On Friday May 26, thirty seniors from Active Moreland’s Brunswick, Fawkner and Coburg aquatic and leisure centres enjoyed a day trip to Mount Macedon and Kyneton.
The trip is pioneered by staff members collaborating from all three sites, and aims to bring seniors together in a relaxing and social environment, where they can enjoy a break, and even make new friendships.
Members were picked up by bus, before embarking on the 1 hour drive to Mount Macedon, also known as ‘Geboor’ in the Aboriginal language of Wurundjeri people. “I’ve tried to keep the destinations not too far from Melbourne, so our members aren’t stuck on the bus all day” says Alexa, one of the day trip organizers and a staff member at Brunswick Baths.
Once arrived, some seniors enjoyed breakfast at a local coffee house overlooking the mountains, while others chose to walk to its summit to see the memorial cross. Established by early resident William Cameron in 1935, the cross commemorates World War 1 victims. The view from the cross, takes in the entire southern plain towards Port Phillip Bay, making it a stunning landscape.
After spending some time around the mountain, the group made their way to the small town of Kyneton, a 30 minute drive from Mount Macedon. Seniors were then given some free time to enjoy their many surroundings of botanical gardens, historic houses, and bluestone architecture. Shortly after, it was time for lunch at Source Dining. The Kyneton hot spot has earned itself a chef’s hat two years in a row from The Age Good Food Guide, and has the ambience to match. With its clever interior that sports vintage vegetable art, and blonde and blue Scandinavian furniture, it was a nice change of scenery for Active Moreland seniors. “I have always tried to find quality places to eat” says Alexa. “I want it to be a special occasion for our seniors”.
After a fantastic two course meal and dessert, seniors were allocated more free time to wander the shops along the iconic Piper Street. Retaining much of its original architecture, Piper Street includes a mix of modernity and classicism. Active Moreland seniors then spent the remainder of their afternoons browsing and shopping the many original works of local artisans, antiques, memorabilia, glassware, rugs, and vintage finds from all over the world.
As the day drew to a close, the group made their way back to the bus to depart for Melbourne. Once settled in, Glenda, the Health and Wellness team leader from Fawkner Leisure Centre, presented an informative seminar. Focussing on nutrition and general health, seniors participated in a group activity and questionnaire.
Alison who attended from Brunswick Baths said, ‘It was a totally enjoyable day, all the leaves turning, the scenery was fantastic and the food was absolutely beautiful’.
‘We would all really like to do it more often’.
The trip was a great success, and demonstrated Active Moreland’s aim to bring more seniors together in a relaxing and social environment.