An evocatively named country village, Woodend is in the centre of the Macedon Ranges and presents as the quintessential modern rural village.
Set under wide verandas along the boulevard of the Old Calder Highway, Woodend is home to a cosmopolitan cafe culture, wine stores, bookstores and shops with an eclectic mix of old and new wares, plus the famous Holgate Brewhouse and a plethora of opportunities to stock up on local and gourmet produce.
Try the award-winning vanilla slices at Bourkie’s Bakehouse, gourmet treats from the village delis, local fruit and organic veggies, all manner of options for barista-quality coffee or a whilst perusing the extensive wine and spirit choices in the Woodend Wine Store why not enjoy a wine at the Cravat Club next door. If you feel like seeing a little more of the countryside you can tuck into modern country cooking with the locals at the Pig and Whistle Hotel, just down the road in East Trentham.
Visit the hamlets of Tylden and Newham home to some the area’s most acclaimed vineyards, don’t miss out on a cellar door experience at the famous Hanging Rock Winery. Woodend’s active art scene can be captured with a visit to Black Anther or the Chamber gallery or the famed Woodend Winter Arts Festival, held over the long weekend in June every year.
For the sportsperson, the Woodend Golf Course is a unique links course built on the hill outside town with views to Hanging Rock and Mt Macedon. For children, the fabulous Woodend Children’s Park in the centre of town is a must.
Tying all of this together is accommodation ranging from the quaint and secluded B&Bs through to the 200 acres of farmland, forest, lakes, golf course and luxury that make up the Cammaray Waters facility in neighbouring Ashbourne.