The spectacular Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley, just outside of Melbourne, are prized for their beauty, wineries, national parks, forests and mountains. At 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. More than 200 species of native birds, mammals and reptiles live at Healesville. Continue to the Yarra Valley wine district, where the varieties grown include Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting and enjoy lunch in the 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. 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 before you return to Melbourne.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.Notes:Minimum age is 18 years. To participate in the wine tasting portion of this tour you must be of legal age and accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.Corkage Policy: Onboard corkage fee is waived for one bottle of wine per person per tour for wine purchased during a Holland America Line shore excursion.
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Review 1 for Wildlife & Wineries
Good excursion, except
Date:July 11, 2015
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Wild life park interesting and allows close up view of the creatures, First Winery was great, informative and good food and wine. Ask your guide if they can skip Doninque Protet. Staff not friendly very little wine tasting and just a step inside bottling room as tour.
Our coach drove some 90 minutes east of Melbourne along the Dandenong Range and the Yarra Valley. We arrived at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary where we accumulated many photos. We saw dingos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, wallabies, and SNAKES! All kinds of birds like the kookaburra who sits in the old gum tree, and laughs! This is a really nice sanctuary that was been open for 80 years. We saw a baby wombat whose momma had been hit by a car; the wildlife hospital nurses them before releasing them into their sanctuary. Unfortunately we only had about two hours to roam the grounds.
We continued on to the winery for a tasting followed by lunch. Rochford Winery prides itself on the production of premium quality wines that express the true character of the vineyard sites. It was a busy Sunday afternoon, but the lunch was tasty and the service excellent as were the wines.
A kilometer down the road was Dominique Portet, a beautiful Mediterranean-style property which produces high quality wines that never get beyond the Melbourne territory. Their production is sold out before it is bottled. Although not a fancy tour as we see in some places, the wines are super.
If you like wine and animals, this is a good tour!
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.