I was lucky enough to be invited along on a girls weekend with my partner’s mum and sister over the weekend.
The thought of this relaxing weekend away had been getting me through the last couple of weeks, here’s what we did.
Where we stayed:
RACV Healesville Country Club
The location of the resort meant that at most, we were only 15-20 minutes away from attractions and venues the Yarra Valley had to offer, and only a 2minute drive into the town of Healesville.
The only downside was the lack of courtesy bus, meaning someone had to be designated driver for the whole trip.
A bus that went up and back into town ( at the least), would have been great for getting to and from Saturday night dinner.
What we ate:
Friday night we had a very fancy 5 course degustation meal at The Stables at Stones of the Yarra Valley.
It was dark when we arrived, so we couldn’t fully appreciate the exterior beauty of the place, but the interior of the restaurant was spectacular and instantly had us fantasising about winter winery weddings.
Breakfast for both morning’s was the buffet at the resort, and provided a delicious selection to start the day.
Lunch on Saturday was at Killara Estate.
We had gnocchi, lasagna, prosciutto pizza, and a pear and walnut salad, washed down with some glasses of their Pinot Gris.
A family run winery, one of my favourite features was on some of the wine labels, they featured old black and white photos of their family members.
Dinner Saturday night was at Herd Bar right in the town of Healesville.
We had a selection of tapas dishes and wine, and were treated to some snazzy spanish style, live music. The place was pumping, and apparently they are renowned for their espresso martini’s if you’re into that sort of thing.
For lunch on Sunday we decided we would have it outside the Yarra Valley, and headed to St Kilda to take my partners mum to lunch at Mammy’s Boy Chip Shop.
Touted as “Melbourne’s first authentic chip shop”, they specialise in Irish and British comfort food in the form of burgers and curry chips, and being she is Irish, she welcomed the food as well as the novelty.
What we did:
No visit to Healesville could be complete without a visit to Healesville Sanctuary.
It was a lot bigger than I was expecting, and there was something soothing strolling around the bushland looking at the enclosures.
They really let you get up close and personal to various creatures.
Highlights included watching a Tasmanian Devil be fed, and freaking out at being super close to some giant pelicans.
Lets just say I’m not going to the next Bindi Irwin anytime soon.
After lunch on Saturday we called into Coombe, Dame Nellie Melba’s former estate.
We didn’t book the tour of the estate, but sort of wish we had, as public, general access was quite limited.
The restaurant looked lovely, and they also do a high tea there.
Peeking through the fence you could see a drained, grand swimming pool and the entrance to a rose garden, surrounded by giant, lush green hedges.
All in all it was a fantastic way to spend a weekend.
Plans are already being made mentally for another weekend in the future.