Marysville is about a 2-hour drive from Melbourne up the Black Spur. The website says 90 minutes but with the way people drive up and down the black spur that extra half an hour is spent avoiding an accident.
Set at the base of Victorias Alpine Range Marysville was hit hard in the 2009 Black Saturday fires. Now it has fresh greenery bringing the town back to life. Mark and I both had the same RDO this week so we decided a day trip was in order.
Marysville; What to do.
Heading up to Marysville I had an idea of what was available a few years ago. I didn’t bother to look up what was there now and I should have googled. Being a Friday the basic stores were open but there is nowhere as many stores as there once was pre-Black Saturday.
Steavensons Falls is a short drive from the town centre. You can walk it if you like that sort of thing. Since we had decided to do the short hike to the top of the falls we skipped the hour walk for a 9-minute drive. If you’re not a hiking person you can visit the base of the falls and enjoy them from the bottom. You still get some nice views of the valley. The hike to the top is signed as 15-30 minutes, it took us about 35 stopping frequently for photos. Being winter it was very slippery and muddy. The hike to the top provides some amazing views with plenty of safe viewing areas.
Being winter it was very slippery and muddy. The hike to the top provides some amazing views with plenty of safe viewing areas.
In the town, there are a few places to grab coffee and food. During the week the restaurants have a very specific opening and closing times. We grabbed coffee at the bakery and grabbed an early dinner on the way home.
We visited Bruno’s Art and Sculpture Garden. The Gardens are open to the public and many sculptures were lost on Black Saturday. Bruno has invested a lot of time restoring the sculptures in the garden. All throughout the garden, there are before and after photos of the fire damage.
You can easily get to Lake Mountain to enjoy the snow from Marysville. Marysville accommodation starts from $200 through Hotels Combined***.