Yarra Ranges is my stomping ground. I never tire of its beauty,the creativity of its people, and the abundance of things to do and see.
As the sting goes out of that sun, and the days begin to mellow, festival goers can soak up some rural Autumn sunshine and have a taste of the good life, no further than an hour's drive from Melbourne.
Permaculture is not normally associated with fun times, but by joining forces, Healesville Autumnfest, and Healesville Music Festival have managed to present the best of both worlds with their combined package of great music, delicious organic produce, and a range of both educational and entertaining activities.
The festival fun begins on Friday evening March 22nd, kicking off with a powerhouse of a show at the Healesville Memo Hall featuring Woohoo Revue- a crazy gypsy,bohemian ensemble who look and sound like nothing you've ever heard!
Saturday March 23rd, Autumnfest takes place at Coronation Park in Healesville and here's where you can taste all manner of delicious organic goodies, buy gorgeous fruit and veg, admire the goats, learn how to compost, browse the many different (and always ethical) market stalls, and kick back in the parks gorgeous location next to the Watts river, while listening to the free music stage. There will be a range of entertainment for kids going on at the same time, and a full program of talks, workshops, and all things organic!
Meanwhile down on the pretty Main Street of Healesville, you can listen to buskers participating in the buskers competition, with a chance to perform on the main stage at the Memo that night. Maybe give a shot yourself if you 'think you've got talent'!
There are over 20 bands at 4 great venues throughout Healesville on the Saturday, in addition to the free stage at Autumnfest. If you're looking for a weekend away or a day trip with a difference. This is highly recommended. Tickets for the music festivals are $27.50, which gets you into any venue as many times throughout the 2 days as you like. Autumnfest is free.