Our view of the Kyneton Bushland Resort was of rolling hills and a lush green countryside with autumn leaf colors that appeared repeatedly. Kyneton is an Australian town situated in the Macedon Range of the state of Victoria.
Entering the Kyneton Bushland Resort, we couldn’t wait to explore the natural bushland. Native animals live in the bushland and in and around the resort. No one is allowed to feed the animals and special consideration is given to the animals living in the resort
My husband and I spent the weekend with my parents at the resort. My parents were already well settled into our comfortable villa when we arrived. Our villa was spacious and it included all the modern conveniences with nice big couches to snuggle up on and watch television. The accommodations are ideal for large groups and families, as well as couples or lone travelers.
All of us went for a walk and discovered a beautiful picnic area with a playground. It was occupied by children while their parents cooked on the barbecue. The backdrop to the picnic area was the indoor pool on our right and to our left was the resort’s lake. We had a peek inside the indoor pool building. It was invitingly warm inside and the heated pool was large enough to swim laps. Lucky I brought my bathers! A spa bubbled with people inside it and a sauna was neatly fitted into the corner.
Docked by the lake were kayaks for hire. Ducks greeted us as we sat on the seats by the lake. Hearing a kookaburra laugh, we continued to walk through a corridor of eucalyptus trees that grew in a line around the lake. We soon came to a bridge that arches over the lake. If I had a toy remote control boat, I would be happy to spend a few hours standing here guiding it around the lake. Oh well, I didn’t have one, but if you do, I recommend that you bring it along. After our exploration of the lake, we wandered back to our little villa.
The resort is equipped with an entertainment room with comfortable couches, pool tables, and a room for children that is full of games. An indoor squash court and tennis courts are also available for hire. The Kyneton Resort office has all the information on what you can do in the resort and local area. I recommend going for a walk on the peaceful trails that guide you around the resort.
My parents visited Kyneton before and they wanted to take us to their favorite bakery called the Country Cob. The bakery was full of people, but all four us managed to find a seat on a big table with a couple of locals. We enjoyed their company and our quick meal of pies and pastries with coffee and cakes.
Back at the resort, we went swimming in the luxurious indoor pool. After swimming, I sat on our villa’s front deck, but soon saw a group of people huddled by the side of the road near the main office. One of the resort staff was giving an informative talk about the echidna. You can’t touch them as they are spikey all over.
We wanted to make the most of our stay at the resort and so we cooked our evening meal on the barbecue on the patio of the entertainment area. If you want to dine out, there are also fine restaurants to choose from in Kyneton.
Sunday morning consisted of a swim and a walk around the resort. Kangaroos were basking in the morning sun and feeding on the grass. Native flowers stood brightly out in the sun. Our next activity was to go to Trentham Falls, which is about 20 minutes or 21 km from the resort.
We drove into a national park through a canopy created by tall eucalyptus trees that shaded a road to a waterfall. Many other people were here, and yet there was not much noise. You could hear the birds singing and your own footsteps crunching on bark under your feet. Walking past other people, you could hear the whispers of their experience in the beautiful forest.
Five million years ago, basalt came through this ancient forest of Trentham Falls, as molten lava flowed from volcanic eruptions. Glowing lava filled the ancient Coliban River Valley, causing giant trees to collapse and fall in the hot torrent.
Today, the remains of charred timber are buried in the ancient river silts below the basalt. The Coliban River pushes against the columns of basalt and at the face of the waterfall where rocks fall regularly. The rocks formed the waterfall that has two columns of basalt rocks that stand in a fragile position and are prone to collapse. The unstable formation occurs from the contraction of rock masses that cooled from a molten temperature of over 1000°C. People living in the area are fortunate, as volcanos don’t exist here anymore.
Our drive back to the resort was a sight of green paddocks and country houses. Our weekend ended quickly as my family enjoyed our stay at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. You can visit the Kyneton Bushland Resort any time of the year and there is something for everyone. I know that anyone who stays here will have a memorable visit.
Kyneton has so much to offer as a holiday destination, with art galleries, wineries, national parks for bushwalking, and local shops with country-style gifts and produce, along with an array of restaurants and cafés. For more information about Kyneton, please visit the Kyneton Information Centre.