Rock and Ride Family Adventure

Go back in time on a vintage horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy lunch in a country pub. Then finish your day with a hike at Hanging Rock.

Rock and Ride Family Adventure

Go back in time on a vintage horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy lunch in a country pub. Then finish your day with a hike at Hanging Rock.

Vintage Horse Carriage Ride | Carlsruhe

Follow the old Cobb & Co stage coach route

Explore the historic hamlet of Carlsruhe on a horse-drawn vintage carriage ride.

You can choose to ride in an authentic 1890s ‘canoe front buggy wagonette’, or a larger wagonette with canopy that seats up to 6 average size adult passengers. Children will love the experience of having Patrick the horse take them for a ride!

There are a variety of tours to choose from but the most popular for children is the one hour ride in Carlsruhe.

Established in 1837, Carlsruhe is on the old Cobb & Co stage coach route to the Bendigo goldfields. On this ride you’ll pass historic landmarks including a pre-gold rush hotel, school, church and goldfields toll road markers.

The tour runs any time an day of the week. On cold days there are plenty of warm blankets to snuggle under, as well as a canopy on the large wagon with sides that can be lowered to make it even more cosy.


Country Pub and Playground Action | Woodend

Lunch in a country pub and a swing in the park

The village of Woodend is only 15 minutes from Carlsruhe. In addition to a fantastic children’s adventure playground with excellent covered BBQ facilities, there are a couple of great pubs for lunch.

If you are looking for a fireplace to warm your toes and a great kiddies menu, check out The Victoria Hotel. Or try nearby Holgate pub, that have a sophisticated on-site distillery to brew their own boutique beers.

Walking at Hanging Rock | Hanging Rock

Enjoy views from the summit of Hanging Rock

With lunch under your belt, it’s time to get those legs moving.

Hanging Rock is a ten minute drive from Woodend and is well-known for its amazing volcanic rock formations and views from the summit.

Depending on how energetic your kids are, you can choose to hike along wide sealed paths to the summit of the rock.

The summit walk is approximately 50 minutes return and is reasonably easy for people of average fitness. May take longer with young children in tow! However, you don’t have to make it all the way to the summit to experience unique rock formations and beautiful scenery.

If an uphill hike isn’t your cup of tea, there are numerous walking paths and trails weaving through the reserve. If you are lucky, you might spot a koala, kangaroo, wallaby or echidna. There are over 40 species of birds nesting at the reserve too, including bright rosellas and cockatoos.

After your walk, pop by the Hanging Rock Cafe for a coffee, baby chino and an afternoon tea snack before making your way home. The cafe boasts a roaring fireplace on chilly days (or during the warmer months dine al fresco under the gum trees).

Note: There is an admission fee to enter Hanging Rock reserve. The reserve is open daily from 9-5pm (except Christmas Day). Incoming gate closes 30 minutes before closing time.

Access to Hanging Rock itself is not permitted on days where winds above 40km/h are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology. The reserve and picnic areas are still open on these days, and the café hours will be unchanged. The reserve will not be open to the public if a Code Red Fire danger day is declared.

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