Holgate Brew House, Woodend, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia
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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.

A refreshing break
Visit Woodend as a stop-off point on your way to the north-west, and make a beeline for the excellent refreshments at Holgate Brewhouse. Try the microbrewery's seven draught beers, including the chocolate-flavoured Temptress beer.

History on every corner
As you'd expect from a former resort town, Woodend offers guesthouses, large private gardens, a racecourse, golf club and hotels like Campaspe Country House. Trip down the main street to uncover a number of historical buildings and a clock tower. Shop for antiques to complete the historical experience, or find boutique giftware.

Picnic and events aplenty at Hanging Rock
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 or enjoy a meal at the onsite café and explore the reputed hideout of infamous bushrangers like 'Mad Dog' Morgan and home of native flora and fauna.

Get along to the annual events held at Hanging Rock for unusual perspectives of the eerie landmark. See classic cars in the shadow of the peak at the Annual Picnic at Hanging Rock, camp overnight once a year with Camp Out At The Rock, Run The Rock, and spend New Years Day cheering your horse over the finish line at Hanging Rock Races.

Food and wine galore
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.

Get active
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.

Things to do

Holgate Brewhouse at Keatings Hotel

Holgate Brewhouse at Keatings Hotel

Start with a tasting paddle to sample all of Holgate Brewery's lovingly crafted ales and lagers, relax in the bar and stay for dinner or the night.

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Hiking at Hanging Rock, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Hanging Rock Trail

Climb the now extinct volcano that was made famous by the classic Australian novel and later movie Picnic at Hanging Rock for stunning views.

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Campaspe House in Spring

Campaspe Country House Hotel & Restaurant

Campaspe Country House Hotel & Restaurant is the perfect country destination for an elegant executive retreat, a romantic weekend away, your dream...

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Hanging Rock Winery

Pull up a pew at the hillside tasting room boasting views of Hanging Rock and sample the famous Macedon bubbly or award-winning Heathcote Shiraz.

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Hanging Rock National Park, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Hanging Rock

Your Picnic at Hanging Rock will be a gourmet affair served with drama and intrigue - and stunning flora and fauna.

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