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Diggers Rest

A small town 30km north-west along the Calder Highway from Melbourne, Diggers Rest began literally as an overnight resting spot for miners travelling to and from the Bendigo gold fields.

But Diggers Rest became the centre of attention in 1910 when American escapologist and adventurer Harry Houdini came to town with his Voisin biplane at the invitation of the Aerial League of Australia.

At that time several people were claiming to have made Australia's first powered flight, but the league was unconvinced and, on March 31, 1910, bestowed the distinction on Houdini after the American flew his bi-plane at a height of 30 metres round a 3km circular course.

A plaque west of Diggers Rest commemorates the historic event, and Houdini Drive skirts one of the town's largest reserve.

The area round Diggers Rest boasts a number of thoroughbred and specialised horse breed studs. The hamlet is just a sedate kilometre or two north-west of the Calder Raceway, one of Melbourne"s premier motor racing circuits.

Diggers Rest: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Animal Land Children's Farm


Animal Land Children's Farm - the ultimate family experience.

What makes Animal Land so popular with families is that you get to actively hold, pat, feed, ride, milk and truly experience what farm life is like.

Your country life experience begins as you get to meet, greet and interact with all of your favourite farmyard animals including cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, chooks, ponies, alpacas, donkeys, deer, turkeys, peacocks, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.

You will enjoy non stop entertainment as you participate in all the farms fun filled activities including milking a cow in the dairy, having a hand led pony ride, taking a tractor ride, feeding the animals and nursing the baby animals too.

Collect the eggs from the chooks, feed the ducks on the dam, go ponding, plant a tree and have a go at growing some seedlings. Even try your luck at farm sports such as poopa scooping.

Located just 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, this unrivalled day of family fun is in easy reach.

Animal Land is famous for the sensory experience it offers visitors of all ages and a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some really cute farm animals.




200 Duncans Lane,
Gate 2
Diggers Rest, VIC, 3427

Located 2.2K from Diggers Rest

Organ Pipes National Park


The Organ Pipes, a set of basalt columns formed by the cooling and cracking of molten lava, are the most well known feature of the park. Enjoy a picnic, a walk and the spring wattle blossom.

The park is an excellent place for picnics, walks, bird observing and photography. Stand on the viewing platform - the basalt Keilor Plains all around you are part of one of the world's largest lava flows.

Walk down the path to view the 'organ pipes' - a set of basalt columns formed by lava. Look for yellowish sandstones and mudstones across the creek 200 metres downstream from the 'organ pipes'.


Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Organ Pipes Road
Keilor North, VIC, 3037

Located 6.1K from Diggers Rest

Bulla Hill Railway


Bulla Hill Railway, operated by Tullamarine Live Steam Society, is located about eight kilometres from Melbourne Airport and offers scenic miniature train rides.

The railway is situated in a parkland area with picnic tables, children's playground and private picnic area with five picnic shelters, two electric barbecues and a kiosk at the station. There is ample free parking right outside the station building. Wheelchair access to the station and picnic area and a disabled toilet is also available to visitors.

Entry to Bulla Hill Railway is free, although to ride the train there is a small admission price. For more information see the website.

Bulla Hill Railway operates from 12-noon to 4:00pm on the first and third Sunday of each month.

Please note that enclosed footwear must be worn if you wish to ride on the trains.




15 Green Street
Bulla, VIC, 3428

Located 7.5K from Diggers Rest

Living Legends: The International Home of Rest for Champion Horses


Melbourne Airport's closest tourist attraction: historic homestead and gardens, coffee shop, retired champion racehorses surrounded by parklands with over 1,000 wild kangaroos and over 100 species of Australian native birds.

At Living Legends you can meet and mingle with retired champion racehorses such as Apache Cat, Zipping, Silent Witness and Melbourne Cup winners Might and Power, Brew, Efficient and Rogan Josh.

Enjoy Devonshire Tea or coffee in the Woodlands Historic Homestead, smell the roses in the heritage gardens; walk, run, climb or ride your bikes in the surrounding 1,500 acres of bush-land complete with kangaroos and abundant native bird life. Bring a picnic basket, plan a day trip- it's a place where people of all ages can relax and enjoy our legends in beautiful parklands.

Located six minutes door to door from Melbourne Airport with free parking, public tours of horses available at 11:00am and 2:00pm daily.

An ideal destination for visitors with a Melbourne Airport layover or stop off. Local pick up, tour booking and fully catered formal and informal function packages available year round.

An ideal destinations for all ages- schools, service clubs, and community groups: more details visit the website.




Oaklands Road
Greenvale, VIC, 3059

Located 10.1K from Diggers Rest

Greenvale Reservoir Park


The grassy slopes of the park are popular with large groups for picnics and games. Trails wind through the park, offering glimpses of native birdlife and views of the water.

The park offers over 53 hectares for visitors to take in, explore and enjoy. Features include walking paths, large open spaces, picnic facilities and free gas barbecues.

You can enjoy the peaceful surrounds and the tranquil views of the reservoir or simply relax under a tree and enjoy a sunny afternoon. The sound of birds and the breeze through the trees provides a relaxing change to the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.

One of the features of the park is 'Brodies Lakes'. This series of three ponds is ideal for observing birdlife and incorporating other wetland activities.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Somerton Road
Greenvale, VIC, 3059

Located 13.8K from Diggers Rest

Diggers Rest: Events

Husqvarna Motorcycles Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro


Australia's biggest off-road motorcycle event is set for 29 October 2017.

Riders face the hardest course that mother nature can give them with plenty of rocks and hills over the 12 kilometre track. 150 riders will endeavour to finish the event and give spectators one of the highlights of the year.

Both international and Australia's best face off over the three hour and four hour time set.

The event starts off with a Prologue (timed race) at 9:00am followed by the main race at 11:00am.

Lock in the date now and be sure to check out all of our last year video's and results.


Event Dates
2017
      29th Oct


227 Feehans Road
Wildwood, VIC, 3429

Located 11.0K from Diggers Rest

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at Country Place Hotel


The Faulty Towers The Dining Experience offers a fabulous weekend getaway including dinner, show, bed and breakfast. The fun starts as the audience waits to be seated and then hurtles along for two hours of fully immersive, highly improvised comedy theatre. Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up some madcap mayhem and a three-course meal with the audience playing the part of their restaurant diners.

Chaos in the dining room. Enter the world of the snobbish, manic Basil, his domineering wife Sybil and their hopelessly language-challenged waiter, Manuel.

Be one of the steady stream of bemused guests trying to make Manuel understand what it is you want. Ask for an ice bucket and you may just be presented with a nice bucket. A simple procedure like opening a bottle of wine can become a huge drama, and maybe during all this you might get some service, Faulty style of course.


Event Dates
2017
      18th Nov
      19th Nov
      9th Dec
      10th Dec


180 Olinda Creek Road
Kalorama, VIC, 3766

Located 11.1K from Diggers Rest

Melbourne Toyrun


The 40th Traditional Melbourne Toy-Run and Family Traders day will be held at Tabcorp Park.

Continuing the legacy of the Melbourne Toyrun from its humble inception in 1978, the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to announce that the 40th anniversary of the traditional Melbourne Toyrun 2017 is now on Sunday 17 December at Tabcorp Park.

This date secures a spectacular location where motorcyclists on all formats of bikes from all of Victoria can share a fun filled day with their families and friends in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The Melbourne Toy Run has always been a popular ride with Victorian motorcyclists. Riders dress up their bikes, trikes and scooters with Christmas decorations and ride to a destination to give toys and food for the kids for Christmas.

The Salvation Army trucks will be waiting to receive these generous gifts from the bikers. The Victorian Motorcycle Council invite riders and passengers of all motorbikes, from trikes to scooters of all shapes, sizes and vintage to participate and bring their families to participate in this spectacular event.


Event Dates
2017
      17th Dec


2 Ferris Road
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 13.2K from Diggers Rest

Diggers Rest: Travel Tips

Melbourne Airport Visitor Information Centre


Melbourne Airport Visitor Information Centre assists visitors with a range of tourism services including accommodation reservations, tour bookings and telecommunication services (SIM cards and recharge vouchers are available for purchase).

Visitors can find information on car and campervan rental and reservations, transportation services, public transport advice, shuttle service to and from the airport to your hotel including Skybus, Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle, Airport Bus Dandenong and Airport Bus Eastside and limousine and interstate bus/ flight reservations.

The Centre also offers discounted attraction ticket sales, special needs assistance (wheelchair rental available) and general flights and airport terminal information.




Arrival Drive,
Melbourne Airport Visitor Information Centre
Melbourne Airport, VIC, 3045

Located 12.4K from Diggers Rest

Melton Visitor Information Centre


Situated in the historic Courthouse, explore all that the City of Melton has to offer at the Melton Visitor Information Centre.

Discover over 150 years of history and heritage, explore their paths, trails, parks and waterways, experience family fun with playgrounds and festivals and enjoy award winning wine, food and entertainment.

Visit the friendly local volunteers, learn more about the area and collect free information on: things to do and places to eat in Melton and surrounds, local facilities, events, maps and directions, as well as places to visit and stay in Melbourne and Victoria.




323 High Street,
High
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 13.6K from Diggers Rest

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