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Bungalow in the Yarra Valley HealesvilleThis newly renovated bungalow in the Yarra Valley is a beautifully peaceful space to relax and unwind for a quiet weekend away or a comfortable and simple space to stay while exploring the Yarra Valley and all it has to offer. There is a comfy queen size bed ,bathroom and kitchen facilities (no stove or oven), small seating area inside and out on the deck. Breakfast supplies will be provided for your stay. You'll feel right at home with this new fresh space.
Cabin set in beautiful gardensThe cabin is nestled among the trees in beautiful landscaped gardens on the Maroondah Highway, only a 15 minute walk to the Healesville shopping and dining strip. It has a kitchen and dining room with a verandah overlooking the gardens, a bedroom and an ensuite bathroom with a shower and large bath. Enjoy all the wineries on your doorstep and then return to the peace and quiet of your home for the night.
Tranquil Yarra Valley cottage on 5 acresWestering Cottage is purpose-built to provide a secluded, comfortable get-away for couples and singles to enjoy the wineries, food and natural beauty of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Fully self-contained and set on 5 acres in a rambling garden with mountain views, our cottage is in the perfect location to explore the best of the Yarra Valley wineries, as well as the delights of the Dandenong Ranges. Pets are welcome, subject to conditions. The tariff includes generous breakfasts.
Situated along the Watts River in Victoria, Healesville serves as a gateway to the famed wine and culinary region of the Yarra Valley and as a vacation destination of its own. Founded during the Gold Rush of the 1860s, it grew with the construction of the Maroondah Dam in the early 20th century before solidifying more recently as a getaway for people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby Melbourne. A calm and quaint country town, much of Healesville’s draw comes simply from its lush surrounds and ample parklands, including Badger Weir Park and the European gardens at the Maroondah Reservoir Park. But visitors also enjoy the thriving food and art scenes — especially at the Memo, a memorial hall now serving as a cultural center — historic railway.
The Eastern Freeway out of Melbourne brings visitors straight from the city in an hour by car. Melbourne’s international airport (MEL) receives flights by major carriers from around Australia and the world, and offers a variety of car rental options — something most visitors will want to make use of. You can take a bus from Melbourne or a train to nearby Lilydale. You can take public transportation to access many of the sites, but a private car offers more flexibility for exploring the surrounding Yarra Valley and the area’s spread-out attractions.
Healesville’s short summers warm up but never broil, while the clouds stick around much of the year, giving it a pleasant climate that helps grow the region’s signature greenery. Winters cool off and tend to be fairly wet — averaging 18 days a month of rain — though intrepid visitors armed with rain gear can still enjoy many of the area attractions. In summer, only half as many days each month include rain and the average high temperatures go over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while nights cool down to the mid-50s. Winter lows are around 40 degrees, and stay high in the mid-50s until spring arrives.
Though the 19th-century railroad tracks were closed to passengers in the 1980s, a volunteer organization runs a short tourist circuit using old trains from the 1950s to bring people through the scenic Yarra Valley and through a historic tunnel before returning to the station. The 35-minute voyage leaves regularly on Sundays and holidays throughout the year.
Three big hedge mazes will get you lost — and, if you solve the cryptic puzzle, found — in this activity that makes excellent use of the Yarra Valley’s great greenery. A smaller maze caters to children, while the complex also offers miniature golf, Frisbee golf, and a fossil dig.
Those looking for casual walks and shady resting spots can check out the options at Maroondah Reservoir Park — or just Maroondah Dam — where you can ascend the 134-foot dam wall or picnic at the popular Rose Steps Rotunda. The park also features landscaped gardens with a variety of native trees and a playground.