Autumn Forest Scenic Country Drive

A glorious one hour country drive that takes you from the stunning autumn leaves of Gisborne’s botanic gardens, through the forests of Cherokee and Kerrie. Experience brilliant views of Hanging Rock and visit the beautiful village of Woodend and its fabulous country pubs. Take your time and stop along the way.

Autumn Forest Scenic Country Drive

A glorious one hour country drive that takes you from the stunning autumn leaves of Gisborne’s botanic gardens, through the forests of Cherokee and Kerrie. Experience brilliant views of Hanging Rock and visit the beautiful village of Woodend and its fabulous country pubs. Take your time and stop along the way.

Kick off your country drive | Gisborne

Stroll under a mass of autumn leaves

This driving loop can begin from anywhere – download the google route map and start your journey.

Gisborne puts on an absolutely beautiful display of autumn leaves throughout its township, botanic gardens and nature reserves.

Start your country adventure at Gisborne Botanic Gardens and enjoy a peaceful stroll under the autumn leaves along Jacksons Creek and adjacent Sankey Reserve.

Many visitors like to flock to Jumbuck Sheepskin & Leather Goods, a local store well-known for their range of Australian country-styled woolen jumpers, Akubras, Driz-abones, ugg boots and winter accessories.

If you’re peckish, take a short drive to Gisborne Peak Winery’s dog-friendly restaurant for wine and wood-fired pizza, or their delicious homemade pumpkin scones.

When you’re ready to depart Gisborne, head along Station Road in the direction of New Gisborne, the home of the delectable Baringo Food & Wine Co. (great lunch tip!).

Forest driving | Cherokee to Hanging Rock

Forestscapes and cellar doors

Wind your way along Barringo Road through the scenic Barringo Valley, taking in gorgeous vistas towards Mt Macedon, Mount Towrong and the Mt Charlie State Forest.

Turn right when you reach Shannons Road then look out for Gap Road on your left, which will take you towards Cherokee and towering forests.

The forest hamlets of Cherokee and Kerrie are home to lush farm properties, many of which are planted with vibrant deciduous trees. Look out for farm gates along the way selling fresh eggs, honey and produce.

When you reach Tunnel Creek Road, turn right towards Kerrie. It’s then a left turn into Kerrie Valley Road towards Hesket until you hit Romsey Road.

Head along Romsey Road towards the village of Woodend. Look out for cracking views to Hanging Rock from the intersection of Romsey Road and Straws Lane. A great spot to pull aside for a photo opp!

There’s also a couple of fabulous wineries along Romsey Road worth a visit. Hesket Estate Winery’s cosy cellar door is open on weekends from 12-5pm. Or try Botanica Estate a little further up the road, set on a landscaped garden estate brimming with autumn colour (open for wine and tasting platters 11.00-5.00pm Saturdays and 12.00-4.00pm Sundays).

Creekside Stroll & Country Pub | Woodend

Explore Five Mile Creek or browse Woodend's shops

Woodend is the last stop on your country drive before looping back to Gisborne or onto Melbourne.

Herey ou can stretch your legs with a tranquil stroll under the autumn leaves along Five Mile Creek. If you’ve got littlies, take them to the fab Woodend Children’s Park for a play.

This charming village also offers great shopping, country pubs, cafes and bakeries.

Swing by New Leaves Bookstore for a new read, or drop into the fabulous Mort & Pestle kitchen shop if you’re a lover of quality kitchenware and accessories.

Woodend General is a beautiful store for clothing and gift ware, while Endangered is a unique shop that exclusively sells 100% Australian made goods.

While you’re here, pick up an autumn plant from the wonderful Woodend Nursery.

When you’re ready to chill, drop by Holgate Brewhouse Tap Room and their state-of-the-art distillery for a craft beer tasting.  Or relax by the fire at The Victoria Hotel with a glass of local wine and wood-fired pizza.

Note: This drive can also be done in reverse from Woodend or Hanging Rock.

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