrived and rushed at us a bit, a sure sign that they had a nest very close by. Plovers only breed on the ground,...more
On our way back towards Melbourne from Healesville, as we were passing through the town of Diamond Creek, still up in the hills, we were amazed by the sight of this home-built dutch house in the distance, and just had to drive into the street to take a photo!It was so unusual to us, this dutch house in an ordinary suburb surrounded by just normal...more