Places to eat - A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITEs

Oscar's on the Yarra.
03 5966 9166
3182 Warburton Hwy Warburton, Vic 3799

Drifting towards fine dining Oscar's menu is mostly classics with some brave creative twists. Dishes are prepared with care and detail.  A balcony at the end of the dining room looks over the river. 


Little Joe Pizza 
5966 5635
3416 Warburton Hwy, Warburton VIC 3799

A wood-fired delight; they've got it right all the way from excellent ingredients, simple recipes with fair competitive pricing.



River View Café
(03) 5966 5888
3373 Warburton Hwy, Warburton VIC 3799

A lovely venue with comfortable indoor and al fresco areas.  The menu is well rounded and the cakes are particularly delicious. 

Reefton Hotel
(03) 5966 8555
1600 Woods Point Road, McMahons Creek VIC 3799

We've all heard of the Wild West. This is the Wild East. "Character" is the word we're trying not to use. It's on here because it's great, and it really is, but we wouldn't call it family friendly.

(03) 5966 2213
42 Station Rd, Warburton VIC 3799

COG is a bike focused café at the Warburton end of the 40 kilometre Lillydale to Warburton rail trail.  There's bikes for hire and access to WiFi but the quality of the food is also really great. Healthyish wholesome clever cafe food.

Alpine Hotel
(03) 5966 2411
3340 Warburton Hwy, Warburton VIC 3799

This remarkable large building houses the local pub.  There's wheel chair access, good honest pub food and ample space.  Keep an eye out for the photographs of early Warburton adorning the walls.  


outdoorsy things to do.

Picnic at Upper Yarra Dam

Significant work has been done in recent years building facilities to make this a lovely camping and picnic spot.  A recreation hall provides boiling water, a basic kitchen and tables.  There are accessible toilets, large open grass spaces suitable for ball games, long and short forest walks. 

The Yarra River

"Birrarung" to the Wurundjeri people the Yarra is a 5 minute walk from our property.  When temperatures reach 40C many locals can be found at the numerous water holes.  Half way between town and Hazelwood Cottage there is a perfect place to launch a kayak.  

Warburton Rail Trail
Lillydale train station to Warburton

40 Kilometres of gravel track starts with a steep climb out of Lillydale.  The rest of the trail is mostly flat making a bee line for Warburton through fields and forests.  This is a really great thing to do.  

Mount Donna Buang

Vehicle access to the top is restricted during snow.  A tower on the summit provides excellent views above the tree tops for those fit enough to climb it.  A very steep track from the township to the summit starts near the golf course.  

The Rainforest Gallery at the road junction half way up the mountain is absolutely beautiful.  It's a boardwalk with steps but the highlight is a viewing platform in the canopy that's wheelchairaccessible.   


Indoorsy things to do.

Cinema - Upper Yarra Arts Centre
(03) 5966 4500
3409 Warburton Hwy, Warburton VIC 3799

A quaint little cinema is attached to a more contemporary art gallery featuring local art for sale. There's a diverse program of classes as well as spaces for hire. 

Healesville Sanctuary
(03) 5957 2800
Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC 3777

30 minutes from Hazelwood Cottage and specialising in native animals Healesville Sanctuary makes an excellent day trip.  The 30 hectares of bush is used as more than a Zoo with a hospital team and research facilities that improve our scientific understanding and capabilities around native disease control. 

Yarra Vally Chocolaterie and Ice-Creamery
(03) 9730 2777
35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775

The quality is high and the range is wide.  Brace yourself. 

Warburton Tourist Information Centre
(03) 5966 9600
3400 Warburton Hwy, Warburton VIC 3799

Staffed mostly by volunteers "the Water Wheel" is easy to spot when driving through town. There's an eco centre with examples of indigenous flora and fauna.  Local crafts are for sale and it's a good place to pick up brochures and information sheets.