Creek Road, Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775 Australia
EXPLORING THE YARRA VALLEY
The Healesville Sanctuary occupies 32-hectares of
bushland and allows visitors a chance to get up close
and personal with native animals, including the
opportunity to don a pair of waders and hand feed
platypus. The quality of food at the Healesville
Sanctuary cafe is almost worth a visit itself, although
the opportunity to play with a platypus or pat a wombat
is what appeals to children.
Artist Clare James loves the changing season, when
leaves turn and trees shed their foliage.
"It's time to stoke the fire after taking long walks
through beautiful gardens," she says. She recommends
exploring the William Rickitts Sanctuary at Mount
Dandenong. Rickitts sculpted the forms of indigenous
people in clay, then melded his works into the
Look for sculptures protruding from rocks and those
placed under giant tree ferns at key points along
Only 65 km north of Melbourne, Kinglake National Park
lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, offering
dramatic views of the Melbourne skyline, Port Phillip
Bay, the Yarra Valley and across to the You Yangs.