Just a few minutes drive from the Healesville main street and you will find one of the area's most treasured places. The Sanctuary is a 70 acre haven for Australia's unique and wonderful wildlife. Interact with, pat and learn about the animals and their habitats, meet the wildlife carers and learn about conservation and indigenous culture.
Tucked away in the Sanctuary is also the Australian Wildlife Health Centre. A vital training ground for wildlife veterinarians, the centre is open to the public to meet the nurses, surgeons as well as injured and sick wildlife. You can follow the recovery stories of the animals and be inspired to help.
Not sick of being up in the skies? See the Valley from another perspective: 14,000ft up in the air, a 60 sec free fall drop and then 5-7 minutes of floating through the skies. Done in tandem with a Skydive Australia instructor, this is one for adrenaline junkies and sky lovers alike.
For fitness lovers, you can't go past the 1000 Steps. It's a 3km, 290m ascent walk that has... 1000 steps*! Originally built in the 1900s with simple fern logs to make the walk easier, it was later rebuilt with wood and concrete steps in the 1950s, with plaques also installed to honour soldiers who fought and died on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. The Memorial Track weaves uphill through the fern forest and gum trees and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. There is a cafe at the base of the walk, as well as a picnic area.
*Rumour has it there are only 870. Please notify us of your findings!
Opened in 2003, Tarrawarra Museum has become cemented as a cultural gem in the Valley. Allan Powell's elegantly designed building houses rotating local and international art exhibitions, as well as concerts and events.
Adjoining the gallery is Tarrawarra Estate, a premium experience in wine tastings with a restaurant showcasing local produce, much of which comes from their own kitchen garden. As with the gallery, the spaces are all impeccably designed. Enjoy hiding away in the whimsical cellar door space, or lay in the sunshine overlooking the Valley with a crisp rosé in hand.
Right next door to the Healesville Hotel is a wine store selling the best of local and overseas. Not only limited to wine, Barrique showcases beers, liquors, spirits and mixers. They even have occasional wine tasting evenings where you can meet local winemakers and explore different grape types and regions. Whatever your wine preference, the extremely knowledgeable staff here will be able to find you the perfect plonk and give you recommendations for other wineries in the area to try.
A pioneer of the local, seasonal produce movement, the Healesville Hotel showcases the best of the Valley. With a beautiful dining area, a warm and inviting bar, café and also Kitchen & Butcher: a delicatessen produce store, this is a stop you must make. Enjoy a crisp beer and lunch in the shady beer garden and find you leave with freshly made sausages, local ham, marinated duck and a range of granolas, jams and cheeses to cover you for the rest of the week! Or come for a romantic weekend away - dining in style, as well as staying in one of the Hotel's Edwardian rooms.
Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker. Giant Steps has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines. Their café, restaurant, wine bar space on Healesville's main street is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as wine tastings and private dining. We recommend an afternoon sharing wood-fired pizzas, truffle and parmesan fries whilst sipping on a glass of Syrah or two.
Four Pillars is a small Australian distillery just off the main street in Healesville. Their ambition is to make the best craft spirits in Australia, and they're definitely on the right track! With tastings from $10pp you can try all of their beautiful range, including signature Rare Dry Gin, their Barrel Aged Gin and even Shiraz Gin (if there's any left!) See the beautiful copper stills in action and while away the afternoon here.
Explore 20 beautiful acres of stimulating, fun filled activities to suit all ages at Hedgend Maze.
Laser Sport can be described as a combination of modern computer games and military training scenarios, where players work with a strong emphasis on tactics, stealth and strategy in order to win missions.
Enjoy abundant chocolate tastings. Watch European Chocolatiers hand craft over 250 different chocolate products. Indulge in a delicious selection of ice creams. Relax at the café specialising in decadent sweet treats and let the children run and play in the expansive lawns and gardens.
Right in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, in Macclesfield Victoria, lies the Australian Rainbow Trout Farm. Their pride is their trout farming and they have been serving the public for years with fresh fish and fish for their dams. Come out with the family and enjoy a lovely day in picture perfect scenery