Alfred Nicholas Gardens, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia
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Tall Trees & Vines touring route

Recommended duration: Two days
Total distance: Melbourne - Healesville 65.5 kilometres, Healesville - Marysville 27.9 kilometres, Marysville - Melbourne 93.3 kilometres
Driving time: Melbourne - Healesville 1 hour 15 minutes, Healesville - Marysville 20 minutes, Marysville - Melbourne 90 minutes

Head from Melbourne to Healesville and across to Marysville to take in breathtaking natural wonders as well as Victoria's most popular wildlife attraction and some of Australia's best wines.

Iconic animals in native habitats
See over 200 species of Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, including the elusive lyrebird and platypus. Wander through enclosures to see animals in their native habitats or join a Meet the Keeper session and learn about Australian animals from the experts.

Winding along the Black Spur
Travel to Marysville amid the spectacular tall forests of immense mountain ash trees and lush green ferns on the road known as the Black Spur, which winds its way up the Great Dividing Range between Healesville and Narbethong on the Maroondah Highway.

In Marysville visit Victoria's highest waterfalls – Steavenson Falls – an 84 metre drop to the bush and fern-fringed Steavenson River below. See them illuminated by floodlights at night.

Keep driving along Lady Talbot Forest Drive along the Taggerty River. Take a picnic lunch, and a walk through old growth myrtle beech forest to cascading waterfalls.

From winter snow to wines in the vines
Hit the snow in Mount Donna Buang and Lake Mountain for tobogganing and cross-country skiing during the snow season, or see the mountains ablaze with wildflowers in summer.

Make your way back down the mountain to the city, calling in to any of the 40 cellar doors throughout the Yarra Valley to sample some of Australia's finest wines.

Lake Mountain, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia. Image courtesy: Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

Lake Mountain

Get the adrenaline pumping year round at Lake Mountain with premier cross-country skiing, challenging mountain biking and invigorating walking.

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Echidina magic moment

Healesville Sanctuary

Watch for waking koalas and peek at a joey in a kangaroo's pouch, meet keepers or observe vets in the animal hospital, all in an Aussie bush setting.

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Mandala Wines, Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia. Credit: Mandala Wines

Yarra Valley wine region

Sip, sniff, and savour fine wines within the hallowed walls of historic Victorian viticultural institutions, or discover secret winery gems.

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