You've barely left Melbourne behind but it feels like another world when you arrive at Woodend, a nineteenth century resort town and base for the mysterious Hanging Rock.
Visit Woodend as a stop-off point on your way to the north-west, and experience the excellent refreshments at Holgate Brewhouse. Try the microbrewery's seven draught beers, book an overnight stay and be spoiled with a fabulous meal in the restaurant.
As you'd expect from a former resort town, Woodend is aflush with guesthouses, large private gardens, a racecourse, golf club and hotels, such as Campaspe Country House. Trip down the main street to reveal a number of historical buildings and a clock tower. Shop for antiques to complete the historical experience.
The highlight of any visit is to climb nearby Hanging Rock, which featured in Peter Weir's film Picnic at Hanging Rock. Pack your own picnic and explore the reputed hideout of infamous bushrangers like 'Mad Dog' Morgan.
Celebrate terrific local food and wine at Hanging Rock's annual Harvest Picnic in late February. Complete the Hanging Rock experience with a visit to Hanging Rock winery, and sample the iconic Macedon Cuvee.
Explore the scenic bushland of Macedon Regional Park or take a self-guided cycling tour. Tee-off at the cliff-top golf course and pay particular attention to the panoramic views from the eleventh hole.
For more, go to www.visitmacedonranges.com
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You can stroll down old cobbled streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings, and moments of the gold rush years and the elegant Victorian era that followed. Then enjoy uncovering the stories of our colonial men and women in the towns’ museums, book shops and galleries and their historical sites.
The broad, gum tree-shaded banks of the beautiful Murray River provide a relaxing location for a water based holiday. You can experience the charm of traveling on Australia’s iconic river on a paddle steamer, fish for the famous Murray Cod, play golf on championship courses, or just watch the river flow from one of its pretty beaches.
This road through Australia’s history starts in Sydney, where European settlement began, and where much of its original colonial architecture can still be seen in the Rocks, sitting under the famous Harbour Bridge and across the quay from the iconic Sydney Opera House. The route also takes in the national capital of Canberra, home to world class museums and galleries, award winning food and wine, and a plethora of outdoors and nature experiences fit for the whole family.
Drive from Sydney to Melbourne and Melbourne to Sydney for a memorable roadtrip. Find activities and accommodation along the coast and inland. Meet the wildlife, enjoy the food and wine and stay at some wonderful, welcoming cottages, guesthouses, camp grounds and motels. Plan your holiday now.