There are many great places to explore and visit during your time in Puckapunyal. We have outlined some of these below and will feature other ideas in our e-newsletter The Bush Telegraph.
1hr drive from Pucka
Hanging Rock is a rare and mysterious volcanic formation situated in the Hesket plains near Woodend. It is the setting for the world renown novel and film, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ and home of the Hanging Rock Racing Club and other major events.
It is open daily from 9am – 5pm. Entry fee is $10 per car.
1hr 20mins drive from Pucka
Healesville Sanctuary is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals. It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus. The zoo is set in a natural bushland environment where paths wind through different habitat areas showcasing wallabies, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, and over 200 native bird varieties. Conducted tours, bird shows and information areas are available to visitors.
Great Victorian Rail Trail
This easily accessible, varied and unique rail trail offers close proximity to heritage classified rivers, majestic valleys, lakes and mountains. The trail is Australia’s longest continuous rail trail, with Victoria’s longest rail trail tunnel at Cheviot. The trail spans 134 kilometres from Tallarook, through Yea to Mansfield, with a spur line linking Cathkin and Alexandra. The trail travels through beautiful countryside following the heritage classified Goulburn River at Tallarook and passes through the Trawool Valley, classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty.
You can walk, ride a horse or cycle the trail.
Soverign Hill – Ballarat
2hr drive from Pucka
Sovereign Hill is just like stepping back in time to gold rush Ballarat during the 1850s. From the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-foundwealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where visitors pan for real gold and it’s ‘finders keepers’!