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Healesville

Get your foodie fix in Healesville, a regional food and wine hub surrounded by stunning scenery, before experiencing iconic encounters of the wildlife kind.

Meet your favourite Australian animals

Stare into the snarling jaws of a Tasmanian Devil and peer at a joey in its mother's pouch at Healesville Sanctuary wildlife park. Get up-close-and-personal to 200 species of native animals and birdlife on meandering paths and in walk-through exhibits.

Wine and dine any way you like

You may be in awe of the iconic names of Healesville's wineries, including Domaine Chandon, Rochford Wines and Coldstream Hills, but the approachable winemakers ensure a visit to the cellar door is both informative and entertaining.

Sate your appetite in town with gourmet pizzas and artisan breads at Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander, or a feast at the gastro-pub that started it all, the Healesville Hotel – hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

Pick up some winery specials to enjoy with a gourmet picnic in the peaceful fern gullies and mountain ash at Badger Weir Park.

Creative gifts and take home goodies

Find artistic inspiration and pick up something for home at local jewellery, pottery and glass-blowing studios. Browse bargains in second-hand outlets, antique stores and bookshops, or check out the three different monthly markets to find handicrafts, local produce and clothing.

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Things to do

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Wildlife, zoos & farms

Healesville Sanctuary

Watch for waking koalas and peek at a joey in a kangaroo's pouch, meet keepers or observe vets in the animal hospital, all in an Aussie bush setting.

History & heritage

Yarra Valley Railway

Come and enjoy a heritage railway ride from Healesville Station through the beautiful Yarra Valley to the 150 metre long brick tunnel on the Yarra...

Art galleries

TarraWarra Museum of Art

Stunning architecture, contemporary art and rolling hills: see magnificent sites inside and out at this cultural icon in the Yarra Valley.

Walking & hiking

Cumberland Walk

Walk among rare mature-aged mountain ash to the majestic Big Tree, visit the Cora Lynn and Cumberland waterfalls and take in sweeping valley views.

Walking & hiking

Bicentennial National Trail

Follow the route of Australia's pioneering horsemen through some of the country’s most spectacular natural landscapes.

Spa & wellbeing

Argyles Yarra Valley Aveda Day Spa & Accommodation

Find your balance - Argyles Yarra Valley Aveda Day Spa and Accommodation Argyles Yarra Valley Aveda Day Spa merges science, art and beauty to create...

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Food & wine

Healesville

Restaurants

Healesville Hotel

Hatted again by The Age Good Food Guide for its high-end seasonal cuisine and earthy country charm, the Healesville continues to wow.

Cafes

Healesville Harvest Cafe

Enjoy simple, seasonal food and local produce with specialty coffee for breakfast or lunch, indoors or outdoors, next door to the Healesville Hotel.

Local produce

Kitchen & Butcher

Stock up on delicious local produce and products, meats and cheeses as well as fabulous homewares and gift hampers at this one-stop foodie shop.

Wineries

Boat O'Craigo Wines

Enjoy views of vineyards and Mount Riddle and boatloads of great reds and whites made from chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and shiraz.

Local produce

Four Pillars Distillery

Four Pillars Distillery is Australia's shrine to all things gin, located in Healesville, Yarra Valley, about an hour's drive from the Melbourne city...

Wineries

TarraWarra Estate

Reward your senses with an inspired combination of fine wines, delicious food and wonderful Australian art surrounded by breathtaking views.

Wineries

Soumah of Yarra Valley

Go south of the Maroondah Highway ('soumah') for this range featuring pinot grigio, viognier, chardonnay, shiraz, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.

Wineries

Badger Creek Blueberry Farm

Badger Creek Blueberry Farm is a winery with a difference, wines are made from 100% Blueberries. The winemakers at Badger Creek Blueberry Farm make a...

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Road trips

Healesville

Road trips & itineraries

Tall Trees and Vines touring route

Head for the hills on a day trip out of the city to see animals, tall trees and waterfalls and taste wines in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Road trips & itineraries

Black Spur Drive

Famous for its heady scenery of spectacular tall forests, the Black Spur winds its way up the Great Dividing Range between Healesville and Marysville.

Road trips & itineraries

The Yarra Valley in one day

Sample Australia's best pinot noir and sparkling wines in a world-renowned wine growing region in the Yarra Valley, less than an hour from Melbourne.

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Nature and wildlife

Wildlife and zoos

Encounter curious Australian animals in regional national parks, or get up close to your favourite creatures at the famous Healesville Sanctuary.

Things to do

Tours

Tour one of the most scenic routes in Victoria, sampling fine wine and produce, and spotting Australian wildlife set against a stunning backdrop.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Food and wine

Eat and drink your way through the delectable Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges, where exceptional food and wine are the norm, not the exception.

Things to do

Art and culture

Take an inspiring artistic quest to Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, where Australian artistic history is upheld by exciting modern artists.