Spring is a beautiful time of year to explore the Heritage Highway. Lovely gardens are looking their best, fragrant blooms add charm to the Georgian villages, and cheery fields of canola brighten up the rural landscape. Here are nine ways to make the most of spring.
1. Smile at the Canola Fields
In springtime, fields of canola burst to life along the Heritage Highway, like joyful paddocks of sunshine. Take a leisurely drive and soak up the happy vibes. The canola fields make amazing photo opps (please respect the farmers and don’t enter without permission).
2. See historic landmarks shake off winter
The historic landmarks along the Heritage Highway have seen many springs, but that doesn’t mean this one is any less special! The Callington Mill Precinct is a good spot to visit in spring, with the lovely garden flowering around the historic mill (c. 1837).
The region’s historic churches look charming in the spring sunshine. Notice blossom trees dotted around the villages, like these ones near this gorgeous sandstone church at Ross.
3. Admire new growth on old elms
The heritage village of Ross adopts a bit of a gothic vibe in winter, with the bare branches twisting high overhead. Spring has a totally different appeal, with sweet sunshine and beautiful new growth appearing on the tall elm trees lining the road. Don’t forget to try the famous vanilla slice!
4. Delight in Longford’s gardens
The locals at Longford certainly have green thumbs! Wander the historic town, admire the greenery, smell the flowers, and soak up the charm. Visit Blenheim Gallery & Garden to combine art appreciation with your time outdoors.
On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018, the Longford Blooms Open Gardens offers a captivating glimpse inside several private gardens. The Longford Garden Club’s beautiful Spring Flower Show is usually held over the same weekend at the Longford Town Hall.
5. Explore the National Rose Garden at Woolmers
Woolmers Estate—a World Heritage-listed Convict Site established near Longford in 1817—is home to the highly acclaimed National Rose Garden. The garden is organised in a symmetrical 19th century layout, and is comprised of 5,000 individual plants from 30 rose families. The beloved Festival of Roses is held each year in November (falling on 18 November 2018). You can even stay at Woolmers in one of their charming heritage cottages.
6. Head out for a Sunday session
The warmer weather makes a Sunday session especially appealing! In the Southern Midlands, head to the Old Kempton Distillery and enjoy live music, tours, tastings, cocktails, and nachos in the courtyard of their grand 1840s coaching inn. Summer sessions are on every Sunday from 12.30pm.
7. Fall in love with the baby animals
Spring means whole new flocks of adorable baby animals! Go for a wander by the water and say hello to the ducklings on the riverbanks and the fluffy cygnets at Lake Dulverton.
8. Search for treasure at the local markets
Some of the Midlands’ lovely local markets shut down over the cooler months, so it’s always a joy when they start back up again in spring! Browse for treasure, pick up some fresh local produce, enjoy a bite to eat, and do some socialising.
Our favourite markets include the weekly Evandale Sunday Market, bimonthly Epping Forest Market, and monthly Brighton Market, Oatlands Market, Liffey Valley Market, Coal River Valley Farmers Market, Tunbridge Country Market, Ross Market, Longford RSL Market, and Campbell Town Hall Market.
9. Stay awhile
There’s so much to see and do, why not stay awhile? There’s lots of quaint heritage accommodation to choose from in the villages along the Heritage Highway—many with spectacular gardens! The warmer weather means it’s also a great time to go camping.
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