About us & the local area
Oak Hill is situated close to the town of Woodend, and nestled in a picturesque valley below Mt Macedon just minutes from Hanging Rock. While the hustle and bustle of Melbourne is just 45 minutes away by car, this pristine natural environment feels another world away. Along with our luxurious rooms, beautiful gardens, and delicious breakfast hampers, Oak Hill offers you an opportunity to explore the towns and natural landscapes that make this area so special.
We are located at 29 Waterworks Rd, Woodend VIC 3442
Hanging Rock is the most famous and iconic attraction in the local area, and the reason why so many people choose to visit this part of the world. Also known as Mount Diogenes or Dryden's Rock, Hanging Rock holds an important spiritual place for Aboriginal people and is also famous as the setting of Joan Lindsay's novel - as well as the classic movie, and recent TV series - Picnic at Hanging Rock. This distinctive rock formation was a former volcano, with the unique geological properties of the area continuing to attract visitors from across Australia and the world.
Mt Macedon is another popular area close to Woodend, with Oak Hill situated on the northern slopes of the Macedon Ranges. Just over 1,000 metres high, Mt Macedon is known as Geboor or Geburrh by the Wurundjeri tribe. At the base of Mount Macedon is an ancient axe-grinding site that has been used by local Aboriginal people for thousands of years. If you're feeling brave, the view from the summit is spectacular, including Melbourne city, the Dandenong Ranges, and the You Yangs.
LOCAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES TRENTHAM
There is lots to explore close to Oak Hill, from Woodend itself to the many surrounding towns and villages. If you want to venture a little further afield, Kyneton is just up the road, Trentham is only 15 minutes away, and the spa towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are just over half an hour by car. These resort towns are located right in the middle of the largest concentration of mineral springs in Australia. Whether you want to relax, explore, or relax some more, Oak Hill and the surrounding area have something for everyone to enjoy.
An old Italian farm with restaurants and coffee places and a fabulous garden. (Just out of Hepburn Springs.)
Of course for the more adventurous both Bendigo and Ballarat are also reachable in just over an hour and are well worth the drive.
If you have any questions about places to go, or anything else, please feel free to ask your host Rhonda who will be more than happy to assist. She has lived in this region for many years.
Holgates Hotel & Brewery Woodend
The Cosmopolitan, Trentham
Mount Macdon Hotel, Mount Macedon
The George Hotel, Kyneton
Annie Smithers, Trentham
Pizza Verde, Kyneton
Ida Red, Macedon
Macedon Wine Room, Macedon
La Bonta – Italian, Kyneton
Doctors: Brooke Street Medical Centre, Brooke Street, Woodend 5427 1002
Kyneton Hospital – 7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive Kyneton, 5422 9900