Nestled on the edge of the Woodlands Historic Park just five kilometers down the road from Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport, Living Legends is a retirement stable for champion racehorses.
The homestead, one of the oldest in the southern hemisphere, is a popular tourist destination both for its rich past (explorers Burke and Wills famously spent a night at the property), and its four-legged present day tenants and is a popular Tullamarine attraction.
“We provide the opportunity to come out and enjoy one of the oldest homestead properties in Victoria and it’s conveniently only five minutes away from Holiday Inn,” says Living Legends CEO and Veterinary Director Andrew Clarke.
Established as an “international home of rest” for champion racehorses five years ago, Clarke along with half a dozen full time staff, care for a stable of retired racehorses, supporting equine research, education and training through their work.
“We have four Melbourne Cup winners on the grounds at the moment, so it’s a great time to visit,” says Clarke. Visitors to the homestead can mingle with the horses in their paddocks where they are welcome to pat and take photos with the famous retirees.
Horses aren’t all there is to see however and the restored gardens, 1,700 acres of parks and the homestead itself are popular among visitors to the area. A perfect day trip or family escape, visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the grounds in fine weather, or sit down to high tea in the homestead’s historic surrounds.
“I often say it’s the perfect place for horse fanatics to bring their friends because there’s so many different things to see and do,” says Clarke, adding that you can also spot kangaroos most days in the red gum bush lands surrounding Living Legends.
Living Legends is one of the most popular Tullamarine attractions in the area and guests of Holiday Inn can arrange a visit through reception.
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