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.
115km northeast of Melbourne (1hr 40min drive) in the Victoria’s High Country region.
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.
Cathedral Range State Park
Glorious scenery abounds, headlined by the imposing 7km-long ridge known as Cathedral Range. Various walking trails reveal the area’s immense splendour but it’s the views from summit vantage points that are most sought after. Rock climbing suits the more adventurous.
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.
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. Stop by the Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum on the second and fourth Sundays of each month for train rides and a great glimpse into the town’s fascinating past.
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. Meanwhile, on dry land various walking tracks reveal abundant natural beauty and wildlife-spotting opportunities. Eildon township has various amenities, including cafés and other eateries.
Distance: 23km northeast of Taggerty (to Eildon town centre).
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, home to Steavenson Falls – one of Victoria’s highest waterfalls – and Keppel Lookout, which delivers breathtaking Cathedral Range views.
Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden is a great find, 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, has rebounded strongly.
Distance: 26km south of Taggerty.
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 that dot the surrounds.
Distance: 45km southeast of Taggerty.
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 serving up aromatic wines across various styles, including shiraz, pinot noir, and chardonnay.
Distance: 78km north of Taggerty (Strathbogie township).
Expect more splendour in this enchanting town and its surrounds. Highlights include an underrated zoo complete with lions, a microbrewery, and farmers’ markets on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Distance: 90km northeast of Taggerty.
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.
Taggerty has a population of roughly 330 residents. Its name is believed to be an Aboriginal word for ‘blue clay’.
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. In October 2019, BIG4 Taggerty installed various luxurious bell tents for guests looking to embrace the glamping trend.
Leading holiday park features include a generous-size swimming pool and outdoor movie theatre for warmer months and fire drums for hire during cooler periods.
Family-friendly facilities include 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, try your luck fishing, or simply picnic by the water’s edge.
Isn’t it time you had a country Victoria getaway? Book your Taggerty adventure with BIG4 now.