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Top Choice Zoo in Healesville

Healesville Sanctuary

One of the best places in southern Australia to see native fauna, this wildlife park is full of kangaroos, dingoes, lyrebirds, Tasmanian devils, bats, koalas, eagles, snakes and lizards. The Platypus House displays …
Top Choice Distillery in Healesville

Four Pillars

One of Victoria's best-run microdistillers is this class operator that specialises in a range of inventive gins that you can watch being made while sampling the goods. Grab a paddle to taste their range, including a…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Healesville

Giant Steps

The massive, refurbed Giant Steps is known for both its cellar door and buzzing restaurant. The delicious wood-fired dishes – featuring anything from a grilled snapper to chicken and tofu – steal the show, followed …
Modern Australian in Healesville

Healesville Hotel

One of the area’s culinary showstoppers, historic Healesville Hotel is split into a formal dining room and the inviting front bar for more casual gastropub fare; the latter is a perfect spot for a pint or a glass of…
Cafe in Healesville

Healesville Harvest Cafe

Sidling up next to the Healesville Hotel, the Harvest is perfect for fresh coffee and light meals made with local produce – salads, sandwiches, cakes, breakfast rolls, sausage rolls and soups. Head next door to its …
Food in Healesville

Kitchen & Butcher

Set up by the same team behind the Healesville Hotel is this atmospheric provedore, with shelves lined with jars of its homemade produce. They also have a good selection of European cheeses and meats, fresh baked br…
Cafe in Healesville

Mocha & Lime

Its namesake colour scheme may be a bit on the nose, but it opens up to an attractive earthy cafe featuring a seasonal menu of local produce. There's Buxton smoked trout, a street-food dish of the week, single-origi…
Microbrewery in Healesville

Watts River Brewing

Run by a couple of brewers from the old White Rabbit (since relocated to Geelong), this small-scale brewery has a distinct man's cave feel to it with a couple of couches strewn about the beer vats. Its core range co…
Pizza in Healesville

Innocent Bystand0er

Moving out of the venue it shared with Giant Steps, Innocent Bystander has gone it alone, yet literally only across the street. While it's under new owners, it's still going to be about wood-fired pizzas and wine, i…
Historic Site in Healesville

Yarra Valley Railway

This historical railway has reopened on a restored track with short train rides from Healesville station to Tunnel Hill and back. They are currently extending the line to Yarra Glen, estimated to be completed in 201…