Top 10 Things To Do And See In Healesville

Matthew Sims

Tucked away in the northeastern Yarra Valley and an hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD, Healesville boasts various culinary and natural delights. Representing a merging point between the ancient land and the modernity of man, it is a town which is constantly active. The town is surrounded by mountains, forests and rolling hills dotted with wineries, fruit and berry farms. Join us in planning a relaxing, yet enjoyable trip through Healesville.

Healesville Sanctuary

Weave your way through Hedgend Maze

Perfect for a day out with the kids, Hedgend Maze has it all with a cryptic hedge maze, a mini-golf and Frisbee golf course, as well as an area to search for old bones in the Fossil Dig. With special events all year long, it is always a place which will keep the imagination and curiosity alive. Hedgend Maze, 163 Albert Rd, Healesville, VIC, Australia, +61 (03) 5962 3636

Healesville Racecourse

1. Taste what is on offer at Herd Bar and Café

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Australian, Pub Grub

Hot Air Balloons
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Found at the start of the main stretch of Main Street, Herd Bar and Café can cover you all day. You can rock up for a breakfast made from local ingredients and a coffee sourced from overseas or have a moderately priced feast with a variety of international and home-grown beverages. Regardless, Herd is always a friendly and warm place to visit.

Fly over the town in a balloon

Nothing captures the scope of Healesville and the surrounding Yarra Valley quite like the view at a few thousand feet in the air. Many companies, such as Global Ballooning or Go Wild Ballooning have packages which include breakfast and accommodation along with an exhilarating launch above the trees. Global Ballooning Australia, 173-175 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC, Australia, +61 (03) 9428 5703 Go Wild Ballooning, 621 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC, Australia, +61 (03) 9739 0772

Four Pillars Gin

2. Join the locals at Healesville Hotel

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

The Healesville Hotel is the perfect blend between the rustic and the contemporary. Now in its 14th year, it is renowned for its charcuterie or selection of cold meats, including Spanish salamis and homemade terrine. With a brick exterior, a wooden interior and a spacious beer garden out the back, it offers a wide selection of fresh and local food and wine and is a welcoming place for a casual Sunday lunch.

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