Warrandyte, Victoria is an outer suburb of Melbourne. It’s only 30km away from the city, which creates the perfect opportunity to hop over to Melbourne and spend an additional day there. It is located on the Yarra River, completely enveloped by the bushland of Warrandyte State Park. This gives it that unique rural vibe, as there are actual craftspeople and artists living in the area, so there is definitely plenty to do in a day.
What’s the best time to visit Warrandyte, Victoria
When it comes to the temperatures, near the end of the year, this area can get really steamy – temperatures can go up to 42.0° in both December and January, so if a tropical day is what you want, welcome! If you do, on the other hand, enjoy more moderate temperatures, the best time to visit is from September to November and from March to May, as spring in Warrandyte is incredibly pleasant. The humidity levels are moderate, and you’ll be able to spend a wonderful day with the perfect temperature. Both autumn and spring are wonderful times, so you won’t make a mistake either way. While Melbourne can get pretty crowded during these months, the slightly secluded Warrandyte doesn’t attract that many people, so you’ll be able to have a pleasant stay and not bump into people wherever you turn. The prices are very reasonable, so you will be able to spend the day without breaking the bank. As far as major events go, there is plenty to do and see on a regular basis, but aside from amazing New Year’s Eve parties, the Foam Fest, which takes place on February 16th in Yarra Valley and the Warrandyte Markets, which take place on the first Saturday of each month (except for January), there isn’t a great number of events per se. Worry not, though, there is still plenty to see and do even without special events.
A few facts about Warrandyte, Victoria
A fun piece of trivia: there is unconfirmed speculation that the village or town got its name from the Wurundjeri-willam Aboriginal people who occupied this area before Europeans came to Australia. Other interesting historical facts include a pastoralist named James Anderson establishing a run here in 1839, and for a long time, this area was referred to as Anderson’s Creek. An Aboriginal reserve was finally established in 1841 at Pound Bend, which is now known as the Warrandyte State Park. There was even gold to be found here, and finally, near the end of the 19th century, Warrandyte developed as an artists’ colony, with the famous Clara Southern of the Heidelberg School being one of the first to set her roots in Warrandyte.
One day in Warrandyte, Victoria itinerary
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Warrandyte.
Warrandyte State Park
There is so much to do and see, as promised, that we’re not quite certain you’ll be able to cram it all in one day, but by all means, do try. First up is the Warrandyte State Park where said gold was first discovered. This is a place where you can essentially spend an entire day. Reason: being located on Yarra River gives a great deal of entertainment options, ranging from chill picnicking surrounded by the few remnants of the natural bushland that still remain here, to more adventurous activities such as canoeing, bushwalking, swimming, horse riding and even birdwatching, if that’s your cup of tea.
You’ll also spot kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, platypuses, wombats, marsupial mice and brushtail and ringtail possums, so it’s essentially a full Aussie nature experience. Be sure to pick your activities wisely as we have a great deal of ground to cover so, chop, chop. P.S. For similar activities you can also pay a visit to Pound Bend Reserve and Normans Reserve (a nine-minute ride distance).
Next up on our agenda is something for the eyes and the palate – a trip to the gorgeous Olivigna winery, which is only 11 minutes away from the State Park. It has incredible locally grown produce that will make your mouth sing, topped off with artisanal Grappa and other liqueurs. You will be in Warrandyte, but you will feel like you’re in the middle of Italy thanks to the great drinks and amazing Italian cuisine. Now, don’t get too tipsy on Grappa, as there is still plenty to see.
Ratty Moles Riverbank Antiques
You haven’t truly seen this place until you’ve visited the Ratty Moles Riverbank Antiques, where you simply have to purchase something to commemorate the trip. The Stonehouse is a place where Australian handicrafts and changing exhibitions by many local and regional Australian artists are displayed. You can also find art, jewellery, glass, woodwork and furniture, art prints and paintings – all of which you can buy.
Then, take a short walk to the museum/ Historic society, where the numerous photos of old Warrandyte and other historic artefacts will give you a pretty good idea of the place’s history.
The Sassafras Sweet Co – Warrandyte
Sassafras Sweet Co is a must visit, and it’s also very close (everything is close around here), and you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a magic shop. Their choo choo bars and sherberts are a definite must try.
Now, it’s time to get ready to party. This may be a small place, but the nightlife scene is super vibrant. Next Door is a great place to start – a bit of live music to get you in the party mood. Then, you can hop, skip and find yourself at It’s 12 o’clock Somewhere. If you happen to visit during the weekend, the DJ will be waiting for you and then it’s time to get the party started. Now, it’s definitely time to hit the hay – you’ve done and seen enough.
Where to stay in Warrandyte, Victoria
Bertha’s Cottage Bed & Breakfast is definitely our first choice. It’ charming and lovely and you’re bound to have the most pleasant stay. Is something more contemporary and luxurious is up your alley, there’s always the ultra-luxurious Yarra Valley Lodge which features minimalistic and sleek rooms.
Day trips from Warrandyte, Victoria
As mentioned above, the amazing Melbourne is only 30 km away, so if you’re willing to cut your itinerary shorter or move on the next day, Melbourne is less than half an hour away.
Extra tips for visiting Warrandyte, Victoria
The people are friendly and super helpful, and if there is anything we haven’t mentioned – which is highly unlikely, there is always Information Warrandyte, located at the corner of Yarra and Webb St. They open at 10.00 a.m. and close at 4.00 p.m. and you can find out everything you’re interested in there, plus pick up very helpful brochures.
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Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author at High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.