Only around an hours drive from Melbourne you’ll find yourself in the serene Macedon Ranges, which are home to vineyards, boutique cellars, historic stone buildings and day spas. The region has a reputation for offering the finer things in life, so you’ll be sure to leave feeling relaxed, invigorated and raring to go.
Things to do
While the Macedon Ranges has become a popular destination due to its wining and dining culture, there’s plenty of other activities that you should put on the to-do list while you’re there. Shop at the local boutiques, play a round of golf at the Kyneton Golf Club or enjoy a relaxing yoga class.
Nature lovers will thrive in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, as there are countless hiking trails, great cycling tracks and horse riding available- all through beautiful landscapes. Take a deep breath of that crisp country air and enjoy your time in the Ranges.
The mystery of Hanging Rock
While in the area make sure you visit the Hanging Rock reserve, which showcases some truly unique rock formations and a pretty intriguing story behind it as well. Immortalised in film form in 1975, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ follows the mysterious disappearance of several school girls and their teacher at the turn of the 20th century. Whether you buy into the hype or not – Hanging Rock is long believed to have strange events happen there including watches stopping and technology malfunctioning. Take your chances!
Hanging Rock is located just next to the glorious Macedon Ranges township of Woodend, a popular getaway spot for many travellers looking to go bush, but still be close enough to the city.
Fancy a punt?
The Hanging Rock horse races are also held throughout the year, on a track located just next to the massive rock itself. The Australia Day meeting is the most popular- attracting punters from all over Victoria. It’s a fun day and a great location for it- just don’t get too sunburnt!
Other must visits in your Thrifty hire car include the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Hepburn Regional Park and Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve.
Put a spring in your step
Hepburn Springs, located in the alternative and popular town of Daylesford, is the perfect spot to book yourself and a friend or loved one into a day spa for a long weekend. Soak your cares away and let the mineral springs do all the work. You will be sure to return to the bustling city relaxed and eagerly awaiting your next break.