Marysville and sur­rounds open for busi­ness

North East Tourist News - - MARYSVILLEVILLE & DISTRICT -

THE story of Marysville and sur­rounds be­gins with the open­ing of the Yarra Track which pro­vided a short cut to the rich Jor­dan Gold­fields.

Early ex­plor­ers in­clud­ing John Steav­en­son and his wife Mary en­dured in­cred­i­ble hard­ships to achieve their goals.

Other pioneer fam­i­lies who left their in­deli­ble print on the vil­lage of Marysville in­clude Bar­tons, Kep­pels and Learys.

Their names also greet vis­i­tors – still re­mem­bered nearly 150 years later with many of the lo­cal at­trac­tions and streets named af­ter them.

Tim­ber of the 1800s re­alised the po­ten­tial in the great forests of the re­gion with pal­ing cut­ters pro­vid­ing light tim­ber for Vic­to­rian homes and later large tim­ber mills con­tin­ued to pro­vide tim­ber and tim­ber prod­ucts un­til re­cent years.

Vis­i­tors pass­ing through the area to the gold­fields re­alised there was beauty to be en­joyed in its own right.

Small guest­houses be­gan and by the 1920s great guest­houses were be­ing built - Marysville be­com­ing the hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion for many cou­ples.

Wa­ter­falls, ferns, sparkling streams at­tracted and en­tranced all vis­i­tors.

Nu­mer­ous wa­ter­falls are scat­tered through the for­est: bush­walk­ers head off along the trails, cy­clists, trail bik­ers, skiers all find the things they en­joy and never cease to be grat­i­fied by what they dis­cover.

Along with the nat­u­ral at­trac­tions, busi­nesses have de­vel­oped to cap­ture the in­ter­est of vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike.

On Fe­bru­ary 7,2009, all that changed with the de­struc­tion of many homes not only in Marysville but through­out the Nar­bethong and Bux­ton area dur­ing what is now called the Black Satur­day fires.

RE­NEWAL, RE­BIRTH, RE­COV­ERY – an­other ver­sion of the old three Rs - has taken place since then and the re­gion is again thriv­ing.

The re­cov­ery has been en­cour­aged by the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple from around the world, not only Aus­tralians, who knew and loved the area.

The Marysville In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre is open seven days a week and is sit­u­ated in Murchi­son Street at the en­trance to Gal­lipoli Park.

PIC­TURESQUE WALK: Marysville’s Murchi­son Street of­fers shop­ping, food and wine and a pleas­ant walk in shaded av­enues for the vis­i­tors.

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