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Published July 3rd 2011
Warburton has everything - from cafes and tea rooms to second-hand stores, book sellers, rainbow ice cream, terrific bakeries, outdoor music sessions, film festivals and a great little caravan park on the river, all nestled amongst amazing mountainous scenery.
Perfect in winter or summer, Warburton is a great family getaway. The snow is approaching and did you know? Warburton is the closest snow to Melbourne. However whether you come for a day in snow, bush walks in the mountains (in summer) or take a country drive for a day outing, there's plenty to love here.
Other great options include The Rainbow Ice Cream Shop (3422 Warburton Highway in Warburton Main Street). This is a favourite destination for kids young and old, all year round. Too cold for ice cream - they also serve hot doughnuts in Winter. (Phone: 03 5966 2181 / or 0409 662 181)
Just opposite is Warburton Bakery with loads of parking for cars and bikes, and if the weather is warm, outdoor tables to enjoy the scenery. And if chillier weather strikes, there is seating inside too. Drop by for a hot coffee/chocolate and pastry or grab a nice cold drink in summer, with a gourmet cold sandwich for lunch. (Phone: (03) 5966 9800)
Just back a little is Three Sugars Cafe, where the food is hearty and rustic. (Phone: 03 5966 9521)
Looking for more of a pub type experience? Try the Sam Knott Hotel . It has a really fun indoor verandah roof over the bar (made from pailings taken from the old building) with a large dining area. Finished off with bay window a and great views of the mountains. Counter meals are the norm in the main bar and in the beer garden, filled with lush native ferns. Menu items include filling country meals with modern flavours. Vegetarian and Gluten free meals available. Mon - Sun, 12pm-2pm and 6pm-8pm excludes Christmas Day. (Phone: 03 5967 1200)
Have you ever had a pie floater? You try one at Gladysdale Bakehouse in Warburton. Beginning on a farm at Gladysdale in 1985, the Gladysdale Bakehouse has supplied the famous Gladysdale Homemade Pie and pastries to the Yarra Valley area and beyond, for over 28 years. (Phone: 03 5966 2777)
The Good Food Room Cafe and Wine Bar is described as a Brunswick street style cafe by The Age. Here you can enjoy fresh food, Jasper organic fairtrade coffee, loose leaf teas and local wines /beers - dine in or take away. (Phone: 03 5966 2464)
Hopefully now you tummy is satiated, you may like to explore the area. Perhaps begin with a casual stroll down the main street and take in a little retail therapy.
You will come across Peter's terrific Bookstore- well known and loved from the main hall at the St Andrews market. I am so sorry Peter - the name of your store eludes me at present, but you will find it with an easy stroll and there's always a great book to pick up there at terrific prices.
Also, why not check out What Nots - Antiques and Collectables (Phone: 03 5966 9284) and Earth Bazaar, where you can purchase global and local handcrafts, unique jewellery, clothing and lots more. (Phone 03 5966 2333)
Perhaps you are feeling a little more adventurous; try Adventure Guides Australia -recreational and educational adventures, which include abseiling, rock climbing, caving, cross country skiing and corporate team building and challenge activities.
(Phone David: 0419 280 614).
Still looking for something more to do. Warburton has many activities for all. Perhaps take a trip back in time at Mont De Lancey. Experience how the pioneers lived hundreds of years ago. Your family will be engaged and entertained. A little out of Warburton, Wandin's earliest brick homestead and gardens lie lovingly restored.
If wineries more your taste, a full list of them in Warburton can be found here.
Other ideas include:
Local Arts and Crafts
Upper Yarra Dam
After your busy day exploring, you will be looking for somewhere to stay. You may like to try: Forget Me Not – Private Cottages (18 Brett Rd, Warburton). Located in the heart of Warburton, they strive to pamper guests with the utmost of luxury, privacy and seclusion; individual outdoor heated spa pools and open fireplaces within each cottage In-house massage and relaxation therapies are also available. Each cottage is uniquely styled from stone and wood, surrounded by trees, flowing streams and waterfalls, the sounds of nature will enhance your experience at our beautiful property.
(Phone: 5966 5805)
An entire list of Warburton accommodation options can be found here.
Camping and Cabin more your style (with the family) -try Warburton Caravan Park, (30 Woods Point Road, Warburton, Victoria 3799). (Phone: 03 5966 2277)
Whether you like to relax with some retail therapy, dine in great cafes and restaurants, take in the snow scene, stay at the local camp-ground nestled along the river or indulge in a special weekend away. You'll love Warburton.