5 reasons to visit Marysville, Victoria

Nestled in the foothills of the Victorian Alps 2 hours from Melbourne, Marysville has that feel of a quiet little Aussie mountain town. However, there’s more to this little piece of the famous Yarra Valley than meets the eye. From Gold Rush history and bushfire tragedy to amazing scenery and local produce, here are our 5 reasons to visit Marysville.

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We weren’t sure what to expect as we drove northeast from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport. The Yarra Valley is famed for its amazing produce, and the mountains here catch the rare snow that makes up the Australian ski fields.

However, Marysville was also one of the worst affected towns of the infamous Black Saturday bushfires that scourged the land in 2009.

To be honest we wondered if this little town had managed to come back from such a deadly blow.

But as we reached the outskirts of the town, we could see we needn’t have worried. Yes, there is a ‘newness’ to the town, and there is still evidence of fire damage around, but that’s what Marysville is about. It’s part of its spirit.

We were keen to get to know this area a bit better and learn what makes this place tick.

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5 reasons to visit Marysville, Victoria

1. Great food

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The Yarra Valley is famous for its amazing produce, so it stands to reason the food and wine in Marysville is out of this world.

Book in for dinner at Radius Bar and Grill. Opened in March ’15, this is fine country-style dining at its best. The name comes from a playful tribute to 85% of the restaurant’s ingredients coming from within a 100km radius of town.

Radius is connected to the Vibe Hotel, so if you’re staying there, which we’d recommend, concierge will be able to sort out your booking for you. It’s also waddling distance back to your room – a very welcome bonus we enjoyed!

2. Value snow destination

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This part of the snow is perfect for first-timers, non-skiers and kids. It’s $54.50 entry per car to get to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. The cost is because they make snow so you’re always sure to see some.

You can hire or buy toboggans, which are ideal for this type of snow.

During the summer months we’re told there’s no snow, but there’s no cost to get to Lake Mountain either, and the views are well worth the short drive from Marysville.

3. Gorgeous scenery

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The countryside in and around Marysville is amazing. You don’t have to go far from your hotel to see it either.

There are heaps of walks or hikes to do in the area, and it’s only a 5-minute stroll to the base of the Steavenson Falls just up the road from town. The Steavenson River itself flows right through town.

We just drove a little way out of town for a perfect little picnic in the forest. A freshly smoked trout fillet and some salmon pate from the Buxton Salmon and Trout Farm, a freshly baked olive sourdough we got from the Lolly Shop in Marysville and bottle of local wine and we were in perfect form!

4. The history

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Go and see Mary & Reg at the historic centre in the heart of Marysville. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time as they’ve got lots to tell you.

You’ll leave with lots of did-you-knows like up until the 1970s, Marysville was a honeymoon hotspot. And at the height of the gold rush in the mid-1800s, Marysville, which was right between the gold fields and Melbourne, had over 75 hotels and inns, and 750 rooms.

There’s also the sobering Phoenix Museum there, which chronicles the horrors of Saturday 7th February 2009 – or ‘Black Saturday’.

It was that day that saw huge areas of bushland and forest, and over 2,030 homes destroyed by ferocious wildfires – the worst in Victoria’s history. 173 people lose their lives. Marysville was one of the worst hit towns and was completely obliterated.

It’s not light-hearted and might bring a tear to your eye, but it’s an essential part of this town’s makeup and tells a lot of its current residents.

5. Great drives

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The winding roads twisting up and down the mountains are a lot of fun to drive – perfect for motorcycles too. Marysville is 418m above sea level, so the drive up from Melbourne along the road called the Black Spur is world class motoring fun.

When we checked in at the Vibe, Darren at reception described the Black Spur “like something out of Jurassic Park.” And you wouldn’t be totally surprised to see a T Rex leap out from behind the towering forest that surrounds this amazing road.

Marysville and the Yarra Ranges National Park really are stunning places to visit. Especially to have this so close to Melbourne’s doorstep, this is a must if you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway from Melbourne’s city limits.

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Have you been to Marysville? Where do you go to get away from it all? Tell us in the comments!

We love travelling around Australia, visiting regional towns and exploring the countryside. Check out some of the other places we’ve been to recently:

7 reasons to visit Daylesford, Vic.

48 hours in Orange, NSW.

Why you should visit Mudgee, NSW right now.

 

Images by Mrs Romance using an OM-D E-M10 Olympus camera, Lake Mountain image by Long Zheng. We travelled as guests of TFE Hotels.

7 Comments

  • Oh my goodness you guys, crazy beautiful photos! Take me there now. Please! x
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    • Reply September 2, 2015

      Mr Romance

      It’s so beautiful there, Sonia. You’d absolutely love it. The trees are amazing. Funny thing: we very very nearly missed our flight because – being professional bloggers – we left the camera at home. Mrs R trooped back into town to get it and got back to the airport in the nick of time. Otherwise all these pics would’ve been iPhone shots!
      Jxx

  • Love this post and your photos are incredible.

    We are huge fans of neighbouring Healesville but haven’t been back to Marysville post Black Sunday. A friend lost his Dad in the fires there that day and I felt sad about returning to a place that I once visited and enjoyed so much. We spent an awesome Easter there with a big group of friends before kids and loved visiting for the day as well.

    This post though is what I needed to see and read. We live only an hour or so away and really should be getting back there again – if not only for the incredible drive through the Black Spur.
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    • Reply September 2, 2015

      Mr Romance

      The area has really got back on its feet, Vanessa. You can still see the scars, and it’ll probably never be the same again, but Marysville and its people are real fighters and have done a great job recovering. It’s so sad to hear about your friend’s dad. Must have been so horrible. As I said in the post, we really weren’t sure what to expect but when we got there, it felt right to enjoy our time in such a lovely place and yet balance it with a bit of contemplation for everything that’s happened there.
      Definitely worth you going back. It’ll bring back a lot of memories by the sounds – some good, some bad – but I’ll bet you’ll get a lot out of it.
      Oh, and that drive: absolutely awesome!
      Jxx

  • WOW! Looks absolutely amazing! So very pretty!!
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    • Reply September 2, 2015

      Mr Romance

      It’s absolutely stunning here, Kat. A really lovely spot. Definitely worth a visit!
      Jxx

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