Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden, Tourism Victoria

Population 223

For 100 years, the beautiful subalpine village of Marysville was a much-frequented holiday destination for Melburnians. Providing access to the magnificent 84-metre Steavenson Falls nearby, the town charmed visitors with its cafes, galleries and popular guesthouses. Tragically, the town was almost totally destroyed by bushfire on 7 February 2009. With the help of the community, state and federal governments, this once idyllic township is being rebuilt.

Visitor Information

Murchison St; (03) 5963 4567

Nearby national parks

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

Nearby towns

  • Healesville

    To the west of Yarra Ranges National Park and within easy reach of Melbourne, Healesville has a charming rural atmosphere. There are good...more

  • Warburton

    Warburton was established when gold was discovered in the 1880s, but its picturesque location and proximity to Melbourne meant it quickly...more

  • Eildon

    Eildon established itself as a town to service dam workers, and later holiday-makers, when the Goulburn River was dammed to create Lake...more

In Town

Lolly Shop: old-fashioned candy store in a new purpose-built home; 8 Murchison St; (03) 5963 3644. 

Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden: gardens featuring sculptures by artist Bruno Torfs; open 10am–5pm daily; 51 Falls Rd; (03) 5963 3513.


Cathedral Range State Park The word 'imposing' does not do justice to the 7 km rocky ridge that forms the backbone of this park. Challenging hikes up the ridge to lookout points offer unparalleled views to the valley below. Walks can include overnight stays at the Farmyard, so named because lyrebirds imitate the noises of the domestic animals in the farmyards below. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 15 km N.

Lake Mountain Renowned for first-rate cross-country skiing, the area is also great for tobogganing, snow tubing and sled rides. When the snow melts and the wildflowers bloom, hikers can take the Summit Walk (4 km return) over the mountain. Ski and walk brochure available from visitor centre.

Lady Talbot Forest Drive: this 46 km route begins east of town. Stop en route to enjoy picnic spots, walking tracks and lookouts.

Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm: drop a line in one of the well-stocked ponds, purchase smoked fish or enjoy a barbecue lunch; open 9am–5pm daily; 2118 Maroondah Hwy, Buxton; (03) 5774 7370; 12 km SE.

Scenic walks: many tracks in the area, including a short walk to Steavenson Falls, from Falls Rd; 4 km loop walk in Cumberland Memorial Scenic Reserve, 16 km E; 4 km Beeches Walk through ancient beech and mountain ash forests (accessed via Lady Talbot Forest Dr).

Big River State Forest: camping, fishing and gold fossicking; 30 km E.

Fishing spots near town

Rubicon River 25 km

The Rubicon, one of Victoria’s legendary trout waters, is popular with trout anglers who fish using all methods available. Rising in forested hills with a steep gradient in the headwaters, the river varies from... Find out more

Goulburn River 30 km

The Goulburn River from Eildon Pondage to Alexandra is one of the most popular stretches of trout water in Victoria. Places like Thornton, ‘Gilmore’s Bridge’ and the Breakaway, where the Acheron River... Find out more

Eildon Pondage 34 km

Boating is not allowed on Eildon Pondage, which is just below the dam wall at Eildon. Nevertheless, it is one of the most heavily fished waters in the state and is an ideal family spot, with barbecues and toilet... Find out more

Lake Eildon 37 km

Lake Eildon is Victoria’s most popular freshwater fishing spot. Part of its popularity is due to its proximity to metropolitan Melbourne. Lilydale is just a 90 min drive away, either over the Black Spur or via Yea.... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Bicentennial National Trail - Healesville starting point 26 km

Acclaimed as the longest-marked, nonmotorised, multi-use trekking route in the world, this track traverses an incredible 5330 kilometres from Healesville to Cooktown in north Queensland, passing through 18 national... Find out more

Dandenong Ranges National Park 48 km

About an hour’s drive out of Melbourne, some 35 kilometres east of the city, this park has forests of towering mountain ash and lush, damp fern gullies. Around 300 kilometres of walking tracks crisscross the park,... Find out more

Golf courses around town

RACV Healesville Country Club 27 km

Of the 120 golf courses featured throughout these pages, the new layout at Healesville is the odd one out. It could, in fact, be considered a minnow among giants, for this par-68 measures only 4872 metres from the... Find out more

The Heritage Golf & Country Club (St John course) 46 km

Jack Nicklaus, the golfer, was the most powerful player of his generation and also its finest strategist, a man who could win a tournament based on smart play and at other times on pure heroics. Jack Nicklaus, the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Black Spur Inn

Country-style restaurant.... Find out more

Fraga’s Cafe

Stop for lunch or a coffee.... Find out more

Marysville Country Bakery

Country-style bakery and cafe.... Find out more

Lazy River Cafe

Restaurant serving excellent pizza.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company 37 km

Craft brewers come from all sorts of different backgrounds but classical pianist Simon Walkenhorst and his opera singer wife Beth Williams are among the more exotic. Together, they started Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company... Find out more

Jamieson Brewery 42 km

Looking for a drawcard to attract tourists to their Victorian High Country pub, owners Jeff and Jeanette Whyte installed a microbrewery into the Jamieson Hotel and started knocking out house beers in 2001. The equipment... Find out more

Campsites around town

Keppel Hut camping area 11 km

The original Keppel Hut was built on this site around 1940 but burned down in 1983, as did its predecessor on Black Saturday 2009. The hut has since been rebuilt. This remote site can only be accessed by 4WD – take... Find out more

The Farmyard camping area (walk-in camping) 14 km

To reach the small camping area at the Farmyard, you need to walk in from Jawbone carpark on Cerberus Rd along the steep Jawbone Creek Track, which will take you about an hour. The park’s ultimate physical... Find out more

Cooks Mill camping area 15 km

This camping area is off Little River Rd in the centre of the park and can accommodate a handful of caravans when the pine harvest is not taking place. The Friends Nature Trail is an easy route through manna gum forest,... Find out more

Neds Gully camping area (walk-in camping) 17 km

Neds Gully is off Little River Rd at the northern entrance to the park; it’s a 50 m walk from the carpark to the campsites via a swing bridge. An easy walk leads from Neds Gully to Cooks Mill along Little River. If... Find out more

Married Mens camping area (bush camping, upper section) 17 km

This may well have once been a place where a fraternity of married men gathered to indulge in some bromance. Regardless, everyone is now welcome here – bar those towing caravans or camper trailers, which are not... Find out more

Big River Camp camping area (upper section) 18 km

This is one of the first camping areas you’ll encounter after entering the upper section of Big River State Forest from Marysville. It’s also one of only 3 places in the area that can comfortably accommodate... Find out more

Bull Creek camping area 18 km

From the Melba Hwy, turn east on Murrindindi Rd to the south of Devlins Bridge. The Bull Creek camping area is signposted off this road at the southern end of the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve.... Find out more

The Ferns camping area 18 km

This camping area beside the Murrindindi River is signposted off Murrindindi Rd, about 100 m south of Falls Creek Rd.... Find out more

Reids camping area (bush camping) (upper section) 18 km

The turn-off to the Reids camping area is only a short distance east down Big River Rd from Big River Camp. Bring your own firewood to use in the fireplace provided. You can also build fires using deadwood collected from... Find out more

Petroffs camping area (bush camping) (upper section) 19 km

There are a half-dozen or so camping spots in the upper part of Big River State Forest that can only be accessed with a 4WD. Petroffs is the first that you’ll come to if you’re travelling east along Big River... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Crystal Brook Tourist Park 57 km

This park caters for tourists. It has good facilities and is located in a leafy area of the northeastern suburbs of Melbourne. A minimum-length stay applies during holiday periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town


Two private suites.... Find out more

Black Spur Inn

Country-style suites.... Find out more

Chestnut Glade Cottage

Two self-contained cottages.... Find out more

Woodlands Rainforest 

This award-winning retreat offers a beautiful and secluded nature escape, located between Healesville and Marysville. Sprawled across 16 hectares of rainforest, stringy-bark, peppermint and blackwood trees, it comprises... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Koriella rest area 40 km

25km E of Yea (L) or 6km NW of Alexandra (R)

Large area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.

Yea East rest area 43 km

1km E of Yea (R) or 30km W of Alexandra (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Sheepwash Lagoon rest area 43 km

11km E of Yea (R) or 20km W of Alexandra (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.      

King Parrot Creek rest area 59 km

21km SE of Seymour (L) or 17km NW of Yea (R)

Well off the highway under some large trees.

What's on around town

Community Market: Murchison St; 2nd and 4th Sun each month.

Granite Grind: 12km bicycle race: Feb.

Christmas in July: tobbogan races, snow sculpting and other themed activities.

Art Show: display at the visitor centre: Nov.

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