Get your foodie fix in Healesville, a regional food and wine hub surrounded by stunning scenery, before experiencing iconic encounters of the wildlife kind.
Meet your favourite Australian animals
Stare into the snarling jaws of a Tasmanian Devil and peer at a joey in its mother's pouch at Healesville Sanctuary wildlife park. Get up-close-and-personal to 200 species of native animals and birdlife on meandering paths and in walk-through exhibits.
Wine and dine any way you like
You may be in awe of the iconic names of Healesville's wineries, including Domaine Chandon, Rochford Wines and Coldstream Hills, but the approachable winemakers ensure a visit to the cellar door is both informative and entertaining.
Pick up some winery specials to enjoy with a gourmet picnic in the peaceful fern gullies and mountain ash at Badger Weir Park.
Sate your appetite in town with gourmet pizzas and artisan breads at Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander, or a feast at the gastro-pub that started it all, the Healesville Hotel – hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.
Local artistic culture
Find artistic inspiration at Toolangi Pottery and in the handcrafted jewellery at Silvermist Gallery. Snap up vintage bargains in second-hand shops or hand-made items at Healesville Community Market.