Leave the city far behind and enjoy the green scapes of the Yarra Valley. Hit the outer east of Melbourne (take the M3 to Lilydale and then the Maroondah Highway – B360 veers left as you leave Lilydale) where this road trip unfolds through open pastures, extended views of symmetrical vineyards (a real treat to view in autumn) and lush forests.
With a gently sloping gradient arrive ‘up in the hills’ passing through quaint townships such as Healesville. Stop along the way and enjoy some wine tasting – there are more than 90 wineries in the region, and the cellar door experience is unparalleled.
Past Healesville, Mountain Ash, flowering gums, Myrtle and tree ferns rise up on both sides of the road providing a sheltered drive that is cool in summer, misty in winter and delightful any other time of the year. Keep an eye out for the locals – there’s flora and fauna aplenty in this natural habitat for Australian wildlife.
In Marysville, stop for a famous Devonshire tea or bakery stock up, visit the art gallery MiRA, take a walk to Steavenson Falls to stretch your legs, and enjoy this charming village that has literally been rebuilt from the ashes of the 2009 bushfires. Turn a road trip into an overnight stay at a gorgeous B&B or take a night to appreciate the contemporary luxury of the 4.5 star hotel Vibe – it’s all there!
Take your time, this drive has expected treasures along the way and cannot be rushed.
Stops along the way at: Too many to mention but highlights of your trip are Healesville, Narbethong and your destination Marysville
Distance: approx. 100 km one way from Melbourne CDB (via M3, to B360)
Time: around I hour 50 mins one way
Terrain: Sealed roads, winding sections on the Black Spur
Note: Mobile phone reception may be intermittent in mountainous areas