Episode 36: Marysville
This week on Postcards, the team explores the beautiful town of Marysville and discovers the best places to eat, sleep and unwind in the area. Brodie Harper checks out the stunning rooms and restaurant at Black Spur Inn before treating herself to some serious pampering at White Lotus Day Spa and Retreat in Narbethong. Lauren Phillips is given a tour of the Marysville Caravan and Holiday Park where she is shown the various accommodation options available, before checking out the majestic Steavenson Falls and surrounding walking trails. The Marysville Patisserie is next on Lauren's list and it's here that she enjoys an indulgent range of European style cakes including pastries, scones, and creamy fudges. Glen Moriarty takes a leisurely stroll through Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden where he admires the terracotta characters on display amongst gorgeous greenery. He then eyes off a Banoffee Pie at Fraga's Café, before settling in for the night at Dalrymples Guest Cottages. Finally, Shane Crawford visits the Buxton Ridge Winery where he samples the local wines and produce plates on offer, before trying his luck at the Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm where he casts a fishing line into a variety of ponds, and watches on as the Buxton Trout are smoked over mountain ash in a traditional wood fire smoker.
Black Spur Inn and White Lotus Spa
While driving through the Black Spur's spectacular scenery and precarious curves, you'll find the Black Spur Inn, a family owned inn that has welcomed many visitors since it first opened its doors in 1863. In terms of accommodation, Black Spur Inn offers 'Wine, Dine and Stay a While' packages featuring accommodation in the newly renovated Premier King Rooms. With their comfortable king sized beds, these rooms cater exclusively for couples and come complete with all the mod cons, like iPod docks, flat screen TVs and wireless internet. The Deluxe rooms have also been renovated and are perfect for families, as they can sleep up to five guests. And then there's the Lodge, which caters to up to 32 guests and provides affordable accommodation for groups. This is a beautiful region of Victoria, full of great produce and delicious local wines, all of which you can try for yourself in the Black Spur Inn's restaurant. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Light meals and tapas are served for snacking in the afternoon, but at night you'll find a diverse selection of delicious dishes.
Not far from Black Spur Inn is White Lotus, a day spa and retreat which can be found in the old post office in Narbethong. White Lotus offers a variety of therapies, as well as accommodation for couples in the Treehouse which is a double storey cottage set in the Buddha Garden. A popular treatment offered at White Lotus is the ancient technique of Hawaiian hot stone massage, which utilises warmed volcanic stones that are glided over the body using long smooth strokes. Other therapies include body wraps, scrubs, facials, hand and foot treatments.
Black Spur Inn
436 Maroondah Highway, Narbethong
Ph 03 5963 7121
White Lotus Retreat
3 Old Maroondah Highway, Narbethong
Ph 03 5963 7126
Marysville Caravan and Holiday Park and Marysville Patisserie
Marysville is a great destination for day trips and weekends away, and now with its uplifting sense of rejuvenation, there's no better time to visit. If you're after accommodation then you can't go past Marysville Caravan and Holiday Park, close to the centre of town. After much hard work the holiday park has reopened and is once again ready for guests to enjoy great value breaks. There is a range of accommodation options to choose from including budget family cabins and powered sites for campers and caravaners, but the pick of the bunch has to be the riverside balcony cabins. Set on six acres all the cabins are nicely spread out, leaving plenty of room for the kids to run wild. In warmer months, the biggest attraction is Steavenson River, which runs parallel to the property, and one of the new features within the park is the huge jumping pillow.
Whilst in Marysville, be sure to check out Steavenson Falls in the Marysville parklands. It is one of Victoria's highest waterfalls and it is floodlit each night until 11pm. There are also lots of different walks you can do around the parklands, including 14 trails in and around Marysville.
After building up an appetite, the place to go in town for lunch is Marysville Patisserie. This one stop sweet spot originally opened in 2002 and after a short stint in Malvern, reopened in 2011. They have every sort of treat imaginable including an indulgent range of European style cakes, pastries, scones, homemade gelato and a fabulous selection of fresh and creamy fudges. Everything on the restaurant's lunch menu is made to order, such as the smoked Buxton trout dish and the grilled lamb rump. Pop into the Marysville Patisserie for a coffee from 10am Wednesday to Sunday. Dinner is also available on Friday and Saturday nights.
Marysville Caravan and Holiday Park
1130 Buxton Road, Marysville
Ph 03 5963 3247
Falls Road, Marysville
7 Falls Road, Marysville
Ph 03 5963 3368
Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, Fraga's Cafe and Dalrymples Guest Cottages
Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden in Marysville is the perfect place to while away an afternoon if you enjoy art and beautiful surrounds. For just a small fee you can take a tour of this magnificent garden and admire beautiful sculptures amongst gorgeous greenery. Sculptor Bruno Torfs is the mastermind behind the art and garden, and his life sized terracotta sculpture collection has grown over the years to 115 pieces, which are spread throughout the property. Bruno not only returned the garden to its former glory after the fires, but also rebuilt the gallery which houses some of his latest work.
Another place in Marysville that was affected by the fires is Fraga's Café, but the owners got straight back to business so the locals and visitors had somewhere to grab a bite to eat and catch up over a cuppa! If you're into home style cooking then you'll love this cosy café. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and the staff make you feel right at home. Whether you're after a coffee and a quick bite to eat on your way through town or you'd like to pull up a chair and take full advantage of the great hospitality on offer, your needs will be met here. And be sure to try the famous Aunty Maria's Banoffee Pie which is made using bananas, cream and toffee – you won't be disappointed!
If you're a bit weary after exploring Marysville all day, then be sure to kick up your heels and stay the night at Dalrymples Guest Cottages. This architecturally designed hideaway sits on an acre of private gardens and consists of four beautifully furnished cottages, each with a Japanese theme. 'Robin’s Nest' and the 'The Bower' cottages are perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway, and there's also 'Honeysuckle' and 'Kingfisher' which are cottages that have two bedrooms to accommodate more guests. Your lovely hosts make sure you have everything you need to feel right at home and breakfast is provided as part of your stay.
Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden
Falls Road, Marysville
Ph 03 5963 3513
1/19 Murchison Street, Marysville
Ph 03 5963 3216
Dalrymples Guest Cottages
18 Falls Road, Marysville
Ph 03 5963 3416
Buxton Ridge Winery and Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm
Buxton Ridge Winery is a family owned award winning winery that produces cool climate, elegant wines just a short drive from Marysville. It is a small family operated vineyard and there are six wines on offer at the cellar door, all of which are produced from grapes grown on the property. The vineyard is only eight hectares in size, so there’s an emphasis on quality rather than the quantity of grapes and wines produced. Buxton Ridge Winery also serves terrific local produce plates featuring smoked trout from the Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm.
The Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm is a place where everyone is welcome to drop a line and fish to their heart's content. It is Australia's first trout farm and trout have been bred here for over 50 years. The fish live in fresh, pure water that comes from the snowfields of Lake Mountain before cascading down Steavenson Falls and through the streams. The farm is open to the public seven days a week and admission includes rods, bait and buckets. There are a variety of different ponds that are home to large and medium sized trout, as well as a salmon pond and a challenge lake for those who want to take some more time and enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful farm. If you only have limited time or if you're very hungry, the staff will catch your fish, clean it and pack it on ice for you to take home free of charge. Alternatively, you can cook your catch on the farm's BBQ at no extra cost and settle in for lunch.
Buxton Ridge Winery
88 Seal Rock Road, Buxton
Ph 03 5774 7117
Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm
2118 Maroondah Highway, Buxton
Ph 03 5774 7370
North East Victoria Cycle Salute
If you love to cycle then be sure to check out more than 50 cycle-centric events at this year's North East Victoria Cycle Salute. It's on for the next three weeks in Victoria's High Country and riders of all styles and abilities are welcome.
Where: Various regions in North East Victoria
When: Until 5 November, 2013
Beautiful Accommodation Guide
If you haven't already done so, jump online to beautifulaccommocation.com, and check out some of the fantastic Victorian properties Postcards has recently featured.
Beautiful Accommodation Guide
New edition out 1 December, 2013
MTSV Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition
Set sail for the Docklands and visit The Mission to Seafarers Victoria, where the annual Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition is on until October 31.
When: Until 31 October, 2013
Where: Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands