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Stay and play – Taggerty, VIC

Nestled in the picturesque Cathedral Valley, within touching distance of the Acheron River and shadowed by imposing Cathedral Range, Taggerty bathes in spectacular natural beauty.

Cathedral Range is an ever-present backdrop, but summit vantage points are the best way to appreciate it.

Where is it?

115km northeast of Melbourne (1hr 40min drive) in the Victoria’s High Country region.

Why go?

To ‘get away from it all’ and embrace timeless country Australia. And to do it with simplicity: Taggerty is within arm’s reach of Melbourne and yet feels a world removed from it. It’s an excellent base for exploring stunning, contrasting landscapes and underestimated gems, as well as enjoying rich experiences.

You might pass views like this if driving from Melbourne. More below. 

The essentials – things to do in Taggerty, VIC

Cathedral Range State Park

Glorious scenery abounds in the park, headlined by the imposing 7km-long ridge known as Cathedral Range. Walking trails reveal the area’s immense splendour, but it’s the views from summit vantage points that are most sought after. Rock climbing and bird watching are among other popular pursuits.

We're not joking - you simply must explore treasure-stuffed Cathedral Range State Park.

Trout fishing

Keen anglers should dangle a line in the Acheron River where there is plenty of opportunity to land brown and rainbow trout. It’s just one waterway in the region that will catch the attention of fishers.

Acheron River has strong appeal for anglers.

Things to do around Taggerty, VIC

Alexandra

This charming old-gold town is dotted with heritage buildings – including a couple of classic country pubs – and features parks and gardens that make inviting picnic spots. 

Distance: 20km north of Taggerty.

Lake Eildon National Park

These picturesque surrounds engulf massive Lake Eildon, which blends aquatic playground with awe-inspiring scenery. Leisure options include kayaking, boating, fishing, and water-skiing. On dry land, walking tracks reveal abundant beauty and glimpses of wildlife. Eildon township has various amenities, including cafés and other eateries.

Distance: 25km northeast of Taggerty (to Eildon town centre).

Lake Eildon invites plenty of aquatic activity.

Marysville

Gorgeous oak and elm trees dominate the main street of this small town, creating an instantly inviting ambience. The alluring aesthetics continue within nearby Marysville State Forest. It's home to Steavenson Falls, one of Victoria’s highest waterfalls; and Keppel Lookout, which delivers breathtaking Cathedral Range views.

Mesmerising: Steavenson Falls.

Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden is a great find in Marysville, showcasing quirky sculptures dotted around tranquil gardens. Bruno’s story is one of resilience, which epitomises that of the wider town. The garden was decimated in the devastating Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 but, like Marysville itself, rebounded strongly.

Distance: 25km south of Taggerty.

A visit to Bruno's is uplifting.

Lake Mountain

In winter, this snow-filled landscape is a hive of activity. It’s best associated with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well as tobogganing. And it’s highly regarded as a family-friendly ski area. In warmer months, Lake Mountain is an excellent spot for hiking and mountain biking and reveals more beauty via colourful wildflowers.

Distance: 45km southeast of Taggerty.

Lake Mountain is a winter wonderland, and in warmer months it's great fun, too.

Strathbogie Ranges

This delightfully picturesque area forms part of the Great Dividing Range and features dramatic terrain that includes rugged peaks, rocky outcrops, and rolling hills. Various walking trails unearth this majestic scenery. It’s also a noted wine region with a scattering of cellar doors.

Distance: 80km north of Taggerty (Strathbogie township).

Along with glorious surrounds, Strathbogie Ranges is a noted wine region. Location: Baddaginnie Run winery.

Mansfield

Expect more splendour in this enchanting town and its surrounds. Highlights include underrated Mansfield Zoo and Social Bandit Brewing Company

Distance: 90km northeast of Taggerty.

The superb scenery extends to Mansfield.

A breathtaking drive…

If you’re on the road from Melbourne to Taggerty, you’ll likely encounter the famous Black Spur Drive. This dazzling 30km stretch of snaking bitumen slices through the Yarra Ranges and is dominated by towering mountain ash trees and lush ferns that make for a brilliant sight. The road links Healesville with Narbethong on the Maroondah Highway.

The landscape along the Black Spur Drive is simply spectacular.

Random fact

Taggerty has a population of roughly 330 residents. Its name is believed to be an Aboriginal word for ‘blue clay’.

Where to stay in Taggerty, VIC

Looking for accommodation in Taggerty? Check out this great park.

BIG4 Taggerty Holiday Park

Park type: Holiday.

Occupying a prime position on the banks of the Acheron River and with a natural bush setting, BIG4 Taggerty offers a tranquil ambience complementing the vibe of the wider area. The park has variable accommodation that includes cabins – including riverfront options – and large caravan and camping sites. And there are luxurious glamping bell tents, too.

Prime spot: BIG4 Taggerty.

Leading park features include a swimming pool and outdoor movie theatre for warmer months and fire drums for hire during cooler periods. There's also a games room, jumping pillow, and giant chess. The easiest of access to the Acheron River is a big drawcard, too. Relax on an inflatable lounge or try your luck fishing.

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