28 September 2014

Healesville - A Santuary

Healesville is a small country town about 52km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. It is a major tourist destination, located in the famous Yarra Valley grape growing region. The town itself is surrounded by mountains, forests and rolling hills dotted with wineries, fruit and berry farms.

Healesville is also well known for its Healesville Sanctuary, just four kilometres south of the town centre. Healesville Sanctuary first opened in 1934, a nature park with hundreds of native Australian animals displayed in a semi-open natural setting.

The town is a santurary from the hussle and bussle of the city and is one of our favorite places to get away to in spring or autumn when the days are cooler. During spring, many Rainbow Lorikeet appear in this season to feed on the nectar of the flowers from the trees along the shady tree-lined boulevard of Nicholson Street. They can be quite 'noisy' but they are part of the attraction of the town.

Nicholson Street features a large selection of speciality shops, hotels, cafes, and a modern shopping complex built around a major supermarket. A stroll along the footpath, is a leisure way of spending the day, relaxing and you just might snap up some bargains in one of the speciality shops or second-hand shops.

One other favorite attraction of the town is the Healesville Hotel, an old world charm with new world style cooking. It has an award winning restaurant, Quince Dining and if you do not fancy a restaurant type lunch or dinner, there is the cafe-pub corner called the Hotel Bar and Garden which serve very good pub food which always go well with good cold beer from the tap.

Everytime we come into town, we have our lunch at the hotel. The following are photos of the food served at the Quince Dining restaurant.

These are photos of pub food served at the Hotel Bar and Garden.

The Beechworth Bakery is also worth a stop over: for some coffee and cakes. The original Beechworth Bakery, is located in the town of Beechworth, north-east of Victoria near the border of NSW. The bakery in Healesville is the latest edition to the Beechworth Bakery chain and is the first one to be purpose built from the ground up.

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