Escape the city and give the kids some quality time outside around Marysville. There’s plenty to do and lots to explore with an awesome family adventure only 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne.

Take a stroll to Steavenson Falls

Kick the day off with a drive to Steavenson Falls and experience the incredible view at one of Victoria’s highest waterfalls that plummets 84m into the Steavenson River Valley. Take the easy 700m walk to the lookout from the Steavenson Falls carpark, or if you’d prefer more of a stroll, hike the scenic route along the Steavenson River. It’s just 3.4km each way along the Tree Fern Gully trail from the heart of town to the base of Steavenson Falls. The more adventurous family can take the 15-minute climb along the trail to the top of the waterfall for the most spectacular view, so make sure you’ve got a camera handy. You can find more information about Steavenson Falls and other Marysville walking trails at our Visitor Information Centre that can arm you with maps and more information on our walking trails.

Find out more about Steavenson Falls.

Catch lunch at Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm

Just a 10-minute drive from Marysville is the Buxton Trout and Salmon farm, down by the Steavenson’s River where sustainably farmed rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon swim. Experience the thrill of catching your own fish and if it’s your first time, the friendly staff are around to give you a quick how-to. All fishing rods, bait, and equipment are provided or you’re more than welcome to bring your own gear. Once the fish is caught you can hang around to use our BBQ facilities and cook your catch for lunch, or get the staff to clean it up and pack it on ice ready for you to take home for dinner.

Visit Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm website.

Let off some steam at Gallipoli Park

Nestled amongst towering trees, Gallipoli Park is a giant adventure playground where the kids can zip on the flying fox, climb rope towers and find hidden dinosaur bones in the sandpit. If that’s not enough to keep the kids entertained, bring the footy and have a kick around on the oval or a short walk around the lake there is a skate park, basketball court, and BMX track to keep the kids occupied outside for longer. After the kids tire out, it’s only a quick walk to the main street for some afternoon tea at one of Marysville’s great cafes or enjoy a warm meal at the pub in front of the fire.

Find out more about Gallipoli Park.

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Want to take it outside with your kids?

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