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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.

Looking for the perfect day out for the whole family, then do not miss your chance to visit the acclaimed Animal Land Children's Farm.

Parents and children of all ages are guaranteed a fantastic day out with the chance to have an authentic farm experience, packed with fun, animals and traditional country style hospitality.

What makes Animal Land so popular with families is that unlike other animal attractions you do not simply get to observe the animals, you get to actively hold, pat, feed, ride, milk and truly experience what farm life is like.

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

You will enjoy none 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.

Established in 1985, Animal Land Children's Farm provides an unrivalled opportunity to experience real farm life.

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 2.1K 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

Living Legends is where you can meet and mingle with retired champion racehorses such as Apache Cat, Better Loosen Up, Silent Witness and Melbourne Cup winners Might and Power, Brew, Doriemus and Rogan Josh.

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

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.

Local pick up, tour booking and fully catered formal and informal function packages available year round.

Living Legends is an excellent destination for day trips or corporate functions with a difference, offering a range of different venue options, both formal and informal.

Activities: Woodlands Historic Park is over 700 hectares in total, with over 400 hectares of natural bushland. You will see mobs of kangaroos and other native animals as you walk, jog, or ride a bike or horse. Stop and enjoy a picnic amongst the magnificent River Red Gums, or in the homestead gardens.

Gardens: The Homestead is surrounded by magnificent gardens, with the magnolias being the oldest recorded European garden plants in Victoria.

Tours and Excursions: Living Legends is an ideal destinations for all ages- schools, service clubs, and community groups. For more details visit the website.

Oaklands Road
Greenvale, VIC, 3059

Located 10.1K from Diggers Rest

Woodlands Historic Park

Woodlands Historic Park provides a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by European settlers in the 1840s. The park has a 150-year old homestead, Indigenous canoe trees, native woodland and grassland. The fenced 'Back Paddock' is a great spot to see kangaroos, birds and other wildlife.

Things to see and do
- Visit Woodlands Homestead. Hosts will provide interesting accounts of its many owners over the years.
- Enjoy a picnic among the magnificent River Red Gum trees at the Somerton Road picnic area
- Explore the 1.5 km Moonee Ponds Creek Nature Walk
- Wander through the fenced 'Back Paddock' and see kangaroos, birds and other wildlife
- Walk up Gellibrand Hill. Explore the granite boulders and enjoy panoramic views
- Find out more about guided walks, spotlight strolls and more
- Sign up with the Friends of Woodlands Historic Park Inc. and assist on a variety of projects
- Jog or ride a bike or horse along the tracks
- View kangaroos in their natural surroundings

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 Rd
Greenvale, VIC, 3059

Located 11.1K 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.

Things to see and do
- The park offers over 53ha for visitors to take in, explore and enjoy. Features include walking paths, large open spaces, picnic facilities and free gas barbecues
- Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the 'Ironbark Trail' or have a picnic or barbecue
- Greenvale Reservoir Park offers many open spaces where you can enjoy the great outdoors, fly a kite or breathe in fresh air while going for a jog
- 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 Rd
Greenvale, VIC, 3059

Located 13.4K from Diggers Rest

Maribyrnong Valley Parklands

ust a short drive from the heart of the city is the Maribyrnong Valley Parklands featuring Brimbank Park and Horseshoe Bend Farm. The parklands offer ideal settings for picnics, walks along the extensive network of trails, fishing, canoeing and bird watching, all set within peaceful parklands surrounded by prolific birdlife.

NOTE: Horseshoe Bend Farm is not open to visitors.

Horseshoe Bend Farm is a popular destination for visitors of all ages. During the week it is regularly occupied by young families, play groups, primary schools and older recreation groups.

Things to see and do
- See a range of farm animals including pigs, dairy cows, sheep, goats, Clydesdales, donkeys, peacocks, ducks and other bird life
- Come to the Horseshoe Bend Farm Open Day held on third Sunday of each month. Activities include pony rides and craft stalls
- Try the two kilometre Wetland Circuit walking track which runs along the edge of the Maribyrnong River
- The farm can be booked for weddings, parties, conferences and other special occasions. Self guided farm tours, pony rides and children's parties are also available

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.

Horseshoe Bend Rd
Keilor, VIC, 3036

Located 15.0K from Diggers Rest

Diggers Rest: Events

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at CountryPlace Hotel

Fabulous weekend Get-Away. 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
      21st May
      25th Jun

180 Olinda Creek Road
Kalorama, VIC, 3766

Located 11.1K from Diggers Rest

Reconciliation Week Guided Walking Tour

During Reconciliation Week take a guided walking tour through the Melton Botanic Garden to see indigenous plants local to the Melton region and other Aboriginal use plants.

The walk is just over one hour followed by morning tea. Highlights are the remnant vegetation, Ryans Creek and Lake indigenous plantings, Koori Student Garden, and the Victorian Volcanic Plains Aboriginal Plant Usage Garden.

A joint partnership with Melton City Council and Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden.

Event Dates
      3rd Jun

Corner Tullidge and Williams Streets,
102 Vincent
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 13.2K from Diggers Rest

Melbourne Toyrun

The 39th 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 39th traditional Melbourne Toyrun 2016 is now on the third Sunday of 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
      18th Dec

2 Ferris Road
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 13.2K from Diggers Rest

Diggers Rest: Travel Tips

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 hosts and collect your free information on:

- Things to do and places to eat in Melton and surrounds
- Local facilities, events, maps and directions
- Places to visit and stay in Melbourne and Victoria

323 High Street
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 13.7K from Diggers Rest

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