Destination Guide: Healesville

ARed Shed Café
This café serves up the trifecta of a good eating experience: 1. Stunning views overlooking the Medhurst Winery and Yarra Valley 2. Really yummy, great quality, local ingredients that’s delicious “but not fancy pants” 3. Friendly, attentive service. A must visit if you are in the area.

Red Shed Café, Medhurst Road, Gruyere, Victoria
Open Friday to Sunday 8.30 – 5.00pm, Public Holidays 10.00 – 5.00pm
T: 03 5964 9022

Giant Steps & Innocent Bystander Winery
What captures the eye when driving past this winery in the main street of Healesville is the stunning architecture and then you notice it’s also a café, cellar door, pizzeria and shop all in one. Step inside for a truly unique experience; whether that’s eating, wine tasting or free winery tours, you’ll walk away happier (perhaps due to the wine in part as well).

Innocent Bystander, 226 Maroondah Highway, Healseville, Victoria
Open everyday 10am – 10pm, Saturday Sunday for breakfast from 8am
T: 03 5962 6199

Body’s choice to open up a store in Healesville suggests that this once touristy town is becoming quite the chic destination (permanent or visitor).
Stock up on their signature 100% Australian made fashion to layer the body and add something playful with their new “sew, stitch, sew” range.

Body, 314 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, Victoria
T: 03 5962 3288

Argyles Yarra Valley Aveda Concept Spa
No trip to Healesville would be complete without some pampering after the eating, drinking and shopping. Argyles Yarra Valley offers luxury accommodation and Aveda spa packages so you can rest your relaxed body and truly soak up the experience for a weekend. Just doing a day trip? Don’t worry, they can still help you glow.

Argyles Yarra Valley, 314 Maroondah Highway, Victoria
T: 03 5962 6662

If you’re looking to take away some sort of memento from your time in Healesville that isn’t a case of wine from Innocent Bystander, a healthy glow from Aveda, a great dress from Body or a full tummy from Red Shed, you might want to check out Clarence. Recently renovated, this florist cum gift store is worthy of a Bay St Brighton or Rathdowne St Carlton feel with its creative visual merchandising and stylish edit of brands.

Clarence, 217a Maroondah highway, Healesville, Victoria
T: 03 5962 4226

About the author