Leave the city behind and play a part in the recovery of Marysville. Surrounded by waterfalls, just a short drive to Lake Mountain, Melbourne's closest alpine resort, and on the doorstep to the Yarra Ranges National Park, this is the ideal place to slow down and get back to nature.
Old into new
Established in 1863 as a stopover for diggers travelling to the Goldfields, Marysville evolved into a popular honeymoon and resort destination. The town thrived until early 2009 when the Black Saturday bushfires wiped out almost the entire town. Due to a massive relief effort and the tireless work of the locals, many businesses reopened. Chat to locals about the ongoing rebuilding process, and observe the changes on your return to the town.
Out and about
Take a drive to Lake Mountain for skiing, tobogganing and all kinds of snow activities, and witness the remarkable regeneration of the surrounding bushland. When things warm up, enjoy mountain biking, trout fishing and golf, and check out the local arts and crafts scene. For cyclists who enjoy a challenge, take on the Lake Mountain leg of the 7 Peaks Ascent Challenge.
Walks and waterfalls
Look out for colourful birdlife on a bushwalk through the Yarra Ranges National Park, and visit one of the thundering waterfalls in the surrounding area. Drive to nearby Cathedral Range State Park and wander through 100-metre high mountain ash, tree ferns and explore the spectacular seven-kilometre ridge of upturned sedimentary rock.
Things to do
Head off for premier cross-country skiing and snowplay just a stone's throw from Melbourne at the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges snowfields.
It's easy to get active in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with a range of tracks and trails to suit all abilities in parks and gardens.