Dramatic, unique and perfect for all ages, Hanging Rock is a place where history and mystery meet headon.
INDIGENOUS HISTORY AND CULTURE
The Macedon Ranges region is home to sites of national significance, and the local indigenous community is still active today.
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One of the villages closest to Melbourne, the little hamlet of Riddells creek offers historic architecture and a relaxed country attitude.
Gone are the rocky granite outcrops of other parts of the Macedon Ranges as Mount Macedon descends in long ridges and valleys to the foot of the Riddells Creek township and the land opens up into beautiful livestock grazing country.
Have a picnic lunch in the Lions Park Reserve in the centre of town. Featuring a shady parkland with a playground and BBQ facilities, the reserve is bordered by a quaint timber Catholic Church, sports fields and the grand timber Mechanics Institute built in 1875.
For the children and the young at heart, Dromkeen Homestead is a highlight of the Macedon Ranges. Built in 1889, this graceful National Trust classified 19th century homestead was once the country estate for Judge Arther Chomley and later became home to the world famous Dromkeen Picture Book Art Collection. Browse the galleries, take a tour of the property, wander the beautiful gardens, with trees more than 100 years old, and enjoy morning or afternoon tea and light lunches in the cafe. Dromkeen is open Thursday to Saturday from 10am - 4pm, or by arrangement for larger groups. See dromkeen.com.au for more information.
Many quality local wineries can be easily accessed from Riddells Creek, toward Romsey including Mount Charlie wines available by appointment. Mount Charlie Road will bring you to the Mount Charlie State Forest which offers excellent bush walking and vehicle access to spectacular mountain hamlets of Kerrie and Cherokee.
On the road to Romsey, pass evocations of the indigenous occupants as you cross the Woiwurrung Creek and the Wurundjeri Creek.
Mount Charlie Winery A high class boutique vineyard and winery producing award winning wines. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Temparanillo, Malbec and Shiraz Merlot. Prices from $18-$22 per bottle. Open 11am-4pm weekends.
Longview Creek Vineyard Award winning estate grown wines. Free tastings at winery/cellar door in pleasant garden setting. Meet the owners. Open weekends 11am-5pm or by appointment.
Riddells Creek Bakery Bread, cakes, sandwiches, pies, takeaway foods, and party food to order. We have something for everyone, come and see for yourself. Hours: Monday - Friday 7.30am-6.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 7.30am-4.30pm.
Somerville Stayz A peaceful, one bedroom self-contained unit in Riddells Creek. Just 30 minutes from Melbourne Airport, and on the Melbourne -Bendigo train line. All you need for a short break in the Macedon Ranges
Herbert co. Herbert Co. is an online shop that makes and sells vintage map prints, using original maps that are at least 20 years old. Custom map prints are welcomed - I can match a particular image to a geographical area close to your heart... Viewings in the historical Riddells Creek Post Office are available by appointment only, and pick up is offered for items bought online.
Viewbank Farm Bed & Breakfast Romantic and secluded fully self-contained cottage, nestled at the edge of the forest on 60 acres, and only 30 minutes from Melbourne airport.
epoch co. epoch co. is curator of fine vintage and industrial décor, mostly selling online. Viewings in the historic Riddells Creek Post Office are available by appointment only. Pick up is available for items bought online. Items also offered for hire, just contact Marnie for details.