Healesville is famous for its internationally-renowned wildlife sanctuary, home to more than 200 species of Australian native animals. Surrounded by scenic countryside, the town is an important food and wine centre and host to the annual Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival. Year-round, visit local vineyards to sample local wines and talk to their makers at cellar doors.
THINGS TO DO :
~Visit the award-winning Healesville Sanctuary, home to Australian Wildlife.~ Visit the Australian Wildlife Health Centre and experience a behind-the-scenes view of a real wildlife hospital.
~ Visit some of the renowned local wineries including Rochford Wines, Domaine Chandon and Coldstream Hills ~ Enjoy a picnic at the peaceful Badger Weir Park then take a short stroll through fern gullies and mountain ash
~ Browse some of the local galleries, including Toolangi Pottery and the handcrafted jewellery made by resident goldsmith Tim Peel at Silvermist Gallery Ride in a motorised, open air trolley on the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway – the original trolleys were used by workmen checking the line
~ Shop for bargains in antique or second hand dealerships
~ Browse the Healesville River Street Market
MAJOR EVENTS :
~ Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival – February
~ Rochford Concert Series – December-March
Directions: Healesville is just under an hour from Melbourne on the Maroondah Highway. Travel north-east on the Eastern Freeway, onto Springvale Road and then right onto Maroondah Highway.