Whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat or an active outdoor adventure, Macedon’s misty valleys, meandering rivers and undulating hills will do the trick. Set amid the sprawling Macedon Ranges and home to the mysterious Hanging Rock, Macedon is a treasure trove of food, wine and nature.
Things to do in Macedon
The hauntingly beautiful Hanging Rock is a must-visit while in Macedon, made famous by the book and film “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Uncover the cultural and historical significance of the rare volcanic formation at the Discovery Centre, before climbing to the top the Rock for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Experience the rich artistic legacy of the Macedon Ranges by wandering between the region’s many art galleries and open studios. See the 2016 Archibald Portrait Prize finalist at Works of Art in Kyneton or admire local talents at Tin Shed Arts and The Gallery Mount Macedon.
Discover boutique breweries and award-winning wineries on a cellar door tour of the Macedon Ranges wine region. famous for producing exceptional cool-climate wines. Cosy up by the open fire with a glass of chardonnay at the Macedon Wine Room or sample authentic craft beer over an antipasto plate at the Holgate Brewhouse.
Up for a physical challenge? Trek through eucalyptus trees and wildflowers in the Macedon Regional Park, home to a variety of walking trails and native wildlife. Keen bushwalkers can tackle the 30-kilometre Macedon Ranges Walking Trail, including Camels Hump lookout, while nature enthusiasts can follow the 2.6-kilometre Sanatorium Lake Walking Trail.
Getting around Macedon
Macedon is just a 45-minute drive from the centre of Melbourne via Calder Freeway and is also accessible by train from Southern Cross Station. Local buses and taxis travel between Macedon and all major towns of the region.