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Exploring a Yarra Valley Circuit

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Published August 24th 2015
Yarra Valley Ranges
The day will begin following Maroondah Hwy toward Lilydale where the Warburton Hwy turnoff throws you straight into countryside.

The Rainforest Gallery on Donna Buang Rd turning off from Warburton Hwy, features a spectacular high walkway through the forestry that shouldn't be missed.

Mt Donna Buang Tower
Mt Donna Buang Summit and Tower. Photo: Sue Gallus

Mt Donna Buang's real magic is the twenty one metre viewing tower, offering some of the most spectacular Yarra Valley views while snowy conditions complement the spectacle. You'll need to walk two hundred metres to the summit during these conditions though toboggan hire, slopes, picnic, toilets, and a visitor centre are present on the summit.

Mt Donna Buang Yarra Valley View
Yarra Valley Ranges from Mt Donna Buang summit. Photo: Sue Gallus

The Reefton Hotel in the valley on Warburton-Woods Point Rd presents a great locale to stop at for a feed, a drink, or even local knowledge regarding area offered by exceptional staff and owners. Before hitting Upper Yarra Dam reserve be sure to explore the wilderness walks located at both little and big peninsular tunnels.

Upper Yarra Reservoir
Upper Yarra Reservoir. Photo: Sue Gallus

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park off Warburton Woods Point Rd on Upper Yarra Dam Rd will provide extensive parkland, lookouts, walks, picnic shelters and facilities contained to use within the reserve. The Park also offers overnight camping where some spectacular stargazing may be experienced though the gates close at 5pm daily.

Stevenson Falls, Marysville.
Stevenson Falls. Photo: Sue Gallus

Marysville can be found by following Warburton-Woods Point road through the beautiful Reefton Spur and provided by the dense forest the road weaves through. Much of the atmosphere from the rebuilt Marysville is retained now harbouring a large selection of shops, cafes, bakeries, and overnight accommodation. A nearby drive up Falls Road will grant some spectacular sights and walks imbedded around the Stevenson Falls.

The Black Spur
The Black Spur. Photo: Sue Gallus

The Black Spur can be found by following Marysville Road through to Maroondah Hwy with sights rivalling those of the Reefton Spur. Prior to reaching Healesville there's the tranquil parks and gardens of the Maroondah Reservoir Park. The surrounding trails through the tranquil gardens provide many beautiful sights toward the base of the dam wall. The facilities within the park make this an excellent stop after a long day.

Maroondah Reservoir Park
Maroondah Reservoir Park. Photo: Sue Gallus

Healesville Sanctuary is a worthy mention, educating and entertaining visitors for over eighty years. This stop can easily become a half or full day adventure in its own.

Returning to Maroondah Hwy you'll be heading back towards the Suburban Sprawl and now have completed a favourite picturesque circuit of the Yarra Valley.
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All beautiful spots and within easy access, often make the trip to the YV from the "Nongs"
by chrys (score: 1|97) 1296 days ago
fantastic photos James. I'm seeing a lot about this area through Weekend Notes and must make the time to get up there. Perhaps I can talk my husband into a weekend away. There is certainly enough to see. I don;t know that I'd make it up the tower though, heights are not my thing.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 1301 days ago
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