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Published October 5th 2014
Eat on Piper Street and then walk it off
Kyneton is only an hour's drive from the middle of Melbourne and is renowned for food (check out Piper Street). A range of outdoor activities is a perfect complement to the lovely food for the whole family.
Black Hill Reserve is only about a five minute drive to the north of Kyneton. Cross the Kyneton by-pass on Edgecombe Road (about 6 km) and then take the marked turnoff along Ennis Road to reach the reserve. The reserve is well maintained by the Friends of the Black Hill and tracks are very well defined and sign-posted.
The Reserve is 105 hectare in size and the summit is 614 metres about sea level. There are lots of granite outcrops including the huge Monolith boulder set amongst the trees which makes for an interesting walk. There are three main trails which vary in difficulty and length. The 4 km Circuit Track encircles Black Hill and has gentle inclines and a good chance of seeing native fauna such as wallabies and reptiles (or even an echidna), the 1.7 km Revegetated Area Track has no inclines and offers the best chance of seeing kangaroos while the 2.7 km Ridge Track is the most strenuous walk with more than 200 steps but has the best views and goes past many rock formations plus the Northern and Eastern lookouts.
Back in town you can walk along the 3 km long Campaspe River Walk which starts near the Racecourse in the north and passes by the Sculpture Park (worth a quick look), a number of weirs, Oak Park, the Kyneton Botanical Gardens, Velodrome and ends at Langley Street near the Scout Hall.
Along the walk you might see native birds such as egrets, white ibis, black ducks, wood ducks, scared kingfisher and even black swans have been spotted.
Campaspe River Walk
Look out for the swimming pool which was created between two weirs in the 1930s and operated until the 1950s. This area had a caretaker, dressing sheds, stone seats and diving tower at the time and the remains consist of a diving tower which has 1935 cut into the base.
20 km from Kyneton are the impressive Trentham Falls which is one of Victoria's highest single drop waterfalls. At this point the Coliban River plunges 32 metres over basalt walls formed by molten lava flow from volcanic eruptions about five million years ago. Thankfully the volcanoes are now extinct although the rock faces which have eroded over time by the water flow are unstable and access to the bottom of the falls is prohibited for safety reasons. However, the views from the elevated lookout are very impressive.
In the late 1800s a waterwheel was constructed to drive Sharp's Sawmill but insufficient power was generated and it lapsed into disuse. A large block of rock was blasted out of the upper falls to construct the waterwheel and this block can still be seen lying at the base of the falls beside the plunge pool.
The viewing platform is only a very short walk from the car park which has picnic tables and toilets.
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