Autumn Magic for Families

Make memories with the family this autumn with a meandering drive that takes you from Hanging Rock to a magical evening experience in Malmsbury, with plenty of kid’s playgrounds and ice-cream in between.

Autumn Magic for Families

Make memories with the family this autumn with a meandering drive that takes you from Hanging Rock to a magical evening experience in Malmsbury, with plenty of kid’s playgrounds and ice-cream in between.

Hanging Rock | Woodend

Enjoy a walk and wildlife spotting at Hanging Rock Reserve

Begin your family day out with time at iconic Hanging Rock Reserve. You can climb to the summit of Hanging Rock, or if little legs tire, go part way up and still see amazing rock formations and views.

The iconic Hanging Rock Summit Walk is a 1.8km hike and takes 45-60 minutes depending on how long you stop at the top. The first two thirds of the walk are pram-friendly, which takes you to a fantastic area known as The Saddle. A great spot for a photo opp!

If you don’t feel like an uphill walk, there are a couple of other trails that meander through the reserve you can enjoy.

The Base Walking Trail is a pram-friendly 1.8km circuit that takes you around the base of Hanging Rock. The walk takes around half an hour. It’s a great option for younger kids and offers stunning rock formations and opportunities for wildlife spotting. Mammals like the greater glider enjoy towering eucalypts while kangaroos graze throughout the reserve. You may even spot native species such as koalas, wallabies and echidnas.

The Creek Trail is a 2.3km walk along a pram-friendly unsealed path. The walk usually takes around 40 minutes. Keep your eyes open for over 40 species of birds that nest around the reserve, including bright rosellas and cockatoos.

At the end of your walk, enjoy a barbecue or drop by Hanging Rock Cafe for a hearty lunch or morning tea al fresco or inside by the fire.

PS. Pet dogs are welcome at the reserve (excluding major event days) but must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are not permitted to ascend the Rock itself on the Summit Walking Trail as it is home to many native animals.

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Art in the Vines | Hanging Rock Winery

A free exhibition in the vineyard showcasing amazing sculptures

A short drive from Hanging Rock Reserve is the beautiful Hanging Rock Winery.

Each day during the Autumn Festival you can visit this scenic vineyard’s free Art in the Vines exhibition and open up a fantastical world of creativity to the kids.

Over 25 local and national artists, many of them highly acclaimed, have designed extraordinary sculptures that you’ll find throughout the winery’s grounds.

A tasty cheese board and wine tasting won’t go astray for the adults either, just saying!

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Ice Cream & Kid's Park | Woodend

Time for a playground and ice-cream cone

It’s only a short drive into Woodend from Hanging Rock Winery. Here you’ll find an extensive kid’s playground one street back from the High Street that runs through the heart of the village.

But first, an ice-cream. The Woodend Ice-Cream Co. is famous for its amazing ice-cream. Their autumn Apple Pie and Lemon Meringue Pie ice-cream flavours are just some of the scrumptious-ness you can taste.

If you’re feeling like lunch, there’s a couple of great pubs in town, both with dog-friendly courtyards. Discover a toasty fireplace and great kid’s menu in The Victoria Hotel. Or send dad into the amazing state-of-the-art tap room at Holgate Brewhouse.

For a light snack or picnic takeaway, check out Bourkies Bakehouse, a classic country bakery that’s on the Autumn Pie & Tart Trail.

PS. If you time your trip on Saturday 2 April, there’s the Woodend Farmers Market on until 1pm, with entertaining hobbit-like puppets ‘The Gardeners’ wandering the crowds handing out gifts of joy and positivity.

The markets are followed by Beasties, a fantastic kinetic petting zoo with a twist in the children’s playground. A free Live Music in the Park Pop Up will be on stage into the afternoon if you want to stay on for a great show!

Campaspe River & More Swings | Kyneton

Ride your bikes along the river and enjoy an adventure playground

Discover a beautiful autumn walk that starts in the Kyneton Botanic Gardens and runs along the Campaspe River. This is also a lovely bike ride if you want to bring the wheels and scooters.

Along the way, stop at the Kyneton Adventure Playground – a gorgeous spot for kids to use their imaginations with outdoor play.

Afterward, head into Kyneton’s historic Piper Street and explore all the fantastic shops and cafes. Mum and dad might enjoy a wee tipple of gin at Animus Distillery. Donkey is a great family-friendly restaurant with American-style fried chicken and brilliant ice-cream sundaes for the kids.

PS. Time your trip on Saturday 9 April, and you’ll discover a fantastic farmers market along Kyneton’s Piper Street from 9-1pm, with another guest appearance from ‘The Gardeners’.

There’ll also be a nine-piece New Orleans-style street band, The Funkateers, playing along Piper Street from 12pm, then setting up on stage near the children’s adventure playground from 2-4pm.

Journey | Malmsbury Botanic Gardens

Stick around for a magical light & sound show in Malmsbury

If you still have some steam left, stick around for a little more fun.

After a relaxing dinner in Kyneton, take a short drive to nearby Malmsbury for a magical evening experience in the historic botanic gardens.

Journey is an interactive light and sound experience that meanders through the gardens. Created by local artists, this is a creative immersion you’ll never forget.

This event kicks off at 7.30pm and is on multiple dates during the Autumn Festival.

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