Summer is definitely here! With a few hot days behind us, and more to come, we thought we'd put together some ideas on how to stay cool in the Yarra Valley this summer.
Seville Water Play Park is fun for both little and big kids. Yarra Valley's first water play park is located next to the township of Seville and the Seville Recreation Reserve. The water jets operate daily during the Summer months and there's a free barbeque available. Find a Magic Button to trigger the first of 15 water jet sequences and discover the beauty and simplicity of the Archimedes screw. Slowly turn the handle and enjoy the soft tinkling of water or turn faster and create a fast flow through the canal rapids. The kids will enjoy exploring the rockery, and the surrounding native gardens and open grassed picnic areas
Yarra Ranges Museum is open daily. With engaging exhibitions, a kid appropraite gift store and a fabulous cafe Museum Harvest Cafe, all with wonderful airconditioning so you can easily spend hours here. The current Shaun Tan exhibition, The Lost Thing: From Book to Film, is being loved by all ages and has a competition running all holidays 'Create Your Own Lost Thing'. It's open for everyone with the age groupings being; 3-7, 8-12, 13 -17 and 18 and above. The prize is a $50 gift voucher for the Museum shop and the winner will be chosen on the 30th January. Cool fun for all the family!
Warburton is backed by the tree lined Yarra River at it's most delicious and cool - especially with an icecream in your hand! With the 3 km Yarra River Walk meandering through the town itself, before swinging past a number of river crossings such as Story Reserve’s famous swing bridge, the region has much to offer any visitor on a hot summer's day. Grab a cold drink, lunch or a quick coffee from the Warburton Pantry and enjoy the shady areas along the bank of the river. Just know you'll be sharing the space with the local ducks who enjoy going out for a cool dip too! There are some wonderful leafy walks to be done plus the stunning Redwood Forest to visit in East Warburton.
Cool down in Healesville. The outdoor pool is open from December through until March and is a favourite place for both locals and tourists. Lay out a blanket and laze under the trees with your picnic, use the onsite kiosk or walk around the corner to either Innocent Bystander or Beechworth Bakery. With three pools to accomodate all levels of swimming ability, the dappled light of Queens Park alongside and such great dinning options so close by, it's easy to loose a day here - and feel great doing so! The Healesville Sanctuary is host to many cool down spots for both animals and people. Wander the pathways under the tall native trees and visit the Sanctuary Harvest Cafe for a cool drink and an ice cream when you're ready. Tarrawarra Museum of Art is uber cool and beautiful with the current Howard Arkley exhibition ticking lots of boxes.
Have fun and stay cool this summer!