Activities & Attractions
Yarra Valley and beyond
The Yarra Valley is a world class, world renowned wine region, with a myriad of attractions and reminiscent of Bordeaux or Burgundy in the South of France, or the Tuscany region of Northern Italy. It is a place of unspoilt pristine beauty, where the water and the air are clean and crisp, the views spectacular and the friendly ambience invites you to just rest for a while, kick back and savour the very best of this region.
Whether you travel the highways or the back roads you will be able to experience award winning wines, dine in fabulous restaurants, sample over 70 cellar doors, including just to name a few; Domaine Chandon, Rochford, Innocent Bystander, Boat O’Craigo or Buxton Ridge the closest cellar door to Woodlands. While you’re here also travel the Cider and Ale Trail, to explore the many cider houses and micro-brewery or for something completely different visit the new gin distillery, Four Pillars in Healesville.
Picture yourself enjoying a breathtaking balloon ride over the Valley; our guests choose Go Wild Ballooning, and love to share stories of their magnificent early morning flights.
Don’t miss watching the chocolatiers creating their magnificent sweet delights at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, wander through the stunning TarraWarra Museum of Art or catch your very own fish for dinner at the Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm, they are great cooked on the BBQ on your private deck.
Experience Lake Mountain Melbourne’s closest Alpine Resort, a year round natural wonder with excellent walking trails in summer and cross country skiing in winter. Don’t miss the boating and fishing waterways of Lake Eildon, Victoria’s second largest body of water (after Port Phillip Bay).
Visit the “Land of the giant’s” at Cambarville, this is the site of some of Victoria’s tallest trees. Walk through the magnificent old growth Eucalypt forests, find waterfalls and lush glades of Tree Ferns and be amazed by the giant mountain Ash trees.
Take time to explore the many quaint villages of the region but don’t miss while in the area: Narbethong on our door step. Have a meal at The Black Spur Inn – tell the Kennedy’s you’re staying at Woodlands; they will look after you. Relax at White Lotus Day Spa and Gift Shop. Diane offers the most amazing treatments. Evergreen Winery Tours offer private wine tours and pickup from Woodlands. Farm Gate sales along the regional Food Trails are a great experience.
Marysville a beautiful mountain village with its famous Lolly Shop and Produce store, visit Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden, a world class tourism experience, Bruno’s magnificent picture book is on the coffee table in our cottages. Wander up to the beautiful Stevenson’s Falls – they are flood lit at night. Take a stroll along one of the many walking tracks then relax with a coffee at Fraga’s or the Marysville Bakery. Enjoy a drink and meal at the Duck Inn pub. Have a round of golf at the picturesque Marysville Golf Course or experience Crystal Journey for all things crystal.
Healesville a buzzing tourist town situated along the shady tree-lined boulevard, with many speciality shops and cafes, wonderful produce stores such as Kitchen and Butcher, Healesville Harvest, and our favourite Innocent Bystander for great coffee, cheese, and wine. Healesville Hotel boasts winner of the best regional restaurant of the year again this year and has a coveted chef’s hat. Spend some time exploring Healesville Sanctuary or lose yourself in Hedgend Maze.
Must do activities while in the area
If markets are your thing we have some of the country’s finest
Yarra Glen Craft Market – 1st Sunday of the month held @ Yarra Glen Racecourse (closed July and August)
Yarra Valley Farmers Market – 3rd Saturday of the month held @ Yering Station in the Barn
Healesville Community Market – 1st Sunday of the month held in the car park in River Street, Healesville
Healesville Racecourse Market – 3rd Sunday of the month held @ Healesville Racecourse (closed June, July and August)
Healesville Organic Farmers Market every Saturday morning at the old Healesville Railway Station Alexandra Market – 2nd Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm @Alexandra Timber Tramway, Station Street, Alexandra Bollygum Community Market – 2nd Sunday of the month 10am – 2pm @40 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake Flowerdale Community Market – 3rd Sunday of the month 9am – 1pm @ Flowerdale Community Hall, Yea Whittlesea Road, Flowerdale
Kinglake Produce and Artisan Market – 4th Sunday of the month (held on 3rd Sunday in December) 10am – 2pm @19 Whittlesea Kinglake Road, Kinglake
Marysville Market – 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month 9am – 1pm @ Murchison Street, Marysville
Taggerty 4 Seasons Market – Saturday of: Australia Day, Easter, Queen’s Birthday and Melbourne Cup weekends 9am – 1pm @3 Taggerty-Thornton Road, Taggerty
Yarck Country Market – 3rd Saturday of the month 9am – 1.30pm @ Yarck Hall, Maroondah Highway, Yarck
Yea Railway Market – 1st Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm @ Yea Railway Reserve, Station Street, Yea
Scenic Self-Drives from Woodlands
Narbethong > Marysville > Cambarville>Woods Point & return (half day plus stops).
Take a picnic lunch, we can organise one for you and fully enjoy the Land of the Giants at Cambarville.
Narbethong>Marysville>Lake Mountain & return (half day plus stops).
Lunch on Lake Mountain or in Marysville or better still have a late lunch at The Black Spur Inn on the way back to Woodlands.
Narbethong > Acheron Way > Warburton > Healesville > Black Spur, a great loop drive back to Woodlands.
The Black Spur is one of the world’s most spectacular scenic drives take your time and really drink it in, open your window and breath. Enjoy lunch at Wild Time Café in Warburton or one of the many great Café’s in Healsville.
Narbethong > Taggerty > Thornton > Lake Eildon and return (half day plus stops).
Take a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and spend time by the water. Buy some locally grown meat at The Thornton Butcher on your way back, great on the BBQ.
Narbethong > Alexandra > Yea > Flowerdale > Kinglake (the long way back to Melbourne – two hours plus stops).
If you’ve got some time have lunch in Yea at the Gallery 34 they host many brilliant exhibitions as well as serving great food.
Local Restaurants, Cafés and Bars we love
The Black Spur Inn open all day every day for regionally inspired meals featuring fresh local produce. Tell the Kennedy’s you’re staying at Woodlands; they will look after you.
Radius Bar & Grill at Vibe Hotel, showcasing the best regional produce sourced within a 100km radius, open for dinner every day.
Fraga’s Café – is great for coffee and is open every day from 9.00am til 4.30pm.
The Duck Inn pub – enjoy a drink or two in a friendly atmosphere with a fantastic menu and great service.
The Healesville Hotel Dining Room is the winner of the best regional restaurant of the year again this year and has a converted chef’s hat. It is open every day, for lunch and dinner, specialises in sharing plates . Serves excellent pub fair.
Innocent Bystander Café @ Giant Steps Winery this buzzy eatery is lots of fun. They offer wood fired pizza and so much more, all day every day
Herd Bar and Café a new addition to the area is well worth a visit, open everyday.
Levantine Hill – enjoy lunch at Ezard’s signature restaurant where the exquisite food offerings are perfectly paired with their array of wines.
The Corner Hotel Alexandra, an old favourite in the district, is open daily.