Off the Maroondah Highway, about 97km north-east of Melbourne, Marysville is surrounded by beautiful sub-alpine mountain country and is the home to Steavenson Falls - at 84m, the tallest in Victoria. Dramatic by day, the cascade is spectacular by night they are floodlit at night with power generated by the falls-driven turbines. The surrounding countryside is a haven for bushwalkers, horseriders and freshwater fisherfolk who can catch up on breeding and restocking programs at two regional trout farms. And there’s a stack of warm, rustic accommodation, too. Marysville got its start as a stop-off point on the way to the Woods Point goldfields, but soon the locals diversified into timber milling, and now tourism is the go. The town is rich in craft shops and one of the surviving timber mills is open to the public This is a very popular retreat for Melbournians who acknowledge Marysville as the village of four seasons where autumn is identified by signature russet colours, winter by glistening snow, spring by vibrant wildflower blooms and summer by cool, forest scents.