Warrandyte. Warrandyte is a haven situated around 40 minutes from Melbourne, in the North-Eastern suburbs. For those travelling without a car, it is possible to easily catch to bus, and – of course – ride your bike (if you’re up for a big day trip!).
I love Warrandyte for its river, for its little township (filled with every delight you could imagine – a second hand shop, craft shop, pub, bakery by the river), for its people – who are mix in terms of their backgrounds and socio-economic standing. Tourists, locals, and Melbourne-ites also head to Warrandyte for its market. It is a gem; a nice little escape from the city, but still close enough to drop by for the day.
When we went, we checked out Warrandyte State Park for a hike up winding paths. Beautiful gums spotted the area, and the sound of running water automatically calms the wandering mind.
For those less adventurous, a walk along the main part of the Yarra river, which lines the township, is equally lovely.
For those more adventurous, Kangaroo Ground is also close-by and provides less-frequented hikes. The Sugarloaf Reservoir Reserve is perfect for a day hike: there is a 15 km walk that starts and ends at the Saddle Dam Picnic area, and runs through Sugarloaf and Christmas Hills. It is a bit farther from the city, but simply divine.
If you’re hungry, check out Now and Not Yet, a cafe space / social enterprise. It provides not only delicious food and coffee, but community support by the way of grants, vouchers, employment for asylum seekers, and a space for art projects and support groups. As its a not-for-profit, its also possible to volunteer your time! The food is seasonal, and locally sourced where possible. Vegan and vegetarian options available; checkout the Vegan breakfast – or the polenta stuck. And locally produced and ethically sourced vegan desserts. YUM! I am always delighted stumbling across places that make it possible to eat in accordance to my values on the road, so I was one satisfied customer 🙂 Link to their Facebook and website: