Things to do around Healesville and the Yarra Valley Victoria

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Don’t miss one of the BEST places to visit in Victoria, the town of Healesville – just a little over an hour or 63.3km from Melbourne’s CBD. Healesville gains its reputation from its fabulous location in a flourishing food and wine region of the Yarra Valley, and there’s some seriously fine dining to relish here.

Plus, Healesville has great accessibility to enjoy Mount Buangs snowy slopes in winter for the die heart toboganist and cross-country enthusiast. It also offers some of the best hiking trails across the country in the off season with impressive panoramic views of the Yarra Valley, Melbourne and the Dandenongs from many vantage points.

Let’s not forget too, that Healesville prides itself in a unique wildlife Sanctuary, booming art and music scenes so a huge drawcard for adventurers and road trippers all year round.

FUN FACT: Healesville officially has taken out Honours for the best tasting drinking water in Australia!

Wellness & Pampering

  • Yarra Valley Therapeutic Relaxation and Day Spa – Jane has 20 years experience massaging in the Yarra Valley with a mobile and in-studio remedial massage and therapeutic service. Jane can also provide a second therapist so that couples staying in the Valley can have massages together if sufficient notice is given
  • Endota Spa at Balgownie Estate, Yarra Glen
  • Bodyglow Skin and Beauty – Offering spa treatments, facials, massage, spray tanning, waxing, pedicures and more
  • Healing Hands Massage – Paula Whitelaw (Nebauer) is a qualified Remedial Massage and Bowen Therapist, with over 35 years experience using various healing modalities to treat clients for optimum health and wellbeing. It may include relaxation and remedial massage, shiatsu, Thai massage and Bowen Therapy.  Paula works with all ages, from babies, young children, pregnant women through to elderly people
  • Rapid Recovery Sports Injury Clinic located in Healesville, Ferntree Gully and Seville
  • Andrea Tate Massage Therapy – treatments for mind, body and soul. Includes Stone Therapy
  • Nicole’s Massage and Therapies located at 8 Bona Ave, Healesville Vic
  • Eluvi Health Centre at 10a McGregor Ave, Healesville- Treatments include acupuncture and Shiatsu therapies and acupuncture, meditation and yoga
  • The Healesville Wellness Centre –  a multidisciplinary clinic with a number of services under one roof
  • Miss Josey’s Beauty Parlour – They’ve taken everything you love about the 1950’s and given it a twist to create the “perfect salon for the modern woman” – a dazzling collection of favourite pieces used to showcase a wide selection of treatments and specialised therapies. The focus is on providing the right solution for your skin type and beauty requirements
  • Healesville Physio and Sports Medicine
  • Petite Fleur Beauty – facials of all skin types!

Explore and Discover

  • Picnic or bushwalk at Badger Creek Weir
  • Relax at Maroondah Dam and parklands with BBQ’s, picnic spots, walking tracks, and the historic Reservoir. Enjoy the views of the park and the dam with history signposts along the way and several walking tracks including one that takes you to a lookout overlooking the dam wall and beyond
  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary showcasing native Australian animals and witness live shows and close encounters with them
  • Admire local art galleries in Healesville, showcasing the vibrant art scene of the region such as the – YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub at 252 Maroondah Highway or the TarraWarra Museum of Art
  • Visit a little pocket of creativity known as The Whimsical Bead, which offers great workshops in beading, jewellery, metal and wire work, digital art etc
  • Visit the rotating exhibitions of contemporary art at Tarrangower Estate Art Gallery at 3N Lusatia Park Rd, Woori Yallock
  • Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the Yarra Valley by dining at acclaimed restaurants, cafes, and farm-to-table establishments. See our Good Eats and Foodies section below.
  • Yarra Valley Wineries (take your pick). Enjoy wine-tasting premium cool-climate wines at world-class wineries such as Domaine Chandon, De Bortoli, and TarraWarra Estate
  • Indulge in tasting a variety of delicious cheeses at the Yarra Valley Dairy, known for its artisanal cheeses and stunning surroundings.
  • Taste innovative and high-quality gin creations at the Four Pillars Gin Distillery
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, where you can taste and purchase handmade chocolates and ice creams
  • Get your hiking boots on to enjoy any numerous hiking trails and nature walks (a must hike is the Yarra Ranges National Park)
  • Join a food tour or explore the Yarra Valley Regional Food Group’s offerings to experience the best of the region’s gourmet food and drinks
  • Go up, up, and away on a breathtaking hot air balloon over vineyards and mountains

Good Eats

  • Jayden Ong Cellar Door – Winery & Cellar Bar will deliver an event unlike any other, whether it’s an intimate group of 20 in the Cellar Bar or an entire Winery takeover. For weddings, parties, corporate events or showcases with a difference, they will ensure your event is memorable and stress free from start to finish
  • No 7 Healesville – Delicious shared-style menu, paired with the best organic wines from around the world
  • Matilda Bay Brewery
  • Watts River Brewery
  • Munroe’s Burgers and Beers – has vegetarian options too
  • Yarra Valley Dairy for delicious artisanal cheeses
  • Brae restaurant– world-renowned fine dining restaurant led by Dan Hunter, on an organic farm. The focus here is locally sourced and foraged ingredients, offering a unique and exceptional dining experience. Word of advise – take all day! Located at 4285 Cape Otway Rd, Birregurra VIC
  • Oakridge Wines Restaurant – modern Australian cuisine with stunning views of the Yarra Valley along Located at 864 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC
  • Elenore’s at Chateau Yering – Located in the historic Chateau Yering, Eleonore’s offers a fine dining experience with a focus on local and seasonal produce. 42 Melba Hwy, Yering VIC
  • TarraWarra Estate Restaurant – Set amidst the TarraWarra Estate winery, this restaurant features a menu highlighting fresh, regional produce paired with their own wines. Located at 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen VIC

Foodies

  • Rayner’s Orchard – a family owned unique boutique orchard is located at Woori Yallock, currently growing around 450 varieties of fruit and have at least 8 varieties of fruit every day of the year. They are run a Peach Cafe with farm-style lunches, delicious Devonshire tea and muffins, and homemade fruit ice cream. Sit inside or take in the view of our nursery and the Yarra Valley hills in the distance
  • Sophie Cheese Monger – a little fromagerie in the heart of the Yarra, offering our incredible cheeses and cheese accompaniments with a range of products from local legends ‘A bit of jam and pickle’, ‘Ricci’s Bikkies’ and ‘Jam Lady Jam’ plus a huge range of crackers, wafers, lavosh and bread in store, which they can help expertly pair with your cheeses
  • Kitchen and Butcher – locally and ethically sourced meats, meat platters and where country butcher meets delicatessen, a little baker, charcuterie and lots of fresh produce
  • Healesville Organic Farmers Market (every Sat AM)
  • Check out the Yarra Valley Farmers’ Market for a variety of fresh, locally produced goods, including fruits, vegetables, meats, and more

Retail Escapes

  • Morris et al – situated in the beautiful Yarra Ranges, filled with locally and internationally sourced treasures to delight and inspire. With a focus on luxurious yet purposeful items for your home, Morris et al is home to iconic brands from all over the globe.
  • Creswick Natural Fibres – natural fibre clothing and homewares. Sourced by nature, crafted since 1947
  • Rare Threads -supportS International and Australian independent fashion labels with a wide range of contemporary and artisan labels celebrates women of all sizes. Their focus is on service, styling, quality, nature’s finest fibres, and customer experience
  • Charley Horse Vintage Clothing– sells quality vintage pieces as well as Lifestyle, Fun and Nostalgia all while listening to the music from a vintage era. They also share a good playlist online as well.
  • Visit local markets in Healesville and the surrounding towns to experience the vibrant community, shop for fresh produce, and discover unique crafts and gifts

If you think Healesville and the Yarra Valley Victoria sound like an amazing holiday destination, why not see our Stays with a WOW accommodation.

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