Visit Healesville Sanctuary This September For Wine & Wildlife

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

Visit Healesville Sanctuary This September For Wine & Wildlife

Sample the best wine from the region and support injured wildlife along the way.

We love animals and we love wine. Put them together and you get Wine & Wildlife, an excellent event at Healesville Sanctuary. And now, it will run for the tenth year in a row. Over one weekend in September, you’ll wander around the zoo while sipping on delicious wines from the Yarra Valley. Cheers!

Healesville Sanctuary Wine & Wildlife

This event was originally scheduled for July. However, due to repeated lockdowns and COVID restrictions, it has been pushed back to September 11 and 12. Wine & Wildlife is a great event that will not only give you a good day out, but rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife.

What can you expect? You will taste wines from some of the best producers in the Yarra Valley. Then, fill up with hearty food like a pulled pork burger, hot pie or sausage roll. Sit in one of the huge teepees around the Sanctuary and warm up by a bonfire on the Nature Trail. There will be live acoustic music to set the mood.


Every ticket holder will receive their own reusable picnic glass. A reusable and recyclable glass for each person is a way for Wine & Wildlife to reduce wastage and promote sustainability. However, due to liquor licensing standards, you are not permitted to bring your own wine glass. You are permitted to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages to the event.

Healesville Sanctuary partnered up with Fireside Yarra Valley to make this event possible. Together, they’ll bring excellent wines from the region, including:

  • Boat O’Craigo
  • DeBortoli
  • Golden Hills Brewery
  • Greenstone Vineyards
  • Helen & Joey Estate
  • Helen’s Hill
  • Innocent Bystander
  • Jayden Ong Wines
  • Oakridge Wines
  • Rob Dolan Wines
  • Sutherland Estate
  • Watt’s River Brewing
  • Zonzo Estate

Wine & Wildlife helps Healesville Sanctuary support their wildlife hospital, the Australian Wildlife Health Centre. They treat thousands of wild animals every year. This hospital also looks after the health of every animal that lives in Healesville Sanctuary. After enjoying a day of wine tasting, you can certainly go home happy, knowing that you’ve supported local wildlife.

Learn more about the event here.

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