Marysville, built in 1863 to service the local goldfields and once famous for its 1920s village charm, was devastated in the February 2009 bushfires. The gateway to Melbourne’s closest ski fields is in the midst of rebuilding and is welcoming visitors back to the region’s accommodation, restaurants and natural attractions.
From Melbourne, drive along the famous Black Spur through majestic mountain ash and lush tree ferns, and play a part in the recovery of Marysville. You’ll be right on the doorstep of the Yarra Ranges National Park, which is the perfect place to slow down and get back to nature.
Look out for colourful birdlife on a bushwalk through the National Park, and visit one of the thundering waterfalls in the surrounding area. Drive to nearby Cathedral Range State Park, wander through 100-metre high mountain ash and tree ferns and explore the spectacular seven-kilometre ridge of upturned sedimentary rock.
It’s also just a short drive from Marysville to Lake Mountain, Melbourne's closest alpine resort, which is much loved for Cross Country skiing, tobogganing and all kinds of snow activities. When the weather warms up, you can witness the remarkable regeneration of the bush on walks along broad tracks. Mountain biking is becoming very popular and, if you relish a personal test, take on the 7 Peaks Ascent Challenge at Lake Mountain.