Over the past year the Anglican Church in Marysville, a parish of the Diocese of Wangaratta, has had built a new church building. This is to be consecrated by the Bishop of Wangaratta, the Right Reverend John Parkes, AM.
Anglican Church in Marysville
Saturday 18th November at 11.00am
Lake Mountain was hit by wildfires in February 2009, leaving most of the plateau severely devastated and burnt by the intensity of the fire. However, the plateau experienced a natural phenomenon and the regeneration has been a wonder to watch in the years since. From a blackened landscape, to regrowth of all descriptions, Lake Mountain is well on the way to recovering from the effects of the 2009 bushfires.
signs of life were the ferns which showed green shoots within weeks, but the real delight came after the first Spring as the snow melted to reveal a carpet of tiny seedlings appeared. Soon to follow were the first of the Snow Gums, Alpine Ash and the Wattles, all within a couple of months. Mixed in with them were a myriad of other seedlings and reshoots.
Now eight years later the Spring and Summer wildflower display is well worth a visit. Over 90 species have been identified since the fires so the recovery has been spectacular. No matter what time you visit over the Spring and Summer you will find something in flower to admire.
Starting in late September, the Wattles and Wax flowers are usually the first to put on a display followed closely by the Lake Mountain Grevillea which is only found on Lake Mountain making it quite special! As October arrives a progression of Hovea, Bush-peas, Mints, Trigger plants, Billy buttons begins a constantly changing spread of colour as well there are a variety of orchids throughout the Summer.
One of the best places to see the display is the Echo Flat heathlands and alpine bogs which are easily accessed along Echo Flat ski trail which leaves from the resort. In less than a kilometer you will arrive at the open heathland with the Upper Taggerty River meandering through it. As you come closer to the river and into the wetter areas the flora changes markedly, with the Callistemon along the river banks being one of the more spectacular when it is in flower.
For walkers, as well as the ski trails and the walk to Keppel’s Hut, the mountain now also has a day walk from the resort over the Summit, Snowy Hill, Mt. Arnold all the way to the Entry Station on the Marysville Road. A distance of 12 km takes you from the sub alpine environment, to Alpine Ash forest and pockets of rainforest, both of which survived the fires. The trail was built as a shared path for mountain bikes and walkers and is working well as such. It connects a number of pre-existing tracks, and the Strategic Firebreak constructed after 2009 to protect Melbourne’s water catchments in case of future fires. A detailed topological map can be downloaded from the Lake Mountain website or hard copies are available at the resort.
The unusual regenerating landscape at Lake Mountain is the result of the way the two eucalypts which dominate at this altitude regenerate; the Alpine Ash and Snow Gum. The Alpine Ash needs a fire to regenerate, the parent tree being killed by the fire, but the seedling regrowth is prolific and currently the battle for survival is on. Thousands of crowded seedlings are now over 5m high in places yet only 30cm apart! Likewise, the Snow Gums have many new seedlings as well as the basal regrowth from the lignotubers. Both regenerating forests are left with thousands of silver trunks above the abundant regrowth, a haunting yet beautiful landscape.
Further details about Spring time at Lake Mountain, walking trails or guided Wild Flower Tours, visit the Lake Mountain website or call the team at Lake Mountain.
Since reaching an amazing 9000 likes on our Visit Marysville Facebook page, we thought we would share with you 9 reasons why we love our little region!
One of the most iconic scenic stops in Marysville, the towering Stevenson Falls are a picture of the beauty of the Marysville Region! At a towering 84 metres, you can enjoy the sights from bottom to top, with views extending past the beautiful falls too!
Skiing in winter
Skiing? 2 hours from Melbourne? YES! Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is the closest and most accessible alpine resort to Melbourne, and is home to 37km of world class cross country ski trails!
Bruno’s Sculpture Garden
Bruno’s Sculpture Garden is artwork at its finest! Bruno has crafted a garden full of sculptural surprises that will leave you mesmerised by the fantastic craftsmanship that has gone into all the sculptures!
Marysville Walking Trails
There is nothing better than going for a walk and getting in touch with the beautiful landscape that surrounds us, and there are plenty of walking trails around the Marysville Region for you to immerse yourself in nature! With each trail unique in its own right taking you deep into the forest, you’ll come out feeling refreshed and relaxed after admiring the wonder of our beautiful landscape!
There aren’t too many places around where you could wake up with animals on your doorstep, share lunch with a flock of parrots, or have to give way to a group of ducks crossing the road (often)! Our little furry and fluffy friends love being out and about the town, and make the area home just like the rest of us!
Bathing in the cool rivers
On those hot summer days when you feel nothing is going cool you down, there is nothing better than putting your feet in a cool flowing river! Our region is home to the Steavenson Rvier, Taggerty River, Acheron River and the Little Steavenson River, which all flow into the wondrous ‘Meeting of the Waters’ making the ideal place to sit down and ‘chill out’.
Fantastic accommodation and food
Everyone has the opportunity to experience their own littler slice of the Marysville region, with so many AWARD WINNING accommodation providers in the area that specialise in giving you the perfect place for a getaway. There is a variety of accommodation for everyone, even the dog! And don’t think you’ll be going hungry, with delectable food seeming to be around every corner. Try some freshly caught salmon, a delicious food fire pizza, or a platter with a view that will satisfy any appetite!
The Marysville community is one of the best! Full of history, amazing businesses and not to mention the incredible people that live here! You can’t leave here without falling in love with the area!
Whether it be bush walking, mountain biking, four wheel driving, fishing, camping, Bruno’s, rocking climbing, skiing, horse riding, photography, chasing waterfalls, browsing local produce, tasting fine wine, playing golf, attending festivals or just going for a drive among the beautiful scenery, there’s something for everyone!