Town & Country Tour Central Victoria
Mt Macedon – Woodend – Kyneton – Daylesford – Castlemaine- Sunbury – Oaklands

Direction: NNW Melbourne

Travel through Central Victoria and enjoy the rural landscape, estate gardens, grand buildings and country hospitality. The region reflects the prosperity of the 1850’s gold rush and is rich in a European style found rarely in rural Australia.

Private Tour Details:

(Flexible itinerary – small and large groups)
Departs Hotel 9.30 am Returns 4.30 pm
(8 hours duration and flexible)


Mt Macedon The tour travels the two km scenic road that meanders past the 1870’s ‘hill-side’ garden estates established by the wealthy families of Melbourne to escape the summer heat of the city. Many of the gardens are not open to the public, while others are open year round. The Mt Macedon gardens were a grand statement of English heritage and social aspiration.

Gardens:

Tieve Tara, Forest Glade and *Ard Choille, by appointment

Options:

Visit Stephen Ryan’s nursery, Dicksonia Rare Plants; visit to forest where Federick Mc Cubbin painted the famous triptych ‘The Pioneers’ and home to native animals gliders, koalas, wallabies and native birds. Stop at Hanging Rock and visit the Discovery Centre.

Historic Garden WoodendArd Choille – Historic Garden Fernery www.ardchoillegarden.com.au
Ard Choille – Annual Events – Ancient Trees Workshop -Rhododendron Display – Fungi Foray Contact
Garden ToursEntrance Duniera, Mt Macedon – Daylesford Historic Buildings
Garden toursTieve Tara gardens Mount Macedon – Lavandula Swiss-Italian farm
LavandulaSwiss Barn Daylesford – Lavandula Swiss-Italian farm

Ard Choille (pronounced Arda Hillier)
The garden botanically and historically is described by the National Trust of Victoria as one of the 12 outstanding gardens of Mt Macedon. It is regarded as one of the best examples of a 19th Century garden for its flora collection. It is a woodland of exotic trees include Birches, Beeches, Elms, Oaks, Firs, Lindens, Rowans and Dogwoods and there’s a fine variety of fungi and lichen species. Established 1890’s the garden features a pond and sweeping lawns and a fine 19th Century metal shade house classified by the National Trust. Mad in the UK and shipped to Australia, the fernery design is the only one of its kind in Australia.

Ard Choille adjoins the 6,000 acre Macedon State Forest Park. It was here in the forest 1904, that artist Frederick McCubbin painted the acclaimed triptych The Pioneer which incidentally depicts views across to Ard Choille.

Places of Interest:

Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon Ranges
6.25 myo is a distinctive geological formation. As magma cooled and contracted it split into rough columns.
Hanging Rock is located within the Wurundjeri nation’s ancestral lands. It is best known through the fictional story Picnic at Hanging Rock Joan Lindsay.

Fontainebleau, Mt Macedon Ranges
(former home of artist Frederick McCubbin) and nearby Braemar College, (formerly Clyde Girls school). Author Joan Lindsay visited both places. It is thought the idea for her novel derived from sitting on balcony of Fontainebleau with views to Hanging Rock.

Castlemaine
An 1850’s gold-rush town of buildings of classical historical elegance and fine wide streets with a vibrant arts and community spirit. The long stretch of road leading off the freeway to the town is a reminder of the golden days haphazard sprawl, with rows of historical miner’s cottages hugging the road, along side houses of the 1960’s era.

Lavandula
Shepherd’s Flat nr Daylesford (lavender farm and garden, 20 min from Castlemaine.) A perfectly restored 1860’s Swiss farmhouse surrounded by fields of lavender, parterres, olive and chestnut groves and a shaded loggia. * superb

Kyneton – 20 min from Daylesford
The ‘bluestone town’ of Victoria. The basalt buildings seen here are true antiquities and cannot be found in such number in other town. During the gold rush, Kyneton became the major agricultural town catering for supplies to the goldfields. The large stone flourmill is a reminder of the historic gold rush era. * Bluestone, basalt rock of volcanic origin.


Macedon State Forest Park – Meridian guide walks visitors to the forest location where in 1904, artist Frederick McCubbin painted the acclaimed triptych The Pioneer.

Rupertswood, Sunbury ‘Birthplace of the Ashes’
The first of The Ashes urn that was presented to English cricket captain in an 1882-83 Test match series between Australia and England. Your tour guide will relate the story behind this famous trophy.

Rupertswood

‘Living Legends’, Greenvale for retired champion race horses. Established in 1980 the equine stables are located within the vast Woodlands Historic Park at Greenvale, just a few minutes north of Melbourne Airport, was established in 1980.

Living Legends

Woodlands Homestead
A unique example of a pre-constructed timber home transported from England to Australia in 1842 by the original owner William Pomeroy Greene. Woodlands homestead houses an extensive collection of historic artifacts, including horseracing memorabilia associated with our Living Legends. Wander down to their paddocks on and say hello with these legends of the racing turf.

Commentary:

  • History of Melbourne and regional settlement
  • Acclimatisation and the impact on the natural of flora and fauna.
  • The social effects of the gold rush on the people such as the historic Eureka Stockade, a political revolt that defined Australian democracy.
  • Swiss Italians of Australia – The Swiss settled in the region. Their influence on architecture local culture and food was significant especially pasta and bread especially produced for the Italian immigrant miners. A local delicacy of the era, Bull Boar sausage is a popular regional dish. Every family in the district has their own recipe – all carefully guarded secrets.

TOUR DETAILS – Mt Macedon – Daylesford Garden Tours
Duration: 7 / 8 hours
Distance: 100 –150 km
Escorted: Driver / Guide – Guides in All Languages
Pick-up / Drop-off: CBD pick-up
Transport: Sedan/People Mover
Commentary: Yes
Itinerary: Flexible

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This is a customised, private tour with your own driver/guide.