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A Weekend in Healesville

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by Kelly Nicole O'Donnell (subscribe)
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Published July 12th 2015
Looking for a new place for a weekend away with your partner, or somewhere different to head to for a girl's weekend? Then look no further than Healesville, situated in Melbourne's Yarra Valley and around 1 hours drive from Melbourne.

Healesville, is probably known by most for the Healesville Sanctuary being around 3km from the town.

Healesville, in the Yarra Valley, is also a truly scenic place to visit, with a Main Street dotted with cafes to dine in, gift shops and many other places nearby to explore.

If you've never spent a weekend here, it's a great place to base yourself for a culinary weekend, a weekend of relaxation or a catch up with a group of friends all whilst experiencing the many varied local dining places in and around the town.

Healesville has a number of accomodation options. There are B&Bs, Guest Houses, hotels and other accomodation for private weekend rental where you can rent a 3 or 4 bedroom house and share the cost with a few friends. Head to Stayz if there are a few of you looking to rent a house.

So you've checked in and looking for places to eat? Head to Innocent Bystander, it's a winery, cellar door, and restaurant and you won't miss the impressive industrial building that it is located in at 336 Maroondah Highway. As you enter, there is a display of sour dough and fruit breads, pastries to make your mouth water. To the right are a selection of cheeses and coffee beans available for purchase.

Looking for a meal, then you can't go past the wood fired pizza. Wine tastings are available near the main entrance or past the restaurant, there's an impressive wall of glass at the heart of the cellar. Open 7 days a week, it's a great way to experience a winery in the heart of Healesville.

Looking for breakfast, brunch or just a coffee? Head to Mocha & Lime in the heart of Healesville at 11 Green Street. Offering home cooking, friendly and fast service and a wide breakfast / brunch menu. The vegan brekkie with pumpkin, spinach, mushrooms and dukka was pretty amazing. In winter, an open fire adds to the ambience and after dining you can browse their books up the back and take home something different to read.

Mocha & Lime
Mocha & Lime, image from their website

Head to the Healesville Glass Blowing Studio, not too far down the Main Street, it's at 416-420 Maroondah Highway. It's a chance to see some beautiful completed pieces and also see the artists Tim Basset and Tali Dalton at work, creating these pieces right before your eyes.

Healesville Glass Blowing Studio
Image from Healesville Glass Blowing Studio

TarraWarra Museum of Art is located at 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, TarraWarra is well worth a visit and is just out of Healesville. Set in a contemporary building, the gallery has a collection featuring work by Australian artists With the gallery opening in 2003.

Image from TWMA website

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is only a short drive from Healesville at 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen. Offering scenic views, the chocolaterie and ice creamery is a place to sample and buy some scrumptious creations. Freeze dried chocolate coated strawberries, rocky road, cookies and cream slice, and truffles are some of the sweet treats you'll find. The sample bowls of white, milk or dark pastilles are a hit for all when you first arrive and you can even enjoy an ice cream outside in the gardens on a warm day.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
Image from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Healesville and the surrounding region offers plenty of different places to explore. For more information contact Visit Yarra Valley.
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