No need to trek into the Melbourne CBD on the weekends because there’s an abundance of things to do north of your new home! Exploring beautiful Victoria has never been so accessible. We’ve put together a sample of ‘things to do’ that appeal to families and couples alike!
The famous Hanging Rock is a must-see for history, music and film buffs and a great day out for families. A sacred place for local indigenous people and one of the best examples of mamelon in the world with its renowned rock formations, the Rock brings visitors from far and wide.
Hanging Rock is best known for the 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock which saw a major influx of tourists to the area. The landmark is also used by big-name bands for concerts, including Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheehan and Rod Stewart.
Walking trails appeal to the adventurous and families can enjoy a picnic on the beautiful grounds or if a more substantial meal is required, you can get a sit-down meal in the cafe.
Want a proper introduction to your day at Hanging Rock? The Hanging Rock Discovery Centre provides a captivating backdrop on the history, geology and all-round fascination on this magical place.
Hanging Rock Discovery Centre
Racecourse Rd, Woodend
Daylesford & Hepburn Springs
Is a day of pampering up your alley? Well, Daylesford is famous for its indulgent experiences, day spas and wellness retreats, and romantic getaways! On the outskirts of town, Hepburn has 65 natural mineral springs and actually accounts for 80 per cent of Australia’s known mineral water springs. The area has put this to good use, developing the Mineral Spa at Peppers Springs Retreat and Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa.
Another reason for the town’s reoccurring tourist trade is the many art galleries, restaurants, antiques, tarot reading and the increasingly popular wine tasting – with some calling it Australia’s best Pinot growing region. Offering markets on the weekends, it’s a great opportunity to sample the food and wine that this little slice of heaven produces!
Want to explore this beautiful part of Victoria from your bicycle? In October, Ride Daylesford (supporting the Breast Cancer Network Australia) is a recreational event that takes cyclists through wineries, springs and rolling countryside of the Hepburn, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shires.
To find out more about Ride Daylesford: http://bit.ly/tp_ridedaylesford
Animal Land Children’s Farm
The perfect family day out is to be had at Animal Land Children’s Farm! Just a 20 minute drive from Thornhill Park, the farm is truly that – a working farm. The kids will get to experience a real, working farm and even have the chance to nurse chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Milking the cows in the dairy, planting trees and collecting eggs from the chickens gives the kids an appreciation of what farm life is really about!
It’s rare that you get to interact with a variety animals from alpacas, donkeys, deer, turkeys, peacocks, cockatoos and animals you expect to see on a farm are there too!
Having too much fun for one day? Families can book overnight accommodation at the homestead’s Farm Stay units. Animal Land Children’s Farm is a unique experience for the whole family!
190 Duncans Lane
Photo courtesy Macedon Council