If you are looking for a romantic weekend away or simply a day trip with the family then Warrandyte, 24 kilometers east of Melbourne is the perfect destination.
Situated right alongside the Yarra River the rustic township oozes character. Embedded in history, Warrandyte boasts the first official discovery of gold in Victoria and not surprisingly has also been the home to artists and sculptors alike since the 1890's.
The wonderfully natural surrounds is abound with classically Australian shops, charming art galleries displaying local artists, an antique store, a colourful nursery and tea house and all a stones throw away from the Yarra Valley wine region of Victoria.
Warrandyte also enjoys both international and country culinary delights with a bevy of gorgeous little cafes and restaurants including the local pub and Bakery (which by the way has the most delicious pastries) but don't feel guilty about indulging you can work it all off on one of the many walking trails either along the river or through the natural bushland of the Warrandyte State Park.
If markets are your thing then you can definitely get your fix by visiting the Warrandyte community market, displaying the finest local handmade crafts which kicks off on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 1pm. For local produce The Aumann Family Orchard is where you can purchase flavorsome local fruit straight from the grower where they have a 'try before you buy' policy which ensures you get the best quality produce but can also be a bit of fun. Warrandyte also host their annual festival every March on the banks of the Yarra. The epic festival begins with a morning parade, followed by music, the famous decorated plastic duck race (for the local primary school children), food and lots of activities for the kids with some fireworks to finish the day.
There is definitely a sense of pride, love and respect within the area which is reflected in the community's dedication to preserve Warrandyte's friendly country feel in the advent of globalization. You definitely won't see any franchises or big conglomerates around here- strictly small businesses proudly Australian made and owned.
So if you're thinking of making the journey to old Warrandyte and are looking for a place to rest your head after a tiresome day of activities then you can't go past the Warrandyte Goldfields Bed and Breakfast.
Warrandyte is a gorgeous place. I live close enough to go there for a Sunday coffee. Can't beat a walk by the river (saying hello to all happy dogs having walks with their owners) and a swim in the river in summer. Just beautiful. PS for all the Singles out there it's a great first-date place too! Get a coffee at the place that's down by the river's edge!