If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know that last week we took a little trip down to Marysville, a country town about 1.5 hours from Melbourne. I’d heard from a few people that Marysville was the cutest, most relaxing little weekend trip and thought it was the perfect time to book a staycation (aka a short vacation not far from home). The drive down was one of my new favourites, as it went through the Black Spurr, a very scenic drive through the forest.
We went on a Monday and I could have sworn we didn’t see more than 20 people in the entire town. It was kind of perfect though and just the break from the craziness of the city that I was after.
We chose to stay at the very stylish and contemporary Vibe Hotels Marysville. After staying there for myself, I have to say, I really couldn’t fault it. As soon as we arrived we were warmly greeted and quickly shown to our room which felt very modern and sleek. The location was ideal – right in the middle of town within walking distance of everything. It was also home to Radius Bar & Grill, a beautiful bar and restaurant, and perfect for your morning coffee. We even took advantage of some of the activities, such as tennis, which we found ourselves at everyday. If only it was warm enough for a dip in the pool!
There was also a beautiful and delicious spread at the breakfast buffet every morning which we definitely took advantage of! I just love hotel buffet breakfasts. It’s safe to say I enjoyed a few too many custard danishes and sweet treats!
Where to Eat & Drink
Since we stayed at Vibe Hotel Marysville, all we had to do was go downstairs to experience one of the best restaurants in the town, Radius Bar & Grill. I’m kind of sad it wasn’t a warm day whilst we were there as the outside area looked like an incredible spot to spend a summers night.
The name Radius is actually a playful tribute to the restaurant’s emphasis on locally sourced produce within a 100km radius. I opted for the steak, which is an unusual choice for me but since I’d read so many positive reviews on it, I thought I’d give it a go. It came out perfectly and I was very happy with my order. Daniel went for the lamb sausages which were also a hit. There’s an extensive selection of wines too, which made me very happy and not to mention my favourite part, dessert. Since we couldn’t agree on one, we decided to go for two and share them. We ordered the chocolate brownie with walnut soil and the classic blueberry crumble. Both were heavenly, but the brownie was a winner.
Things to Do
Marysville prides itself by being surrounded with spectacular waterfalls and walking trails. We walked to Stevenson falls where there’s also places to sit and just watch the water which was really lovely! You can check out all the other waterfalls here. If I go back, I’d personally love to do the Lady Talbot trails. There are also plenty of biking trails if that’s more your thing, the Great Victorian Rail Trail is among the most popular.
Another way to spend your day is to grab some snacks and a bottle of wine, and head to one of the many nearby parklands. There are so many picnic areas and parklands in Marysville that you’re literally spoiled for choice!
Marysville and the Murrindindi region is home to seven markets that run throughout the year on the weekend. As we were staying mid-week, we didn’t get to catch any, but you can see a full list of them here.
Marysville is a very small and quiet town, so there isn’t an abundance of things to do in terms of activities – it’s more about enjoying the great outdoors and relaxation.
Thank you to Vibe Hotels Marysville for sponsoring our stay. All opinions are 100% my own.