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Here are some further details about The Cheeky Fox Trail. If your question is not answered here, feel free to contact us
When can I do The Cheeky Fox Trail?
Trail days will be held on set dates during spring/summer. We are still finalising dates, please join our mailing list or follow us on social media to be kept updated about the launch.
How do I book? What payment methods are available?
Bookings must be made at least 3 days in advance, for catering purposes, and must be booked online at Eventbrite. We cannot accept walk-ins on the day. For purchases on the day (at the bar), we accept card and cash, although card payments are preferred.
What is the cancellation policy?
The Trail day will be cancelled in extreme weather conditions (including heavy rain and total fire ban days) or if required due to Covid restrictions. You will be contacted via email in the event of a cancellation, and refunded in full. If you want to cancel, you can do so with a full refund up to 7 days before the Trail day, after that no refund applies.
Are kids able to participate?
Yes, The Cheeky Fox Trail is made for kids (of all ages!). A ticket is required for children between the ages of 3-12 years, but children under three are welcome to come along free of charge. Teens, aged over 12, are to be booked as adults to make sure everyone has enough to eat in the grazing platter. Families with older children may prefer to do a longer bush walk, rather than visit the children's playground at stop 2, we can advise on this.
How many people are able to take part?
Your group can be as small as 2 people, or as large as 10 people (including adults/teens & children) and note there will be no more than 20 groups in total at each Trail day.
What time does the day start and end?
The Trail day runs from 10am - 3pm. You can 'check-in' any time from 10am - 11am to receive your Trail guidebooks and instructions for the day. Then return any time from 11.30am to enjoy the afternoon paddock picnic. We expect the Trail to take about 1.5 hours, but you are welcome to spend as long as you like - take it at your own pace. The paddock picnic, including games and bar service, will run through to 3pm.
What should I bring with me?
Everyone in the group should wear comfortable enclosed walking shoes and as Kinglake is usually 4 degrees cooler than Melbourne, please check the weather in advance and dress appropriately. We recommend always bringing a jacket or something warm when coming up to Kinglake!

You might like to bring a water bottle with you for the Trail, and note that you can also stop in at the Kinglake Foodworks (which you'll pass on the way to the first stop) to pick up any supplies you might need for the day.

The playground at stop 2 on the Trail also has a skate park, so bring the kids wheels along if you think they might like to give it a go!
Are dogs allowed?
No, unfortunately dogs will have to stay at home for the day. The property dog, Fitz the border collie, will be around and loves people if anyone wants to say hello! However, to ensure a hassle free experience for all, he will be kept on a lead or indoors if preferred. We understand that as much as we love dogs, they are not for everybody - just let us know.
How difficult is the bush walk component of the Trail?
We have selected a kid friendly, accessible walking track called the Stuart Judd Track, at Jehosaphat Gully in the Kinglake National Park. It is a grade 2, 890m circuit with a well defined, unpaved bush trail, with a slight incline on the return journey. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
What about food? How big is the grazing platter box and what's in it?
You will receive either a small, medium or large grazing platter box for your group, depending on the number of adults & teens in your group. A small box comfortably feeds 2 - 3 adults, medium 4 - 6 adults and a large box 7 - 10 adults. Each box contains soft and hard cheeses, sopressa, salami, olives, dips, crackers, dried fruit, nuts and desserts (vanilla cheesecakes and chocolate brownies). The grazing platter is designed to satisfy adult taste buds, and given younger tastes can be tricky to accommodate, you are encouraged to also BYO for the little ones. You could also stop at either of the cafes in the Kinglake township or the Foodworks supermarket during the Trail to pick up additional supplies if required.
Can you cater for dietary requirements?
Yes we can! Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets can be accommodated. Let us know when booking if any of your group have specific needs or allergies that we should be aware. Note that BYO food is also allowed.
Do we need to bring anything for the picnic?
A picnic spot will be set up for your group, including picnic table, rugs, cushions, plates, cutlery, glassware, napkins - everything you need to enjoy a relaxing picnic in the paddock (including umbrellas for shade). You might like to bring along a cooler bag and containers if you have any leftovers from the grazing platter, along with additional food if you think you'll need it (particularly for the little ones). You can BYO non-alcoholic drinks only - beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase at the bar.
What drinks are available at the bar?
'The Cheeky Horse Float Bar' will be serving up a selection of craft beer (including an alcohol free option!) from Bridge Road Brewers, based in Beechworth and wine from Philip Lobley Wines, in Glenburn. Cold soft drinks will also be available, as well as flasks of hot water for tea & coffee - instant only. If you'd like a cafe coffee we recommend stopping at one of the cafes in the Kinglake township while you're on the Trail. Drinking water will be supplied.

BYO alcohol is not permitted. Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 it is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Penalty exceeds $17,000) and for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor. (Penalty exceeds $700).
How can we secure the TrailRider All-Terrain wheelchair?
If there is someone in your group that has limited mobility, get in touch with us to discuss if the TrailRider is right for you. We will arrange to have the TrailRider on site when you arrive, adjust it for the person's height and transported to each spot on the Trail, along with a volunteer to help push/pull the chair. There is no cost for this service, however advance noticed is required. Give us a call on 0415 205 500 to discuss.
Contact us with any further questions:

E-mail: linda@cheekyfoxretreat.com
Address: Taungurung Country, 36 Extons Road, Kinglake Central VIC 3757
Phone: +61 415 205 500
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