No weekend is truly complete without some semi-natural, extremely casual puppy stalking. In case you’re wanting to upgrade from clucking at your neighbours’ lab (or eyeing the terrier beside you at brunch), the fur-loving Healesville Sanctuary team have a pat-astic solution.
Running over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (aka your last holiday until Santa Claus comes back to town), the annual Wine and Wildlife event combines all of our favourite things: wine, cheese and adorable, bubbly animals.
Five specially-design event spaces at Healesville Sanctuary will be open 11am to 4pm from Saturday 10 June to Monday 12 June. Undercover pavilions, grassy picnic lawns and crackling fires will come as standard, along with the Yarra Valley’s best winemakers and producers. Sample and purchase (*cough* hoard) boutique wines, local craft beers, mouth-watering chocolates and gourmet cheese while you oh-so-casually stalk a pudgy wombat.
Tail-wagging white puppers, majestic dingos, nonchalant owls and cheeky wombats are all set to make appearances, so you can pat their furry little faces with one hand and have a wine in the other. Other scaly, feathered and furry friends from Healesville Sanctuary will be toddling along for greetings throughout the day.
Live music will play everyday, and all Wine and Wildlife proceeds will go towards supporting Zoos Victoria’s programs to help prevent the extinction of 21 local species. Yep, the 2pm long weekend sleep-in will have to wait until later.
If you’re um-ing and ah-ing about which day to head up, Four Pillars Gin will host a pop-up bar along the Tasmanian Devils boardwalk on Saturday 10 June. That’s right—cocktails, cheese and wombats are just an hour out of Melbourne.
Where: Healesville Sanctuary | Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC 3777
When: Saturday 10 June to Monday 12 June, 11am to 4pm everyday
What: Tastings, pats and getting up close 'n personal with the animals is included with general admission
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