Marysville and surrounds open for business
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.