THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Great Victoria Rail Trail
The north east section of the Great Victoria Rail Trail consists of 134km of fine gravel trail from Tallarook near Seymour to Alexandra and Mansfield. The Alexandra section terminates at the old railway station which is now a Timber Tramway Museum. Summerlands is about five minutes (by bicycle) to this station.
There are many annual or regular events that attract visitors to Alexandra. The Easter Fair, Big Fish Competition, Spring Show etc. as well as sporting events and markets mean there is usually something to see or do.
The Truck, Rod and Ute show held on the June long weekend each year is a major event for the town (book early for this weekend)
Fishing and Boating
The Alexandra area contains some of Victorias best freshwater fishing opportunities. You can be on the water in a few minutes from Summerlands. Options include fishing for trout in the Goulburn River or its many tributary streams such as the Rubicon or Steavenson rivers or Eildon Pondage whilst Lake Eildon is a great option for Murray cod and golden perch as well as redfin and trout.
Lake Eildon is also a top spot for other watersports such as water and jet skiing or kayaking.
Mount Buller, one of Australia’s premier ski fields is a little over an hour to the north of Alexandra via Mansfield.
The beautiful township of Marysville and the Lake Mountain snowfields are about three quarters of an hour to the south.
Both areas are also great places to visit for hiking and site-seeing outside the ski season.
There is a local taxi service.
McKenzies operate a daily bus service to and from Melbourne and during the week there is a daily bus service to and from Seymour.
Located in the heart of Alexandra about 130km north east of Melbourne. Ski fields to the south (Marysville/Lake Mountain) and north (Mt Buller), great fishing in nearby rivers and lakes (Goulburn River and Lake Eildon). Take a drive through the Yarra Valley vineyards or cycle via the rail trail. Several other routes will get you to“Summerlands" to base your stay in a vibrant rural community.
Summerlands is an old house with a new facelift only 5 minutes walk from the main street of Alexandra. When we complete our transformation to a modern B & B we will have 5 private rooms; 3 with en-suites and 2 sharing a 4th bathroom. There is a shared common dining/lounge room and fully equipped kitchen for guest use. Our first room is now available and other rooms will come online this year as the additional bathrooms are completed. Fear not if you decide to stay now, you will not be disturbed by building work. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate but a cooked breakfast at extra cost is available by arrangement. Dinner (Chinese is our specialty) is also available by arrangement.
Your hosts, Wayne Fulton and Lina Bin welcome guests from all cultures and we would love to have you stay with us.
The house was built around 1890 as a private residence for Alfred Ainsworth the local district surveyor. Ainsworth named the property Summerlands and lived in the main house up until his death in 1920.
After he passed the house was operated as a guest house by the Andrews family. This continued for at least 50 years until the house was once again used as a family home.
We purchased the property in 1999 and started the process of extensively renovating the house. After many years of work we are pleased to again offer it as accommodation under its original name.