A Bite Of Quiet Time

When the city gets to be a little too loud it’s time to pack the bags and set out for the trees. The lesser-known diamond in the rough, Chewtown, is not far from popular Kyneton. A quick hour and twenty drive and we arrived up a dusty dirt road at Shack 14.

A GORGEOUS set of floor to ceiling sliding doors that open up to a deck overlooking the bush full of a symphony of birdsong. We unpacked our food supplies for our short stay, made a cup of tea and took advantage of the peace and quiet. The welcoming shack had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Full kitchen, Bose speaker, firewood, complimentary milk, granola, bubble water and possibly THE MOST COMFORTABLE BED we have ever slept in.

We spent our first-night unwinding by the fireplace and watching a movie. While gaming is discouraged there was plenty of wifi to stream a wholesome flick. We wrapped our evening by enjoying dinner on the back porch while watching the sky turn many different colours from pink to orange to purple. I can't emphasise enough how comfortable the bed was here. It made it hard to get up to check out the next morning. But alas we pulled ourselves from our dream state and made the journey home.

Things We Did

  • Waterfall
  • Lookout
  • Forest
Leisure at Loddon Falls
We set off to Loddon Falls, which came by recommendation from a friend. When we arrived there wasn’t a soul in sight. It was a beautiful spring day and the short walk to the swimming hole seemed lovely. Andy recently broke his foot so unfortunately, we were a bit immobile on this journey but the views and scenic drive did not disappoint....
Views for Days at Mount Tarrengower
We spent the afternoon leisurely exploring the lay of the land. We visited Tarrengower lookout tower with a beautiful 360 view of fields of yellow and many shades of green, just a short climb up three sets of stairs to get you there. You can drive right to the parking lot, it's a piece of cake and a great place to enjoy lunch....
Nature stroll in the botanic gardens
On our route back to Melbourne, we stopped by the Kyneton Botanic Gardens for a leisurely stroll along the river with the many birds, crickets and dogs. If you have little ones that need to get their monkey energy out, there's a lovely playground and massive field to run around on. It was hard to come home to the city after such a restful stay in the country....

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