Things to do in Trentham

Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend in the country indulging in the many gourmet delights and wines offered by the region, or more active outdoor pursuits like riding or bushwalking in the Wombat State Forest, Trentham has it all.

 

Take a short drive to the famous Harvester Café at Tylden where you can enjoy a feast of food, wine and music. Celebrate birthdays, functions or just intimate dining for 2. Be delighted by Adam on the piano on Friday evenings and requests are always welcome.

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Herbal Lore Liqueurs in Daylesford specializes in delicious liqueur chocolates, liqueur fruits and speciality ports.  Relax with friends over an exquisite Herbal Lore tasting platter.

The iconic Cosmopolitan Hotel is set in over an acre of heritage gardens and sits in the heart of Trentham. Badly damaged by fire in 2005, it was bought by two locals in 2009 and is in the process of being restored to its former glory. Since late 2009, The Cosmopolitan Gardens have been offering the region’s best food, wine and beer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the cooler months, The Stables are open so you can cosy up by the fire and enjoy local country fare. The beer is brewed in nearby Woodend, house wine comes from Hanging Rock Winery in the Macedon Ranges and as much local produce as possible is sourced for the dishes on offer. With live music every Sunday, regular events and delightful gardens to explore, The Cosmopolitan is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the best of country Victoria.

RedBeard Bakery won the 2011 National Baking Industry Association’s Baking Seal of Excellence as well as the NBIA Environmental Award, and it has become a magnet for lovers of organic bread, contemporary cafe food, excellent coffee, local wines and beers, and heritage.  Take a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Bakery. Tour package includes a choice of refreshments.  Enrol in a Sourdough baking class where participants make, shape and bake their own bread to take home; available most Sundays.

RedBeard has been seen on TV in Everyday Gourmet, Mercurio’s Menu,Coxy’s Big Break, Postcards and Wine Me Dine Me; as well as featuring in The Age Epicure, The Herald Sun, The Herald Weekly Times, Country Style, Delicious, and Earth Garden; and in the 2009 Business Victoria Regional Heroes photographic exhibition.

Trentham Falls is the longest single drop waterfall in Victoria, plunging some 32 metres over basalt columns. Trentham Falls was formed some five million years ago from molten lava rapidly cooling as it flowed along the old Coliban River valley. At the base of the Falls, quartz gravel and the former river bed can be seen. The Falls reserve protects one of the best remnants of original vegetation in the area, with stands of manna gum, messmate, stringybark and narrow-leaved peppermint. The Trentham Falls Reserve protects one of the best remnants of original vegetation in the area, including manna gum, messmate and narrow-leaved peppermint and provides a spectacular backdrop for a picnic

The Trentham Farmers Market is held the third Saturday of every month, 9am – 1pm. The Farmers Market has a selection of dairy and goat’s cheeses, eggs and live poultry, sourdough, preserves, olive products, plants, fresh flowers, spuds, locally brewed beer and wines.

The 75,000-hectare Wombat State Forest & Lerderderg State Park lies to the South of the town, and offers many activities including camping, bushwalking, mountain-bike riding, horse riding, four-wheel-driving and trail bike riding. The rugged Lerderderg Gorge runs North-South through the forest area, and there are many walking trails, including the heritage trail along the Lerderderg River and the Domino Trail between Trentham and Lyonville. The network of fire tracks is ideal for bicycles, with some challenging technical sections and single-track for the more adventurous. The Kyneton & District Trail Riding Club runs regular horse rides and camping trips in the forest. The forest also offers challenging four-wheel-driving and trailbike riding, while the sheer size and rugged nature of the forest area means that it is still easy to find areas all to oneself.

The award-winning Lyonville Mineral Springs are approximately ten minutes from town on the road to Daylesford and visitors can sample the refreshing mineral water while having a picnic or barbecue in the picturesque reserve there.

The Trentham Historical Society has published local history booklets including ‘Take a Walk Around Trentham’. They are available from the Newsagents, Jargon, and the Information Centre at the old railway station.

The picturesque Quarry Street Reserve and Lake is a popular venue for barbecues and picnics. There are undercover gas barbecues, picnic facilities and toilets at the reserve and there is enough space even for large groups. The reserve was created through voluntary labour and is located on Stony Creek, near the intersection of Quarry Street and Victoria Street. The springs in the south-western corner of the reserve are thought to have been Trentham’s first water supply.

If you fancy a round of golf, the Trentham Golf Club is located within walking distance from the town centre.

Tiny Trentham punches well above its weight in the high quality eating and drinking stakes, even for such a gourmet-obsessed region.

Load up on chestnuts, cherries and heirloom fruit varieties and stop in at one of the many wineries.

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