Top things to do

Top Choice Zoo in Healesville & the Lower Yarra Valley

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 Gallery in Healesville & the Lower Yarra Valley

TarraWarra Museum of Art

In a striking building at TarraWarra Estate, this excellent gallery showcases Australian art from the 1950s onwards and features regularly changing, Australian and international contemporary art exhibitions. The rot…
Top Choice Seafood in Lakes Entrance

Ferryman's Seafood Cafe

It’s hard to beat the ambience of dining on the deck of this floating cafe-restaurant, which will fill you to the gills with fish and seafood dishes, including good ol’ fish and chips. The seafood platter is a great…
Top Choice Italian in Bright

Simone's Restaurant

For 20 years owner-chef Patrizia Simone has been serving outstanding Italian food, with a focus on local ingredients and seasonal produce, in the rustic dining room of this heritage-listed house. This is one of regi…
Top Choice Museum in Echuca

National Holden Museum

Car buffs should check out this museum dedicated to Australia’s four-wheeled icon, with more than 40 beautifully restored Holdens, from FJ to Monaro, as well as racing footage and memorabilia.
Top Choice Bakery in Rutherglen

Parkers Pies

If you think a pie is a pie, this award-winning local institution might change your mind. Try the gourmet pastries – emu, venison, crocodile, buffalo, or the lovely Jolly Jumbuck (a lamb pastry with rosemary and min…
Top Choice Brewery in Bright

Bright Brewery

This small boutique brewery produces a quality range of beers (sample six for $12) and beer-friendly food such as pizzas, kranskys and nachos. There’s a guided tour and tasting on Monday, Friday and Saturday at 3pm …
Top Choice Tapas in Healesville & the Lower Yarra Valley

Giant Steps & Innocent Bystander

The industrial-sized Giants Steps & Innocent Bystander is a buzzing restaurant and cellar door – a great place for delicious pizzas, tapas and cheese platters or a lazy afternoon drink. Wine-tasting is free at t…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Rutherglen

Tuileries Restaurant & Cafe

The bright courtyard cafe is a fine place for lunch, and in the evening the fine-dining restaurant produces superb Mediterranean-influenced dishes with local produce such as gum-smoked kangaroo fillet or Murray Vall…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Bright

Pepperleaf Bushtucker Restaurant

This place doesn’t look fancy but the philosophy and flavours – using native ingredients such as wattleseed, quandong, wild limes and lemon myrtle – are something of a taste revelation. Tapas-style plates give you a…