Healesville is encounted when traveling from Melbourne to Alexandra (or vice versa). Healesville is nearly a dormitory suburb of Melbourne. Lilydale has succumbed and soon Healesville also will be suburbia. But not yet.

The creation of a railway to the more distant goldfields in the 1860s resulted in a settlement forming on the Watts River and its survey as a town in 1864. It was named after Richard Heales, the Premier of Victoria from 18601861. The post office opened on 1 May 1865.[2] The town became a setting off point for the goldfields with the construction of the Yarra Track in the 1870s.

Healesville is well known for the Healesville Sanctuary, a nature park with hundreds of native Australian animals displayed in a semi-open natural setting and an active platypus

The Healesville Township is certainly a heritage conscious environment and clearly the old buildings are now protected.

Both the main street Hotels are classics. When visiting allow plenty of time to visit and enjoy.

The Healesville War Memorial is surprisingly a low key cenotaph.

The Museum is the railway conversion and upgrade. This museum is really well done.

The Healesville congregational churches are all different vintages. The Catholic the most grand. The Anglican a wooden survivor and the United with a main street presence.

A visit to the Healesville Sanctuary is a must.

When visiting Healesville allow a minimum of two days.

Heritage diary





Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course