We ventured out of soulful Melbourne for a taste of its eastern suburbs. It was a great day trip with a pleasant mix of nature, wildlife and winery.
Blue Dandenong Ranges
We drove to the Blue Dandenong Ranges, a set of low mountain ranges located about 32 km from Melbourne. It was a rainy spring day so we didn’t get to explore much of it, but we were content with just driving through its rolling roads and admiring the dramatic forest from our windows.
Nestled in the foothills of Yarra Valley and about an hour drive from Melbourne, Healesville Sanctuary is a 70-acre bushland that is home to 200 species of native Australian wildlife. Healesville is renowed for saving endangered indigeneous animals. Its Wildlife Health Centre treats over 2000 orphaned, ill or injured wildlife every year.
What we enjoyed about Healesville was the opportunities it gave us for close encounters with Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. We were beyond delighted to see these animals for the very first time.
Yarra Valley Wine Region
After a delightful time with Australian wildflife, we headed to the wine region of Yarra Valley and were greeted with spectacular panorama of vineyards and rolling hills. Yarra Valley is a home to thrving wine industry with over 100 vineyards and 50 wineries, thanks to its cool climate and fertile land.
We visited Fergusson Winery, one of Yarra Valley’s award winning wineries.
The vineyard of Fergusson Winery.
We enjoyed wine-tasting in Fergusson Winery. We really liked their wines and we thought that it was too bad that they were not sold back home in the U.S.
Despite some burst of rain, it was a fun and beautiful day trip from Melbourne. We recommend this trip if you have at least 3 days in Melbourne.
- For more info about Healesville Sanctuary, click here.
- For more about wineries in Yarra Valley, click here.
- For more ideas about day trips from Melbourne, click here.