Dramatic, unique and perfect for all ages, Hanging Rock is a place where history and mystery meet headon.
INDIGENOUS HISTORY AND CULTURE
The Macedon Ranges region is home to sites of national significance, and the local indigenous community is still active today.
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At the base of Mount Macedon’s southern slopes is the pretty village of Macedon, with streets softened by established trees and a quiet town centre with all the facilities you would expect of a country village - a bakery, newsagency and post office.
During the week, and even more on weekends, popular establishments hum with happy diners and are worth the detour into town.
The village of Macedon was originally known as Middle Gully, and sprang up when gold was discovered in 1851 at Bendigo. The fledgling township provided supplies for the weary travellers heading north to try their luck at the gold fields. In one week in 1851, over one ton of gold was conveyed through Macedon on route to Melbourne.
In later years, many wealthy business men purchased substantial areas of land on which to build large homes at Upper Macedon. This they did to take advantage of the pure mountain air and to escape the hot summers of Melbourne. But with the development and increasing popularity of the motor car, the Melbourne wealthy were able to travel greater distances than Mount Macedon, so many of the homes were converted to guest houses with the residents of Macedon providing the gardeners, caretakers and domestic workers. This whole area then developed a reputation as a popular tourist destination which is still firmly established today.
A must drive is the drive down Honour Avenue which leads to Mount Macedon Road. The spectacular avenue of oaks honours the 154 men and women of Macedon and Mount Macedon who enlisted for service during the Great War 1914 – 1918.
Mike's Wine Tours Mike’s Daily Wine Tour of the Macedon Ranges is one of Melbourne’s best day tours. Our guided, small group wine tours are fully inclusive of transport, wine tasting, gourmet main course lunch and cheese/antipasto tasting platters. We visit 3-4 award winning boutique wineries with rustic cellar doors, meet the winemakers and lunch at Hanging Rock giving our guests a truly memorable experience of visiting Melbourne.
Lawson Lodge Boutique Resort Lawson Lodge is perfect for group bookings, with exclusive use of the entire resort and amazing facilities. Relaxing group getaways, golf days, family functions or conferences. Weddings, dinners and parties are catered for at Lawson Lodge.
Fearn Lodge Fearn Lodge offers a delightful tree-change retreat located in historic gardens on the foothills of Mount Macedon. Offering a self-contained, beautifully appointed, private apartment for two adults. Enjoy access to a range of facilities - tennis court, BBQ, lakeside gazebo - or take a stroll in the 10 acres of historic gardens. A perfect mountain getaway.
Braeside Mt Macedon Country Retreat and B&B Located only 50 minutes from Melbourne, Braeside Mt Macedon is a tranquil country retreat set amongst English-style gardens on 27 acres of hillside bushland. Offering three self-contained cottages dotted throughout the gardens, Braeside is the perfect location to just sit back and relax or as a base for exploring the Macedon Ranges. Complimentary breakfast hampers are provided daily
Olives Jones of Macedon Olive Jones of Macedon is a stunning restaurant / bar in the Macedon Ranges. Located in the main street of Macedon , it is a 2 minute walk to Macedon train station. Olive Jones serves a seasonal menu highlighting local produce and utilizes an interesting blend of old fashioned recipes with modern techniques . We also have a great range of local wines.
Tieve Tara Arranging a picnic, celebrating a special occasion, getting married or just seeking some time-out? This magical 7 1/2 acre garden with century old trees, rolling lawns, two lakes, ducks, geese, songbirds and flowers galore, is a haven for both young and old alike.
The Gallery Mt Macedon The Gallery Mt Macedon encourages and promotes artists from the Macedon Ranges. Focus exhibitions showcase individual artists while group shows celebrate the changing seasons in this beautiful region. Members invite the community to visit their studios for demonstrations and workshops during Open Studio weekend in October as well as encouraging visitors and bus groups during the year.
Sitka Relax with breakfast and excellent coffee. Enjoy lunch from our seasonal menu or daily specials. Indulge with our famous chocolate brownie and Lindt hot chocolates. Take-home meals, local smallgoods, international and local cheeses. Fully licensed. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-5pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am-4.30pm.
Top of the Range Cafe and Gallery Experience Mt Macedon in all her seasons. Enjoy a hearty seasonal meal and then take in the sights, wander along the tracks or spot some wildlife. Disabled access and facilities.
Cherokee Mountain Retreat Cherokee Mountain retreat consists of three spacious self-contained cabins nestled on the side of Mount Hope in the Macedon Ranges. Set within the 25 acres that make up one of the most historic and secluded properties in the Macedon Ranges known as Craigielea, c1875. Backing onto the Macedon State Forest at an altitude of 880 metres, each cabin has spectacular views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and the You Yang's. One hour from Melbourne and 35 minutes from Tullamarine airport, our cabins offer a secluded retreat in one of the most beautiful parts of Victoria where wildlife abounds
Black Forest Motel Black Forest Motel provides quiet, quality accommodation, with an emphasis on comfort, cleanliness and service. Set in lovely bushland, 60km from Melbourne, 35km from Melbourne Airport, Black Forest Motel is close to the wonderful villages of Macedon and Woodend. Providing easy access to a host of local wineries, café’s, excellent restaurants and the attractions of the beautiful mountain region.
Mia's Bed and Breakfast Escape to Mia's Bed and Breakfast and sleep amongst the tranquil sounds of the mountains. Be indulged in a romantic, cedar, self contained cottage set in lush gardens.
Hillview Farm House Romantic and relaxing self-contained accommodation at the foot of Mt Macedon. Hillview offers beautifully restored accommodation for up to two couples. In a delightful garden setting, Hillview Farmhouse is only five minutes walking distance to the local shops, cafes, winebar, hotel, nurseries and train station of Macedon.
B&B and Yoga in Macedon Wellsprings Retreat Yoga B & B offers you beautiful accommodation in the heart of Macedon, close to the cafes and wineries that make the Ranges famous. During your stay you may like to take part in a personally tailored yoga class suited to your bodies needs. Otherwise, simply come and enjoy the quiet and beauty of this home and garden.
Adrienne's Country Retreat The retreat is a contemporary styled self-contained studio/apartment which is part of the main residence but offers complete privacy. The retreat has two bedrooms, one with a king sized bed, the other has a double bed. Both rooms have large plasma TV`s. There is a modern spacious bathroom. It also has a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, toaster, microwave and an undercover BBQ. Outside, guests have full use of a six seater spa with its own outdoor area and brazier. A fully cooked breakfast in included, other meals available if required at an extra cost.
The Loft Macedon A private escape in Macedon - set in a rambling country garden, The Loft offers delightful, beautifully appointed, private, self contained accommodation in a two storey cottage just for couples.
Mt Macedon Trading Post The Mt Macedon Trading Post is the hub of the Mt Macedon community. Drop in for excellent coffee, award-winning pies, tempting housemade cakes, local produce and wines, and beautiful giftware. We are also the home of Mount Macedon Kitchen preserves and biscuits. Open seven days.
Black Pomegranate B&B Studio Black Pomegranate B&B, located at the foot of Mt Macedon is convenient to all that the Macedon Ranges has to offer including the Memorial Cross and Hanging Rock. Situated in a peaceful garden, guests can enjoy the rural environment and local bird life. Surrounded by great places to dine and wonderful Open Gardens, Black Pomegranate is an ideal getaway for two.
Cameron Lodge Cottage Cameron Lodge Cottage is situated within the magnificent 10 acre private garden of Cameron Lodge, one of Australia's oldest hill stations dating back to 1886. Accommodating up to six guests in three bedrooms, the cottage has an eclectic range of rustic and natural furnishings, sourced locally and reflecting a country style. A wonderful getaway in a beautiful location.
Tarn House B&B Your accommodation is a completely separate wing of my home. It comprises own entrance, off-street parking, comfortable QS bedroom, full luxurious bathroom with spa, huge living/dining area which overlooks the lakes in the beautiful garden. Kitchen facilities include fridge, microwave, toaster, tea & coffee making. Continental breakfast provisions are provided.