VIOLET TOWN ACCOMMODATION
About Violet Town
Located along the Honeysuckle creek, Violet Town is a portal to a time where life was simpler. Violet Town hosts a market on the second Saturday of every month, attracting locals, in-state and out of state visitors. Take a stroll along one of their several stunning nature walks or enjoy their love for art at their galleries! But don’t forget to pop in for a coffee at Violet Town Café or a heart-warming meal at the Ellen Frances Hotel on Cowslip Street.
Discovered in 1836 by the European settlers, Violet Town was noted for the several creeks, streams and ponds that ran through the area that to this day, makes Violet Town’s scenery its most attractive feature. After the Hume Freeway was built in 1980, traffic was diverted around Violet Town Shire and thus sparked the formation of the Shire of Strathbogie; Euroa, Goulburn Shires and Violet Town.
One of the more notable locations in Violet Town is Ellen Frances Hotel. With the classic pub atmosphere, there’s a bar to have a drink with the locals, and a dining room and outdoor veranda to enjoy their good-for-the-soul pub food. Ellen Frances Hotel also includes three rooms that are a great accommodation option if you want your stay to be right in the heart of Violet Town.
But if you’re hungry for the taste of the country, then consider the Marraweeny Olive Grove Cottage. Only a 20-minute drive from Violet Town, this cottage is located right on top of the Strathbogie Ranges Tablelands, providing 360 scenic views. Marraweeny Olive Grove Cottage is the perfect accommodation location for the wildlife lovers and couples looking for a romantic getaway.
The people of Violet Town are the heart and soul of this humble town. You can’t miss their welcoming culture when the signs to all the entrances into town are painted by a local resident, artist and cartoonist, Michael Leunig. Another great exhibition of Violet Town’s culture is the market that is held on the second Saturday of every month. It is known as one of the most successful community markets in Victoria’s north east thanks to the 200 plus stalls selling farmers produce, hot food, baked goods, coffee, plants, clothing, arts and crafts as well as featuring a children’s mini animal farm! The market runs from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the Tulip Street recreation reserve. We recommend heading down early in the morning to get a head-start against the crowd.
Take your family to the Violet Town Recreation Reserve where a children’s playground, public BBQs and tables, make it the perfect spot for a picnic. The Honeysuckle creek offers a lovely 40-minute flat walk that runs through the reserve, that makes the most picture-perfect morning activity. Don’t miss the six information boards along the track that contain more joyful artwork and interesting facts about the wildlife. Another great spot to enjoy the outdoors is the Lion’s Park on the main street. But don’t forget to take a photo with the eagles wings in support of the local wildlife!