From racing to wine trails to historic homesteads – it's all just up the road
Because Mantra Tullamarine is conveniently situated northwest of Melbourne, it is surrounded by so many exciting things to do.
You're practically at the biggest race-day of the year - Flemington and Moonee Valley race courses are both 15km from Tullamarine with Flemington being home of the Melbourne Cup and the Spring Racing Carnival while Moonee Valley Race Course holds the Cox Plate.
There are historic homesteads to explore and magnificent gardens where kangaroos can be seen grazing. A scenic drive takes you off on wine routes where you can sample some of the best wines and local produce within many family owned vineyards. The famous Malmsbury Bakery is well worth the stopover and the Glenlyon Nutty Fruit Farm is the perfect place to pick berries.
When it comes to things to do in Tullamarine, we have some great suggestions:
At the end of a long winding drive, nestled amongst mature trees, stands "Rupertswood", the birthplace of “The Ashes”. This remarkable Victorian mansion echoes balls, hunt meets and week–end house parties and its unique gardens are an endless exploration. 3 Macedon St, Sunbury
Woodlands Historic Park and Living Legends
Woodlands Historic Park provides a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by European settlers in the 1840s. The park has a 150-year old homestead, indigenous canoe trees, native woodland and grassland. The fenced 'Back Paddock' is a great spot to see kangaroos, birds and other wildlife.
Within the park lies Living Legends, a superb facility established to bring retired champion racehorses back to the public. Rub shoulders with some of Australia's retired greats including Might & Power, Saintly, Fields of Omagh, Doriemus and Better Loosen Up. 207 Oaklands Road, Greenvale
Embark on a Wine Trail
Sunbury and the Macedon ranges have some great wine trails just waiting for you to discover. Let your taste buds lead you through areas like Bacchus Marsh, Lancefield, Daylesford and Malmsbury to sample such celebrated wines as Craiglee, Longview Creek, Goonawarra and Rose Creek.
Visit the Spa Country
Famous for its invigorating natural mineral spas, no trip to Melbourne is complete without a visit to the wonderful region of Daylesford. Be pampered with a variety of massages and spa treatments, discover fresh produce at local farms along the way and dine or simply stop for coffee in one of the charming village restaurants and cafes.
Go to the Races
It's the first Tuesday in November when they run the Melbourne Cup! But no matter what time of year you choose to visit Melbourne chances are you'll find the nation's racing capital has a great race-day agenda nearby at either Flemington or Moonee Valley.