It might be cold outside but there’s plenty on offer in Murrindindi Shire this winter to keep you warm. From brisk hikes in the bush and family fun in the snow, to hearty winter meals by an open fire in a country pub. Or simply jump in the car for a scenic drive through the hills with the heater on high and your favourite playlist turned up loud! #roadtripmemories
Winter fun in the great outdoors
Whilst snow is known to occasionally fall around Kinglake, Toolangi and Highlands THE place for winter fun in the snow is Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, just a short drive from Marysville. It’s the closest ski resort to Melbourne (an easy 2 hour drive) and features groomed cross country ski trails, toboggan runs and lots of snow play fun for all family members big or small. Bookings in advance are essential with weekends and school holidays booking out fast. So to avoid disappointment be prepared and book ahead!
Gloves, beanies and waterproof coats and pants are a must and then you are all set to enjoy the magical winter playground. Snow clothing, ski equipment and toboggans can be hired either on the mountain or in Marysville or Narbethong.
Try a spot of winter hiking above Lake Eildon on the Blowhard Spur Circuit for breathtaking views over the lake and to the snow-capped peaks beyond. Time it right and you might catch the morning fog lingering over the lake.
For those that prefer their walks more on the gentle side, check out the Beauty Spot Nature Trail at Marysville. This gorgeous scenic walk takes you into a fern-filled gully abundant with wildlife. As an added bonus you can warm up with tasty treats and a hot choc in one of the Marysville eateries.
Pitch a tent in the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve and settle in for a weekend by the campfire with family and friends. There are 6 great camping areas with 100 campsites spread out along the river. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, so early arrival is advisable during peak periods.
For a really spectacular display of the full force of nature in action, a brisk winter’s walk to any of the region’s waterfalls will be well rewarded. Top spots include Masons and Wombelano Falls in the Kinglake National Park, Wilhelmina Falls in the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve, Snobs Creek Falls near Eildon and Steavenson Falls at Marysville. White-water majesty at its finest.
Too cold outside?
If snow doesn’t appeal then the picturesque town of Marysville, at the foot of Lake Mountain is a great place to warm up. With excellent art exhibitions at MiRa and various other locations along the main street, and hearty winter food available at several establishments with open fireplaces you are assured of a warm welcome here.
The townships of Alexandra, Yea and Kinglake also boast a variety of culinary options with winter comfort food a feature. Boutique wineries and distilleries are to be found scattered across Murrindindi Shire and also offer warm welcomes at their cellar doors.
So start planning your Dindi winter adventures – we can’t wait to see you here! Don’t forget to share your stories with us along the way @discoverdindi