This place was really something else. Matilda had an absolute blast, fascinated... speechless... on a hunt for fairies, even the "too cool for family outings" 11 and 12 year old boys enjoyed it. What are the odds? This gorgeous garden is definitely worth a visit, in the heart of Marysville... a good 4 hour round trip for us, though worth it. Although, upon arriving with limited cash (like, not enough cash to cover us all!), we find there's no eftpos. They were lovely and told us to head back into town for cash afterwards but first, enjoy. So we did! We headed to the only two places to get cash out afterwards only to find they're both unavailable. We headed back, scrummaging for any loose car change, heads held low and feeling a little defeated by technology and gave them everything we could. The day we come back, we owe you guys a beefy tip!
On a heavier hearted note, we've all heard of the devastating black Saturday fires of 2009, we all know where we were and exactly what we were doing. It was that extremely dry, windy, 47 degree day in Melbourne, with unofficial temperatures recorded to be even higher than that, I was sitting in my smoke filled house listening to the radio and watching the TV anxiously waiting for updates. It was horrid, a day many Victorians will never forget. The stories you heard after that day were unbelievable, so surreal you'd think they were fiction. The thought of being in one of those devastated areas on that horrifying day is unimaginable, this was one of those places. The town of Marysville was ravished, scorched and near enough burnt to the ground. All that was left standing was 14 of over 400 buildings in Marysville, it was completely destroyed and torn apart, could you even imagine? Even more heart breaking, of the 173 precious lives lost over that 24 hours, 34 fatalities were from Marysville alone. The system failed, lives were ruined and many towns were left blackened.
The sculpture garden was destroyed.
They have rebuilt, Bruno has relived his creative masterpieces and the vegetation has regrown. The town of Marysville is once again just divine. Pay it a visit, it will be more than worth it.