Riverside Sanctuary Retreat
Stay in a beautiful rustic comfortable hexagon hut in a forest setting by the river.
Soak in a wood heated clawfoot bath in a forest setting, go to sleep as the sun sets golden over the mountains, look at the stars through the skylight window, read by the fire.
Wake up relaxed and refreshed to birdsong and a new day in so many ways… to do nothing or picnic or walk by the river or forests, climb a mountain, cycle the rail trail, ponder life while sampling the excellent local coffee/chai/dandy or dine in a variety of nearby places.
Located in the Upper Yarra Valley, one hour from Melbourne, there is public transport and cycling trails to Warburton, which can make this a truly authentic and remarkable carbon neutral holiday.
Early check in and late check out may be possible. Public transport available to make this a real carbon neutral holiday or cycle the Warburton Rail Trail (bikes allowed on the bus in case you don’t make the full 30km).
While the place is basic – off the grid, solar lights, composting toilet, etc – its very simplicity offers a rare experience of truly getting away…really getting away from it all…into peaceful rejuvenating nature with absolute tranquility. However, excellent cafes are only 5 min drive or 20 min river walk.
To really relax and be nourished, experience reiki, bodywork, massage and/or healings in your Sanctuary.
Discover all the information you need for your Riparide adventure. Activities to excite and challenge and natural beauty to quiet and centre the mind. Head outside to explore a world of adventure and fulfilled living.
BUSHWALKING & BIKE RIDING
The O’Shannassy Trail is a 30 kilometre walking and bike-riding trail from East Warburton to Don Valley in the Upper Yarra Valley.
The trail runs in alongside the Warburton Rail Trail, however, the O’Shannassy Trail is set into the mountain ranges, and provides a different viewpoint to the landscape. Surrounded by tall trees, and lush ferns, the trail follows the historic open channelled O’Shannassy Aqueduct, and allows for impressive views of the Yarra Valley.
La La Falls - Warburton
Follow the track through tall Mountain Ash forest and lush ferny glades, to the picturesque La La Falls. The track has a moderate grade, which can be slightly challenging; allow 1.5 hours for a return trip. For a particularly impressive view, visit after heavy rainfall when the falls are at their most powerful.
Cora Lynn & Cumberland Falls
Follow the Cumberland walk and find the Cora Lynn and Cumberland waterfalls in a rainforest gully and take in sweeping views of the Cumberland Valley from Sovereign View.
Discover the magic of the redwoods at Warburton.
Probably one of the best-kept secrets in the hills is the forest of Californian Redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, a few kilometres outside Warburton. The Californian Redwood trees are significant because of the history and extent of the plantation. There are over 1476 trees ranging from 20 metres to the tallest being 55 metres.
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