The Long Forest Flora Reserve. A naturally occurring patch of mallee, south of the Grate Dividing Range, The Long Forest Flora Reserve is a beautiful place for various activities such as strolling, nature study, and bird watching. Aside from eucalypts, you'll also find turkey bush, the fragrant salt-bush, and some rare orchids. The Reserve also has about 200 species of birds, as well as kangaroos, koalas, echinas, wallabies, possums, and gliders.
Even though the Reserve is open for visitors, one should not forget not to throw garbage in the walking tracks. Camping and campfires are also prohibited.
The Pykes Creek Reservoir. From the Pykes Creek exit off the freeway, turn right across the overpass and you'll soon see a side road on the left that will bring you to the Pykes Creek Reservoir. Pykes Creek Reservoir was completed in 1911 and named after an early European settler. The place has a beautiful picnic area and you can also go boating, swimming, and fishing.
The Werribee Gorge State Park is very popular with bushwalkers and rock climbers! (The Gorge really has spectacular views and beautiful and historical geological features) Werribee Gorge State Parkis about 8 kilometers west of Bacchus Marsh and is accessible by two routes. The first is via Westen Freeway and the Pentland Hills Road to Myers Road (this provides acces to the Gorge itself) and the second is via Ironbark Road which is approached from the Bacchus Marsh-Anaki.
Bacchus Marsh Village shopping center is one of its indoor shopping malls. If you have to buy something for your kids or you want to buy souvenirs, then this is the perfect place where you will find a lot of interesting and unique items. It will be a new experience for you and maybe you will discover useful and nice things to buy.
Maddingley Park is very old as it is more than 150 years old. Park your hire car and you will be fascinated by a huge and beautiful river, trees, monuments, as well as historical attractions as Evans Pavilion, Dickie Bandstand and ANA Memorial Gates. There are also cricket and tennis clubs, so you can have a lot of fun. After parking your hire car in this park, you will also find a huge and nice playground, so your kids will love this place.
Lerderderg State Park is another chance for you to enjoy a great time. The park is placed between Bacchus Marsh and Blackwood, about an hour car drive from Melbourne, so it gives you the possibility to visit many interesting places. There, you will find six wonderful walks as O'Briens Crossing-Cowan Track, O'Briens Crossing to Mackenzies Flat and Blackwood-O'Briens Crossing. It is a conservation area, so do not forget to explain this to your children.
Bacchus Marsh is the destination you only dreamed about, but you never thought you will find something like that. Fortunately, having a hire car means you may discover that all the things are real and you will be amazed by this special holiday destination.