The Artisan Hills has a great range of things to see, do and experience. These suggested itineraries are a taste of what our region has to offer and will have you coming back for more!
Start your day at Eltham Lower Park, where kids and adults can ride on the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway (Sundays only, Wednesday during the school holidays except in December) followed by a play on the accessible playground complete with flying fox.
Then take a bike ride along the Diamond Creek Trail to Edendale, a community farm that provides environmental learning through interactive activities for all ages. Say hello to the guinea pigs and chickens.
Cross the bridge to the Eltham North Adventure Playground, designed especially for imaginative play. For those with energy to spare continue along the trail to Diamond Creek, 12kms.
Hurstbridge Heritage Trail
from 794 Main Road
The Hurstbridge Heritage Trail has 30 sign-posted sites of historical significance in the township including ANZAC Avenue of Honour, Dorset House site and Little Bank building. See the Hurstbridge Heritage Trail Map.
Gawa Resource Trail
from 873 Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Watsons Creek
The 340 metre loop provides insight into how the Wurundjeri clan lived near Watsons creek and used the land for food, medicine and clothes. The trail introduces visitors to the indigenous flora and fauna, including manna gums, lomandra (used to weave baskets) and wombat burrows. See the Gawa-Resource-Trail-brochure.pdf
Smiths Gully to St Andrews Nature History Trail
from Peter Franke Reserve Car Park, St Andrews
The trail follows the Smiths Gully Creek through the Old Caledonia Gully alluvial gold diggings of the 19th and 20th centuries. The return walk is 3kms.
Ye Olde Yarrambat Walk
from 474 Ironbark Road, Yarrambat
The walk takes in 13 sites which link ‘Olde’ Yarrambat with new, including the Eltham & District Woodworkers and the original school house site. A guide is available from the Old Yarrambat General Store and Yarrambat Post Office.
Heritage Tour 1 - South
from 903 Main Road, Memorial Hall, Eltham
This self-guided driving tour covers Eltham War Memorial, Eltham Library, Trestle bridge and railway, Shillinglaw Cottage, Alistair Knox Park, St Margaret’s Anglican Church, Eltham justice precinct, Eltham Avenue of Honour, Eltham Cemetery, Montsalvat.
See the Tour-1-South-heritage-trail-map.pdf
Heritage Tour 2 - West and central
access from lane way off Corowa Crescent opposite Warrool Court, turn right along Plenty River
This self-guided driving tour covers Batman Tree, Plenty War Memorial Gates, Ye Olde Yarrambat Walk, Yarrambat Heritage Museum, Golden Mines, Monash Bridge, Allwood House, Hurstbridge Heritage Trail, Hurst Family Cemetery, Ellis Cottage, Diamond Creek War Memorial, Nillumbik Cemetery, Union Mine and Diamond Creek Mine, Edendale Farm, Research Aqueduct.
See the Tour-2-West-and-Central-heritage-trail-map.pdf
Heritage Tour 3 - East
from Research-Warrandyte Road, North Warrandyte
This self-guided driving tour covers Blythe Bank, Research Aqueduct, Andrew Ross Museum, Moor-rul Viewing Platform, Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower, Kangaroo Ground Cemetery, Gawa Trail, Sugarloaf Reservoir, Flying Squirrel Hotel, Christmas Hills Mechanics’ Institute and Hall, Christmas Hills War Memorial.
See the Tour-3-East-heritage-trail-map.pdf
Heritage Tour 4 - North
from Arthurs Creek Road, Arthurs Creek
This self-guided driving tour covers Arthurs Creek Cemetery, Charnwood Hazel Glen, Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute, Strathewen Black Saturday Memorial, Strathewen Blacksmiths Tree, Dunmoochin, St Andrews School, St Andrews Community Market, St Andrews Hotel, Smiths Gully Nature History Trail, Queenstown Cemetery, Panton Hill Firefighters Memorial Park.
See the Tour-4-North-heritage-trail-map.pdf