We decided to have lunch at RACV Club Healesville and travelled through the Yarra Valley on a perfect early spring day. Many comments note the huge variety of wineries and tastings. We decided to go to Healesville for lunch with a stop off at Domaine Chandon on the way. There you can have a snack and a variety of wines including sparkling whites with a view to die for over the valley with the mountain ranges in the background.
We then travelled another 25 minutes to reach the rural township of Healesville and then meandered the 2 km out of town to the modern picturesque RACV Healesville country Club. This is a large contemporary resort and sporting complex with golf course ,tennis courts, indoor pool and spa. It has been well designed and beautifully decorated.
We then walked around the property before visiting the members lounge for a pre lunch drink relaxing in the wonderful leather lounges. This was followed by a spectacular seafood buffet luncheon in the Terrace restaurant. Make sure you do leave room for the deserts, there were several all in small servings, just delicious with a good range of food, service first class with most servers being locals and familiar with the Yarra Valley and passionate as to the whole valley. Then we retreated to the lounge again with its comfortable chairs and superb views for coffee etc.
We finally had a short walk around the perimeter of the golf course and holes closest to the club house.
We had intended to visit the Dairy on the way home for a late afternoon tea, but suffice to say that the beautiful luncheon had left us well satisfied.
We then travelled back to Melbourne via Lilydale.
All in all a terrific day out in a beautiful part of the world on a Spring afternoon. This is an hour and 15 minutes from Melbourne and about 50 minutes from our home. We always come home relaxed, it is so beautiful and is unspoilt by commercialism.
We would also agree and recommend that you select your area and wineries, make a booking for lunch, enjoy the wineries and the many cellar door etc.
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