A horse drawn carriage ride is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty in the great outdoors of the Macedon Ranges in Victoria, Australia. Now retired I am combining my love of vintage fashions, slow living, picnicking and horses in this micro business located between Woodend and Kyneton at historic Carlsrhue.
Let time slow down while you sit back in comfort to the meditative sounds of hoof beats and the sounds of the Australian countryside. Why not stop for an old world BYO picnic or a snack to have along the way?
Drives range from 60 minute sightseeing trips to longer scenic rides and picnics, up to half day (4 hour) winery or garden picnic drives. Prices start at $150 for a one hour trip for up to 6 people - with cost being per hour (not per person). Drives can be varied to suit your needs.
The high elevation of the Macedon Ranges (526m and up) provides glorious views across rolling pasture land, bush and forest land and geological wonders including Hanging Rock, Mount Macedon, Camel's Hump and the Jim Jims.
The roads are largely flat making them ideal for horse drawn vehicles.
Enjoy riding in an authentic 1890s 'canoe front buggy wagonette' - of the 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' era - or the larger wagon with all weather canopy which seats up to 6 average size adults. All seats have back rests and are padded for comfort. The larger wagon is very easy to enter with two low steps and hand rails, while the buggy requires a large step up.
Children will love the experience of having horse Patrick take them for a ride and experience what life was like before the motor car. Afterwards they can thank Patrick with a pat and a carrot.
Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcome to come along for a ride - they love it!
Food and drink can be taken on drives. Alternatively I can provide a picnic hamper for an additional $30 per person.
At no extra cost I can provide picnic bling on picnic drives which look fabulous in photos and add a touch of history and romance to your outing.
Horse and carriages are also available for local weddings, photo shoots and promotions.
If you would like to learn to drive a horse yourself I can provide this experience too. Please ask for details.
Short notice rides are often a possibility.
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Rides leave from 124 Three Chain Road, Carlsrhue, (3 kms from the Calder Highway turnoff) and is 50-60 minute drive or train ride from the city and from Bendigo. We are approximately 30 minutes from Daylesford.
Transfers from rails stations at Woodend and Kyneton may be able to be arranged
Perhaps you would like to give this experience to someone as a gift? Gift Vouchers are available.
Picnic Wagon seats 1 - 6 passengers
1890s 'canoe front buggy wagonette' seats 1 - 3 passengers
Price List - Winter/ Spring 2020
View of Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, Australia