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.
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.
Pick up some winery specials to enjoy with a gourmet picnic in the peaceful fern gullies and mountain ash at Badger Weir Park.
Creative gifts and take home goodies
Find artistic inspiration and pick up something for home at local jewellery, pottery and glass-blowing studios. Browse bargains in second-hand outlets, antique stores and bookshops, or check out the three different monthly markets to find handicrafts, local produce and clothing.