Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes
7 Melton Highway
Taylors Lakes, VI 3038
Phone: (61) 3 92179500
Fax: (61) 3 93909609
Horseshoe Bend Farm is an urban farm with lots of animals straight out of the "Old Macdonald" song to delight the little ones. Pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, and horses are all there to be patted and admired, while the more mechanically minded young ones can inspect (and climb on) the old tractors and farm equipment. The original farm house has been converted into a tea house and shop, surrounded by a lovely cottage garden. The Farm caters well for groups and can provide pony rides and guided tours by prior arrangement.
Starting at the beautiful Brimbank Park bushland reserve, the Maribyrnong bike path follows Melbourne's lesser known river, the Maribyrnong, 12.42 miles from the Brimbank Park to Footscray Road. Rated as suitable for beginners to intermediate level, the surface is mainly quartz, gravel and asphalt, with some unsurfaced spots. There are also a couple of fences, stairs and sand patches to negotiate. Watch out for snakes during summer.
Allow lots of time to enjoy this park and bring your bikes or walking shoes to really make the most of it. Set in a bend of the Maribyrnong River, the park encompasses the Kulin wetlands (named after the original Aboriginal inhabitants), and the historic Dodds Homestead as well as several picnic and barbecue areas. The Visitors' Centre has lots of information on the park's history and facilities and also houses a kiosk. On weekends and school holidays the Hedgend Maze is open.
Perfect your stroke or learn to swim in this three-pool aquatics center. The Maribyrnong Aquatic Center offers something for swimmers of all levels, with separate pools for lap swim, leisure, and warm water swimming. Programs for first time swimmers provide helpful guidance to those who desire to get their feet wet in the area of aquatics, while the veterans of the sport can showcase their abilities in the 50 meter pool equipped with stadium seating. The Maribyrnong Aquatic Center also has a spa, sauna, and gymnasium with state of the art workout equipment.
At the Riverside Golf and Tennis Center, the driving range comprises two storey with 44 individual bays, along with putting and chipping areas. On the tennis front, there are 12 flood lit courts with varying surfaces ranging from rebound ace to hard court and synthetic grass. Coaching is offered in both sports.
When the snow falls, Mount Buller is transformed into a thriving hub of activity being the closest snowfield to Melbourne. The area is a wonder of nature and is picturesque during both the winter and summer months. There is a wide range of accommodation and dining options and equipment hire outlets, both on and off the mountain. Check the website for details. Make your reservations on +1800 80 0905.
If you ever wanted to know what it was like to walk amongst the tallest trees in the world, Illawarra is definitely the place for you. The views from this place are jaw-dropping and amazing, which makes any cup of coffee or breakfast (bought from the local cafe) taste even better. Families, groups, whatever the occasion, all ages can enjoy a walk morning, noon, or sunset. Be sure to check their web site for cool prizes and deals on group packages.
The Cliffhanger Climbing Gym, which is only a 15-minute drive from the city center, has different climbing surfaces, ranging from easy to very challenging. The feel of outdoor climbing is well replicated, and there are no time limits, so there is no need to rush and injure yourself. The gym also runs tours to various climbing locations around Victoria.
Situated near the famous Melbourne landmark the Westgate Bridge, the Westgate Golf Course is a good par 32 nine-hole course that is in top condition all year. The links are reasonably flat, suiting all ages and levels of ability. The dress code stipulates neat clothing. On Sundays a mixed competition is played and you will need to be a guest of a member or have approval from the club captain or president to line up.
Opened in 2001 its a multi-sport venue. Its close to restaurants, hotels and shopping centers located at Central Business District. It was host to the prestigious Commonwealth Games 2006. Located in the scenic surroundings of Royal Park it is the ideal leisure spot to spend time with your family on a get-away weekend. It offers 2 multi-purpose function rooms for holding corporate parties and large personal events. The hours of operation vary with the type of event held.
No matter what level your fitness, or desire to carve out a magnificent physique, the Brunswick City Baths has the facilities to look after your needs. There is an outdoor pool, for the weights buffs, well-equipped gymnasium and cardiovascular rooms are the place to head before relaxing in the steam room and spa. Regular swimming, aerobics and fitness classes are also held, while lessons in the pool cater for children as young as six months old.
Starting at Southbank, this 23.61 miles path shows you the best of Melbourne as it winds its way to the north-eastern suburb of Eltham. Following the meandering Yarra River through inner urban areas and parkland, you will see gardens, historic homes and schools, bushland and impressive city views. The surface is mainly asphalt, concrete or gravel, suitable for beginners to intermediate level cyclists. Of course you do not have to go the whole 23.61 miles. Every section of the path offers something to see and there are plenty of cafes and refreshment stops along the way.