Healesville is an attractive town
set in a scenic countryside surrounded by low lying
mountains and vineyards
Healesville is famous
for its wildlife sanctuary which is home to more
than 200 species of Australian native animals. It
is also an important food and wine centre
and hosts the annual Yarra Valley Grape
Grazing Festival, held in February. Local vineyards
open their cellar doors to tourists year round.
Places to see
Healesville Art Gallery
Located on Nigel Court off Badger Creek Road is the Healesville Art Gallery.
The gallery sits in a lovely bushland setting with lots of native birds. The
gallery holds constantly changing exhibition of local artists along with a
display of gemstones including opals, crystals and mineral specimens.
The Healesville Sanctuary is home to more than 200 species of native mammals,
birds and reptiles in a natural bushland environment.
The sanctuary has Tasmanian devils, kangaroos,
koalas, platypus, wombats, emus, wallabies, dingoes,
echidnas, lyrebirds, owls, cockatoos and parrots, snakes
numerous others. The Healesville sanctuary provides
picnic and barbecue facilities throughout the park as well as
kiosks, and a bistro.
The Hedgend Maze is a 1200 metre long hedge maze. There is a a treasure
hunt, a rainbow maze, an 18 hole mini-golf, and lots of other games
and puzzles to keep the children entertained.
There are tea rooms and a kiosk, as well as picnic and barbecue facilities.
The old Mission Church was constructed in 1875 and originally served as an all-purpose
Protestant church. Around 1890 the Presbyterians bought the church. Other major
denominations had their own churches by then so the Old Mission Church officially
became the Presbyterian Church. Healesville's oldest surviving building is
the police lock-up which was constructed in 1866 and it is all that remains
of the original police station. The Lock-up is located next to Healesville
Maroondah Reservoir Park
Located on the Maroondah Highway, about 4 km east of Healesville, is
the Maroondah Reservoir Park. The park features formal exotic
native bushland, walking trails, and scenic views of the reservoir. The Maroondah
Reservoir Park is an ideal location for a family picnic with picnic
and barbecue facilities.
The Yarra Valley region is well known for
its wineries and Healesville offers a perfect base
for visiting some of the numerous cellar doors including
Chum Creek Winery, Tarrawarra Vineyard
(specialising in pinot
noir and chardonnay), Oakridge Estate
(cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir,
chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Long Gully Estate
(riesling, semillon, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rose,
noir, cabernet sauvignon,
shiraz, merlot and port),
Eyton-on-Yarra which has an award winning restaurant,
lookout tower and cinema. The Eyton-on-Yarra holds
the annual Eyton Summer Music Series
from October and March.
Yarra Valley Tourist Railway
The Yarra Valley Tourist Railway runs open air motorised trolley rides from Healesville
to Tunnel Hill. The
original trolleys were used by workmen checking the railway line. They start
at the old Healesville railway station on the Healesville - Kinglake Road hourly
and public holidays and Wednesday
during School Holidays.
maximum average temperature is 26.5 degrees celsius
minimum average is 10 degrees celsius
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maximum average temperature is 14 degrees celsius and the
minimum average is 3 degrees celsius
maximum average temperature is 21.5 degrees celsius
minimum average is 6 degrees celsius
Healesville is about a 1 hour drive from Melbourne on the Maroondah Highway.
Yarra Valley Regional Tourism Association
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