Activities and Attractions
Although Woodlands is a destination in itself, there is so much to see and do whilst visiting the region. The township of Healesville offers a great selection of restaurants, cafes and shops open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Healesville Sanctuary is a great way to spend a few hours getting up close with the exhibits.
Hedge End Maze nearby is a delight for those that wish to try their hand at escaping a full sized maze. If you’d rather a lazy lunch or dinner, head to any number of dining options scattered the length of the main street in town. The choice is all yours.
The Healesville Hotel dining room offers a mouth watering menu in an elegant setting, as well as their Kitchen and Butcher store next door, offering a stunning array of meats and cheeses, pickles relishes and artisan breads, along with other local delicacies and a selection of fabulous kitchenware available for purchase.
There are a host of wineries that make up the vast wine region of the Yarra Valley, each offering their own array of wines and dining options. On the outskirts of Healesville you will find Rochford Winery, venue for the Day on the Green series of concerts through the warmer months, with some big names appearing and attractive concert packages on offer.
An elegant degustation lunch or dinner at Ezard at Levantine Hill signature restaurant and winery with its stunning decor and exquisite menu is an experience not to be missed. Also on offer is an all day dining menu for a more casual experience. Tastings are available from the cellar door and they offer an excellent selection of wines. For an outstanding and unforgettable experience, bespoke helicopter tours depart from Woodlands direct to Levantine Hill.
Tarrawarra Museum of art and winery are a short distance from Healesville for art lovers that also appreciate their wine. These are just a few of the boutique wineries throughout the Yarra Valley, all offering something different with a variety of choices to please the fussiest of palettes.
And whilst you’re in the valley, don’t forget to visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie to sample and pick up a few sweet treats en route!
After discovering the delights of the Yarra Valley, you traverse the magnificent Black Spur scenic drive – 20 kilometers of towering Mountain Ash, giant tree ferns, twists and turns and breath taking scenery to the small town of Narbethong, gateway to the Murrindindi shire, with a roadhouse for fuel and supplies on your way in. Once you have settled in to your cottage at Woodlands, there is no need to leave town for a top quality restaurant meal. Our partners at the Black Spur Inn offer a cosy restaurant or more casual bar setting complete with roaring Coonaras if you’d like to dine out in an enchanting, historic country inn. Also offering a courtesy vehicle with a pick up and drop off service to your door, there is no need to drive and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the fabulous cuisine, warm hospitality…and an extra glass of your favorite tipple.
This side of the Black Spur another world of discovery awaits. Nestled within stunning mountain ranges and forests, there are endless mountain hikes to choose from, many mapped for your convenience, offering challenges for the first timer all the way to the experienced bush walker. Bike riding (both the pedal and engine powered) offers a host of tracks, as well as road trips. Forests are scattered with beautiful picnic spots, amazing scenery and fresh air and water in spades.
The quaint town of Marysville is the home of Stephensons Falls – Victoria’s highest waterfall. Flood lit at night, it’s a sight to behold and well worth a visit.
Whilst in Marysville, why not visit Bruno’s Sculpture Gardens. With acres of gardens and quirky sculptures amidst the forest, Brunos remains a popular tourist attraction for all that visit.
MIRA information centre in the heart of town will assist with any questions you may have, maps and information to make your stay perfect.
There are limited dining options available in Marysville, with many businesses lost to the 2009 Black Saturday fires. However the little town has rebuilt and there are several places to head to for lunch or dinner or to buy supplies. All offer scrumptious menus that change seasonally, in a friendly and warm environment. Country hospitality the way it should be and always has been.
Lake Mountain Ski Resort is a short half hour drive away and is open all year round, with cross country skiing on groomed trails to tobogganing for the young (and young at heart) during the winter months, and a range of activities available during the summer months, with mountain biking, laser skirmish, tube run and a flying fox to name a few.
Less than an hour’s drive away, the popular tourist destination of Lake Eildon awaits. Water lovers flock to Lake Eildon in the summer months, with boating, skiing and fishing enthusiasts taking to the water in droves.
The nearby town of Alexandra also offers a well stocked and busy supermarket, as well as a selection of shops to pick up supplies on your way through. With a chemist, bakery, green grocer and butcher, everything you need for your holiday can be picked up in one stop. There are four pubs in town, as well as a selection of cafes and take away shops also, so you wont be short for a place to stop for lunch or dinner.
Murrindindi also offers a selection of boutique, family owned wineries to visit if the bigger Yarra Valley wineries aren’t your thing, so don’t forget to explore all avenues for a great day out in the local area.
With only one web page to try and outline the endless activities that await, it would be impossible to include all the places of interest within one web page, however we do guarantee that if it’s fresh air, stunning scenery, peace and quiet and a relaxing break less than two hours’ drive from Melbourne CBD, you will have have come to the right place.
We hope you enjoy your stay…
2nd Saturday of the month
9am – 1pm Alexandra Timber Tramway, Station Street, Alexandra
Come and enjoy the atmosphere catering for all tastes and interests featuring plants, herbs, local produce, unique handicrafts, bric-a-brac and collectables. Refreshments available with a coffee cart, BBQ and cold drinks. Free entry and parking and for a small donation, enjoy a train ride around the historic Alexandra Tramway grounds.
Jane 0427 509 988
Bollygum Community Market
2nd Sunday of the month
9am – 1pm Bollygum Park, 40 Whittlesea – Kinglake Rd, Kinglake
The kids can play in the unique adventure playground as you soak up the market’s relaxing atmosphere, search for special treasures, try fantastic local produce and much much more.
Cheryl 5786 1696
Flowerdale Community Market
3rd Sunday of the month
9am – 1pm Flowerdale Community Hall,
Yea – Whittlesea Road, Flowerdale
Country market stalls with arts, crafts, vegies, plants, bric-a-brac and lots more. Hot food, Devonshire teas and cold drinks available. New stall holders welcome, $10 a stall.
Alison 5780 1223
Kinglake Produce & Artisan Market
4th Sunday of the month
9am – 2pm Kinglake Township
Cnr Heidelburg-Kinglake Rd &Healesville-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake
Traditional produce market. Buy direct from the grower, producer or maker. Producers offer the best local, fresh, seasonal produce. Includes displays from many talented local artists.
Robyn 5786 1976
Marysville Community Market
2nd & 4th Sunday of the month
9am – 1pm Murchison Street, Marysville
Crafts, gifts, clothing, plants, soap, preserves, jams, chutneys, olive oil, honey, fresh fruit and vegetables and wine. Additional stallholders invited.
Louise 0405 146 961
Yarck Country Market
3rd Saturday of the month
9am – 1.30pm Yarck Hall, Maroondah Highway, Yarck
The market helps to fund the hall maintenance and provides an outlet for local produce, jams, craft, plants and wines.