Family activities in the Macedon Ranges
Children can be entertained to their heart’s content in the Macedon Ranges.
Climbing an eight-metre spider-web frame or riding a breathtaking flying fox are just two thrills to be enjoyed at the Woodend Children’s Park, a sprawling facility on the banks of Five Mile Creek with sheltered areas, barbecues, fenced playground for toddlers and space for children to run.
Gisborne has an adventure playground, plenty of open spaces in the continuous parklands that hug Jacksons Creek, a modern indoor aquatic centre and, in New Gisborne just down the road, miniature steam trains to ride.
In Kyneton, children can take on a monster three-lane slide, jumping castle, ball pit, giant mushroom dome and climbing structures at the town’s indoor play centre, or take part in programs and workshops at Bug-A-Lugs.
At Tieve Tara gardens in Mount Macedon, adults can picnic in beautiful surrounds while the kids explore Treasure Island, visit the fairy tree and chat to Squawk the talking bird who dances and sings – open in Spring and Autumn.
Much of the remarkable natural beauty of the Macedon Ranges is within reach of those with little legs. Hanging Rock Reserve, Sanatorium Lake and the Memorial Cross in the Macedon Regional Park have shorter walks that are perfect for kids, while the Five Mile Creek Walk in Woodend is an easy stroll that winds its way through the village.
Dromkeen Homestead, near Riddells Creek, is a graceful National Trust classified 19th century homestead that houses the Australian Children’s Literature Collection. See the most complete collection of original artwork, manuscripts and other pre-publication material from Australian children’s books. Walk through sun-drenched galleries featuring presentations of sketches, models and original books, or take part in workshops run with authors and experts alike.
A free weekly children’s story time with a local storyteller and activities for young children is provided by the Gisborne, Woodend, Kyneton and Romsey public libraries, plus free activities during school holidays.