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 1860–1861. The post office opened
on 1 May 1865.
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
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
This museum is really well done.
The Healesville congregational
churches are all different vintages. The Catholic the most grand.
The Anglican a wooden survivor
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.