From Marysville to Kinglake, Yea to Alexandra, this journey covers much ground in under three days, though all within two hours of Melbourne! The ideal getaway for the busy traveller.
You'll summit a mountain, visit multiple waterfalls, walk through both rainforest and historical ruins, experience the peculiarity and intrigue of an artist's garden and watch platypus play in the wild. Rest assured, this will all be done with very satisfied bellies of local produce, craft beer, delicious wine and quality whisky.
Day 1 - Eat
Begin your day at the famous Fraga's Cafe (just look for the yellow signs!) with great coffee and house-made home-style food.
Day 1 - Eat
Lunch at the Keppel Cafe is sure to hit the spot with a fresh, modern Australian menu and small local produce store to browse.
Day 2 - Do
Of all the things to experience in Marysville, Bruno's Art & Sculpture Garden must be prioritised! For children and adults alike, you will be intrigued and entertained from start to finish.
Day 2 - Eat
One of the only buildings left in Marysville after the fires, the iconic Marysville Country Bakery-Cafe delivers a super tasty breakfast for your big day ahead.
Day 2 - Eat
You simply can't beat Songbird Cafe for lunch. This gem offers delicious chef-made food and scrumptious sweets to take with you for afternoon tea.
Day 2 - Do
If you love good whisky, you'll love the humble up-and-coming family establishment of Kinglake Distillery. Be sure to call first to ensure they're open for tastings.
Oh, the places you'll go...
|Day 1||Fraga's Cafe||-||Eat||Begin your day at the famous Fraga's Cafe (just look for the yellow signs!) with great coffee and house-made home-style food.|
|Lake Mountain||24 min/ 21 km||Do||The year-round Lake Mountain Alpine Resort offers some must-do mountain biking tracks for avid riders and gorgeous walks among the wildflowers for everyone else - take your pick!|
|Keppel Falls Walk||32 min/ 13 km||Do||From the carpark, enjoy a 1km, easy forest walk to the lookout platform where you will see impressive cascades of water tumbling toward the Taggerty River.|
|Keppel Cafe||29 min/ 10 km||Eat||Lunch at the Keppel Cafe is sure to hit the spot with a fresh, modern Australian menu and small local produce store to browse.|
|Bruno's Art & Sculpture Garden||3 min/ 900 m||Do||Of all the things to experience in Marysville, this must be prioritised! For children and adults alike, you will be intrigued and entertained from start to finish.|
|Vibe Marysville||2 min/ 900 m||Stay/ eat||With a crisp, modern style, all the creature comforts and staff who just can't so enough for you, Vibe Marysville is the perfect place to eat and rest your head after a busy day.|
|Steavenson Falls||8 min/ 5 km||Do||One of Victoria's highest and most iconic falls, Steavenson Falls also lights up at night! An easy and level graded 700m walk takes you from the car park to the base of the falls, whilst another 800m walk leads you to the top.|
|Day 2||Bakery||1 min/ 100 m||Eat||One of the only buildings left in Marysville after the fires, this iconic bakery delivers a super tasty breakfast for your big day ahead.|
|Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk||45 min/ 32 km||Do||Rated #1 by TripAdvisor, the Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk is an easy 2km meander past streams and local flora and fauna. It's also fur-friendly!|
|Songbird Cafe||14 min/ 16 km||Eat||You simply can't beat Songbird Cafe for lunch. This gem offers delicious chef-made food and scrumptious sweets to take with you for afternoon tea.|
|Kinglake Distillery||12 min/ 10 km||Do||If you love good whisky, you'll love the humble up-and-coming family establishment of Kinglake Distillery. Be sure to call first to ensure they're open for tastings.|
|Sedona Estate||47 min/ 58 km||Do||Visit Sedona Estate Winery for a sneaky tasting, platter and stunning outlook from their cellar door. Hot tip: these guys know their Shiraz!|
|Y Water Discovery Centre||14 min/ 15 km||Do||A great stop for wildlife lovers and families, let the friendly volunteers at Y Water Discovery Centre send you on a fauna spotting expedition through the wetlands.|
|Cheviot Tunnel||11 min/ 8 km||Do||The iconic Cheviot Tunnel is a fantastic photo-opp, but be sure to walk the tunnel yourself for a true step-back-in-time.|
|Alexandra Hotel||30 min/ 26 km||Stay/ Eat||Your final stop for the day to both sleep and eat - the Alexandra Hotel. Prepare to be blown away by high quality food from a striking menu.|
|Day 3||Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre - Platypus spotting||-||Do||Start your day by taking in the tranquility of the Goulburn River as you float down with expert guides and watch the platypus play around you.|
|Grant Street Grocer||From Hotel 1 min/ 170 m||Eat||Grant Street Grocer has it all (including breakfast)! Delicious local produce for sale and for meals, always served with a smile.|
|Rubicon Valley Historic Area||33 min/ 28 km||Do||The Rubicon Valley Historic Area is home to the Rubicon River and Falls, campsites, walks and a series of spectacular trestle bridges set amongst remnants of the timber industry.|
|Cathedral Ranges State Park||31 min/ 28 km||Do||The Cathedral Range is a spectacular 7 kilometre ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock. A variety of walking tracks offer the opportunity to climb the peaks and enjoy magnificent views.|
|Bonfire Station||7 min/ 7 km||Do||Genuinely good beer made onsite at the picturesque Bonfire Station. The perfect place to truly relax! (Be sure to check openingtimes).|
|The Corner Hotel Alexandra||15 min/ 16 km||Eat||Expect great things at The Corner Hotel - like local ingredients fashioned into a dynamic menu with local drinks to match!|