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It feels a world away from Melbourne in Woodend, nineteenth century resort town and base for the mysterious Hanging Rock.

Boasting all the character and charm of country Victoria, Woodend has long been a handy stop-off point on the way to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. After the gold rush in the 1850s and 1860s, Woodend became a resort town with many guesthouses, large private gardens, a racecourse, golf club and hotels. These days travellers make a beeline for the excellent refreshments at Holgate Brewhouse, and wander the antique stores, galleries, boutique gift shops or weekend markets.

The highlight of any visit to Woodend is to climb nearby Hanging Rock, which featured in Peter Weir's film Picnic at Hanging Rock. The rock rises 105 metres from the plain and is a small steep-sided volcano. The lava has created unusual rock formations such as the Black Hole of Calcutta and the Cathedral. Pack your own picnic or enjoy a meal at the onsite caf? and explore the reputed hideout of infamous bushrangers like 'Mad Dog' Morgan and home of native flora and fauna.

Annual events held at Hanging Rock offer unusual perspectives of the eerie landmark. The Hanging Rock Picnic Races are held every Australia Day (January 26) and New Year's Day, a tradition lasting more than 80 years. In late February, enjoy a celebration of local food and wine at the annual Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The scenic bushland of Macedon Regional Park is also close to Woodend, as well as local cellar doors where you can meet the winemakers and sample the wines. Golfers rave about the cliff-top golf course with its panoramic views from the 10th hole.

Woodend is approximately 70 kilometres north of Melbourne, or just under an hour by car on the Calder Highway.

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