Just south of Lancefield is the historic township of Romsey.
The village is known for its character-filled streetscape, award-winning wineries and country hospitality.
The main street of Romsey is lined with classic Australian architecture. Expect to find battered corrugated iron structures and gothic bluestone churches. Turn-of-the-century houses and an impressive red brick facade of the local Mechanics Institute.
Where to eat and drink in Romsey
Popular places to drink and dine in Romsey include Soltan Pepper, The Bay Tree Café, 5 Kings Café and Verdure Bistro.
Evan’s Wine & Cheese Bar is open Thursday and Friday from 4pm and weekends from 12pm. It’s a popular spot for locals to enjoy local wine, cheeses, tapas, craft beers and cider.
Romsey cellar doors
You’re spoilt for choice with an abundance of award-winning boutique wineries in Romsey and nearby Lancefield.
Like gin? Big Tree Distillery is a gin distillery door a short drive from Hanging Rock. Located on Jacks’ Springs Farm, this small-batch, award-winning artisan gin is available for tastings on most weekends.
Bike rides and walks in Romsey
Romsey is a popular destination for cyclists. For a leisurely bike ride or walk, try the 15.9km (return) walking and cycling trail between Romsey and Lancefield.
Wildlife lovers can spot platypus and other local characters around the local creek in the nearby hamlet of Darraweit Guim. Look out for wombat burrows!
Like to play a round of golf? The Romsey Golf Club offers an 18 tee, 12-hole golf course.
Romsey folk love their gardens. Even in dry times there are exceptional examples of private gardens flaunting their natural beauty throughout the town. Look out for the gigantic Magnolia Grandiflora left of the Bendigo Bank. It’s so old and special it’s classified by the National Trust.
Romsey in autumn
Autumn is a particularly beautiful time to stroll the historic streets of Romsey, with an abundance of deciduous trees ablaze in colour.
Mature Claret Ash line the High Street and put on a show usually from mid to late April.
Local events in Romsey
November is a busy month in Romsey for events.
Local wineries in Romsey participate in the annual Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival. This is a fantastic weekend of food, wine and live entertainment at cellar doors throughout the Macedon Ranges. You don’t want to miss it!
Also popular is the annual Romswood Peony Farm Open Day and Harvest Picnic. Held over two weekends, this family-friendly event attracts visitors into its fields to pick peonies and enjoy a picnic in their stunning, established gardens.
The nearby Lancefield Farmers’ Market, typically held on the fourth Saturday of the month, is worth a visit.
Keep an eye on our What’s On events page for more information.
Attractions near Romsey
Lancefield is the closest village to Romsey and is known for its heritage architecture and wineries. During the hot summer months, cool off in the Lancefield Memorial Swimming Pool.
Kerrie and Cherokee are two stunning areas near Romsey to take a scenic drive among forestscapes and farmland.
Hanging Rock is an easy 15 minute drive, where you can enjoy hiking, picnics and barbecues in the reserve.
If you appreciate artisan cheese, drop by Azzuri Cheese farm gate daily between 10-5pm. Located minutes from Romsey, it’s a great opportunity to stock up on freshly hand-crafted cheese and enjoy a scenic drive.
Tours near Romsey
Go on a vintage horse-drawn carriage ride along the original Cobb & Co stagecoach route with Yesteryear Today Carriages. It’s a great way to see the countryside and learn about the fascinating local history of the region. Last minute bookings are welcome.
Or if you want to combine a hike with getting up close and personal with llamas, book ahead with Hanging Rock Llama Treks for a llama-led wander to Hanging Rock.
Places to stay in and around Romsey
Joy’s Guesthouse offers budget, self-contained accommodation in Romsey. Alternatively there’s a number of places to stay in nearby Lancefield, such as the Lancefield Lighthouse or Cleveland Winery Resort.
For a private couples’ retreat on a vineyard, check out the Spud Diggers Hut at Hesket Estate.
How to get to Romsey
It takes less than an hour to drive from central Melbourne to Romsey. Driving from Bendigo to Romsey takes approximately 1.25 hours.
Alternatively, V-line runs a twice-daily bus to Romsey from Southern Cross Coach Terminal in Melbourne.