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Win a Romance in the Ranges Winter Retreat

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Cuddle up in front of a crackling fire with a glass of award-winning Macedon Ranges wine. Inhale brisk country air, as crisp as a Granny Smith apple. Turn back time on a unique horse-drawn vintage carriage ride. And go home with a pair of silver rings, made with your own hands.

Does this inspire your inner-Casanova?

Enter our romantic Macedon Ranges winter retreat for the chance to experience a dreamy couple’s escape to Kyneton.

Your prize is for the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2019*, and includes the following experiences valued at $1070:

*Please note dates of prize cannot be changed. See below for full terms and conditions.

1. Step back in time on a horse-drawn carriage ride. 2. Learn to make silver rings in a full day workshop. 3. Cuddle by the fire at The Carrick Luxury Accommodation.

Experience a Romantic Winter Macedon Ranges Retreat

Your special getaway begins with a trip back in time in the rural landscapes of Carlsruhe.

Yesteryear Today Carriages

Meet Rose and Patrick the horse for a relaxing one hour horse-drawn carriage ride along the old Cobb & Co Stagecoach route. Cocooned under warm woolly blankets with a hot thermos of tea by your side, you’ll be lulled into a state of serenity by the the mesmerising sound of Patrick’s clip-clopping.

This unique vintage carriage ride takes you under a canopy of gum trees and past vistas of rolling farmland, with the iconic Hanging Rock as a backdrop.

The rest of the afternoon is then all yours to explore at leisure.

Enjoy a scenic drive into Kyneton (maybe stopping off at a one or two cellar doors along the way), then check into your luxury overnight accommodation at ‘The Carrick’. The buzzing village of Kyneton awaits; with fantastic retail shops, art galleries, cafes, wine bars, fine dining restaurants and gin distillery to discover.


Carrick Luxury Accommodation

The Carrick sits within an 1859 heritage-listed bluestone home, a short walk from Kyneton’s best restaurants and pubs.

Featuring its own private entrance, this boutique offering includes a king-size bed, open fireplace and TV (not that we expect there’ll be much screen time on this trip!). It also boasts what may be the biggest en suite bathroom in the Macedon Ranges, with a huge bath and walk-in shower.


A roaring fireplace plus a Macedon Ranges red equals winter nirvana…

Awaiting you on arrival will be a bottle of 2016 Shiraz from one of the oldest vineyards in the Macedon Ranges, Zig Zag Winery. This is a classic cool climate Shiraz and an absolute cracker!

Once you have settled into your romantic abode and had a little cuddle (and tipple) by the fire, it’s time to experience the gourmet delights of Kyneton’s vibrant restaurant scene.

No need to drive either – just rug up in your warm winter attire and head out the door.


The Carrick Kyneton

Silver Ring Making Workshop

Treat yourself to a fantastic brekkie and hot coffee along Piper Street before heading to your silver ring making workshop at Pod Jewellery Studio.

In this super fun course, you will design and create your own made-to-measure sterling silver ring in just one day.

Ring Making Workshop Kyneton

Sitting at a traditional jeweller’s bench, you will learn to use precision tools including calipers, files, pliers, hammers, a soldering torch, ring mandrel, punches and more. No experience necessary!

Of course it’s not all about work and no play. Your ring making workshop also includes a gourmet lunch at a local cafe.

At the end of class you’ll each take home a beautiful, handmade sterling silver ring as a memento of your romantic Macedon Ranges getaway.

About Your Teacher

Bec de Podolinsky is a Jeweller and teacher based in Kyneton. She teaches people to design and make beautiful pieces of jewellery and also guides couples through the process of making their own wedding rings. Whether you’re a beginner, hobbyist or an up-and-coming jeweller, you will learn at your own pace.

My wife and I joined a silver ring making class run by Bec, it was a lot of fun getting to form our own rings, to learn the process and finding out how to fix any problems that came up. Using the tools was a lot simpler than I thought it would have been and Bec’s guidance made it even easier. The group size was small enough that Bec managed to give us all a good amount of her time and it felt well run. Also on a side note lunch was amazing and I would definitely recommend this class to other people. Adam from Scotland.

Silver Ring Making Course Kyneton

Enter our Romance in the Ranges Retreat Now

Don’t miss out on the chance to win this amazing romantic weekend away on 10-11 August.  Prize drawn on Monday 8 July 2019. Enter now!

Terms & Conditions

To enter, participants must:

  • Be 18 years or over and register their details including name, postcode, phone number and email address. Incorrect or incomplete entries will be deemed invalid. Photo identification may be requested.
  • The competition commences at 9am on Friday 17 May 2019 and closes at midnight on Sunday 7 July 2019.
  • The competition is a game of chance, with the winner chosen at random.
  • The winner will be notified on Monday 8 July and contacted via phone and/or email.
  •  All reasonable attempts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner fails to respond to Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s email or phone call by 9am (AEST) on Monday 15 July 2019, the promoter will reserve the right to select an alternative winner. The name of the winner will be published on the Macedon Ranges Naturally Cool Facebook page.

Date for this prize is fixed and cannot be changed. If winner is unable to make it at the last minute prize is forfeited. Prize is fully transferrable. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash.

The Carrick Luxury Accommodation: Check in is  2pm Saturday 10 August. Check out is 10am Sunday 11 August. A credit card will be required by the accommodation provider as a security bond at least one week prior to check in. Accommodation is room only.

Yesteryear Horse Carriage Ride: Ride is 60 minutes and departs from Hedge Farm in Carlsruhe. Ride is scheduled for Saturday10 August anytime from 11am (departure time to be confirmed between winner and tour operator).

Silver Ring Making Workshop: Course date is fixed for Sunday 11 August. Workshop starts at 9.30am and goes for 6-7 hours. All tools and materials (including sterling silver) are provided. Written instructions, gourmet lunch and morning/afternoon tea are included in your workshop.

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