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Tallarook, Victoria

Tallarook, Victoria

By on Oct 2, 2013 in Townships

Located at the base of the majestic Tallarook Ranges, is the serene township of Tallarook which supports plentiful wildlife and farming properties. The Tallarook State Forest is a popular area for adrenaline junkies, the area covers  1500 hectares of land which is a perfect place for camping, biking, hang gliding, rock climbing, car and motorcycling touring, horse riding and bushwalking. One of the most popular spots in the area is Mt Hickey, otherwise know as Mount Tallarook, this is the highest point in the area and it offers breathtaking scenery. Nestled on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the town of Tallarook was formerly a central to the territories of the Goulburn Aboriginal tribes, they coined the term Tallarook which means ‘call of the wattle birds’. For more information about the town and surrounds please contact the friendly staff of the Seymour Visitor Information Centre, located in the Old Court House on Emily Street, Seymour, Victoria. Telephone: 03 5799 0233 Email:...

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Yea, Victoria

By on Oct 2, 2013 in Townships

Planning your visit to Yea will be a breeze, especially if you contact or drop by at the Yea Visitor Information Centre, conveniently located at the rear of Marmalades Cafe, 20 High St, Yea, Victoria 3717. Busy? Just Phone them at  03 5797 2663 or send them an email: yvic@bigpond.com. Yea is a delightful township found in the north east of  Victoria, just over 100 Kms from Melbourne and 35 minutes from the Hume Hwy. Yea is a popular tourist destination with many travelers stopping for the fine food, restaurants and cafes as they explore the region.  The Yea Accommodation styles range from hotels, motels, caravan parks, b&b’s and cottages. You can find out more by calling the Yea Visitor Information Center. Please Note: Our New Visitor Information Center concept plans can be seen in the following image, this center will be open early next year, so watch this space. Yea is the perfect place to indulge in that weekend getaway, being so close to Melbourne. The many accommodation styles in yea ensure that everyone’s needs are catered for. Yea is surrounded by rivers, streams, wetlands, hills and valleys and has the longest rail trail passing right through the Yea Township. You can discover an entirely new experience riding your bikes through the country side of Yea either to Yarck, Alexandra, Mansfield or to Seymour.  No matter what the direction the scenery and experience will impress upon your memories. Yea has a very impressive hidden secret… just on the Northern side of the Yea Township you will find the Yea Wetlands. The ephemeral Yea Wetlands is situated on 32ha of crown land between two branches of the Yea River.  The Yea Wetlands is cared for by a committee of management and some very proud and enthusiastic community members who have attracted funding to create beautiful improvements  that deliver ecological, social and economic benefits to the environment and community. You can find in the wetlands of Yea, the fossils of some of the earliest known land plants in the world, dating back 400 million years ago! Also keep an eye out for the sacred Kingfisher as you meander along the beautiful boardwalks. The Yea Wetlands is a must see for visitors planning a trip...

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Molesworth, Victoria

Molesworth, Victoria

By on Oct 2, 2013 in Townships

‘Molesworth Scenic Trail’ is a hidden treasure that meanders along Molesworth/Dropmore Road starting at the Goulburn Valley Highway and heading towards Caveat, Highlands High country. From the Caveat end of the road you can then go full circle back through Yea or Yarck. This 14 km scenic country lane takes you back in time as it travels along the beautiful Goulburn river flats and then winds its way up into the breath taking High Country. It wends its way slowly over creeks that sparkle with a tempting golden glitter in the sunlight. It travels along the side of rocky outcrops with cascading waterfalls spectacular after local rainfall. All the time takes you through the wooded hills and hidden valleys. With a rich treasure of wildlife visitors often stumble across a wallaby grazing along the side of the road or a wombat heading somewhere with serious intent. Occasionally echidnas can be seen going about daily business or bluetongues sunbaking in the morning rays. Koalas are often seen snoozing in the trees or at certain times of the year the thick clouds of butterflies can extend for hundreds of metres. The views, the bush smells, the sounds of birds just take your breath away and leave you with a heartfelt experience. There is so much to experience that it’s worth a day trip to take your time and explore Molesworth Scenic Trail. Have lunch or tea at the local pub and stay at ‘Bonnie Brae Farmstay’ or Molesworth hotel for the night before continuing your...

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Alexandra, Victoria

By on Oct 2, 2013 in Townships

Planning your visit to Alexandra will be a breeze, especially if you contact or drop by at the Alexandra Visitor Information Centre, conveniently llocated at 36 Grant Street, Alexandra. Busy? Just Phone them at  03 5772 1100 or send them an email: alexvic@virtual.com. Alexandra, Victoria, Australia is a town blessed with quaint historic village, breathtaking mountain ranges and majestic waterways. Alexandra offer lots of attractions, a wide array of affordable yet comfortable accommodations, heaps of things to do, great choices of places to eat, and excitingevents that you won’t dare miss. Walk leisurely along the wide tree-lined streets of Alexandra there you’ll see their post office, national bank and law courts, and discover the towns heritage buildings and monuments. Revive the past at the Timber Tramway and Museum (located at the Alexandra Railway Station) that displaysartefacts from the timber industry of the last century. There you can see a recreation of the bush sawmill and tramway era of the Rubicon valley from 1900 to 1950. Enjoy the walk through unruffled bushland, native wildlife and scenic views of Mt Buller on the trails of Lake Eildon National Park. For watersport enthusiasts, sail around Lake Eildon in a rented houseboat, relax and enjoy the view or experience the thrill of water sports like waterskiing, kayaking and wakeboarding. You’ll find some of the best trout fishing spots in Victoria in the nearby waterways, especially the Goulburn River and Eildon Pondage. The striking Cathedral Range State Park offers invigorating hikes to the furrowed pinnacles for wonderful views over the valleys and farmland, you can also try rock climbing for more adrenalin rush. Fishing and camping are other popular activities that can be enjoyed in this park. There is a local market on the second Saturday of each month known as the Community Produce & Craft Market from September to May, an annual art show at Easter, an agricultural show and rose festival in November, and the annual Truck, Rod and Ute Show in June. Alexandra has a horse racing club which schedules around four race meetings a year including one on New Years Day and the Alexandra Cup meeting in March. Golfers play at the Alexandra Golf Club on Gordon Street,or at the course of the Stonelea Country Estate on Connellys Creek Road. You can take a ride on a locomotive or join in the fun of the local community market. Birdwatching enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to McKenzies Reserve, which is home to many species of native birds. Alexandra is just 130 kilometres from Melbourne along the Maroondah Highway. Stop off and enjoy one of the many wineries in the district or treat the...

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Yarck, Victoria

By on Oct 2, 2013 in Townships

Yarck offers a unique Australian high country experience you don’t want to miss. Yarck is an extended farming community, just 90 minutes north east from Melbourne and is slowly gaining popularity as a weekend destination. This page provides information about the area, plus the best food, attractions and activities around the township. The Yarck Hotel T: 5773 4226 – Bike friendly The Yarck Hotel/Pub is a friendly, country pub that serve hardy, quality meals. The Hotel has a special $20 lunch menu and is Bike Friendly.  Don’t miss pot and parma on Thursday nights, it’s always very popular with the locals. The pub caters for functions, events and parties. The Yarck Hotel is open Wed – Sun visit www.yarckhotel.com.au for more details  T: 5773 4226 The Yarck General Store – T: 5773 4204 Bike Friendly In the hub of the Yarck Township  ‘The Yarck General Store’  is famous for it’s pies. The General store is bike friendly and is open 7 days a week. They have a wide range of delicious pies, cold drinks and great coffee. Most importantly, they are a bike friendly tourism store. The Giddy Goat Café – NOT bike friendly – AVOID THIS PLACE BIKERS STAY CLEAR OF THIS ONE – ‘The Giddy Goat Café’  has had terrible reviews from rail trail riders  and bikers have experienced that the cafe is anything but bike friendly.  The owner does not like you using her toilets or filling up your water bottles and doesn’t hold back telling riders!  So if you are a bike rider, head across the road to the Yarck General Store for a warmer welcome to Yarck.  The Giddy Goat Cafe Is not always open, she has her 2 untrained dogs in the back eating area outside who are often licking the plates from customers who have finished their meals.    Staying in Yarck – what accommodation is there? ‘The Churches’ – T: 5773 4233 Offer luxury accommodation with breakfast. These old Churches have been fully renovated into beautiful B&B’s. It’s really worth spoiling yourself for the weekend. Yarck Hotel – T: 5773 4226 The Yarck Hotel has 2 small rooms that are available for $60 a night. They are basic, but comfortable and...

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Merton, Victoria

Merton, Victoria

By on Oct 2, 2013 in Townships

Merton is a small town on the west of Bonnie Doon. It is one of the gateways to Mansfield Shire and is the first town you’ll came across when approaching the Shire from Melbourne.  Set on the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges in north-east of Victoria. To the Southeast lies Lake Eildon, and it is also near to Mount Samaria State Park. It is approximately a two hour drive to Melbourne, going via the Kinglake National Park. Merton is about 15 km from Alexandra, 18 km from Euroa, and 22 km from Mansfield. There are lots of things to see and do in and around the town as it is located close to Strathbogie Ranges, Harrops Folly Sanctuary, Mount Paradox, Merton Creek and Kippings Bridge. A wide range of accommodation and places to eat is also available. Merton is a town for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and peace seekers. Merton is for all travelers alike. Visit Merton...

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