It may be one of the villages closest to Melbourne but Riddells Creek offers country skies, historic architecture and a relaxed country attitude city folk only dream of.
Gone are the rocky outcrops of other parts of the Macedon Ranges as Mt Macedon descends in long ridges and valleys to the foot of the Riddells Creek township and the land opens up into beautiful livestock grazing country.
You can relax with a picnic lunch in the Lions Park Reserve in the centre of town with goods bought from Riddell Bakery or sit down at a local restaurant to take a load off.
Visit Mt Charlie Winery and other local wineries that can be easily accessed from the town. Pass evocations of the area’s original indigenous occupants as you cross the Wolwurrung Creek and the Wurundjeri Creek on the road to Romsey or just enjoy the space with a drive that takes in the peaceful, historic hamlet of Bolinda.
If you’re travelling with kids, Dromkeen Homestead should not be missed. This graceful National Trust classified 19th century homestead set in established gardens houses the Australian Children’s Literature Collection where you can see the most complete collection of original artwork, manuscripts and other pre-publication material from Australian children’s books.
Riddells Creek is a place to feel the history of the Macedon Ranges but along the way, why not have a drink at the Coach and Horses Inn, a National Trust registered building that serves as the pub in nearby Clarkefield is another reminder of the area’s rich past.