The new Healesville foodie destination you must try

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Alice Piper

Posted March 16, 2022

Victoria’s High Country is renowned for its exquisite food and world-class wines - but an exciting new dining destination in Healesville might just top your ‘must-try’ list. 

Victoria is lucky to have so many amazing things to do, sites to see, and places to visit right on our own backyard, and Healesville is no exception.  

Just a stone’s throw from the Yarra Valley at the foothills of the High Country, the charming little town is home to some of the state’s best food and wine, two things that have drawn Melbournians there for years. 

And now, two new restaurants are joining the fold, and they might just be the most exciting additions yet to the region.  

Recently launched, the Banyalla restaurant and the Riddell’s Green offer several different dining experiences over two thoughtfully designed levels that make the most of the natural surrounds.

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Banyalla restaurant is located in the world-class wine region of the Yarra Valley.

Healesville Country Club & Resort Manager, Josh O’Brien, says Banyalla and Riddell’s Green will turn the property into a foodie destination, while offering RACV Club Members new experiences.

“These new dining venues represent something very special for the resort and for Healesville.”

With its name inspired by Healesville’s beautiful landmark, Mount Riddell, the Riddell’s Green casual dining bar offers alfresco indoor and outdoor dining across level one, with a menu that includes ribs, steaks and salads.

“Whether you’re sitting at the bar to have a drink or lounging outside, there will be different spaces to enjoy within Riddell’s Green,” says O’Brien.  

“This is a place where you can go with the kids and have an up-market family-friendly experience. We also have some great local beers on tap, perfect for sitting back and watching live sport on TV or finding out who the golf winners are for the week.” 

inside of a restaurant

Riddell's Green overlooks the 18-hole Michael Layton inspired golf course at RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort.

Banyalla, named after the native shrub that blooms in spring, includes a new restaurant with a private dining room for special events, cocktail lounge/bar, dedicated coffee bar area and refurbished outdoor entertainment area. 

Banyalla Executive Chef Himanshu Sharda, formerly of Fenix (when it was owned by MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan) and executive chef at Novotel Hotel in Geelong, says the philosophy for Banyalla is to keep the food simple, honest, and local.

“We have incorporated fresh flavours, sourced 90 per cent of our food locally and kept the menu modern and exciting. I think it will be a highlight for our guests.”  

O’Brien adds that, “Guests are able to book the space for special occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries and engagements. Their experience will be enhanced with a personalised seasonal menu that our Head Chef can customise to suit any dietary requirement or request.” 


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