Bring your family to the Healesville Motor Inn for a holiday in the Yarra Valley or a long weekend away from Melbourne. It’s a child-friendly Healesville hotel accommodation a short drive from the Healesville Sanctuary and the Hedgend Maze. The Healesville Motor Inn offers 14 well-equipped ground-level units, all of them nicely appointed. It’s on park-like grounds with many wild birds. Families can grill their meals outdoors on the barbecue, and kids will love the adventure playground. As a guest, you can borrow a VCR and something from the video library for free. The extremely helpful staff can assist you with laundry service, DVD hire, and local restaurant charge-backs. This hotel won the 2005 Australian Achiever Award for excellence in customer service. Healesville is a historic gold rush settlement dating back to the 1860s. Today it’s best known for the Healesville Sanctuary (also called the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park), where you can see hundreds of native Australian animals in a natural bushland environment. The first platypus bred in captivity was born at the Healesville Sanctuary in 1943. Visitors to Healesville can also ride the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway through the Tarrawarra Tunnel to the Tarrawarra Winery. Other popular local activities include hiking in the Yarra Ranges National Park, hot air ballooning, and cycling on the 37 km/23 mile Warburton Rail Trail.