Sunbury Tourist Information
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43 Macedon Street, Sunbury (03) 9744 2291. 10 min drive
Made famous with the book and film “Picnic at Hanging Rock” from Joan Lindsays narrative about the mysterious disappearance of a group of local school girls during a picnic excursion at the Rock in 1900. A good little excursion, a comfortable walk to the top on any day, the picnic country race meetings are legendary and well worth a visit when they are on. The volcanic lava in Hanging Rock has a particularly high soda content and the action of rainwater has resulted in an unusual rock known as soda tracheae. It is thought the rock was a refuge for bushrangers during the Gold Rush era - particularly the notorious “Mad Dog Morgan” who’s name is attributed to certain features found on the walk to the Pinnacles such as Morgans Lookout and Morgans Blood Waterfall.
Cafe/Tea Rooms and art gallery, historic homestead located just up the road from our airfield at Riddells Creek. Thu-Sat 10am -4 pm (03) 5428 6799.
James Johnston, a member of the Victorian Parliament, originally planted vines at Craiglea in 1863. Pat and Dianne Carmody’s produce Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. Remaining a small and independent the cellar door is open for tastings the first Sunday of every month, except in January. Craiglea is located on the southern end of Sunbury township. (03) 9744 4489
Goonawarra’s 156 year old vineyard and bluestone hall is shaded by gum trees, sits in a natural amphitheatre in the foothills of the Macedon Ranges. Just 20 kilometres from the ocean, the black basalt clay earth feeds varietals chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc on the vine for longer than normal, thanks to the cool microclimate. Goonawarra’s 17-acre vineyard is located opposite to Craiglea, 10 min drive from Sunbury Railway Station.
Restaurant (Sunday lunch). (03) 9740 7766
Located in Straws Lane, near Hanging Rock, one of Mount Macedon's well kept secrets, a most unusual and baffling place. Standing near the bottom of the hill, facing up the hill, if you place a ball on the road it rolls “up” the hill and not downhill as you would expect. If you run it feels like you’re running uphill when you are running down. A gravity hill is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces the optical illusion that a downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope