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Turn Back Time Historic Day Trip

Tap into the history of the Macedon Ranges with a vintage horse-drawn carriage ride along an old Cobb & Co stagecoach route, self-guided historic Kyneton walking tour, visit to the magnificent bluestone Malmsbury Viaduct and dinner in an old Kyneton pub.

Turn Back Time Historic Day Trip

Tap into the history of the Macedon Ranges with a vintage horse-drawn carriage ride along an old Cobb & Co stagecoach route, self-guided historic Kyneton walking tour, visit to the magnificent bluestone Malmsbury Viaduct and dinner in an old Kyneton pub.

Vintage Horse Drawn Carriage Ride | Carlsruhe

Follow the old Cobb & Co stagecoach route

Kick off the morning with a vintage horse-drawn carriage ride through the sleepy hamlet of Carlsruhe.

Established only a year after Melbourne in 1837, the hamlet of Carlsruhe is located on the old Cobb & Co stagecoach route to the Bendigo goldfields.

On this relaxing one-hour ride you can enjoy views across to Hanging Rock and the Macedon Ranges, along with historic landmarks including a pre-gold rush hotel, school, church and goldfields toll road markers.

The tour departs any day of the week and offers the option of either an 1890’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ buggy that seats 2-3 people, or a six-seater wagon with a full canopy for extra shelter.

There are also plenty of blankets to snuggle under during the cold winter months, plus time to stop along the way for a thermos of hot tea.

Your lovely guide Rose dresses for the occasion in period costumes and has a full COVID-safe plan in place.

Self-Guided Historic Walk | Kyneton

Discover the fascinating history of Kyneton

Kick off your self-guided Kyneton walking tour with a coffee and snack at Duck Duck Goose Larder, located in a building built in 1878. Originally a market building, it eventually became the Kyneton Technical School, then a brass bed factory. Its front facade has been retained in renovation works and is now a popular cafe, providore and gift shop.

After coffee, it’s time to discover the fascinating history of this thriving country village. Before setting out, pick up a copy of the Historic Kyneton book for $12 from Aesop’s Attic Bookshop on High Street or Kyneton Newsagency on Mollison Street.

The book points you to gardens of historical interest and landmark buildings dating back to the 1830’s, including old bluestone churches, pubs, banks and private residences.

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Viaducts & Cemeteries | Malmsbury

Discover an ancient bluestone viaduct

A short drive from Kyneton, the village of Malmsbury originally grew from a traveller’s stop in the 1850s, on the road from Melbourne to the Mount Alexander Goldfields*.

Eventually, Malmsbury became a gold town itself, but is also famous for its bluestone rock, which has been used to construct many a historic building.

To begin exploring this charming village, we suggest you head to Malmsbury Bakery on Mollison Street. Here you can pick up some picnic lunch treats, plus they usually have handy historic guides produced by the Malmsbury Historic Society on their front counter.

With pastries in tow, enjoy a gentle stroll through the nearby Malmsbury Botanic Gardens, which will unveil a magnificent view to the old Malmsbury Railway Viaduct. Constructed of rusticated and finely dressed local bluestone, it is the largest masonry bridge in Victoria. Still one of Australia’s finest early bridges, it is an outstanding display of engineering.

You may also want to drop by the historic Malmsbury cemetery (gazetted in 1861) for a stroll back in time.

*Reference: Malmsbury Historical Society

 

 

Dinner at a Historic Pub | Kyneton

Go on a historic pub crawl

After all that exploring, it’s time to enjoy drinks and dinner in a Kyneton’s historic country pubs.

Kick off at The Royal George Hotel on Piper Street, a great historic pub for a pre-dinner drink in their beautiful Botanik Bar. Built in approximately 1855, there are a plethora of fascinating tales about this pub.

In 1856, a lavish Cricket Club ball was held, with 150 attending and presenting ‘an array of beauty and fashion never before seen in Kyneton’.*

Nowadays, it is a stylish bar oozing with character.

Note: Currently open from 4.30pm Friday and Saturday only.

For dinner,  head to the Albion Hotel on Mollison Street. With its fine cast iron and double-storey verandah, the Albion Hotel is a true Kyneton landmark. Built in 1861, it still maintains many of its early interesting features, even though its undergone various renovations.

Some of its fascinating history can be found mentioned in reports on railway riots when the hotel’s flag was stolen to head the procession. The Kyneton Mounted Rifles, sixty strong, were called out by Magistrate Lavender to help maintain order.*

The Albion Hotel also offers a fireplace perfect for warming up after a winter town walk. In summer, there’s a dog-friendly beer garden to enjoy daylight savings and a hearty pub meal.

Turn your adventure into an overnight stay at one of the many guesthouses and BnB’s steeped in history.

*Extracts from Kyneton Town Walks by Don McClure

 

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