Places to eat - A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITEs
Little Joe Pizza
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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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.
(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.
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.