Have a Happy Holiday at the Kyneton Bushland Resort!

An Australian native flower called the Pincushion Hakea, which grows at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)
An Australian native flower called the Pincushion Hakea, which grows at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Gateway to the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Image by Trisha Haddock.

Gateway to the Kyneton Bushland Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Our villa hidden amongst the trees and native grasses. Image by Trisha Haddock.

Our villa is hidden among the trees and native grasses. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

BBQ and picnic area next playground set near the lake. Image by Trisha Haddock.

A barbecue and picnic area next to the playground, near the lake. (Image:Trisha Haddock)

Indoor heated pool at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Image by Trisha Haddock.

An indoor heated pool at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Walking around Kyneton Resort lake. Image by Trisha Haddock.

Walking around Kyneton Resort lake. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

At the Kyneton Resort lake. Image by Trisha Haddock.

At the Kyneton Resort lake. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

Kayaks for hire docked by the Kyneton Resort Lake.Image by Trisha Haddock.

Kayaks for hire docked by the Kyneton Resort Lake. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Walking track around the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Image by Trisha.

A trail around the Kyneton Bushland Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

Squash courts for hire at the Kyneton Bushland resort.Image by Trisha Haddock.

Squash courts for hire at the Kyneton Bushland resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

Tennis courts at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Image by Trisha Haddock.

Tennis courts at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Echidna searching for ants at the Kyneton Resort. Image by Trisha Haddock.

A pregnant Echidna searching for ants at the Kyneton Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Patio with BBQ and outdoor eating area that leads to entertainment area and children's games room. Image by Trisha Haddock.

A patio with a barbecue and outdoor eating area that leads to the entertainment area and children’s games room. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Flowering Acacia found on walking track around the Kyneton Resort. Image by Trisha Haddock.

An Australian flowering plant called Acacia found around the Kyneton Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

A Kangaroo enjoying the morning sun in the clearing through the trees.Image by Trisha Haddock.

A kangaroo enjoying the morning sun in a clearing. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

A Kangaroo in the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Image by Trisha Haddock.

A kangaroo at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Trentham Falls. Image by Trisha Haddock.

Trentham Falls was once a meeting place for Australian Indigenous people. Despite years of European settlement and growth, it has remained a meeting place. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Trentham Falls close up view of basalt rock. Image by Trisha Haddock.

A close-up view of basalt rock. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

Trentham Falls the valley is full of trees and shrubs where lava once flowed. Image by Trisha Haddock.

At Trentham Falls, the valley is full of trees and shrubs where lava once flowed. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

A walking track in the Kyneton Resort. Image by Trisha Haddock.

A trail at the Kyneton Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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.

Australian native flower called Correa found in garden bed at the Kyneton Resort. Image by Trisha Haddock.

An Australian native flower called Correa found in a garden bed at the Kyneton Resort. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

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