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  • catkid3
    Victoria, Australia148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even if you're visiting on an overcast day, you can still get fantastic views from the top of the rock. Although the summit walk is a Grade 3 it is still physically demanding; it is quite steep in some areas and some clambering over large rocks is required. If you're looking for the actual Hanging Rock you need to take the stairs either to or from the summit to see it. More signage at the summit is definitely needed as we were quite confused about which exact spot it was. The cafe was a little pricey but had delicious food - they cannot provide drinking water however there was a little trailer near the car park that we used to fill up. You can't see much of the rock from the base walk which was disappointing. There is also a $10 entry fee per car that can be paid before you exit and the machine accepts cash notes or card. We definitely plan to visit again in nicer weather.
    Written 26 August 2023
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia65,038 contributions
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    There is a J.C.Keating bandstand next to the road, it is where you need to turn to find this park.The signage to this park really is not very good. Although that is the only thing letting it down...so still worth looking for!

    There is parking here, there is a fenced playground for young ones but it's nowhere near the main road... it never hurts to have that added safety factor though. The fenced playground is adjacent to the carpark. The area is clearly the starting point for walkers as well... I saw several strolling through, or dressed up in gym gear to go walking in groups.

    The park has amazing undercover BBQ facilities with generous seating in them. There are large grassy areas for ball games or picnicking. There are signs here... information and educational (particularly loved the 'Chat with me' signs put up by the Paediatric Speech Pathology). The playgrounds cater for all age groups and include a flying fox.

    Another feature that jumps out is Robbie's Walk. This pathway has been dedicated to Robbie Lodder- Cord Blood Bank was established in his memory... but take a moment to read his story.

    Just a reminder for anyone taking their dog to explore... there are signs to say dogs must remain on a leash at all times.

    The area is aimed at children, but there is no reason that adults can't stroll through it... there is a musical instrument area set up as well... and er... I might have played on that for awhile. ( What??? There were no children using it and it's quite therapeutic :) )
    Written 5 January 2022
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  • viv H
    Melbourne, Australia168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Booked the brewery tour for a Saturday afternoon. Reasonably priced ($25 each and ticket includes a 6 or 4 pack of beer to take home). Tour starts and finishes in the taphouse includes a quick presentation showing the history of the brewery and then a walk through the various rooms. Our guide, James was knowledgeable and brought the process to life. Pleasant way to spend half an our on a road trip with a drink or meals in the pub
    Written 6 August 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Woodend is a well-known town in central Victoria, built in classic style. Woodend is a historic town; it has a marvelous information center, which informs visitors about the history of the town, and its cultural background. It is also part of a natural environment. Woodend is located in central Victoria, the classic town well worth a visit. It's located in the Macedon Ranges.
    Written 3 February 2024
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  • Angie D
    61 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun family activity with a lovely cafe to have a meal at. The menu had lots of variety. Amenities were clean. Gift shop had lots to choose from.
    Written 20 April 2022
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  • Barry_MWoodend
    woodend22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In a stunning location with spectacular views this enterprise is visionary. Fitting with nature, working with the animals in open natural settings, reforesting, brilliant water management...I could go on....just great. The pork cooked up a treat too.
    Written 15 April 2019
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia65,038 contributions
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    Anglicans first worshipped on the site of the current church in a small wooden building from 1859. By 1864 a decision was made to replace it with a more substantial bluestone building built in a Gothic architectural style.  The first tower was built in 1898 followed by the second taller tower known as the 'Peace Tower' in 1929 and finally the vestry was added in 1903.

    This is an iconic bluestone building, with its beautiful stained glass windows, set on a hill in a lovely garden surround. The gardens are worth taking a walk around , they have memorials to look at as you wander around... the beautiful established trees make it quite serene. 

    Whether you enter from the front of the hilly property or the back, there are bluestone gates that greet you. The church is also viewable from the nearby cemetery and makes an interesting backdrop for photos. 
    Written 3 January 2022
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,816 contributions
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    It is right there in the main street and tells the time. It is a handy item, dating back to when many suburbs and country towns had a clock tower sponsored by a local notable. This one was community funded and later became a centre point for war service commemorations.
    Written 12 April 2023
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia65,038 contributions
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    Woodend was first surveyed in 1836 by Major Thomas Mitchell, who subsequently opened the area up for settlement. On 18 March 1861 a 6-acre site was set aside as a general Cemetery for the town.

    I actually saw the bluestone Anglican Church nearby and drove to see it... before realising that there was a cemetery across the road.

    There are gorgeous white gates that invite you in to walk around. A number of locals were wandering around on the public holiday that I visited on, clearly there to see a certain individual. The views of the area behind the cemetery are just as captivating as the headstones that tell of many stories of those gone before.
    Written 4 January 2022
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia65,038 contributions
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    St Ambrose was born in Trier about 340, he practised as a barrister after an extensive schooling in Rome. He was later made Provincial Governor by the Emperor. In 374 a new bishop was required in Milan... the public called his name out as a candidate which surprised Ambrose- after all, he was unbaptised. He rectified this and then realising he was acutely lacking theological and spiritual knowledge... he sought these for the rest of his life. In 387 he even baptised the future Saint Augustine. St Ambrose died in 397.

    And here we have another church named in Ambroses honour. It is not on the Main Street of Woodend, but rather on a secondary street which makes it really easy to get parking. If you have travelled by train, this will only take a few minutes to walk to from the Main Street. There are other Catholic Buildings nearby. It's a beautiful building with a huge bell tower which makes it striking. (ha ha...the irony)

    If you like old architecture, this should be visited.
    Written 1 August 2021
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  • Chris T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an awesome spot. Looking forward to dropping in again soon. We went down for a day trip and had an amazing time meeting the team and trying their gins
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Neil N
    Port Moody, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The conference in Melbourne ended a May 2023 30 day roundabout (not walkabout) of Australia, beautifully crafted by Roar Adventures. As travel devotees, we were uneasy about the potential destinations among so many possibilities. Chika (RoarAdventures) came to our rescue, with insight, imagination and a ferocious concern for detail. Countless emails ,consultations, trouble shooting,,the trip came together beautifully. Did I mention that we are active seniors? Chika's recommendations were perfectly suited to our interests and abilities. Would we depend on Roar Adventures again? Well, yes, they are arranging our cycle tour in the Baltic.
    Written 18 June 2023
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