Healesville Sanctuary is one of Australia’s most recognised attractions, showcasing more than 200 species of Australian wildlife. Healesville Sanctuary is only 15 minutes from Hill ‘n’ Dale.
There are over 80 wineries in the Yarra Valley, 50 of which are open for cellar door. You’ll be sure to find a winery that suits your tastes.
Just 10 minutes away is the Yarra Valley Archery Park with an indoor archery range, undercover golf driving bays, indoor cricket net and bowling machines, pool table, cafe, and more.
20 – 45 mins (depending on route) from Hill ‘n’ Dale is Mount Donna Buang; an ideal location for sightseeing and bushwalking, or snowplay in Winter with three toboggan runs. The Rainforest Gallery with it’s spectacular observation platform and rainforest walkway is on the southern slopes of Mount Donna Buang.
(about 1 hr 15mins from Hill ‘n’ Dale). For a mountain of snowplay and cross country skiing.
In Healesville (20 mins away) there is Hedgend Maze with lots of activities for the kids including two mazes and mini golf.
Close by (15 mins from Hill ‘n’ Dale) is the famous Warburton Rail Trail. Victoria’s most popular rail trail. It is 40 km long with the valley as a spectacular back drop. You will need to bring your own bikes for the trail (or hire them).
Or, even closer to Hill ‘n’ Dale (10 mins), is the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Track which follows the historic open channelled O’Shannassy Aqueduct as it meanders through pristine forests and fern gullies with spectacular views of the valley.
Also in Healesville is the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway where the family can take a trolley ride through the valley.
Puffing Billy is Australia’s oldest surviving steam railway and takes you on a 25 km through lush forests. (50 mins from Hill ‘n’ Dale)
10 minutes from Hill ‘n’ Dale is Piaf Salon & Day Spa. They specialise in massage and luxury pampering for couple and small groups.
Our favourite local spots
2460 Warburton Highway Yarra Junction Monday – Saturday 7:30am – 4pm – relaxing and homely place for lunch or a coffee
194 Maroondah Highway, Healesville Wednesday – Sunday 7:30am – 4pm – amazing chai tea and cozy place for an organic wholesome treat
Basement 177-170 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville – funky spot with tasty Middle Eastern food. Open Wed – Sun
42 Station Rd Warburton Thursday – Sunday 9am – 4pm – delicious coffee and light lunch. Popular café along the Warburton riding trail
3416 Warburton Hwy, Warburton, best pizza in town, Thursday – Sunday
The Alpine Retreat
3340 Warburton Hwy, Warburton – Hearty country pub meals, Open every day
Pack a picnic and your bathers to relax and swim by the Warburton River