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Leg 1: Melbourne to Bendigo
154 km/95 miles, about 2 hours
The towns and villages between Melbourne and Bendigo are renowned for their antique shops that overflow with treasures, including furniture, silver, china, paintings and bric-a-brac.
To see antiques in situ, visit the historic home Buda in Castlemaine. The legacy of the gold-rush boom is present in the historic buildings throughout Castlemaine, and the old-world charm and the National Trust-listed streetscape in the tiny town of Maldon.
Piper Street in Kyneton has a small cluster of antique shops. The town also boasts mineral springs and 19th-century botanic gardens, plus The Provender, one of the new breed of bookshop cafés.
Hanging Rock, the haunting backdrop to the Picnic at Hanging Rock book and film, is near Woodend, a town with an historic streetscape featuring a number of heritage buildings and a clock tower.
From Woodend weave your way through the tree-lined streets and magnificent gardens of Mount Macedon. Overnight in cottage accommodation or a fine English-style pub, and call in to sample local wines at the cellar doors of boutique wineries. At the summit of the mountain, a short walk from the car park, is the Memorial Cross and several lookouts, from which you can see as far as Melbourne on a clear day.
The legacy of the gold rush that shaped Victoria lives on in the boomtown architecture and rich history of the Goldfields region.
Rising 105 metres from the plain and formed six million years ago, Hanging Rock is actually a small steep-sided volcano (mamelon).
Castlemaine's history is visible in its fine public buildings, ornate hotels and century-old shops selling everything from gourmet food to antiques.
Explore Victoria's golden heritage in elegant Bendigo, where 'boom town' architecture nestles among century-old gardens and established trees.
Your Macedon Ranges food and wine adventure isn't complete without a visit to Kyneton a gourmet village that punches well above its weight.
Walk in the footsteps of Melbourne's nineteenth century elite atop Mount Macedon boasting imposing mansions, glorious gardens and stunning vistas.
It feels a world away from Melbourne in Woodend, nineteenth century resort town and base for the mysterious Hanging Rock.
Wander down historic streetscape in Maldon, Australia's first 'notable town' as proclaimed by the National Trust in 1966.
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