Surrounded by beautiful sub-alpine mountain country, Marysville is the perfect romantic honeymoon getaway.
Nestled in the valley beside Melbourne’s closest ski fields, Marysville is surrounded by waterfalls and forests of mountain ash.
As a village of four seasons, Marysville is identified by signature russet colours in autumn, glistening snow in winter, vibrant wildflower blooms in spring and cool forest scents in summer.
The surrounding countryside is a haven for bushwalkers, horse riders and scenic attractions and is home to many old-fashioned timber guesthouses, many of which are finely furnished to reflect the decor and charm of their original elegance.
Stroll down the main street beneath century-old oak trees and past gardens alive with blossoms of dogwood, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Browse the art and crafts shops for locally made products or sample traditional sweets at the old-style Lolly Shop.
Drive along Lady Talbot Drive through a eucalyptus forest and, after a picnic lunch, take a forest trail to see waterfalls and panoramic views. Indulge in a candle-lit gourmet dinner in front of an open fire for that perfect romantic moment.
For another romantic highlight try a moonlight walk to see the magnificent Stevenson Falls – at 82m, these falls are one of the highest in Victoria; dramatic by day, the cascade is spectacular by night when the falls are floodlit.
Discover a choice of must-see attractions in and around Marysville, including the following…
Discover the spectacular beauty of Australia's premier cross-country ski resort in winter or summer.
In winter, the plateau (between 1330m and 1490m high) is blanketed in snow. In spring, the 40km of well-marked ski trails become great walking tracks and challenging mountain bike rides.
Pack a picnic, find a peaceful spot along one of the bush trails and experience the stunning alpine beauty of gum woodland, which is coloured with bright wildflowers from spring to summer.
Follow the Cumberland Walk to the Big Tree, the tallest living tree known in Victoria; walk to Cora Lynn Falls, a stunning cascade set in a picture-perfect setting of ferns, myrtle beech and mountain ash; and don’t miss the stand of old growth mountain ash, one of the tallest tree species in the world.
Or take the Beeches Rainforest Walk, a spectacular 4km circuit through ancient rainforests.
Surrounded by scenic countryside, Healesville is an important food and wine centre that provides a year-round opportunity to sample local wines: check out Rochford Wines, Domaine Chandon and Coldstream Hills.
Visit the award-winning Healesville Sanctuary, home to more than 200 species of Australian native animals. Ride a motorised open-air trolley along the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway; the original trolleys were used by workmen checking the line.
Enjoy a picnic at the tranquil Badger Weir Park then take a short stroll through fern gullies and mountain ash.
Get lost within the Hedgend Maze and browse for bargains in antique and local handicraft galleries or the Healesville River Street Market. Don’t miss the annual Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival in February.
Wander through the 30ha natural bush setting and watch birds and animals living in their native habitats. Get up close to more than 200 species of Australian wildlife, including platypus, koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, wombats and eagles.
See colourful king parrots and the helmeted honeyeater – Victoria’s bird emblem and an endangered species – in the Flooded Forest Aviary.
Glimpse a platypus at the nocturnal creek habitat, complete with living ferns, mosses and lichens growing above pools and waterfalls then catch the spectacular ‘Birds of Prey’ presentation, starring the peregrine falcon as it dives from the top of a gum tree, and the wedge-tailed eagle with its 2m wingspan.
The former gold rush town is regarded as one of the most picturesque places in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region.
Surrounded by lush, tall forests of mountain ash, Warburton has also made a name for itself as a place of wellbeing – offering alternative medicines and therapies. Swim and fish in local rivers or view wildlife on a night tour in the Upper Yarra Reservoir Park.
Cycle the scenic 38km Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail or experience one of the many forest walks from Warburton into forests of mountain ash and myrtle beech rainforest, such as the walk to LaLa Falls.
Stroll out into the canopies of giant eucalyptus trees along the treetop skywalk at Mount Donna Buang Rainforest Gallery. Browse handicrafts at the Yarra Valley Showcase or Brittania Creek Glass.
Discover an ideal base for enjoying cellar door tastings and sampling local produce. Here it’s easy to meet the winemakers of some the state’s best-known and award-winning wineries, including Yering Station, De Bortoli and TarraWarra Estate winery.
You can also experience the vineotherapy treatment at Natskin at Balgownie Estate. Visit the region's only ‘pioneer’ working farm, enjoy a sunrise balloon flight over the picturesque valley or walk the 18km trail in Sugarloaf Reservoir Park.
Indulge in a relaxing spa at the Immerse Spa and Winery, experience the Yarra Valley Horse and Harness race meets and find handmade treasures at the Yarra Glen Craft Market on the first Sunday of each month.
Mix luxury with romance and pamper yourselves with accommodation that includes luxuriously appointed spa suites with fabulous views of the mountains in Victoria’s Great Dividing Range.
Anytime, but particularly colourful in spring (September to November).
Summer temperatures average 21°C (70°F) (December to February) while winter averages 9°C (48°F) (June and August).
Marysville is around 105km (65mi) east of Melbourne, about 1 hour 30 minutes by car.
Melbourne – the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Victoria – is located on Port Phillip Bay in the southeastern part of mainland Australia.
The most convenient route to Melbourne, from overseas and interstate, is by air to Melbourne Airport (MEL), known locally as Tullamarine Airport, located 23km (14mi) northwest of the city centre.
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Latest update: Marysville Honeymoon Guide: 24 May, 2022