The spectacular Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley are just outside of Melbourne, and are prized for their beauty, wineries, national parks, forests and mountains. During a visit to the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, you'll have free time to wander through the Australian bushland. The zookeepers will tell you about the platypus, parrots, kangaroos, wombats and the koala. Healesville Sanctuary opened in 1934, and boasts more than 200 species of native birds, mammals and reptiles. Continue to the Yarra Valley wine district, where the varieties grown include Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Visit a local winery visit for a tasting and enjoy lunch in its scenic restaurant. Rochford Winery prides itself on the production of premium-quality wines that express the true character of their vineyard sites. Sample award-winning wines at the cellar door, appreciate the landscape by looking out over the estate from the observation tower or take in a bit of culture with a stroll through the art gallery. Dominique Portet is a beautiful Mediterranean-style property, a romantic location that provides the ideal setting for sipping wine, dining and touring the winery. Sample a glass of wine before you return to Melbourne.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion - it really is a "2 for 1" - in terms of getting to experience two different trips at one price. The trip to the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary was informative and you were able to see many native animals like koala bears & kangaroos - fairly close up. The trip to the Yarra Valley was great - the wineries beautfiul and the lunch served at the Rochford Winery was excellent - first class all the way. The wine tasting was a little rushed, but probably due to the size of the group. The tasting at the Chandon Winery was more relaxed and the grounds there are equally as beautiful - all in all an great trip and a great value.