Woodend, found at the foothills of Mount Macedon is, as the name suggests, surrounded by thick trees at the end of the Macedon Regional Park. With the dense wooded areas and foliage, it feels sheltered and mysterious. Not too far away, Miranda became famously lost, so don’t wander too far. The town is a gateway to Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges cool-climate wineries and a short distance from neighbouring villages, Kyneton, Trentham, and Macedon, making Woodend the perfect basecamp for a weekend escape. Here are our suggestions for cherished spots to visit down the bustling High Street.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Friday or Saturday

If you come on the first weekend of the month, drop into the Woodend Farmers Market. Famous for local produce, with makers from all over the region showcasing their wares.

Fox in the Chamber

Popular with locals and visitors, this is an excellent spot for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. The team bakes bread, pastries and has their own blend of Anushka Chai. The menu is constantly evolving and focuses on local produce. All housed within a beautiful historic building; the original Council Chamber of the Woodend/Newham shire. Make sure you phone or book ahead to ensure you get a table.
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90 High Street, Woodend
foxinthechamber.com

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Woodend General

Woodend General is a cosy, welcoming little store. Divided into two rooms and part of Woodend's original early 20th century buildings, it has a wide veranda and cute curved front windows. Housed within is a collection of quality items for the home, garden, and family. You can find gifts for the whole family, an extensive range of Australian and locally made products, including ceramics, textiles, baby and children's clothing, gardening tools and accessories, jewellery, knitwear, leather accessories, personal care products, handmade essential oil blends, candles, cards, and wraps.
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100 High St, Woodend
woodendgeneral.com.au

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The Gardener’s Path

Just next door, you can literally head down the gardener's path. You'll discover an array of cold-tolerant shrubs and perennials as well as indoor plants. Gordon has over 30 years of experience as a horticulturist, having worked at Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory, the floral clock on St Kilda Road, Kings Domain and Royal Park Nursery. Make sure you follow the path all the way down the back to discover the gorgeous glass house hidden amongst the greenery.
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100 High St, Woodend
gardenerspath.com.au

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Karismatic Kids

Visit the ever-welcoming Amanda to discover a treasure trove of kid's toys, puzzles, and games. You can find classic board games, high tech gadgets, craft kits and quality brands like Lego. Amanda felt the need to create a hub of products to inspire creativity and ensure the toys were of a quality that could be held dear forever.

96a High St, Woodend
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Woodend Ice Cream Co

Now it's time for the perfect afternoon pit stop—delicious ice cream made in house by Dre and her friendly team. Take home packs are available and highly recommended as you'll want to try more than one flavour! Depending on the season, they may also have a selection of pastries on the go.
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Shop 97A High Street, Woodend
icecreamco.com.au

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Into The Woods

Inspired by nature and the treasures you will find, Into The Woods is an exciting mix of vintage and new glassware, homewares, leather goods, games and collectables. If you see a bright red bike out front, you're at the right place.

37C Anslow Street, Woodend
intothewoodswoodend.com

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New Leaves Bookshop

An icon of Woodend, New Leaves Bookshop is a pretty little Tudor building at High and Anslow street corner. It is not your everyday bookstore; it feels like a home overflowing with the latest novels and acclaimed classics. Visit Woody and his team to discover a handpicked mix of books for all ages, as well as art supplies for kids young and old.

81 High Street, Woodend
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Kuzu Izakaya

Finish your day at the wonderful Japanese Izakaya style restaurant Kuzu. Let Head Chef Eriko, and host with the most, Gareth, look after you with the finest Japanese food in the region. Kuzu's style is classic Japanese Izakaya infused with Chef Eriko's creative genius, full of traditional yet approachable dishes and flavours. With a focus on local wine and produce, their space is warm, family-friendly, and the perfect place to end your day of exploring or to celebrate a special occasion. Kuza Izakaya is extremely popular, so bookings are a must.
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42D Anslow St, Woodend
kuzu.com.au

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