Trentham Falls. Credit: Des Peters
Located less than 10 minutes from Sancho, Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria. It plunges 32 metres over ancient basalt columns, formed by ancient lava flows, into the Coliban River - it’s a stunning sight. It's particularly impressive in winter, when rain creates the strongest flow. This area is also a great spot for a picnic or bush walk.
The Wombat State Forest is an outdoor lover’s paradise. With a rich gold-panning history, thriving flora and fauna and plenty of activities on offer, it’s a great place to visit. There are beautiful walking & cycling trails, four-wheel driving tracks, and the forest has also gained a reputation for being one of the best places to ride a mountain bike with more than 100km of track. Wildlife-wise the forest is home to grey kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, echidnas, koalas and 150 species of birds.
Annie Smithers is one of Australia’s most highly regarded chefs and a leader in the paddock to plate ethos. Annie’s restaurant, Du Fermier, in Trentham is based on classic French farmhouse dishes that are to be enjoyed with friends and family. Annie creates a seasonal menu each weekend, and the food is sourced straight from her garden.
Annie also hosts cooking masterclasses at her property, Babbington Park. The classes are hosted in a former church that has been converted to a rustic french kitchen. They’re very popular and sell out quickly.
Trentham Farmers' Market (third Saturday of the month)
Held in the picturesque town square on the corner of High Street and Cosmo Road, this fabulous little market sells regional produce from 9am to 1pm. The Maker's Market, alongside the Cosmopolitan Hotel, is also held on the same day, selling handcrafted items.
Trentham Market (fourth Sunday of the month):
Conducted at the old railway station in Victoria Street from 9am until 2pm, this market offers a mixed bag of newly made and baked products plus second-hand goods.
Kyneton Farmers Market (second Saturday of the month)
The Kyneton Farmers' Market is located in the centre of Piper Street in St Paul's Park, and is open 8am-1pm. The market features a great selection of meat, pasta, beer, wine, fruit and vegetables as well as an array of olive oils, preserves, plants, farm fresh eggs and jams.
Woodend Farmers' Market (first Saturday of the month)
The market, located on the corner of High & Forest streets in Woodend, features a wide selection of local & Victorian produce direct from producer to you. Think fresh vegetables & fruit, olive oils, beef, pork, free-range eggs, organic sourdough bread & other treats, honey, herbs, seedlings, preserves & more. There’s also free children’s activities, including face painting and live music. Open 9am-1pm.
Board games, campfire cooking, afternoon naps, smores over the fire, stargazing… the list of reasons to simply stay put is endless. It’s time to get In2thewild.