13 Jun. 2022
The temperatures may have plummeted, but visiting Nillumbik with the family is a sure-fire way to beat the big chill this winter. You’ll find a range of activities to help you warm up or wind down, from bushwalks and bike tracks to art and culture and cosy fireside dining. Venture out for the day to embrace the crisp fresh air and bucolic scenery, and don’t forget to rug up.
Winter is a magical time at the historic artists’ colony of Montsalvat in Eltham. It begins with WinterFest in June, with Live music, entertainment, mulled wine, and delicious food on the agenda. Throughout the winter, you’ll also find an array of exhibitions, live music and workshops on offer, with something for everyone. Or you could explore the gardens and historic stone buildings, followed by coffee and cake, or a nourishing lunch, at the Boulevard@Montsalvat restaurant.
Warm up the old-fashioned way with a brisk walk or cycle along with one of Nillumbik’s many bush tracks and trails. The popular Diamond Creek Trail, which follows the Diamond Creek, now extends from Eltham to Hurstbridge. This is a leisurely meandering trail, wide enough for shared use, and popular with walkers and cyclists. Highlights along the trail include the diverse flora and fauna, the Diamond Valley Railway, Edendale Farm Community Environment Centre, the Diamond Creek Regional Playspace and the Hurstbridge Community Hub.
Nillumbik is overflowing with farm-fresh seasonal produce and winter is the ideal time to sample the local fare at one of the many enticing cafes and restaurants. Whether it’s gourmet wood-fired pizzas and a glass of local vino at Massaros, in Kangaroo Ground, or homemade sweet-potato pie and hot chocolate at Bridge 2 Eden, in Hurstbridge, you’ll find something to please the fussiest of foodies. For a family night out, you can’t go past the Panton Hill Hotel in winter, with its open fireplaces, welcoming atmosphere, child-friendly spaces and hearty pub grub.