For many of our globetrotters booked on our Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride, Howqua River Ride or Yarra Valley Ride, a visit to Living Legends in Melbourne might be on your agenda either before or after your trip. Here are some background details about what you can expect from your visit to this fantastic centre.
Based at Woodlands Homestead in Woodlands Historic Park, Living Legends was established to bring retired champion racehorses back to the public. It also supports the care of older horses, equine research, education and training to benefit horses of any age or breed. The stars of the racing turf who enjoy their retirement from competition at the property include legendary Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Japan Cup, Australia Cup and Cox plate winners. Might & Power, Silent Witness, Malucky Day, Zipping and many more beautiful retired racehorses are all available for you to meet.
THINGS TO DO
Visit the Living Legends
Want to get up close and personal with some of the most well known racehorses in Australia? For the cost of $15 (adults) or $10 (concession) you can wander down to the Living Legends’ paddocks and observe their daily routine. Each paddock gate has signs with information about each horse and photos so you know who’s who. There are also daily guided tours at 11am and 2pm (additional fee of $10 to participate). On these tours, horses are brought over to the fence for you to greet them, and your guide will inform you about their personalities and of course their racing history. Don’t forget to grab a photo of you with a Legend and send it to us – we would love to see which legend of the racing turf you rubbed noses with!
Explore Woodlands Historic Park
If you have grown up in the country, chances are you will have seen your fair share of wild kangaroos to last you a lifetime. However, you can also wander along the various walking trails of Woodlands Historic Park and see large mobs of wild kangaroos in their natural habitat (they are obviously used to the air traffic overhead and noise from the airport close by). The parklands total over 700 hectares (1730 acres) and are rich in native flora and fauna, along with scarred trees and surface scatters, evidence of the local Woiworung Aboriginal people.
The most popular short-course walking routes include Moonee Ponds Creek Nature Walk (1.5km) and Murrup Gurrong Yan (Spiritual Creek Walk, 2.5km). Don’t miss the chance to walk up nearby Gellibrand Hill where you can enjoy 360 degree views of the city, the bay and the Great Dividing Range.
Visit Woodlands Homestead
This grand old home is a unique and treasured part of Victoria’s heritage. Established in the early 1840s, it is a rare example of a large pre-constructed timber kit house brought to Australia from Britain. You can wander through the rooms which house an extensive art collection and racing memorabilia associated with the Living Legends. Staff members are positioned throughout and available to answer any questions you may have. Magnificent heritage gardens surround the homestead and are well worth a visit themselves.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Pack your own picnic or order a tasty picnic hamper as part of a Living Legends gift package, and enjoy lunch in the peaceful countryside. Refreshments are also available at Woodlands Homestead including Devonshire tea, barista-made coffee and assorted snacks. You can pick yourself up some Living Legends merchandise while you are there.
Explore the Great Outdoors
There are many walking and cycling tracks around Woodlands Historic Park with the most popular shorter ones being Moonee Ponds Creek Nature Walk (1.5km) and Murrup Gurrong Yan (Spiritual Creek Walk, 2.5km). Don’t miss the chance to walk up nearby Gellibrand Hill where you can enjoy 360 degree views of the city, the bay and the Great Dividing Range.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
Located just six minutes north of Melbourne Airport (or 20km from the city centre), Living Legends offers to pick you up and drop you off when you are done, making this an easy and convenient way to spend time while waiting for your flight.
Living Legends is also a charitable organisations that relies on private and corporate donations and sponsorships. Remember, a small gift goes a long way, so if you are impressed with what you encounter they will welcome any donation you wish to provide.
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