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Woodend

Woodend is located between Macedon and Kyneton and at the northern end of Macedon’s Black Forest. The town has a long history, dating back to the days of the Gold Rush of the 1850s, when Woodend was a service centre for people on their way to the goldfields of Bendigo and Castlemaine.

The commercial centre of WWoodend information & attractions – visitor guideoodend is located along the tree-lined boulevard of High Street and retains a collection of historic buildings including the soaring clock tower in front of the post office and the Art Gallery building. Woodend’s Coles supermarket, at the 19th Hole Shopping Centre, features a collection of large murals depicting the Woodend’s history on its outside walls.

Other historical buildings include the bluestone St Mary’s Anglican church built in Buckland Street in 1864, and the old court house, dating back to 1870 in Forest Street. The Woodend Bridge, located near the visitor information centre, is a bluestone structure built in 1862 that allows High Street to span Five Mile Creek.

The Woodend Golf Course, with its entrance on Davy Street, is built on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Fine views over the town, surrounding countryside and towards Mount Macedon can be enjoyed from many of the fairways.

One of Woodend’s major attractions is the Hanging Rock Reserve, located around 8 kilometres to the east of town. The Hanging Rock Reserve features a landmark rocky volcanic formation, around 100 metres in height. Walking tracks lead to the summit, offering commanding views over the surrounding countryside and the opportunity to explore rocky outcrops and formations. The reserve includes a discovery centre, cafe, large picnic and BBQ grounds grounds, and a racecourse. Hanging Rock was the location of Joan Lindsay’s mystery novel in which a party of schoolgirls picnicked at the rock on Valentines Day 1900, with several members of the party disappearing without a trace. The novel was adapted into a feature film in 1975, now regarded as an Australian Classic.

The Macedon Ranges boasts a significant collection of wineries around the Woodend, Romsey and Lancefield area. To the north-east of Woodend, in the village of Newham, is the Hanging Rock Winery which is open daily and offers scenic views south towards Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon.

Woodend is the quintessential modern rural village with cosmopolitan cafes, bookstores, antique shops and an eclectic mix of old and new wares for all tastes. A veritable slice of accessible country town which surrounded by the state Wombat State Park and Black Forrest. Woodend is steeped in uniquely Australian fauna and flora. Why not try the “award winning” Vanilla slice at Bourkies bakehouse or on weekends take in some of the degustation delights of Café Colenso.

 

Hanging Rock

Served with helpings of drama and intrigue, and stunning wildflowers and animal life, your Picnic at Hanging Rock will be a gourmet affair if you gather your fare from the farm gates, provedores and wineries and in surrounding towns.

An intriguing history

The legend of Peter Weir’s 1975 film of Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock is probably part of your attraction to this landmark, though it’s attracted picnickers since the early days of European settlement. Gold rush bushrangers like ‘Mad Dog’ hid out amidst the bizarrely perched boulders. You too can clamber over these rocks, re-enacting your favourite part of its history.Hanging Rock

Celebrations

Tell your own stories at the picnic races, held twice a year on New Year’s Day and Australia Day and drawing punters from afar. Local food and wine is justifiably celebrated at the annual Harvest Picnic in late February. Check out classic cars at the annual Car Display picnic day, or race around the rock for Run The Rock every April.

Catch huge international acts playing music against the Hanging Rock backdrop throughout the year. For the ultimate Hanging Rock experience, camp overnight and scare yourself silly with tall tales at Camp Out At The Rock.

The Rock: The facts

Rising 105 metres from the plain and formed six million years ago, Hanging Rock is actually a small steep-sided volcano (mamelon). Rainwater has gradually created unusual rock formations, including the Black Hole of Calcutta and the Cathedral. Stop in at the Hanging Rock interpretative centre for the lowdown on local history, mystery and geology. Join a guided tour for more tales, and spook yourself with a summer night tour.

Bursting with colour

You can almost forget the Rock’s supposed supernatural forces during spring, when the area bursts with colour. The reserve is host to nearly 100 indigenous plants, and resident fauna includes 40 species of birds and koalas, kangaroos, sugar gliders, echidna and wallabies.

Mount Macedon

The small township of Mount Macedon lies part way up the mountain of the same name, located between the town of Macedon at the base and the actual mountain peak which soars to a height of just over 1,000 metres above sea level.

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Stanley Park, accessed via Waterfalls Road or Salisbury Road, contains a native grassland area, diverse vegetation, and several picnic areas. Turitable Creek, which runs through the park, cascades down a rocky ledge into a dense bush gully. While there’s a lookout platform at the top of the waterfall, the best views are from the gully below. In the Mount Macedon area are a number of historical grand Victorian homes with exquisite English gardens that most attractive in autumn when the leaves of the many deciduous trees transform into bright and blazing colours.

 

The Macedon Regional Park surrounds much of Mount Macedon and features a number of attractions. The most popular is the Memorial Cross Reserve, located at the end of Cameron Drive, which includes picnic and BBQ areas, and the Top of the Range Tearooms. A short walk along a sealed path from the tearooms takes visitors to the 21 metre tall Memorial Cross which was erected to honour those Australians who lost their lives in wars. Good views can be enjoyed from the cross and also from the Major Mitchell Lookout, which is located on a side-track before the cross.

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The Camels Hump is the highest point in the Macedon Ranges, located near the start of Cameron Drive. Several walking tracks depart from the Camels Hump car park, with the most scenic being the steep 500 metre path that ascends to the peak. The viewing platform at the peak offers panoramic views to the north and west.

Sanatorium Lake is accessed via Lions Head Road which is almost opposite the entrance to Cameron Drive. The drive along this gravel road passes through the attractive Days Picnic Ground and then to the car park at Sanatorium Lake. A 250 metre walk from the car park along the Eco-Tourism Walking Trail takes visitors to an information shelter and the adjacent lake. Other picnic areas and walking trails are located near the lake.

Local Markets

Taste food at its freshest and most sustainable in Woodend and the Macedon Ranges. The local farmers markets mean that many of the local restaurants and eateries offer organic and or free range produce. In fact some restaurants offer a “barter” system with local producers who are able to swap their produce for a hearty meal. There is a farmers market within the Macedon Ranges vicinity every weekend.

  • Woodend farmersWoodend Farmers’ Market the newest addition to the Macedon Ranges Farmers’ Market circuit, operates on the First Saturday of the Month at the Community Centre grounds on the cnr of High & Forest Streets.
    First Saturday of the Month
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    High Street , Woodend , Victoria

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    The Kyneton Farmers’ Market is located smack bang in the centre of Piper Street in St Paul’s Park.  The market kicks off around 8.30 with the first sausage hitting the barbecue and then it just strolls on through the day till lunchtime.  Great selections of meat, pasta, beer, wine, fruit and vegetables – and a knockout array of olive oils, preserves, plants, farm fresh eggs and jams.
    Second Saturday of the Month
    8:30am – 1:00pm

    St Paul’s Park, Piper Street , Kyneton , Victoria

  • Enjoy meeting local producers of rare breed beef and pork, fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, organic tea, preserves, award winning olive oils, wine, free range poultry and eggs, and alpaca wool. Relax with coffee and cake, and listen to our local musicians while your children have their face painted for free by a local artist.
    • Third Saturday of the Month
      9:00am – 1:00pm

      Centre Plantation, High Street , Lancefield , Victoria

  • Lancefield farmersThe Lancefield & District Farmers’ Market was established in March 2003 by the Lancefield Neighbourhood House as a way of connecting farmers’ & food producers with the local community.The…
    Fourth Saturday of the Month
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Centre Plantation, High Street , Lancefield , Victoria

 

EVERY SATURDAY – Wesley Hill Community Market, Duke Street, Castlemaine

1st SUNDAY OF THE MONTH – Gisborne All Seasons Market, Gisborne Village Shopping Centre, Olde Time Market

3RD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH – Woodend Market (September – May), High Street

4TH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH – Trentham Market, Victoria Street

 

 

 

 

Cellar door

Some of the local wineries have excellent cellar door visits and include:

Hanging Rock Winery www.hangingrock.com.au/

Mount Macedon Winery www.mountmacedonwinery.com.au/

Paramooor www.paramoor.com.au

 

Nature & Wildlife

Capture the essence of the mineral springs in the localities and glimpse quirky Australian wildlife such as Kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, wombat, colourful rosellas, black cockatoos, sulphur crested cockatoos, corellas and galas, as well as a bounty of other birdlife at the Hanging Rock Reserve & woodend surrounds.

 

Art & Culture

Indulge in your artistic side in Woodend & the Macedon Ranges. Why not take a day trip to Spa Country Daylesford, home to artists ranging from glass blowing, sculpting, ceramics,  printing as well as many visiting artists.  Your visit to Daylesford should definitely include a tour of the Convent Gallery which features local art as well as functioning as an excellent museum.

Woodend has a winter arts festival in June, which is now in its 8th year. The Woodend Winter Arts Festival hosts a series of the world’s best names in music and is a packed literary and visual arts program.

If you are interested in local history, visit a local museum in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges that tells the stories of early pioneers.  The Kyneton Museum collection includes the building in which the museum is housed. Recognised by the National Trust, the beautiful bluestone building was built in 1855. The exhibits are housed in the former bank manager’s residence, the stables, servants’ kitchen, laundry and cellar, and include a wide range of household items, artworks, photographs, linen, lace, costumes, horse-drawn vehicles, farm machinery.

 

Outdoor activities

Whether your are into high adrenaline, biking, bush walking or sight seeing the Macedon Ranges has everything for the outdoor traveller. Bushwalk through the magnificent surrounds of Trentham falls or drive and walk to the Cross at the top of Mount Macedon for breath taking views across Victoria for as far as the eye can see.

Visit the mysterious and infamous Hanging Rock. Hanging Rock is said to be one of the best examples in the world of a volcanic feature known as a mamelon. It was formed six million years ago when a particularly stiff type of lava formed a rounded pile of layers on the surface as it was squeezed through a narrow vent in the earth. Of course famous also as a result of Joan Lindsay’s narrative Picnic at Hanging Rock, which subsequently became popular film – about the mysterious disappearance of a group of local schoolgirls during a picnic excursion at the Rock in 1900. The Rock continues to be a very popular picnic spot for both locals and visitors to the area.

Tourist Information

For a wider list of things to do please visit the following links:

Official Visitors Guide

http://www.visitmacedonranges.com/

http://www.visitmacedonranges.com/woodend