Wine and Wildlife at Healesville

This Queen’s Birthday long weekend,  indulge in the best of the Yarra Valley against the backdrop of the Healesville Sanctuary’s stunning bushland setting for the Wine and Wildlife gourmet experience.

There will be an exciting line-up of local wineries, breweries and a hearty winter menu for you to sample and purchase. Across the three days you can indulge in the finest wines,craft beers and cider, as well as delicious chocolates and gourmet cheese.

Sanctuary Harvest Head Chef Pascal will be pulling out all the winter favourites from slow cooked beef with winter root veggies to pulled lamb rolls with mint jelly. Warm up by roaring open fires and delight your senses with live acoustic music by Rhys Crimmin, capturing crowds with his warm bluesy style.

The Sanctuary keepers will also be roaming the grounds with some of their furry, feathered and scaly friends for serendipitous wildlife encounters.


Wine and Wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary



Now in its 5th year, the Wine and Wildlife weekend is a winter event not to be missed. It’s the perfect opportunity to throw on your gumboots, round up your friends and experience winter warmers with a difference!



We have 3 double passes to give away to Wine and Wildlife, so you and a friend can head along on one of the days to #getyourwildon and indulge in all the delicious eats + drinks.

To enter, tell us in the comments below “which wine, beer, cider, cheese or chocolate you are most looking forward to tasting at Wine and Wildlife?”

(You can check out the line up on their website here!)


Passes are valid for ‘one time use’ only.

Prize is not transferable and cannot be taken as cash.  

Entries open until 5pm Saturday 4th June, 2016. The winners will contacted via entering email and announced in the comments below.



You can also pre-purchase your tickets for express entry here now!


Good Luck and we’ll see you all at Healesville Sanctuary xx



Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.


  • May 23, 2016

    Tanya Papagelou

    Woah new to Melbourne I am so excited to get amoungst this.

    Napoleone Beer & Cider

    Punt Road Wines

    Definitely but most importantly De Bortoli Winery with cheese tastings

    + Food

    I always have a cask of them in cupboard cannot wait see this.

  • May 23, 2016


    De Bortoli have some of the best wines in the Yarra Valley. Loving the new Rose’.

  • May 23, 2016


    That’s such a cute pic of everyone with the wombat!!!

    I’m a big fan of the De Bortoli Winery so experiencing a cheese tasting with their wine would be fabulous so I know what to put on my next cheese platter! Not sure how I’d fare in the Reptile Pavillion though… O_O

  • May 23, 2016

    Lisa Dillon

    Kennedy&Wilsons Choclates will be my favorite sweet delights & i so want to be chosen to enjoyze all fruits of tastes?

  • May 24, 2016

    Tara Doig

    Although it all sounds incredible, I think my pick would be trying out the Napoleone beers and cider… Can’t beat a good craft brewer!

  • May 24, 2016


    Is there really any question. Gimme Kennedy & Wilson chocolate! ??

  • May 24, 2016


    For me, definitely a Punt Road Chardonnay and a Napoleone Cider for my hubby ! Happy Days !

  • May 24, 2016

    Bethany Hoogland

    Oh my gosh! One Block Wines with Platypuses! How is that not the perfect day?

  • May 24, 2016

    Caitlin Luder

    Kennedy & Wilsons Chocolates are the perfect delight to indulge as I watch out for feathers, fur and birds of flight!

  • May 24, 2016

    Nicci Crossing

    I will pair a Meredith goats cheese with a glass of De Bortoli Estate Chardonnay and visit the Koalas and Kangaroos. Then for some Kennedy and Wilson dark chocolate and the eagle will be calling. Finishing the day with a Napoleon Brewery pale ale. Epicurean Tours are transferring me so I can relax and #getmywildon for the day!

  • May 24, 2016


    Wine and cheese, wine and cheese!! De Bortoli Winery with cheese tastings please 🙂

  • May 24, 2016

    Samantha Hutchison

    It’s all of my favourite things in one, wine, cheese and chocolate, all while watching wildlife!! I love myself a Punt Road Pinot Noir, and a beautiful De Bortoli wine with cheese would be divine. Then to top it off with some Australian made Kennedy & Wilsons chocolate all while looking at cute animals, sounds like the perfect day to me!

  • May 24, 2016

    Mandy Graham

    Kennedy and Wilsons chocolates. Mmm???

  • May 24, 2016


    Still exploring my new home town of Melbourne and LOVING all it has to offer, including this festival!
    I would be keen to taste more from the Oakridge range as well as the One Block wines, and who could go past the lovely Debortli with cheese! #heaven #wineappreciation
    I’ve never heard of Peyton & Jones, but curious to give it a whirl!

  • I’m looking forward to the De Bortoli winery and cheese tasting show at the reptile pavilion – my hubs and I LOOOOOVE De Bortoli wines!

  • May 24, 2016

    Josette Frost

    Love to try the local vineyard series Chardonnay from Oakridge Winery and what a great excuse to escape the city for the day!

  • May 24, 2016

    Gemma K

    A refreshing Napoleone apple cider would be the ultimate treat, to celebrate getting to the end of a very long 12 week fitness and health challenge!
    Perfectly timed with the Wine & Wildlife event – an animal cuddle would comfort my tired aching body from all my recent exercise, and I can immerse myself back into a more ‘normal’ Melbourne diet after eating ‘clean’ for 3 long months, with doses of coffee, cheese and chocolate – oh my! (Though cider is apples and pears, and wine is grapes – which is just practically a fruit salad right?)

  • May 24, 2016

    Gayle Vos

    I will be looking forward to tasting all of the wine, beer, cider, cheese or chocolate at Wine and Wildlife, I’m greedy that way

  • May 24, 2016

    Erica K

    New range from Punt Road, and ALL THE CHEESE!

    But mostly just looking forward to finding a new flavour to buy.

  • May 24, 2016


    Looking forward to tasting the punt road wines and all the beautiful cheese. Seriously match made in heaven!!

  • May 24, 2016

    Sonia Manoukian

    Would ❤️ To try O’Craigo Wines ???

  • May 24, 2016


    I love the great Pinot Noirs from Oakridge Winery and would love to attend a day filled with wine and cheese!

  • May 24, 2016


    It all sounds wonderful, but I’m thinking Oakridge Cabernet Sauvignon and some dark chocolate!

  • May 24, 2016

    Linda Clark

    I love wineries and this sounds amazing. I am not up to date with alot of wines, but would love to learn more about them. As my son is marrying into a family who love wines; so this would be a wonderful way to learn more. I love Dark Chocolate.. And I do like a few cheeses but I am going to sound boring but my favorite is Crumbly cheeses. This experience would be amazing and its also in the area where my soon to be Mother-in-law is very familiar with.

  • May 24, 2016

    Dhanya Samuel

    De Bortoli winery, a fave of mine in the Yarra…..would love to taste their new vintages.

  • May 25, 2016

    Jenny J

    I missed out on Napoleone’s event during Good Beer Week. I’d love to try the beers and ciders at Wine and Wildlife!

  • May 25, 2016


    It all sounds amazing and Id sefinitely sample a little of it all however I have never had Kennedy & Wilson Chocolate so this would be a first for me. Yum!

  • May 26, 2016


    I have really enjoyed the De Bortoli wines I have had in the past and would love to try some more from them. I would definitely never turn down a chocolate sample either, so I would also look forward to tasting the offerings from Kennedy & Wilson.

  • May 27, 2016

    Claire E

    This sounds like such a great day out! I’d love to take my bestie to Healesville and taste lots of new things. I love local produce and would have to say that a Napoleone cider is a the top of my list!

  • May 29, 2016

    Becky Downey

    Kennedy & Wilson Chocolate as BAR none it always goes down a TREAT………….

  • June 1, 2016

    Sarah Hynes

    Punt Road Pinot, quaffed whilst cuddling a wily wombat sounds like heaven! Or perhaps a Peyton & Jones Black Paddock Syrah, served with a side of snuggly koala? Just the ticket to warm my cold city heart. Too much red and not enough time! #redwinelifestruggles

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  • June 2, 2016


    Wine, cheese, and furry animals? Is this real life?! Being new to Melbourne, I’ve felt so lucky just to explore the city. I haven’t had a chance to see how amazing the countryside is. Look forward to enjoying a Napoleone cider and some yummy Brie! Pick me, pick me! #getyourwildon

  • June 4, 2016


    I am most looking forward to tasting St Ronan’s Cider.

  • June 5, 2016

    Emily Collie

    Thanks so much to all the entrants.
    The 3 lucky winners are > Erica K, Gemma K and Sarah H!

  • June 10, 2016


    Oh men I hope this competition is still going!! I just arrived in Melbourne to live for a while. Really need to discover the Australian wines from this region! Top it of with seeing some iconic wildlife sounds like the perfect plan for this weekend!!

    I am looking forward to tasting the wine from the Bortoli Winery, because it’s from the Yarra Valley, so it’s regional, but why I choose this (as a girl from Europe) I do looooove my cheese! So this one is on my top list.

    Melbournegirl, you will be my new go to blog, since I need to discover a LOT off my new city. Hope to discover good local wines this weekend at Wine & Wildlife.


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