Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre

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Visitor Centre

In May 2022 Four Pillars opened the expansion to its Healesville Distillery, dubbed Healesville 2.0. Rather than simply add more space for visitors though, the team at Four Pillars (and both Breathe Architecture and Never Stop Group) really said 'go big or go home' and home was simply not an option.

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Connected to the original building is now an additional 1000-square-metre edifice, which certainly looks the part. It's very monochrome with polished copper, brown leather banquets, pale exposed bricks and pine-coloured tables. The whole place seems infused with a peachy blush light that is welcoming, warm and stylish. As you walk in you'll find yourself in the main bar (Beth's Bar) with oodles of seating, but around the corner through the large doors is Jude's Gin Garden – an idyllic indoor-outdoor space, planted with botanicals, that can be light-flooded and open to the elements in summer, and battened up and cosy in the winter.

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Gin is rather obviously the star attraction, and you can order tasting paddles to work your way through the range (don't skip the new and utterly heavenly Fresh Yuzu Gin) as well as rotating gin cocktails. All this booze is obviously accompanied with some snacks, and if you're familiar with the Made From Gin range the brand has released – such as the orange marmalade from the spent oranges – you'll know what we mean when we say gin-inspired-dishes, accompanied by enough carbs to keep the gin flowing.

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This new building has been designed not only as a gin bar and shop but as a means to transform Four Pillars into a sustainable distillery, earning them the title of Australia's first certified carbon-neutral gin distillery. Pretty impressive and aspirational, and it all comes down to the details. First up, you'll notice the copper pipes in Beth's Bar looking like a sleek and modern design feature but which transport the gin direct from the distillery, avoiding the bottling process. Tonic is also now on tap, all of which eliminates 29,000 kilos of glass from the venue. And those leather banquets – they're not leather at all but made from pintex which is essentially pineapple husk turned into material. In fact all the building supplies have their own eco-story.

Best yet for people like us (a tad obsessed with all things booze production) you can brazenly stare down at the new bottling line from windows in Beth's Bar and Jude's Gin Garden. If the idea of a bottling line bores you then you've definitely never seen one – all we'll say is it's rather mesmerising.

So that's plenty of extra space for people, and space freed up in the old building to house a sixth still, which will see production increase to a million bottles of gin a year. Good thing we've all universally agreed this is some high quality, tasty booze – now enjoyed in Healesville and as far away as both Hertfordshire and Houston, plus a few other H-named towns and cities along the way.

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Opening Hours:

Sun to Thu 10.30am–5.30pm
Fri & Sat 10.30am–9pm

Four Pillars Distillery

Status: Operational
Established: 2013
Visitor Policy: Visitors welcome throughout the year
Tel: +61 03 5962 2791
Website: Four Pillars Distillery
Address: 2a Lilydale Road, Healesville, Victoria, 3777
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Four Pillars Modern Australian Gin

Created in 2015 in collaboration with Australia's highest-profile chef Neil Perry and Qantas airlines, as the name suggests this gin is a contemporary

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Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Made in Australia's Yarra Valley, the folk at Four Pillars distillery take Shiraz grapes from neighbouring vineyards and steep these in their Four Pillars

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Four Pillars Afloat Pink Gin

Inspired by the pink-tinged sunsets over the Turquoise Coast of Turkey, Four Pillars Arbory Afloat Pink Gin has aromatic rosewater and is made in association

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Four Pillars Chardonnay Barrel Aged Gin

This 2018 edition is the seventh such release from Four Pillars' original Chardonnay barrel solera and this was aged a full year in barrel.

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Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin

First made 2014, this Navy Strength gin uses botanicals including: organic oranges, coriander, star anise, fresh ginger, turmeric and fresh native finger

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Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin

Olive Leaf Gin is distilled with three types of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and olive leaf tea from the olive groves of Victoria's Cobram Estate

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Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin

This Australian dry gin is distilled with 10 botanicals: juniper berries, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, Australian lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepper berry

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Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin

In 2014, Jason Williams, then manager of Sydney's The Rock, told Cameron MacKenzie, the Four Pillars' distiller, he wanted a gin robust enough to shine

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Four Pillars Fresh Yuzu Gin

Released in 2022, Four Pillars Yuzu Gin is made with juniper, fresh locally grown yuzu fruit, ginger, turmeric and sencha genmaicha (Japanese green tea