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5 Things to do in Marysville This Summer

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by Leona (Devaz) Fensome (subscribe)
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Published January 11th 2014
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For most Victorians, the Black Saturday bushfires are a none too distant memory. The 7th of February marks the anniversary of this tragic disaster from 2009. Five years on and the small town of Marysville has been rebuilt from its decimated ruins. It's now a thriving country haven and ideal day or weekend trip from Melbourne.

I was asked by Marysville Tourism to review the Marysville app (Visit Marysville Victoria) - a super nifty (free!) resource tool to help you plan a trip to the region. I downloaded mine to my iPhone the day before and it's key features are:

*Comprehensive overview of 14 different trail walks you can do in the region and surrounds. Complete with beautiful imagery, directions, estimated times and difficulty grading.

*Some trail walks include audio tours. If you don't have a smartphone or device, don't despair. The Marysvillle Visitor Information Centre will kindly lend you an iPod with audio preloaded.

*There's a section called 'local secrets' that gives you the key insights into the best food, seasonal and heritage secrets.

*Stunning imagery from local photographer Donovan Wilson. Great way to engage children to be a part of planning the trip and the fun nature and wildlife sights.

*A suggested itinerary function to help if you get a bit stuck (there's a lot information jam packed in - so this might be useful if you want to know the best spots).I used the 'Favourites' function to earmark the trails I wanted to do and map out time-wise how to plan my day.

Details on Marysville

Marysville is approximately a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. I left from the South-Eastern suburbs at 10am on a Sunday and was there just before 11.30am. It was a cruisy drive, with little traffic (except when passing through Healesville) and a magnificent 25C sunny day.

If leaving from Melbourne, there's plenty of stops for petrol, photographs and of course… the toilet break. There's also a lot of fresh produce that can be purchased. I passed by many sellers of strawberries, eggs, wineries and other fruit and veggies - 90 minutes could be conservative if you get sidetracked by these providores!

Once you come off pretty much a straight 60km run on Maroondah highway, you'll start to experience more of the winding roads and forest surroundings. I was lucky that the drive was sunny on the way up - I would encourage you to exercise care when navigating these roads, as they are quite windy and narrow at points.

When you get to Murchison Road, Marysville - you've arrived! Now, it's onto the fun stuff. Here's my Top 5 suggestions:

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Chargrilled chicken salad at Fraga's Cafe

1. Have lunch in the town: I dropped into Fraga's Cafe to enjoy a spot of chargrilled chicken and salad. This cafe does some seriously good chargrill and is a perfect spot to soak up the township and do a bit of people watching. One thing I noticed is that this region is motorbike enthusiasts heaven. I sat outside and lost count of the amount of riders whizzing past. If you own a motorbike, then I am sure you would know about this.The Marysville Country Bakery is next door and post my trail walking, I tucked into a jam packed vegetable quiche. Super tasty.

Steavenson Falls guide

2. Steavenson Falls Trail: One of Victoria's highest waterfalls, this is a conveniently located must-see. Boasting an 84m drop, it's about a 3km drive off Murchison Road (where the town is). It's all sealed road and has a car park right at the front. It's a 700m return walk. There's multiple viewing platforms and your camera will get a good workout here. The waterfall is nestled right in the forest and the cascading water makes for a stunning backdrop. If you are feeling ambitious, you can walk up to the Steavenson Falls Lookout. It's a little bit steep and is all narrow dirt pathway and rock steps. Once at the top, you'll be able to look down at the waterfall, surrounding forest and valleys. It's pretty spectacular. You will see huge blackened tree trunks from the bushfires and a lot of forest debris still lingering. This one is about 1.5km return walk and will talk you around 30-45 minutes, depending on how long you stop for (or how fast you trek!)

Steavenson Falls, Marysville
Steavenson Falls

Nicholl Lookout

3. Cambarville Trails: Lots of history in this neck of the woods. Cambarville is approximately a 20 minute drive from Marysville and iconic for it's history from the 1860's gold mining days. On the way, I stopped in at Cora Lyn Falls and The Big Culvert - both short walks into the damp rainforest gullies, off the main road (about 1km return and 200m return respectively. Note, these are out-and-back trails - narrow dirt road trails in thick ferns and foliage. It's an adventure! You can also do The Cumberland Walk (4km loop 2 hours return) if you are feeling particularly gung-ho.

Cora Lynn Falls, Cambarville

4. Lady Talbot Drive: The Lady Talbot Trails are home to some of the most impressive rainforest trails you'll find in the region. It stretches for 46km and is predominantly dirt road (your car will get dirty!) The key places of interest are Phantom Falls (where I drove to), Keppel Falls, Taggerty Cascades and The Beeches. If you choose to go to latter, it is best suited for 4WD. I did this drive close to sunset and for avid photographers - you will be privy to some magnificent landscape captures of the Taggerty River, forest and mountains.

5. Marysville Visitor Information Centre: Located on Murchison Street, I would strongly recommend you drop in here before you start. There is a plethora of free maps, brochures and books on the Marysville region and surrounds. The staff are incredibly helpful and parts of the region do not have mobile reception! I am with Optus and I dropped out in Cambarville and the Lady Talbot Drive - so it pays to have good, detailed maps which they provide.

Marysville is an incredibly charming and idyllic town. Visiting in summer gives you a beautiful perspective and the forest trails are particularly colourful in the sunny climate. I'm heading up next month or so to stay for the weekend (I did all this in one day!), so please drop me a comment if you have any questions or would like more information.

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Your Comment
Wow, sounds like a perfect day out. After reading your article, we are planning to go. Just gotta wait for a nice day with milder temperatures. Thanks.
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 2612 days ago
Those views are excellent.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2612 days ago
What a great initiative for this region! Thanks for such comprehensive information.
by Michelle Coates (score: 2|529) 2612 days ago
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