A Weekend in Marysville

Looking for the perfect weekend escape from Melbourne? I’ve found it… Marysville!
Here you can enjoy beautiful walks in the bush, catch a fish or two, relax with a game of golf or just taste the fabulous food and wine of the area.

Marysville is back!

The community that was destroyed on Feb 7th, 2009 by the worst fires on record in Australia is now looking to the future.
Memories of those terrible days when fire ravaged uncontrollably, destroying the countryside, homes and animals and taking 173 loved ones from the community, will never be forgotten but the community spirit of survival is strong.

Just as the bush is regenerating so is the community. This year they have been celebrating their 150th anniversary and the future is exciting.

There’s great places to stay and with the construction of a new hotel and conference centre due to open in 2014, the people of Marysville are hoping life will be as busy as it was before the fires.

Ninety minutes from the centre of the city, Marysville is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Victoria.
You first glimpse this on the road from Healesville to Marysville.

Black Spur Drive

 

Healesville- Marsyville drive

 

Healesville- Marsyville drive-4

 

Black Spur Drive as this part of the Mooroondah Highway is known, is one of the most scenic drives in the state. Under a canopy of tree tops, the road winds around crops of tree ferns covering the rolling hills.

 

Marysville

 

There’s a short drive through farming country before you arrive in tree lined Murchison Street, the centre of Marysville. The tourist office has pride of place on the edge of Gallipoli Park…a beautiful landscaped area with a fun children’s playground and the perfect place for a picnic. It’s well worth stopping here for information and maps on the beautiful walking trails in the area.

 

Marysville Tourist office

 

 

What to do in Marysville….

Visit Steavenson Falls

Steavenson Falls, Marysville

One of Victoria’s highest waterfalls, Steavenson Falls, is just ten minutes from town. It’s an easy walk from the car park to the falls through lush vegetation that has regrown since the fires. For a different view, visit at night when the falls are beautifully lit!

 

Take a walk through the rainforest along Lady Talbot Drive
Lady Talbot Drive offers fabulous walks of varying degrees of length and difficulty from the numerous car parks along the road. The drive itself is beautiful. The last part of it is not recommended for a 2 wheel drive car (especially in wet conditions) but we were only stopped from finishing the loop to Mt Margaret Rd by a fallen tree across the road! Back to the start we had to go!

Lady Talbot drive_

 

Lady Talbot drive 1

 

We walked to the ‘Meeting of the Waters’…a short, easy walk through stunning rainforest of tree ferns and Myrtle Beech trees. Here the waters of the Taggerty River flow over fallen logs and mossy rocks.

We were hoping to continue on to the Beeches, another beautiful walk but missed the turn off!! (you have to cross the road!)
Next time we’ll start  at the Beeches car park and not get lost!

Lady Talbot Drive and Hike

 

 

Drive to the top of Lake Mountain
The road to the top of the mountain takes you past forests of ghostly mountain ash trunks, a reminder of the brutality of fire. New trees are shooting up from the ground but unlike gums, these trees do not regenerate themselves so that all is left are the stark silver trunks and branches. Quite beautiful in their own way.

Lake Mountain Drive-3

Lake Mountain Drive-2

 

Snow covers the mountain in winter and this becomes a winter playground with cross country skiing and tobogganing activities.
A perfect places to introduce children to fun in the snow.

Lake Mountain Drive-6

 

 

Go Fishing
If walking is not your ideal activity, maybe fishing is for you!
The Steavenson and Taggerty Rivers offer great fishing spots…There’s even trout in the lake on the edge of Gallipoli Park.

Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm also offers fishing in its beautifully landscaped gardens where pools are filled with trout and salmon. The pools have different degrees of difficulty so if the kids are becoming frustrating that there’s not been a bite, head to one of the pools that is heavily stocked. You can then buy the fish to take home or pop it on the barbie at the trout farm!

Trout farm fishermen

 

Buxton  Collage

Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm

 

Play Golf
As it meanders through this beautiful eighteen hole golf course, the Steavenson River could prove to be your only problem on this course. Hit  a ball into the bush and you will also be in trouble but the Marysville Community Golf Course will provide you with wonderful scenery as you follow that little white ball around the course!

Marysville Golf Course

 

 

Wine Tasting at Buxton Ridge Winery
This small, family owned winery is making some interesting wines. In their tasting room overlooking the vines, Michael, the owner, grower, winemaker and marketing manager guides us through a tasting of his six wines which are all named after members of the family. There’s an interesting story behind the Wolf Reudiger Shiraz that for me exemplifies the fortitude of the people of Marysville and the surrounding districts. After explaining how hardy grape vines are and how lucky they were that the vineyard was not completely wiped out in the fire, Michael mentioned that they did eventually lose the shiraz vines in a flood two years after the fires. Enterprisingly they decided to source another supply of shiraz grapes to blend with their own so that for the last couple of years, they could offer a red wine in the range. The good news is that in 2015 he will have enough grapes for his own vintage. We look forward to tasting this one!

Buxton ridge winery

Buxton Ridge Winery

 

Buxton ridge wines

 

 

Bruno’s Art and Sculpture Garden
Whimsical, crazy, fun, mad…Bruno’s sculptures will certainly keep you entertained as you wander through the pathways of his flourishing garden.

Terracotta has already seen high temperatures in the kiln so the fire did not destroy a lot of the sculptures but many were damaged by falling trees. Bruno watched the fire engulf his home and gallery but this did not deter him from rebuilding. Each piece has a story which Bruno will happily tell but it is the whimsical sculptures that best display his sense of humour.

Sculpture garden Collage
Bruno’s Art and Sculpture Garden

 

Where to Eat…..

Black Spur Inn
Black Spur Inn in Narbethong, about twenty minutes from Marysville, is a great supporter of local produce. They even acknowledge the growers on their menu, a trend we also saw happening all around the world. The tasting plate showcased many local delicacies but we opted to try Buxton Trout Farm’s delicious smoked trout bruschetta as we had been there earlier in the day. The locally made fresh pasta and meatballs and my fresh fish and spring vegetables were delicious. With a beautiful view overlooking the garden, it was definitely the place to enjoy local wine and produce. They even pick you up and take you home!

Black Spur Collage |
Black Spur Inn

 

Marysville Patisserie
Having worked in hotels around the world, Egyptian born Ashof and his English wife Christine bring a wealth of experience and flavours to Marysville. I can recommend Ashof’s gourmet pies..and you will find it hard to say no to Christine’s desserts! There’s freshly made scones and jam for afternoon tea or keep popping back, as we did, for home made fudge and the best gelato….I recommend the passionfruit!

patisserie Collage

 

Fragas Cafe
You’ll pass this popular little cafe as you drive through Marysville’s main street. It’s a popular stop for one of Jame’s cooked breakfasts or his freshly made muffins and cakes.

Fragas Collage

 

Whilst you’re there, pop next door to see the Upcycle Projects tulip garden or Aussie Xmas tree

Recycle Collage

 

Maryton Park Beer and Platter Garden
Tucked away on the road from Marysville to Buxton, Maryton Park Beer and Platter Garden is a perfect place to have lunch…we couldn’t go past the delicious ploughmans platter of local treats and a refreshing fresh fruit platter. Take up Tony and Penni’s offer to wander around their beautiful garden before deciding where to enjoy your lunch. At the back of the property, overlooked by holiday cottages, they have created a wonderful lake partly covered in water lillies and edged with weeping willows. For Xmas their newly established Christmas Grotto complete with Father Xmas in attendance is proving a hit with the local children and their parents.

Maryton Park Collage

 

Where to stay…..
Marysville Garden Cottages is a new venture by local residents Anthony and Tracy. As the builder, owner Anthony has ensured a high quality of workmanship and finish to the eight beautifully appointed cottages which have some innovative features. They are the first in the country to use a new automatic check in system designed in Australia. When you confirm your booking, you are sent a code which you enter to automatically unlock the door. The TV is another feature but I’ll leave that for you to find! Gas log fires, large comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms and a well equipped kitchenette ensure these cottages are your perfect home away from home.

garden cottages

 

Further information on Marysville can be found on their app...Visit Marysville…which can be down loaded free of charge from their website or the app store.

How would you spend a weekend in Marysville? 

 

My thanks go to Marysville Tourism for inviting me to see their wonderful town. I will be back!

 

 

 

Related Links
Paul Bangay’s Garden
The Aussie Countryside
Broome’s Hidden Flying Boats
Finding Fremantle

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33 Responses to A Weekend in Marysville

  1. Krista December 13, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    What a stunningly beautiful place! I can’t begin to imagine how terrifying and gut-wrenching the fires and aftermath must’ve been for them. They are incredibly brave to rebuild.

    • Jenny Freedman December 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      It really is a stunning beautiful part of the world Krista. To return after such devastation and rebuild your life takes amazing strength. There’s a very special community spirit here.

  2. budget jan December 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    I love the trend of acknowledging growers on menus, and it is great to see local food being sourced by restaurants generally. Those quirky sculptures would be on the top of my list of things to see. How awful to lose the vines to floods after surviving the fires – incredible. The vines in your photo look fantastic though.
    Love this comprehensive “where to” guide.

    • Jenny Freedman December 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Thanks Jan. The food and wine in Marysville is fabulous and I agree, its great that the restaurants and cafes are making the most of it and in doing so contributing to the growth of the area as a foodie destination. When you listen to the locals tell their stories, you realise what an amazing community this is.

  3. Karen (Back Road Journal) December 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    It is wonderful that the community has been able to rebuild this lovely area. It looks like there is plenty for a visitor to see and do.

    • Jenny Freedman December 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

      It certainly is a very special community that is able to return to the town after such devastation and rebuild their lives and businesses. Yes Karen, there’s so much to do that you really need to plan a couple of visits!

  4. Sophie December 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    So many gorgeous places I haven’t yet seen in Victoria! This reminds me a little of the area around Walhalla, which is in Gippsland, if I remember correctly, so a ways away perhaps.

    I want to visit Melbourne and surrounds next year and am working on persuading my daughters; they’re not too keen on the long flights. Wish me luck… 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman December 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      I hope you can convince your daughters to come to Melbourne Sophie. They’d love it! Getting out of the city is always a great way to learn more about a country and it’s people. I know the people of Marysville would love to welcome you!

  5. Muza-chan December 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Very beautiful place…

    • Jenny Freedman December 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

      It really is Lilli…a stunning area!

  6. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} December 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    Looking at some of your photos, I would have never guessed that this area was ravaged by wildfires. Then, I look at others, and there is a stark beauty to the leafless trunks that remain. It’s good to hear that they are recovering. That Aussie Christmas tree got a smile out of me. I really like the automatic check-in concept. There have been times when I’ve felt bad awakening a bed and breakfast owner when we check in late at night.

    • Jenny Freedman December 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      Nature is quite amazing isn’t it Michele.. the regrowth of the trees and ferns is incredible and it won’t be long until the new mountain ash that have sprung up will be tall enough to change the landscape of the mountain a bit.The Aussie Xmas tree is a lot of fun!

  7. Leigh December 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    Some parts of Marysville look untouched by fire – like the winery and the sculpture garden. There is always a positive side to a forest fire – and in Canada we see such amazing wildflowers, usually within the year of a big fire and the mushroom pickers go wild. From your photos Marysville looks like a charming place to visit.

    • Jenny Freedman December 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      It’s interesting Leigh how so much of the vegetation has returned. The sculpture garden was completely burnt in the fire…the gallery and the gardens. The sculptures were OK but damaged by falling logs. It has been rebuilt and a new garden grown so it now looks as though it was untouched. I was a bit late to see most of the wildflowers but I believe they put on quite a show! You’d love the walks here too Leigh!

  8. Marcia December 14, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    The vegetation is absolutely spectacular — so many trees! And so many things to do in Marysville.
    That Marysville is back after such a devastating fire, is a testament to its people. Thanks for taking us along on your tour, Jenny!

    • Jenny Freedman December 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      It’s a pleasure to show you Marysville Marcia. I had a fabulous time there and as its only 90 minutes from Melbourne,it’s a great place for overseas visitors and Melbournians to visit for the weekend…so much to do as well!

  9. [email protected] December 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi Jenny, it’s heartening to know that the bush and the community are regenerating after that terrible fire. It’s great to see that forest is looking so lush and beautiful. I definitely would love to return to Melbourne someday and will certainly keep Marysville in mind for a side trip. I’ll definitely enjoy the bush walk, the wineries, the museum, etc.

    • Jenny Freedman December 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      I can highly recommend a visit there when you’re next in Melbourne, Marisol. You’d love the walks in the area..the rainforest is beautiful!

  10. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey December 15, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    So wonderful that the place is slowly recovering – all of that greenery must be wonderful for the locals to see again.

    • Jenny Freedman December 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      It is wonderful to see all the new vegetation Sarah-Jane. The people of Marysville are certainly very positive about the future of the town.

  11. Mary {The World Is A Book} December 16, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Great to see you back at TPThursday, Jenny. Marysville looks so beautiful and I’m glad they have bounced back and the vegetation is on its way to recovering. This looks like a wonderful day trip from Melbourne with so many great things to offer. Those sculptures are so whimsical. I’d love to go back to Melbourne and go here for a visit to Steavenson Falls and the winery.

    • Jenny Freedman December 17, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      Thanks Mary, great to be back! Marysville is a wonderful place to visit. As you mentioned, there is so much to do and see. It’s amazing how quickly a lot of the vegetation has regrown and together with the fabulous community spirit, the town is excited about the future

  12. Johanna December 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Great to see you back and posting about Australia again, and what a beautiful place Marysville looks. We arrived in Australia a few short weeks before the fires and were flabbergasted that they could be so devastating and horrified at the loss of life. Although nothing anyone can say could amend for that it is wonderful now to be reminded of what a beautiful part of the world it is. You’ve done a great wrap and introduced me to somewhere I might otherwise have not visited because of those memories and pictures of devastation.

    • Jenny Freedman December 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      It’s great to be back Jo! We loved our weekend escape to Marysville. It was great to see how the town and the surrounding countryside had recovered from the fires. I left with the greatest admiration for the local community..they were all excited about the future of the town. You’d enjoy it there…you should plan a visit next time you’re in Melbourne!

  13. Life Images by Jill December 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I am glad to see that Marysville is getting back on its feet again after the devastating fires. Those bare tree trunks are such a stark reminder. However the other road views are very much like a road we drove on in Tasmania with the forest and the tree ferns. Beautiful.
    Have a wonderful week and the countdown to Christmas. I am only just managed to link up to last weeks Travel Photo Thursday!

    • Jenny Freedman December 17, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      I loved our weekend in Marysville. The walk though the rainforest was stunning. It’s amazing how quickly some of the vegetation returns…except for the mountain ash. Yes, a stark reminder but quite beautiful!
      Best wishes for great Xmas Jill.

  14. kimberly anne December 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    What a lovely place 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman February 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Marysville is a fabulous place…I hope you can visit it one day! I’m sorry for the late reply..I’ve just found your comment hiding!

  15. @ChristineSalins (FoodWineTravel) December 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    What a lovely post, Jenny. So nice to see this community getting back on its feet. Looks like there are lots of treasures to discover there.

    • Jenny Freedman December 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks Christine. It is great to see Marysville looking excitedly towards the future. There are so many things to do there. We only touched the surface! I loved meeting everyone..there really is a fabulous community spirit in Marysville.

  16. Sarah @carfreefrontiering August 7, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Great article on a beautiful day trip location! I went to Marysville once before the bush fires, and it is inspiring to see that the town has made such a wonderful comeback.

    • Jenny Freedman August 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      Thanks Sarah. It was fabulous to see that Marysville is returning to it’s days before the fire. It’s such an easy day trip from Melbourne and offers so much to see.

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