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Darley: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve


This park provides the opportunity to view Mallee vegetation in close proximity to Melbourne. Plants typical of arid landscapes and small creek escarpments make the reserve a fantastic retreat for bushwalkers and birdwatchers.

Things to see and do
- The reserve is open to visitors for walking, nature study and bird watching
- If you are interested in helping look after the reserve contact the Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest, who organise regular working bees, by calling the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963
- Walking tracks are the only facilities. Note that fires and camping are not permitted in the reserve.

Heritage
Today, mallee vegetation is widespread in Victoria's dry north-west, but some thousands of years ago, during a warmer and drier period, it extended much farther south. Subsequent climatic changes favoured other vegetation such as box and stringybark eucalypts and the Long Forest is now the only naturally occurring mallee south of the Great Dividing Range.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





Long Forest Rd
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 1.0K from Darley

Werribee Gorge State Park


Werribee Gorge retains a wild, rugged natural beauty. The park offers spectacular views and great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing.

There are a variety of walks in the park. A popular walk follows the Werribee River from Meikles Point picnic area, offering impressive view of both the river and the cliff faces of the gorge. It leads to popular swimming holes, historic sites and other park features.

Things to do
- The Bacchus Marsh district acquired world-wide fame last century as one of the earliest known occurrences of ancient glacial deposits and Werribee Gorge State Park is still a place where many interesting geological features can be seen. These point to a remarkably varied geological history.
- A variety of walking experiences is available in the park. A popular walk follows the Werribee River from Meikles Point picnic area. This walk gives visitors an impressive view of both the river and the cliff faces of the gorge. It leads to popular swimming holes, historic sites and other park features. The track is difficult in places and requires a reasonable degree of fitness.
- A longer day walk can be made by completing the Circuit Walk up the hill from Meikles Point Picnic Area and returning along the River Walk. Tracks are generally well marked but the degree of difficulty, length and time required for completion are not currently shown.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





Myers Rd
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 2.0K from Darley

Lerderderg State Park


Rising in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. The park has a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife and some interesting relics of goldmining.

Lerderderg State Park offers a true bush experience. Walking is the best way to get to know the park - there are several tracks for a range of walks from short, easy strolls to strenuous overnight hikes for experienced bushwalkers.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





Golden Point Rd
Blackwood, VIC, 3458

Located 23.4K from Darley

Garden of St Erth


The Garden of St Erth is a beautiful historic house and garden not far from Daylesford and Ballarat.

Explore the gardens and discover an extraordinary range of espaliered fruit, heirloom vegetables and drought tolerant flowers.

Thousands of naturalised daffodils carpet the lawns in September, and through the summer months, the herbaceous border features Diggers perennials and grasses. The month of May marks the end of the gardening year with a blaze of autumn-coloured trees and late perennials.

Cocooned in the Wombat State Forest, the bush garden plays host to a variety of native birds, as well as being a place of restful contemplation.

Visit the nursery and ask the knowledgeable staff all of your gardening questions. There is a huge selection of heirloom seeds and plants available for you to take home and add to your own garden.

Relax over coffee in the cafe and stay on for lunch, morning or afternoon tea surrounded in the beauty of the gardens.

The Diggers Club is committed to sustainable gardening and visitors will find inspirational ideas for gardening organically, becoming more self-sufficient and saving precious water while still enjoying nature's bounty.




189 Simmons Reef Road,
PO Box 300
Blackwood, VIC, 3458

Located 24.2K from Darley

Darley: Events

Reconciliation Week Guided Walking Tour


During Reconciliation Week take a guided walking tour through the Melton Botanic Garden to see indigenous plants local to the Melton region and other Aboriginal use plants.

The walk is just over one hour followed by morning tea. Highlights are the remnant vegetation, Ryans Creek and Lake indigenous plantings, Koori Student Garden, and the Victorian Volcanic Plains Aboriginal Plant Usage Garden.

A joint partnership with Melton City Council and Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden.


Event Dates
2016
      3rd Jun


Corner Tullidge and Williams Streets,
102 Vincent
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 13.6K from Darley

Melbourne Toyrun


The 39th Traditional Melbourne Toy-Run and Family Traders day will be held at Tabcorp Park.

Continuing the legacy of the Melbourne Toyrun from its humble inception in 1978, the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to announce that the 39th traditional Melbourne Toyrun 2016 is now on the third Sunday of December at Tabcorp Park.

This date secures a spectacular location where motorcyclists on all formats of bikes from all of Victoria can share a fun filled day with their families and friends in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The Melbourne Toy Run has always been a popular ride with Victorian motorcyclists. Riders dress up their bikes, trikes and scooters with Christmas decorations and ride to a destination to give toys and food for the kids for Christmas.

The Salvation Army trucks will be waiting to receive these generous gifts from the bikers. The Victorian Motorcycle Council invite riders and passengers of all motorbikes, from trikes to scooters of all shapes, sizes and vintage to participate and bring their families to participate in this spectacular event.


Event Dates
2016
      18th Dec


2 Ferris Road
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 14.4K from Darley

Eynesbury Farmers Market


Iconic Eynesbury Homestead will be transformed into a bustling farmers market square.

The magnificently restored Eynesbury Homestead, hand crafted from local bluestone almost a century and a half ago, stands testament to the property's pioneering spirit and surrounded by buildings classified by the National Trust.

This includes the original shearing sheds, water towers and workers cottages all provide an enduring reminder of the property's early settler origins, playing host to the first rural weekly farmers market in Victoria - every Sunday, all year round.

It will not be difficult to remember when it is on and customers can build it into their regular shopping routine. A vibrant local place to shop for essentials such as fruits, vegetables, meats, specialities and of courses, all the wonderful goodies that tickle the tastebuds.



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481 Eynesbury Road
Eynesbury, VIC, 3338

Located 18.0K from Darley

Ballan Farmers Market


Ballan Farmers and Makers Market is held on the second Saturday of the month in the beautiful grounds of Mill Cottage, Inglis Street, Ballan. Ballan sits in stunning volcanic plains amongst a rich food growing community, half way between Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat, just one hour from Melbourne by car or train.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, crafts, wines, oils, eggs, jams, breads and pastries, meat, trees and sweets; from the producer to you.




Event Dates
2016
      9th Jan
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2017
      7th Jan


96 Inglis Street
Ballan, VIC, 3342

Located 19.9K from Darley

Darley: Travel Tips

Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre


Visitors to Bacchus Marsh should make the Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre their first stop. The friendly and helpful staff will be more than happy to welcome you to this beautiful town and introduce you to the attractions that it holds; the Avenue of Honour, bush walks, aerial sightseeing, forest parks, wildflowers, eagles, national and state parks and much more.

Set amid picturesque rolling hills only 55km west of Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh combines country living with easy access to the city. An attractive mix of open spaces, friendly towns, orchards, deep gorges and forests, Bacchus Marsh is a great tourist destination.

Not to be missed destinations include the Werribee Gorge, Lerderderg Gorge, Brisbane Ranges and the Long Forest Nature Reserve which is the southern most remnant of mallee vegetation in Victoria.

The Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre also has its own very popular website to help you with your visit to our district.




215 Main Street
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 1.8K from Darley

Melton Visitor Information Centre


Situated in the historic Courthouse, explore all that the City of Melton has to offer at the Melton Visitor Information Centre.

Discover over 150 years of History and Heritage, explore their paths, trails, parks and waterways, experience family fun with playgrounds and festivals and enjoy award winning wine, food and entertainment.

Visit the friendly local hosts and collect your free information on:

- Things to do and places to eat in Melton and surrounds
- Local facilities, events, maps and directions
- Places to visit and stay in Melbourne and Victoria





323 High Street
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 12.7K from Darley

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