Sunday, December 21, 2014

Healesville Sanctuary and Wine Country

On Saturday we took a trip to the Healesville Sanctuary with our friends Matt and Lauren. We have been wanting to visit since we moved to Melbourne and thought it would be good to go when Sam arrived so he could see some Australian animals. The sanctuary is somewhat like a zoo, but it's more open to allow for some interaction with the animals. One of the successes of our trip was the Selfie Stick, which Lauren purchased a few days before. For those of you who don't know, a Selfie Stick allows you to attach your phone, extend the stick, and take a much better selfie than with just your own arm. While we got plenty of odd looks, it was so worth it. I'll be purchasing my own shortly. 
Matt testing the capabilities of the selfie stick. 
You could get pretty close to the kangaroos, although they were quite lazy while we were there. 
Sam got a new camera before he came to visit and took this picture with it. You can tell it's much higher quality than the photos I took on my iPhone! 
Lauren and I used the selfie stick to get a picture with the wallabies. We may or may not have illegally bribed them with pieces of my apple to get them to come closer. 
Lots of pretty scenery. The sanctuary was meant to feel like you were walking through the bush. 
There was a hospital on site where they care for injured animals that are brought to the sanctuary. We watched one of the employees hand feed a baby koala while sporting the most Australian boots ever. 
This was the most active koala I've ever seen. It paced around and jumped in and out of trees anticipating feeding time. Usually, they just sleep high up in a tree so it was fun to see one so active.

Healesville is located in the Yarra Valley Wine Region, which was a happy coincidence. I've visited the Yarra Valley before, but hadn't been to the winery we went to on Saturday. 
Entrance to the Chandon Winery
We did a $5 wine tasting, which was definitely worth it as we got relatively large samples of six wines. 
Selfie stick at work again. 
The winery was incredibly beautiful. It looked like something out of the movies. We sat in the grass for awhile admiring the scenery. 
Another photo from Sam's fancy camera! 
The whole group!

While it took Peter and me a good week to adjust to the time change when we first arrived, Sam hasn't missed a beat. It's quite impressive. Today we plan to explore some of the laneways in the city. In the next few weeks, we will be taking trips to Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road, so check back for pictures! 


  1. Love the picture of Matt trying out the selfie stick!

    1. Right!! I think you need to frame that one.

  2. Thanks for the tour! Beautiful pictures. Sam's camera is awesome!

    1. Yes it is! We may have to get one for ourselves!

  3. So fun! I may need to invest in a selfie stick!

    1. I always chuckled when I saw people using them, but now I am totally on board! They're so useful!



Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!



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