In a burst of sanity a few weeks ago, I convinced myself to stop working and get out of the house for a day! Warrandyte is one of our favourite nearby locations for a day trip, so Tim and I took ourselves there for a break from our too-busy lives.

I love visiting Warrandyte for its beautiful location alongside the Yarra River, as well as its wonderful collection of shops and cafes. On this particular day, we stuck to the riverside shops - but there are many more more places to visit and explore there.

First we visited Warrandyte Lollies & Treats, where I had a lovely time squeeing over the hard-to-find sweets. I bought a Perky Nana bar :)

Then we stopped in at Ratty & Moles Riverbank Antiques. It was an exercise in temptation, but I walked away without buying anything (we're trying to downsize!). I took this photo from the main entrance, looking back up towards the street:

Warrandyte - Riverbank Antiques

We next visited Yarra Cottage Books, one of my favourite second-hand book shops. For lunch we stopped in at The Bakery, which has outdoor seating looking out over the riverside.

We finished our excursion with a walk along the Yarra River. It's always a popular spot, with long walking trails. Plenty of people were enjoying themselves - walking dogs, feeding ducks, picnicking, and paddling.

Warrandyte - Yarra River 1

Warrandyte - Yarra River 2

All in all, a great day for enjoying some natural scenery and recharging the batteries.