Off the beaten track – discover the Moorabool region

When it comes to exploring the hidden gems of Victoria, the Moorabool region is a place full of adventure & is waiting to be discovered. Nestled amongst stunning landscapes, this area is often overlooked, but one not to be missed for those wanting to venture off the beaten track, the Moorabool region promises a blend of history, natural beauty, wineries, and unique attractions.

Historical Steiglitz Town

Step back in time as you explore the charming historical town of Steiglitz. Located within the Brisbane Ranges National Park, this town was formerly a bustling centre of gold mining activity, with shops, hotels, and churches, and even boasted its very own newspaper. Today, it stands largely deserted, yet it has evolved into a destination for bushwalking and picnics. Offering a glimpse into the past with its well-preserved buildings, take a leisurely stroll through its streets.

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Brisbane Ranges National Park

For the nature enthusiasts, the Brisbane Ranges National Park is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Boasting rugged landscapes, dense forests, and a network of hiking trails that lead to breath-taking viewpoints.

Offering a diverse range of walking trails suitable for all levels and abilities, from leisurely short walks to challenging multi-day hikes. Popular spots include:

Anakie Gorge Walk (short walk) – short, family-friendly walk takes you through the picturesque Anakie Gorge, where you can marvel at the towering cliffs and tranquil waters of Stony Creek. It’s an ideal option for those looking for a relaxed stroll to take in the National Parks true beauty.

Wadawurrung Walk (half-day walk) – this moderately challenging walk provides a deeper exploration of the park’s landscapes. As you follow the trail, you’ll pass through open woodlands, providing a taste of the region’s unique flora and fauna.

Burchell Trail (three-day walk) – for the more adventurous hikers, the Burchell Trail offers a fantastic three-day trek through the heart of the national park. This trail takes you through diverse terrain, from rugged hills to beautiful valleys. Camping facilities are available along the trail, making it an immersive experience in the natural beauty of the area.
Don’t forget to pack a picnic and enjoy a meal surrounded by the serenity of the Australian bush.

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Austins Winery

No visit to the Moorabool Valley region would be complete without stopping into Austins Winery. This family-owned winery is renowned for its exceptional cool-climate wines – take a guided tour of the vineyards and wine-making facilities, followed by wine tasting to experience the flavours of the region.

Don’t forget to grab a cheese board or lunch while you’re there!

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Moranghurk Shearer’s Quarters

For a unique accommodation experience, Moranghurk Shearer’s Quarters has you covered. Overlooking the Moorabool River, this charming rustic retreat offers comfortable lodgings in a historical setting. The quarters provide a cosy atmosphere, and the surrounding countryside offers bushwalking, photography, and stargazing. It’s the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Credit: Morangurk Shearers Quarters

Fairy Park

Fairy Park is a whimsical destination that will enchant visitors of all ages and allow your storytelling and creativity come alive. This outdoor park features a collection of fairy tale inspired sculptures and scenes, making it a magical experience for those young and young at heart. Explore the fairy tale castle, meet iconic characters, and wander through the beautiful gardens that bring these stories to life.

Fairy Park is designed to engage visitors in a multi-sensory experience – children and adults alike can immerse themselves in the stories. Characters come alive at the click of a button – listen to the story and sing along.

The park is open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

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