Quality Inn Latrobe Convention Centre
5601 Princes Highway
Traralgon, VI 3844
Phone: (61) 3 51737500
Fax: (61) 3 51749576
This cross country resort is just a hop, ski and a jump away, offering the closest consistent snowfall to Melbourne. It is also one of the three busiest cross-country resorts in the world, a proud boast indeed. As a day visitor destination, Lake Mountain Ski Resort does not provide any on-mountain accommodation. Most visitors will choose to stay in beautiful Marysville, a township situated 20 kilometers away from the mountain. A kiosk, ski and toboggan equipment hire shop and ski school cater for day visitors. Summit is 1,520 meters, skiable terrain is 2,400 hectares and Toboggan slopes, 73.7 kilometers of well marked trails.
A popular stop on the Puffing Billy Railway line or a destination in itself, Emerald Lake Park is a very pleasant day trip from Melbourne. There is plenty for children to do to burn off energy after the drive or train trip. Water activities include paddleboat rides, swimming in the children's pool (gated for safety) and a water slide in the warmer months. If you do not bring your own picnic or barbecue food you can get hot food or snacks from the tea rooms and kiosk. Times vary seasonally.
Imagine a world of fresh, juicy fruits right at your finger tips. It's a good thing that you can, because all you have to do is get yourself to Cherry Hill Orchard. Here, you get to pick the best of the Yarra Valley's sweetest tasting cherries for yourself, as well as the pleasure of sharing them with your friends and family (or indulge yourself). You owe it to yourself enjoy the great outdoors, have a picnic, or relax in the beautiful atmosphere of the lovely views Cherry Hill Orchard has to offer. Be sure to call ahead for availability and times, since they are only open during cherry season (November through January).
Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre is a multi-purpose stadium and can seat 360 spectators. For venue hire and other details, check website.
Have a load to take off as you are around town, and want to experience some wonderful scenery? Then riding the Yarra Valley Railway is your answer! With stops all over the place, you can have a blast letting the world pass you by while you unwind. Be sure to call ahead and check availability and times, since they can change from season to season.
Built with loving detail by Colin and Nancy Campbell, this 20 acre property is worth seeing and is sure to delight Thomas the Tank Engine fans of any age. Riding on little trains, you pass through an ever changing landscape of lakes, hills and forests of pines and willows. Steam, hydraulic and petrol locomotives are all represented and if you run into Colin or Nancy, they will love to have a chat about how they created the place.
The RACV Healesville Country Club is a perfect location to relax with its view of the Yarra Valley. This, combined with a delectable food and drinks offering, golf course and kids' play area, among others is an almost perfect setting. For more details, call ahead on the toll free number +1300 50 1501
One of the best places to checkout first-rate, well-bred studs and mares, the Healesville Amateur Racing Club is a premier racing and picnic racing spot in the city. The club consists of sprawling green lawns and trees that give ample shade to folks who come out here with families for a nice picnic, watching the race up-close. Specializing in picnic racing, the club promotes a laid-back atmosphere, which contrasts the glamor and frills of most thoroughbred racing clubs. See the website to know more.
You can't get salmon and trout any fresher than still alive. Catching your own Rainbow Trout and Atlantic Salmon is guaranteed here at Australia's first commercial trout hatchery. Grab a rod (rods and bait are supplied or you can bring your own), make it a day with a picnic, and enjoy the peaceful scenery while dinner finds its way to your hook. Products are also available for purchase, including fresh or frozen trout, salmon, prawns, scallops, calamari, and a selection of ocean-faring critters that are reasonably priced and high quality. Caviar fans will be interested in the trout and salmon caviar.
This is a great place for a special kids' birthday party treat. You get one game, shoe hire and food—and you do not have to clean up afterwards! There are also daytime and evening leagues which include juniors and seniors. Child minding can be arranged for league bowlers with prior notification. You can have a beer in the bar, or hot and cold snacks in the cafe.
There is something for everyone seeking to fulfill their fitness needs 365 days a year at this outer suburban leisure center. The main attractions are the aquatic facilities, including a pool, hydrotherapy pool, toddlers pool, water slide, spa and sauna. Those after a more intense workout can exhaust themselves in the gymnasium, equipped with a range of free weights, pin loaded machines and computerized cardiovascular equipment. Aerobics and circuit classes are also held regularly throughout the day. Check website for detailed information.
Adventure (mini) golf, rock climbing and ropes are the main attractions here. This makes it more an outing for school age children, although younger ones can have a go on the mini-golf with adult supervision. Call for details.