Go Fishing! Alexandra has numerous fishing spots near the town. One of the closest is 6km from Alexandra the Goulburn river. The Goulburn River from Eildon Pondage to Alexandra is one of the most popular stretches of trout water in Victoria. Places like Thornton, ‘Gilmore’s Bridge’ and the Breakaway, where the Acheron River joins with the Goulburn River, are legendary. Anglers who fish this river expect to catch brown and rainbow trout, redfin and carp. Trout are the primary target species. Another great fishing spot is the Rubicon river, The Rubicon, one of Victoria’s legendary trout waters, is popular with trout anglers who fish using all methods available. Rising in forested hills with a steep gradient in the headwaters, the river varies from shallow riffles and runs to deeper pools.
Most of Australia’s marsupials and many other animals are most active at dusk or after dark. Guided, night-walking tours are therefore one of the best ways to see many wild animals, and the eco-accredited Eco-Adventure Tours, based in Healesville, specialises in night tours, although the company offers day trips as well. On a night stroll you are likely to see bats, yellow-bellied and greater gliders, owls, wombats, wallabies and possums.
Contact Info:(03) 5962 5115 or 0418 999 936www.ecoadventuretours.com.au
Dandenong Ranges National Park
About an hour’s drive out of Melbourne, some 35 kilometres east of the city, this park has forests of towering mountain ash and lush, damp fern gullies. Around 300 kilometres of walking tracks crisscross the park, including several great short and medium walks such as the popular Fern Gully trail and the Sherbrooke Forest loop. There are also plenty of pleasant picnic spots, including Grants and Valley picnic areas. The best access is from Mount Dandenong Tourist Road.
Contact Info: PV: 13 1963www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
Baw Baw National Park
This 13 300-hectare national park cradles the low-key ski resort at Mount Baw Baw, the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne. Near the resort are 10 kilometres of groomed cross-country trails (and you can hire gear at the resort), some longer ungroomed trails, and lovely alpine walks among the snow gums in summer. The most popular is probably the 5-kilometre-return walk to the summit.
Contact Info:Contact Info: 1300 651 136www.mountbawbaw.com.au
RACV Healesville Country Club is considered a minnow among giants, for this par-68 measures only 4872 metres from the back markers. Healesville doesn’t aspire to be anything other than an incredibly enjoyable course for golfers of all standards.Located at Yarra Glen Rd, Healesville, Victoria 3777