Gisborne is just 45 minutes from the bustle of the Melbourne CBD but feels like a different world. Escape to a place that seamlessly combines country homesteads, heritage buildings, tree-lined streets and lush parklands with the amenity of a modern town. A place brimming with restaurants and cafes, wine bars and galleries, bakeries and homewares stores, botanical gardens with a unique New Zealand influence and the famous Olde Time Market on the first Sunday of each month.
Gisborne and its surrounds, like all of the Macedon Ranges, are a great source of fresh local produce. Buy cherries and olive oil from producers who’ve been working land in the region for generations or take a drive out beyond the town’s limits to Gisborne South or Bullengarook and see what’s on offer at the farm gates that dot the area.
Indulge in a Sunday High Tea with friends at Baringo Food and Wine Company in New Gisborne, home to everything from a provedore, cafe and bistro to a wine bar, or relax with a glass of wine and spectacular views in an eco-cottage at Gisborne Peak Winery. Life’s simple pleasures are just as easy to tap into. Take a walk or ride a bike through parklands that hug Jacksons Creek, which winds sleepily through the town, or put smiles on children’s faces at the town’s adventure playground and modern aquatic centre. Gisborne is the gateway to the Macedon Ranges, a place to replenish supplies before heading deeper into the region.