The Top 5 Things To Do When Visiting Noojee….
There is SO much to do when visiting Noojee from getting back to nature, taking in all that oxygen & beauty, to eating out & enjoying live music, to enjoying the serenity of the Latrobe River that runs right through Noojee, but here are the Top 5 Things to do when visiting Noojee!
- Noojee Trestle Bridge
The restored Noojee No. 7 Trestle Bridge is the legacy from the old railway which ran from Noojee to Warragul for the logging industry.
This is one of the only remaining historic timber bridges in Victoria.
It is truly a sight to see and certainly a must do when visiting Noojee.
It can be accessed from the Trestle Bridge carpark (located just before entering Noojee from South Neerim) but beware there is a steepish slope to gain access to the bridge.
- Toorongo Falls & Amphitheatre
From Noojee take the road past the Noojee hotel, sign posted to Toorongo Falls. En-route to Toorongo Falls you’ll enjoy plenty of scenic eye candy, as Toorongo Valley Road follows the Toorongo River up a beautiful valley lined with native bush and well maintained paddocks.
The drive ends as you reach the Toorongo Falls Reserve, which is the starting point for the walks and encompasses a number of waterfalls.
The starting point for the walk is at the end of the car park, and can’t be missed. You’ll finish here too, regardless of whether you complete the circuit walk or just head up to see Toorongo Falls – which is a round trip of 1.5 km, just 700 m shorter than the circuit.
As you follow the cascading Little Toorongo River up a well maintained, winding gully track you get glimpses of Toorongo Falls, and once you reach the viewing platform the bush opens up to an epic view.
From here you can either head up to Amphitheatre Falls or head back to the carpark (it is only 700m more!). Both walks take approximately 45min to 1hr (2.2km circuit) and is graded easy!
- Noojee Hotel
You can expect to experience Noojee Hotel’s relaxing, family-friendly, country pub atmosphere in the beautiful, tranquil bush surrounds of Noojee.
The pub is serenely situated on the banks of the Latrobe River and there is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon on the back deck looking over the river, taking in the Noojee scenery, while listening to the weekly, live entertainment.
This is a wonderful rustic hotel that provides affordably priced, fabulous country food, made using fresh local produce.
Be warned though it is a VERY popular and busy destination with bookings essential if you don’t want to be turned away at the door. Even though it is busy, the food comes out without a wait as the staff are super efficient.
- The Little Duck Cafe
You cannot miss the Little Red Duck Cafe located in downtown Noojee next door to the post office when visiting here. Expect delicious food, friendly service in a quaint setting.
The pastries are to die for, along with the coffee. The fire keeps the cafe snug and warm in winter and they serve a cracking breakfast 7 days a week. If you are after a glass of wine with lunch then they can do that too.
Fresh produce is the focus, you won’t be disappointed with a meal, morning or afternoon tea at the Little Red Duck Cafe.
- The Toolshed
Another option for lunch and dinner is the Toolshed Bar located on Loch Valley Rd, just past The Little Red Duck Cafe and Ralph Cornwall Picnic Grounds carpark. It’s open for Dinner on Friday & Saturday Nights, Lunch on Saturday, Sunday (till 6pm) and Monday. The food is always good here & you’ll find many a local also having a meal with you! Live music is on offer every second weekend.
Originally a dairy farm built in the early 1900’s, The Outpost Retreat is set on 110 acres. The old Toolshed/chookhouse became what we know today as The Toolshed Pub. You can expect great food, in an intimate atmosphere with great service, overlooking the Noojee bush.