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Highlands: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Yea Wetlands

You will not be disappointed if you take time and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the well defined paths and raised walkways to observe nature doing its thing on the Yea River flood plain, at Yea Wetlands.

In doing so you will have the opportunity to see Platypus, Rakali (native water rats), Sacred King Fisher, Koala, Sugar Glider or, if you are visiting at the right time, maybe an opportunity to see the rare and ancient damselfy, Hemiphlebia mirabilis, described in scientific journals as a 'living fossil'.

You can also walk the Time Path and discover the world's oldest land based vascular plant fossil the Heritage listed, Baragwanthia Flora Fossil discovered within five kilometres of the wetlands.

Walk the Franklin Track and discover little known information about the Taungurung Clan, the Aboriginal community that lived in this area prior to European settlement. Learn about their people, their history, food culture and relationship with the environment.

The new Y Water Discovery Centre on the corner of Hood and High Street is now one year old ...and is a must see attraction. You can even sit on the deck over looking the wetlands, relax and listen to mother nature's chorus. The striking architecture, accredited Visitor Information services and hands-on Interpretive Centre are located at the entry to the wetlands.

The interpretive displays draw attention to this region's most valued, yet misunderstood export - water - and all the life dependent on it. Water is Murrindindi Shire's most valuable export.

The Centre aims to inform more people about that precious, yet controversial water resource as well as the birds, and animals that form part of the important ecology of the disappearing wetlands.

A leisurely 45 to 60 minute stroll through the Yea Wetlands simply is a must.

2 Hood Street
Yea, VIC, 3717

Located 15.7K from Highlands

Gallery 34 Yea

Gallery 34 is located in the old Commercial Bank Building in Yea, just over 90 minutes drive from Melbourne.

It is dedicated to showcasing Australian art and artists, via a rotating monthly exhibition in the main gallery, miscellaneous framed work in our stock room and an ever growing selection of contemporary jewellery, furniture, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, stationery and other gifts all proudly handmade in Australia.

34 High Street
Yea, VIC, 3717

Located 15.7K from Highlands

Yea Golf Club

Yea Golf Club proudly presents its scenic 18 hole golf course with excellent grass greens and irrigated fairways.

Visiting Members and Green Fee players are made welcome.

The course is open all year round with Members competition days generally being Wednesday morning and Saturday afternoon.

Under an hour's pleasant drive from Melbourne's outer suburbs, the Club offers a friendly Country Club atmosphere with a beautifully presented course.

Excellent club room facilities with catering and bar facilities available for hire.

100 Racecourse Road,
PO Box 231
Yea, VIC, 3717

Located 15.9K from Highlands

Cheviot Tunnel

The historic Cheviot Tunnel is a key feature of the Tallarook to Mansfield Rail Line which operated between 1883 and 1970 and now the Great Victorian Rail Trail open to walkers, cyclists and horse riding enthusiasts. The Great Victorian Rail Trail meanders through undulating farmland along the majestic gum lined Goulburn River with stunning views into the foothills of the Victorian High Country.
Being the only tunnel on this line, and made using handmade bricks using local clay, which remain in excellent condition today it has tremendous heritage values.

The Cheviot Tunnel was constructed to pass trains across the Black Range at McLoughlin's Gap roughly half way between Yea and Molesworth.
The tunnel was constructed from an estimated 675,000 handmade bricks using local clay. This was sourced from Quinlan's pit in a nearby paddock just west of the Tunnel. Some steel hooks that held lanterns in emergencies still exist near the four indented safety alcoves. These are located at regular
intervals along the eastern wall.

The Cheviot Tunnel is situated between the towns of Yea and Molesworth on the Great Victorian rail Trail.

Cheviot Tunnel
Yea, VIC, 3717

Located 16.4K from Highlands

Dindi Naturals

Located in the heart of Yarck, adjacent to the Rail Trail, Dindi Naturals makes 100 per cent natural soap and beauty products using locally grown extra-virgin olive oil, plant butters, herbs and spices.

Many products capture the unique scents of the Australian landscape and contain rare bush fruits, spices and pure essential oils. All products are free from palm oil, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances and nasty chemicals.

Come in to the factory shop to hand test liquid soaps, scented room mist, hand cream, massage oils, lip balms and perfumes. Along with the large range of aroma-therapeutic skin care items, enjoy the unique range of hand-made gifts, local artwork, olive oil and edible produce.

6572 Maroondah Highway
Yarck, VIC, 3719

Located 20.4K from Highlands

Highlands: Events

Ruffy Artfest 2016

The Ruffy Artfest is a community celebration and provides an opportunity for local and visiting artists, sculptors and photographers to showcase and sell, their high quality art works of various mediums.

As part of the Artfest, several beautiful, local gardens - are art forms in their own right - will also be open for inspection over the weekend and will most certainly inspire visitors to get creative in their own gardens.

A scarecrow competition is a highlight of the Artfest with many families joining in the fun of creating their own individual scary creature. Artists and visitors are warmly invited to exhibit or visit over the weekend of November 12 and 13, 2016.

Ruffy is situated in the Strathbogie Ranges, just 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne, accessible via either the Hume Freeway or the Maroondah Freeway.

Event Dates
      12th Nov
      13th Nov

Nolans Road
Ruffy, VIC, 3666

Located 12.8K from Highlands

National Tree Day in Murrindindi Shire

Come along and join a local landcare group for a community planting day. The Upper Goulburn Landcare Network supported by Planet Ark, Murrindindi Shire Council and the State Government's Threatened Species Program will be celebrating National Tree Day at various locations across the Shire. Barbecue lunches will be held at Molesworth Rail Park and Kinglake and Flowerdale Men's Sheds.

Locations and times as follows:

9am - Merton Recreation Reserve, Merton
9am - Hamiltons Road, Homewood
10am - Yea Wetlands, Yea
10.30am - Old Spring Valley Road, Flowerdale
10.30am - Deviation Road, Kinglake
11am - Frees Road, Terip Terip
11am - Cheviot Tunnel, Yea
11am - Cathedral Lane, Taggerty

Event Dates
      31st Jul

Goulburn Valley Highway
Molesworth, VIC, 3718

Located 15.3K from Highlands

Meg Heres Spring Exhibition

This Spring Exhibition by talented prize winning popular Yea artist Meg Heres commences on Saturday the 3rd of September at one of Yea's historic buildings, Marmalade's Cafe and Courtyard Gallery.

Free entry, browsing welcome

This exhibition consists of watercolour, oil, acrylic and pastel paintings depicting many and varied traditional and contemporary subjects painted locally and overseas (mainly France and Greece).

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20 High Street
Yea, VIC, 3717

Located 15.7K from Highlands

Yea Garden Expo

A garden Expo where vendors of all things to do with gardens will be in attendance to sell their products, services, skills and knowledge to the gardening public. There will be four workshops each day with topics covered including garden design, orchids, bees, rare plants and bulbs, garden to plate meals and cooking, pruning and table decorating from the garden. Children's face painting and pony rides available free.

Event Dates
      24th Sep
      25th Sep

Racecourse Road
Yea, VIC, 3717

Located 15.9K from Highlands

Highlands: Travel Tips

Y Water Discovery Centre

The Y Water Discovery Centre incorporates a fully accredited Visitor Information Centre and interactive environmental interpretive displays to inform visitors about the importance of water resource management and local wetland ecology.

Located adjacent to the Yea Wetlands the Centre is a striking, architecturally designed building incorporating sustainable design elements. A range of programs for primary and secondary school groups are offered as well as guided tours of the Wetlands which include a devonshire tea.

The friendly team can provide information on a wide range of activities and points of interest, accommodation and dining options, and travel directions. The Centre also incorporates a gift shop stocking a wide range of products for sale including books, maps, games and toys, jewellery, skincare, local produce and clothing. Many of the items are hand-crafted by local artisans and producers who offer a unique and very special range of products.

Outside there is a picnic area with BBQ facilities, ample on-site parking and a recreational vehicle dump point.

2 Hood Street
Yea, VIC, 3717

Located 15.7K from Highlands

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