Here are some local tips from Leanne De Bortoli.

"We are so spoiled for choice out here, I have so many more places I could gush about all day, so here's just a handful of tips from me."


Healesville Hotel/Healesville Harvest/Kitchen & Butcher

Run by dynamic husband and wife team, Michael Kennedy and Kylie Balharrie, the Healesville Hotel is a great place for a quick bar meal or for finer dining in the restaurant. Healesville Harvest is a good place for a quick catchup for cake and coffee. Kitchen and Butcher is handy for buying tasty treats to take home to cook.


Tarrawarra Museum of Art

The TWMA was built by the Besen Family some years ago and is a showcase of the Besens contemporary Australian art collection as well as visiting art exhibitions. The architecture of this wonderful building is worth the visit on its own.


Healesville Sanctuary

Got kids? Well look no further than this place to while away a few hours. All manner of Australian flora and fauna can be found here and is well worth the visit, even without kids!


Drive Tours 

Take a drive around the valley and the Dandenong Ranges through some very spekky scenery. Favourite drives include:


  • Myers Creek Rd from Toolangi to Healesville for the tall trees and ferns.
  • The Black Spur from Healeville to Narbethong. Although ravaged by the fires in 2009, it is still worth the drive to see nature's comeback.
  • Mount Dandenong Tourist Drive through the Dandenong Ranges is a must-do but don't do it on the weekend. Too busy.


Balloon flight over the Yarra Valley

Want to do something a little different? Take a float over the valley and vineyards with Global Ballooning. Not done the Melbourne City flight but have done the Valley one a few times. Memorable.


For more ideas on things to do and see in the Yarra Valley, have a browse through the Visit Yarra Valley website. 

Want to visit other Yarra Valley wineries? The Wine Selectors Magazine has put together a list of their favourite wineries and cellar doors. Click here to read more. 


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