With the mercury at an all year low, it is all too easy to hibernate and live in denial that winter is actually happening.
We are very fortunate to live in such an amazing city that is surrounded by great places to visit all year round.
The G mob and I decided to take winter by the horns and recently headed to Marysville for the weekend.
The main purpose of the trip was to take the kids on the annual pilgrimage to play in the snow – granted it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but Mr G and I love it and want to share our love of winter with them. Marysville is the perfect location as it’s the launch pad to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort.
Located on 90 minutes from Melbourne, this picturesque town has something for everyone all year round.
In previous years, we have done a day trip which is very easy and not too stressful. However, this year we decided to spend a weekend up there to have a better look around.
We went with another family and so found accommodation located in the town centre that slept all of us. Claire Keppel Cottage is part of the Marysville Caravan and Holiday Park and is one of the few houses that survived the fires in 2009.
This basic accommodation was perfect for all of us and provided us with all that we needed for the weekend. Located within in easy walking distance of the bakery, cafes, restaurants and shops, it is ideal for a young family.
Marysville has a wide range of accommodation available to suit all budgets.
LAKE MOUNTAIN ALPINE RESORT
The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is an ideal place to take kids for a spot of tobogganing and general snow play as well as ski school, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Yet again, we were not disappointed.
With only a 25-minute drive from Marysville to the Resort, we spent the best part of the day having lots of snow fun.
It cost $56 per car to enter the resort. You are also required to carry chains as the weather can turn very quickly. Chains can be hire from shops on the way in to Maysville or in the actual town itself.
The resort has great facilities including toboggan hire, café, Bistro, toilets, retail store and extremely helpful staff.
To get the most out of your day, I would strongly recommend that you get the right gear. Let’s face it, no-one likes to be cold. You can either hire ski boots, pants, coats and gloves or else look at second hand sales, Aldi Ski Sale and specialist stores. Failing that ask around amongst your friends and family to see what you can borrow.
THINGS TO SEE IN MARYSVILLE
BRUNOS ART & SCULPTURES GARDEN
Talented local artist, Bruno has dedicated his love of art and the great outdoors with a spectacular garden dotted with art and sculptures that will make even a non-arty type excited.
Bruno rebuilt his hoe and gallery following the devastating bush fires in 2009 and what an amazing job he has done.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy walking through the magical garden.
Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm.
51 Falls Road, Marysville
Located only a 4KM drive from Marysville centre, this jaw dropping water fall is a great place for the whole family to explore. Complete with walking tracks, stairs and bridges, this natural wonder has everyone in awe.
Other places of interest include:
- Playground in the town
- Public Outdoor swimming pool
- Buxton Ridge Winery
- Marysville Community Golf and Bowls Club
- Photo exhibition of the fires
- And so much more…
Marysville has a good choice of eateries which mostly seem family friendly.
There is so much that Marysville has to offer that a weekend doesn’t seem to do it justice.
So, why not head up there and see for yourselves what this gem of a town has to offer?