Scenic Drive to Ghin Ghin, Highlands, Caveat and Molesworth
To the north of Yea town is a rolling granite plateau which rises to an elevation of 600 m. The acscent is along a narrow dirt road with a sheer drop to the left. However, it is a truly scenic trip through some quite dramatic picturesque country.
Follow the highway west for 4 km and turn right. 6 km along this road is the former gold town of Ghin Ghin, now little more than a locality. Another 10 km will bring you to Highlands. On the way you will pass Mt Broughton (660 m), on the right.
From Highlands you can either head west to Seymour (32 km) or due east to Caveat (12 km). The latter route takes you up Wattle Hill (680 m).
At the 10 km mark, there is an intersection where the road to Caveat meets the Molesworth Rd. At this corner (2 km west of Caveat) is a stone circle created by sculptor Michael Hall. It is intended as a reference to the ancient stone circles of Scotland which were used to chart the movements of the heavenly bodies and was created to celebrate the centenary of Scottish settlement in the area.
At Caveat itself is the Catholic Lady of Seven Sorrows Church. Built in the 1920s, it reflects the Central European architectural heritage of the original Czech settlers. The bell was imported from Germany and the panel behind the alter was painted by a Czech artist from Sydney. Also at Caveat are Antcliff’s Chase Wines (see next entry) and ‘The Grotto’, a memorial statue to those same settlers. Further north, along the back road to Euroa, are Dropmore Mineral Springs.
Return to the stone circle and follow the Molesworth Rd south for 14 km where it rejoins the Goulburn Valley Highway at Molesworth, 13 km east of Yea. Molesworth was settled by John Ridd, a direct descendant of the John Ridd who was the protagonist in R.D. Blackmore’s famous novel, Lorna Doone. The property is still called Lorna Doone.