Last year marked 50 years since the release of Picnic at Hanging Rock, arguably, the first film to truly capture the eerie romance of the Australian bushland. Whether you like the film or not, Hanging Rock is a stunning natural rock formation that typifies the subdued charm of Victoria’s bushland and well worth a daytrip now that the weather has cooled down. Melbourne on the Move has your transport covered with bus hire from Melbourne with a driver for social groups. In this article, we’ve put together a Hanging Rock itinerary to help you plan your trip.
Wander: Hanging Rock 139 South Rock Road, Newham
Most Victorians have visited Hanging Rock at some point but the park’s beauty and ethereal natural energy never cease to captivate. Indeed, Hanging Rock has long been a key meeting point for locals and has been a popular spot for picnicking, concerts, horse racing, and even a hideout for the famed bushranger Dan ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan. The walk to the rock takes a leisurely half hour and sturdy footwear is advised.
Eat: Du Fermier 42 High Street Trentham
For most veterans of Melbourne’s culinary scene, the name Annie Smithers would ring a bell. Smithers, a locavore enthusiast and one of the pioneers of the slow food movement in Victoria, sold her bistro in Kyneton back in 2012 and moved down the road to the tiny town of Trentham to work her culinary magic à la française. The result is Du Fermier (French for ‘from the farmhouse’), which dishes up fresh seasonal fare from Smithers’ own Malmsbury farm and places a strong emphasis on ethical and sustainable eating. Aside from this, Du Fermier has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and specialises in Gallic farmhouse classics that genuinely warm the cockles of the soul. Du Fermier serves lunch on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
See: Trentham Falls Trentham Falls Road, Trentham
If you’re still in the mood for some natural sight seeing, then Trentham Falls is well worth a visit. The longest single drop waterfall in Victoria, the water plummets some 32 metres down over dramatic basalt columns into a cloudy pool below. This unique sight is one of the hidden natural wonders of Victoria and a lovely place to visit if you’re seeking a moment of serenity.
Drink: Macedon Wine Room 652 Black Forest Drive, Macedon
It would be remiss of us to plan a day out in the Macedon Ranges without making time to try some of the award winning cool climate wines which this region is famous for. Macedon Wine Room is the perfect way to wind down a day in this bewitching part of the state with a generous open fireplace, panoramic views across the Macedon Ranges, and an eclectic wine list with a few local gems amongst a colourful mix of Australian and international labels. A perfect way to end an Autumn day out in the country.
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