With its historic architecture, trendy cafes and scenic setting in the Lower Yarra Valley, it’s easy to love Healesville. Shop and dine in the charming town centre, then set off for an afternoon of vineyard-hopping in one of Australia’s top winemaking regions. A flourishing restaurant scene makes Healesville one of the state’s top foodie destinations.
Things to do in Healesville
Strolling around the historic town centre is one of the best ways to enjoy Healesville. Enjoy breakfast at a trendy café and sit down for lunch at one of the town’s many boutique breweries and distilleries. Farm-to-table restaurants and dimly-lit wine bars are perfect for dinner dates.
The Sandra Bardas Art Gallery occupies a former government reserve and showcases one of the finest collections of modern Indigenous art in Victoria. Many of the pieces are for sale, making the gallery a great opportunity to purchase unique Aboriginal artwork.
Healesville is an ideal base for wine tours in the Lower Yarra Valley. Spend the day driving through rolling vineyards, stopping to sample cool-climate wines like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at cellar doors. Many estates also feature elegant restaurants with sweeping vineyard views. Riding the historic Yarra Valley Railway is another great way to enjoy the scenery. The vintage train is operated by volunteers and whisks you from Healesville Station to iconic TarraWarra Estate.
If you want to get up close with kangaroos, koalas, dingoes and wombats, don’t miss Healesville Sanctuary. It’s one of Victoria’s top family-friendly attractions and is home to dozens of native Australian animals. The excellent bird show features magnificent wedge-tailed eagles and rainbow-coloured parrots.
Getting around Healesville
Healesville is compact and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Yarra Valley at your own pace. The town is a one-hour drive from the Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Airport.