No: we don’t mean not riding because you’ve had a few too many! This page is for those adults and kids travelling to Woodend because someone they love is a crazy single speeder.
You have not been forgotten! Woodend and surrounds have loads to offer: quaint villages to explore, wineries, gourmet food, walking trails, mineral springs and spas.
SSWC 2016 – Carni-velo
We hope that the program of activities we’ve planned for Saturday 22nd October at Hanging Rock will be enough to get you to stick around to witness single speeders at play in their native habitat. There will be a group ride, for all levels of riders, from Woodend to Hanging Rock (about 12km). While you are there, follow the walking track to the top of Hanging Rock, check out the kids playground and meet the local kangaroos or perhaps a koala if you are lucky.
There will be loads to entertain young and old at Hanging Rock with a jumping castle, kids’ race and face painting to keep you occupied while waiting for the next crazy novelty race to start.
Hanging Rock is a spectacular landmark and was made famous in Joan Lindsay’s novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and Peter Weir’s film of the same title. In this mysterious tale, a school teacher and three of her female students vanish while exploring Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day in 1900. This striking rock formation contains ‘the Black Hole of Calcutta’, ‘Lovers’ Leap’, ‘Stonehenge’ and ‘The Chapel’. You just have to explore it for yourself. The Rock has been a meeting place for thousands of years, starting with the local Gunung-Willam-Balluk Aboriginal clans. In Colonial times settlers met here for picnic races and SSWC will be using the same racecourse!
Along Five Mile Creek is a meandering 3.5km shared pathway starting near the SSWC camping area at the Old Racecourse. This track takes you under the main road with easy access to the Children’s Adventure Playground on Nicholson Street. A great ride for the whole family.
You could easily spend half a day exploring the main street of Woodend. There are gourmet delis, bookstores, bakeries, op shops, milk bars, clothing boutiques and coffee shops.
Just 7km south of Woodend is the Macedon Ranges Hotel and Spa. Make sure you book ahead if you’d like a spa treatment of some sort over the weekend.
Gourment food and wine
Surrounding Woodend is the Macedon Ranges wine region. Find a designated driver and explore the local wineries or book a tour. Here are two operators you can try: Wine Tours Victoria or Mike’s Wine Tours.
Fresh, seasonal gourmet produce is a feature of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. There are more gourmet treats to tempt your tastebuds with than can fit on this page! Find out more here: Daylesford and Macedon Ranges food and wine
While mountain biking is the next big thing for this region, it was originally the hot springs that attracted visitors to the area. Indulge in a revitalising spa treatment at one of the many holistic havens nearby.
Kid Stuff…and Other local events
A guide to kid friendly activities in the Macedon Region Here .
It includes an indoor play centre and an indoor aquatic centre both in Kyneton.
Good options for wet weather!