Why we love Healesville

WHAT’S ON NEXT?

Click on the following links to see what’s happening in Healesville & the Yarra Valley:

 

NATURE

Healesville Sanctuary – Make the sanctuary a must-see during your Yarra Valley visit. Spend the day learning about Australian animals and their habitat. Don’t forget to enjoy a bite to eat at the Harvest Cafe.

Go Wild Ballooning – Watch the sun rise as you float over the vineyards and valleys. Enjoy breakfast at one of the local wineries after your balloon flight.

Melbourne Skydive – For a bigger adrenaline rush try a tandem sky dive over the Yarra Valley. It’s sure to get your heart racing!

Maroondah Reservoir – Within 5 mins drive of Healesville House. Facilities include picnic tables & free BBQs, walking paths & toilet facilities. See the waterfall and the view from the top of the dam wall. Easy parking.

 

PAMPERING

There are a number of day spa and personal pampering options in the Yarra Valley. If you would like an in-house massage or treatment during your stay, we can organise it for you!

Bodyglow Skin & Beauty is located at the Eastern end of Maroondah Highway opposite Giant Steps. For all your waxing, manicure, pedicure, make-up & spray tanning needs.

Piaf Day Spa is approx 10 minutes drive away along Don Road. Relax and enjoy your day spa treatments in the privacy and peacefulness of the 10 acre rainforest sanctuary. From massages to body treatments, facials and everything in between.

Haircutters Gallery is located at the Eastern end of Maroondah Highway. For all your hair and beauty needs – wedding hair / formal styling, colour cuts and blow-waves and make-up for your special event. Be sure to book your appointment before your visit.

Linea Healesville is located in the main street of Healesville. For all your hair needs – cutting, colour, tints, foils, styling, treatments & more– wedding packages available. Bookings are a must.

 

ART & MUSIC

Jewellery, original paintings, sculpture, glass masterpieces, and photography are all here to relish. Many communities have their own music festivals and ongoing programmes.

Crumbz – designer aprons, haberdashery, funky fabrics, wool & accessories, unique gifts. Also ask Kay about classes in sewing, crochet & knitting.  Machines available to hire at the shop for your own work.

Three Stories Artspace & Artists Lounge – Exhibitions, classes & a continual contributor to the arts community of the Yarra Valley.

Tarrawarra Museum of Art – click on their link to see the latest exhibitions. Jeffrey Smart retrospective now on. Up close with masterpieces!

Healesville Glass Blowing Studio – professional & sophisticated works of art and glass jewellery. Elegant personal through to corporate level gifts.  A must see.

Silvermist Studio – jewellery designed & created on the premises. Perfect for gifts or a treat for yourself!

 

FOOD & WINE

There are numerous options to satisfy your taste-buds. Living is the Yarra Valley is one long “eat-fest” and we are sure you will enjoy the following delights when you have Healesville as your base. The main street of Healesville has many restaurants & cafes which are open 7 days.  Yarra Glen also has a number of excellent cafes.

Essenza – the hippest cafe in Healesville. Coffee aficionados! Lashings of Italian food. Great for breakfast or an easy lunch.

Balgownie Estate – Serious class.  Fine dining, elegant cellar door, conference facilities & day spa.  Wine divine!

Stones of the Yarra Valley – a total culinary and visual delight. Wander across the way to their regional cafe Meletos for a casual lunch or dinner. Be sure to pop into their newest addition The Providore where you can purchase local produce, home-wares and floral arrangements.

Coldstream Hills – the Australian wine legend Mr James Halliday & his wife Suzanne first established this beautiful winery.  Their flair continues today under the skilled wine-making of Andrew Fleming & Greg Jarratt.

Mac Forbes Wines – boutique and passionate!

Yileena Park Winery – think French country manor & wine and you’ve found it. A hidden gem just out of Yarra Glen.

Vines Restaurant – a gentle drive up to Helens Hill (Coldstream) will delight the palate. Lunch & dinner Thurs – Sun or book the venue for a special occasion.

Maddens Rise Wines – the funkiest wine cellar decorated with Emma’s flair!  Classy wines!

Dixons Creek Estate – in keeping with Yarra Valley style – views, great wines, friendly staff.

Steels Creek Estate – the quiet achiever along the track – worth the few minutes extra drive.  One of the smaller but totally boutique wineries of the Yarra Valley.

Oakridge Wines – consider a long lunch to compliment their superb wine range.

Zonzo Restaurant – enjoy superb Italian cuisine and relaxing views. Also great for private events, especially weddings! Pizza is amazing.

Innocent Bystander – Newly opened at the old White Rabbit site, IB’s is open for Lunch and dinner 7 days.

Giant Steps – Their philosophy in the kitchen is the same as in their winery – showcase the best quality produce available. Their menu pays tribute to some of the finest ingredients available both locally and abroad.

Boat O’Craigo – bright & welcoming with an award winning choice of reds, whites & sparkling. Fantastic pizzas and tasting platters.

Tokar Estate – a touch of European chateau in the Yarra Valley. Food – divine! Wine – supreme!

Yering Station – the earliest winery in the region. Located on Melba Highway with magnificent views across the valley, Yering offers fine dining, a bistro, high tea, award winning wines, art gallery & a superb farmer’s & gourmet market on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Domaine Chandon – the classy Australian subsidiary of Moet & Chandon! Bubbles anyone?

Toolangi Tavern – drive 15 mins along St Leonard’s Road through the best of Victorian forests to reach the charming Toolangi Tavern.  The glow of the open fire, mountain views plus a sumptuous menu choice is a relaxing way to wind down the day.  Be sure to book.

Rayner’s Stonefruit Orchard – in Woori Yallock – where you will taste fruit like it should taste!  A cafe, fruit produce & a tranquil environment but most importantly, fabulous fresh fruit straight from the trees. The take-home fruit pies are heavenly.

Yarra Valley Dairy – cheese heaven! Book some seats & just eat! Plenty of supplies to take home for afters!

Healesville Hotel – Sit and enjoy the ambiance of the dining room or the more casual bar or outdoor area for lunch or dinner. Head across to Harvest Cafe for a healthy breakfast or lunch and don’t forget to browse Kitchen & Butcher next door. Filled with delicious cheeses, artisan bread, various cuts of meat dressed daily by the resident butcher and many beautiful home-wares. It’s sure to delight!

 

TRANSPORT REQUIRED?

Contact us directly on 0437 773 223 for all your transport needs. We provide transfers to and from Melbourne Airport, winery tours of the Yarra Valley and private chauffering around Healesville and the Yarra Valley. Let us design a tour package suited just for you! Max 4 guests on all tours.

 

AROUND THE YARRA VALLEY, ALSO CONSIDER:

Films in Warburton – don’t miss any of this year’s films!

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum – in Lilydale. The museum has been recently renovated and is worth a good chunk of your time.  Their calendar of exhibitions is on their website.

Yering Farmer’s Market – 3rd Sunday of each month

 

If you are a business owner (within the categories above) in the Yarra Valley & would like your website link added to our page, please call us with the details.