Father’s Day in the Macedon Ranges is the perfect destination to spend a relaxing day out with the family. So if you’re wondering how to celebrate the ‘awesomeness’ of dad on Sunday the 2nd of May, we’ve put together a list of 8 excellent activities for all ages and interests. From hiking to biking; cellar door-ing to dining; gin tasting to clay pigeon shooting, fishing and more…
And if you’re still looking for nifty Father’s Day gift ideas, our handy gift guide for the Macedon Ranges will make ordering a pressie online or over the phone super easy. We’ve got your back this Father’s Day!
8 Activities for Father’s Day in the Macedon Ranges
1. Learn the Secrets of Wine and Cheese Pairing
Does dad enjoy good food and wine? Then check out Hesket Estate’s Father’s Day Wine and Cheese Masterclass, run by Hesket Estate and Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese.
The Perfect Pairing
Nadia the Cheese Maker and Alex the Wine Maker will educate guests all about cheese and wine pairing and tasting. The class runs from 12pm to 1pm and with include 4 cheeses matched with 4 Hesket Estate Wines. Wood fired pizzas and charcuterie platters will also be available on the day. Yum!
How to Book
Call Hesket Estate on 5427 0707 or buy tickets online.
2. Hike the Great Outdoors
If you’re a family that likes to get outdoors, why not take a trip to Hanging Rock? Once you’ve finished your hike, stop off at Hanging Rock Café next to the Discovery Centre and pick up some supplies for a picnic.
Kick a ball or enjoy a game of cricket… Then end the day wine tasting at nearby Hanging Rock Winery, with spectacular views of the Rock in the background. Perfect!
Kyneton’s Dirty Little Secret
Been there done that? If you have already experienced Hanging Rock, you may like to try Kyneton’s ‘secret’ hiking spot, Black Hill Reserve.
A skip, hop and a jump north of Kyneton, Black Hill Reserve covers 260 acres of bushland and boasts amazing granite rock formations. It is home to a variety of wildlife including many bird species, wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, phascogales and possums.
There are a number of well-defined walking tracks ranging from 1.7km to 3.9km to explore the natural beauty of the reserve. A rotunda with covered seating near the main entrance of the reserve is ideal for visitors to relax and picnic.
Insiders tip: If you happen to enter the reserve via the picturesque Black Hill Road, you will get to inhale spectacular rolling farmland dotted with cattle and sheep. The back entrance to the reserve is not sign posted and doesn’t provide information about the various walking tracks, although many locals use this entrance to go on a hike. The wonderful Kyneton Ridge Estate vineyard and cellar door is also along Black Hill Road, complete with a cafe that serves coffee and light snacks. Please note Black Hill Road is unsealed and the last stretch from Kyneton Ridge Estate to the back entrance of the reserve is only suited to 4WD vehicles.
Woof woof! Dogs are very welcome at Black Hill Reserve, as long as they are on a lead at all times for the safety of the wildlife and other visitors.
Find out more about the location and Black Hill Reserve walking trails.
3. Lunch at a Country Pub or Winery
There are many fabulous country pubs, restaurants and wineries perfect for a Father’s Day in the Macedon Ranges. Meanwhile check out these two Father’s Day events at wineries in Lancefield!
Head to Cleveland Winery in Lancefield and enjoy a special Father’s Day lunch or dinner – plus dad gets a complimentary glass of beer or wine too! You can also pre-book some cool ‘timeout’ activities such as a Segway vineyard tour, archery, laser clay shooting, splash golf or paddle boating.
There are lots of wide open spaces to play, so bring along a ball, kite or frisbee and have a bit of free play with the kids after lunch (or visit and feed the farm animals).
And after your meal, roll on down to their underground cellar for further wine tasting!
Make sure to book soon so you don’t miss out.
Glen Erin at Lancefield
Another cracking winery lunch experience in Lancefield! Enjoy a 3 course chef’s choice lunch at Restaurant @ Glen Erin this Father’s Day. Bookings are essential!
Tip! Many country pubs are cranking for Father’s Day, such as the Royal George Hotel on Kyneton’s Piper Street pictured below. It may be worth giving them a call to reserve a table in advance!
4. Gin tasting at Animus Distillery
If dad is a big gin fan, why not head to Animus Distillery, located on Kyneton’s historic Piper Street, for a cellar door and cocktail lounge experience? You can watch them prepare the botanicals, charge the boiler and collect their precious distillate as it pours fresh from their still. All gins are available for tasting through their cellar door, along with G&Ts and a range of fabulous gin cocktails. They also have other beverages available in the Animus Cocktail Lounge, including local wines, craft beers and cider, and a selection of some of the worlds finest whisk(e)y. Animus Distillery is open from 12-8pm on Sundays.
5. Clay Pidgeon Shooting on a Magnificent Country Estate
Held on an absolutely magnificent country estate in the Cowbaws, this unique experience (and Olympic sport) is for all ages and levels of ability. They usually book out fast so make sure to get in touch ASAP to secure a clay pigeon shooting session. As they don’t operate on Sundays, you will need to book for Saturday. Get in quick!
6. Go on a Family Bike Ride
The Macedon Ranges has a wonderful Bike Guide featuring 16 trails and routes to enjoy (based on different fitness levels). Pack a picnic and check out these easy rides below perfect for families!
Romsey to Lancefield
This 15.9 Romsey-Lancefield-Romsey cycling route starts in the Lions Park Reserve in Romsey, along a dedicated shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. Hunker down for lunch at a pub or restaurant in Lancefield or Romsey, or pack a picnic to enjoy along the way!
Download the bike route.
Kyneton to Malmsbury
A slightly longer ride, this 27.5km Kyneton-Malmsbury-Kyneton bike ride takes you along quiet country roads. Explore the old Malmsbury Cemetery gazette in 1861 and enjoy a picnic at the beautiful Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. Alternatively pop into the excellent Malmsbury Bakery for some yummy baked goods or the equally fab Moto Bean café directly across the park.
Download the bike route.
7. Cycle Along the Campaspe
Enjoy a relaxing cycle on a brand spanking new shared bike and pedestrian path along the Campaspe River in Kyenton. Head down the Kyneton Botanic Gardens with a picnic lunch, watch the kids play in the adventure playground, and go for a peaceful ride along the river. The daffodils are starting to pop at this time and there are splashes of yellow everywhere!
8. Father’s Day Fishing
Get the line wet with a spot of fishing in the Macedon Ranges. Local reservoirs are the predominant source of fishing action and they are dog friendly! In the Upper Coliban Reservoir and Malmsbury Reservoir you can fish for Trout and Redfin all year round surrounded by picturesque forest and farmland. The Lauriston Reservoir nearby has Trout, Yellow Belly and stocks of Macquarie Perch.
Alternatively, the dam at Hanging Rock Reserve is another great place for families to relax with a line in beautiful surrounds.
For river fishing try the Campaspe River in Kyneton. Here you can enjoy a picnic and dangle a line in relaxed surrounds. Whether you catch a fish or not, the scenery is beautiful and we can’t think of a better way to spend Father’s Day in the Macedon Ranges!
Find out more about fishing in the Macedon Ranges.
The Macedon Ranges Father’s Day Gift Guide
Whether you are able to spend Father’s Day in the Macedon Ranges or not, we’ve come up with a gift guide to the region. Check out these brilliant Macedon Ranges-inspired gift ideas for Father’s Day that you can order online or over the phone!
Tickets to the Macedon Ranges Food & Wine Budburst Festival
Held in November, this is a fun weekend for friends and family where you can taste the best wine and produce the region has to offer.
Old School Sausage Making Workshop
Does dad like a good sausage? Buy him a workshop with Kyneton’s Piper Street Food Company to learn how to make them the old school way. Yum yum.
Wooden Spoon Carving Workshop
Join the lost trades movement. Get dad a Wooden Spoon Carving Workshop conducted by a local artisan, held every 2nd Saturday of the month.
A Bottle of Artisan Gin
Dad a gin fan? Jump online and order him a bottle of gin from Animus Distillery in Kyneton. These guys distill small batch, hand crafted, artisan gin that’s been winning awards left, right and centre.
Wine and Food Safari in the Macedon Ranges
Book a small group or private tour wine and food safari experience in the Macedon Ranges with The Regional Wanderer.
Award Winning Macedon Ranges Wine Gift Voucher
There are many award-winning wineries in the Macedon Ranges that offer wine lovers the opportunity to order online. The divine Hunter-Gatherer Vintners is one of them. Lyons Will Estate and Mount Towrong Vineyard also sell their wine online.
Best of British Half Day Cooking Workshop
Book a workshop with Piper Street Food Company in Kyneton for dad to learn how to make pork pies, Cornish pasties, piccalilli and eccles.
Tickets to the Kyneton Music Festival
If dad is a music fan he will love this annual music festival on 26 & 27th October, held in the heart of Kyneton.
Cleveland Winery Experience Gift Voucher
If dad loves good food and wine, check out the online packages available from Cleveland Winery in Lancefield. Check out some of our packages.
Clay Pigeon Shooting Gift Voucher
If dad is typically hard to buy for, a gift certificate to go clay pigeon shooting on a magnificent country estate is one he won’t be expecting! Gift certificates can be ordered by contacting Cobaw Sporting directly so they can customise a quote based around your interests (vouchers are then emailed directly to you). Learn more about how to order clay pigeon shooting vouchers.
What Will You Be Doing this Father’s Day?
So there you have it – our eight fantastic ideas for what to do for Father’s Day in the Macedon Ranges this year. How do you think you’ll spend the day? We’d love to see your pics of Father’s Day in the Macedon Ranges! Tag #macedonrangesnaturally cool on your Facebook post for permission to share on our Macedon Ranges Naturally Cool page!