*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.
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: