Taste, sight, sound, touch and breathe in our dramatic undulating landscapes.
Welcome to the Macedon Ranges, a region to stimulate your every sense, less than one hour from Melbourne. Taste, sight, sound, touch and smell. In our dramatic undulating landscapes you can taste artisan food and produce, drink cool-climate wines, see and enjoy breathtaking heritage gardens and expansive forests, glimpse Australia’s wildlife and smell the fresh, clean air.
Simultaneously vibrant and tranquil, the Macedon Ranges is a place to rejuvenate.
Events not to miss
Sun, 20 Jun 2021•9:00am - 01:00pm•3rd Sunday of every month
Malmsbury Village Farmers' Market
Bring your friends and family, bags and baskets. Spread a picnic rug for a spot of lunch and soak up some sweet tunes in the lush surrounds of the Malmsbury Village Green. There's great hot food from the Merchants of Malmsbury, Malmsbury Bakery, Malmsbury Hotel, Malmsbury Post Office and awesome coffee at The Stables across from the Malmsbury Town Hall.
The Malmsbury Village Farmers’ Market is accredited with the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association, the peak body for farmers’ markets in the state and focuses on providing locally grown fresh produce.
Tue, 22 Jun 2021•Between 3.15pm - 5.15pm•Free event at Sanatorium Lake
Murmuring Walk on Mt Macedon
Murmuring Walk is an audio-guided walk reflecting the environment, birdlife and natural rhythms of Sanatorium lake, Mount Macedon, which is on Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land. Participants are invited to wear headphones connected to their personal device and enter a contemplative space as they are led by a sublime multilayered vocal and poetic soundtrack.
The birds, grasses, ferns, trees and all the abundant life join with the audio track to become one sublime experience. A truly blissful way to experience the nature of Mount Macedon.
The audio guided walk is free and can be done at any time.
The audio files covers two sections of Sanatorium Lake: The lake walk and the extended loop walk . We recommend allowing approximately one hour for the whole experience, though you are welcome to pause and take your time along the way.
Instructions to download Murmuring Walk audio
For fastest download, use your home Wi-Fi and download the audio files to your personal device by clicking on the 3 black dots next to the volume icon and selecting 'download'.
Murmuring Walk - Part 1Murmuring Walk - Part 2
Alternatively, print out the map(PDF, 577KB)
Then head to Sanatorium Lake, connect your headphones, and begin your walk!
Experience the Murmuring Walk Live Event
For this special live event, as part of Creative Encounters, audience members will experience a live soundscape to complement the recorded audio track, featuring clay instruments handcrafted by Ria Soemardjo, within the environs of Sanatorium Lake.
This event is free but bookings essential.
Directions to Sanatorium Lake
From Mount Macedon Rd turn onto Lions Head Rd, continue 1.9km past Days Picnic Ground (the closest toilets), to the Lions Head Road Carpark.
Don't forget to bring headphones, water, wear warm clothing, and suitable footware. Conditions at Mt Macedon can be cold and wet.
Sanatorium Lake, Mount Macedon, Lions Head Road, Mount Macedon 3441 View Map
About the artists
Ria Soemardjo, Sandra Fiona Long and Charlotte Roberts are passionate about inviting audiences to reconnect deeply with natural environments, by creating a space of heightened listening and contemplation.
Sandra and Ria are long term collaborators creating immersive performances around Australia and Asia and Charlotte is a Macedon Ranges musician and vocal artist. Together they draw on expertise in writing, performance making, facilitation, vocal improvisation and sound design.
About Sanatorium Lake
This area is a mixture of regrowth forest after the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983, and pockets of old growth with ancient majestic trees and incredible understory. It is said that the Mountain Ash in this area have an unusual resistance to fire, unlike Mountain Aash in other areas. Perhaps because fires came through this area more frequently in pre-colonial times.
The lake, known as Sanatorium Lake was built as a dam in 1923 to provide water for a sanatorium down the hill, built for tuberculosis patients, who were moved on to Echuca where the climate was warmer. We hope you will enjoy the beauty of this area and the sweet fresh air as you experience the audio walk.
Acknowledgments and credits
The Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people who are the traditional custodians of this land.
Stephen Ryan, Penny Roberts and Skye Stewart (VACCHO) for consulting with us.
Cameron Forbes, Adam Forbes, Nathaniel Muller and Erin Tappé.
Photographer and designer of the haunting image Nichole Adler
Thu, 24 Jun 2021•7:00pm - 08:30pm•90 minute performance Friday to Sunday in June
A playful encounter with the Kyneton Museum collection, engaging with history and its gaps, as part performance, part exhibition. Created by cross disciplinary artists and Metanoia Theatre, the work is an immersive choose-your-own journey through collective possibilities for an imagined future.
Artists (Maddi Moser, Alexandra Harrison, Janette Hoe, Israel Aloni, Greg Ulfan, Sermsah bin Saad, Görkem Acaroğlu, Yogashree Thirunavukarasu, Kirri Buchler) present work across the Kyneton Museum, in both indoor and outdoor locations. Audiences are free to roam the performance spaces, led only by their curiosity.
Internationally acclaimed local visual artist, Desmond Lazaro re-curates the existing collection to immerse audiences in an exploration of our past, present and future. Taungurung artist Maddi Moser creates projections to cover the walls and ceilings both inside and outside the building, and local sound artist Kirri Buchler creates soundscapes to enhance the experience. Taungurung man Dennis Batty provides cultural consultation to the project.
Museum UNDONE asks us to consider what the impact of the past is on the present? What are the stories we tell about ourselves? How do we want to be remembered in the future when we are history?
The Kyneton Museum consists of a two storey bluestone building and a number of outhouses. The performance will take place across the entire site, indoors and outdoors.
Parts of this venue are not accessible. Please contact the box office if this effects you, so we can explain what is not accessible. A reduced price ticket is available for those who will not be able to access these areas.
Parts of this performance will occur outdoors. Please dress warmly for all weather conditions.
purchase tickets online via the book tickets button (Arts and Culture Box Office is best viewed with Google Chrome browser)
contact the Box Office on 1300 88 88 02 (Monday to Friday 8.30am-3pm)
For group bookings, and reduced price access tickets, please contact the box office directly on email@example.com or 1300 88 88 02.
Preferred event partners
Museum UNDONE has teamed up with local accommodation providers and businesses to offer special benefits to ticket holders.
Book accommodation via Flop House and receive a complimentary continental breakfast.
Book accommodation directly with Isabella at Kyneton and receive a complimentary gourmet platter and bottle of wine.
Book accommodation with Cowen House in Kyneton and receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine.
Mention Museum UNDONE when booking directly to receive these special offers.
Visit Hanging Rock Winery and mention Museum UNDONE to receive 20% off all wine from their Cellar Door. Open daily 10-5.00pm.
Sat, 10 Jul 2021•Series of events•Woodend Winter Arts Festival
Woodend Winter Arts Festival 2021
Make your way up the Calder to Woodend this winter and make the most of the reimagined festival for 2021! Enjoy concerts, performances and visual arts events with plenty of time to wander the High Street, and discover the best that the Macedon Ranges has to offer.
Discover a series of concerts, salon events and visual arts exhibitions over two weekends across July and August. Additional events will be posted on the festival websites as they are confirmed.
With events throughout the winter months, this year's festival has been designed for flexibility and responsiveness to changes or restrictions (all events that were scheduled for the June Queen's Birthday Long Weekend have been moved to dates in July and August).
Key events are now online and open for booking, with additional events being added regularly. Our first event day in May was a wonderful success! Here are the remaining dates:
10th-11th of July: first weekend
7th-8th of August - second weekend
Save the dates and keep checking our website for the latest events and activities! We look forward to seeing you in Woodend and enjoying our wonderful region.
To comply with Covid regulations all bookings for events must be completed beforehand. All festival events will be spaced out and Covid-safe, following the guidelines for Tier 3 category events.
Our festival is proud to have the support of Visit Victoria and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
Sat, 17 Jul 2021•9:30am - 11:00am•At Hanging Rock Winery
Yoga in the Vines: Wine and Wellness
Overlooking the gorgeous Macedon Ranges and stunning Hanging Rock you will enjoy a yoga class with breathtaking views. We promise friendly faces and down-to-earth country hospitality at Hanging Rock Winery. After your yoga, relax at the Cellar Door or under blue autumn skies and enjoy a light morning tea including herbal tea, fresh fruit and locally sourced pastry... and of course a glass of bubbles.
Included in your ticket:
60 minute yoga class at Hanging Rock Winery – 9.30am-10.30am
Light morning tea - including fruit platter, muffins, local tea
Glass of bubbles
BYO Yoga Mat
Book online with event organiser Galle Gatherings now.
Fri, 10 Sep 2021•From 2pm•With iconic and new wave winemakers
Wine Retreat Weekend
Learn about wine in an engaging escape to the Macedon Ranges – not a stuffy, traditional wine course but a cultural retreat with iconic and new wave winemakers, local produce, and benchmarking our local wines with ‘Old World’ European wines.
Hosted at the beautiful Lancemore Spring Hill Estate in Lancefield with presenters Caz Bailey & Kim Pearce. Special guests include Michael Dhillon (Bindi Winegrowers), Ben Rankin (Wilimee & Mount Monument), Patrick Walsh (Cellarhand), and Renata Morello (Lyons Will).
Caz and Kim have developed a wine retreat combining the best parts of a wine industry trip without the pretension. They have created guided tastings and course notes, wine games and discussions, local produce-focused menus, and made time to relax in a luxe setting to immerse their guests within the Macedon Ranges.
They want guests to come away with likeminded wine-and-foodie folks, learn with lots of practical insights, with no wrong questions, and plenty of fun.
The weekend includes:
Tasting more than 20 wines (valued at $3,000+)
Learn about Macedon Ranges and compare European Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Champagne,
Lively wine panel discussion with special guest winemakers,
5-course tasting menu dinner with local winemakers and importer, and
Barrel tasting at a local, new wave winery.
The experience features Macedon Ranges top wines – Bindi Winegrowers, Curly Flat, Granite Hills, Wilimee, Shadowfax, Mt Towrong, Mitchell Harris, Macedon Ridge, and Lyons Will – compared to ‘Old World’ European Domaine Leroy, Bernhard Huber, Taupenot-Merme, Heymann-Löwenstein, Jacques Prieur, Champagne Lacourte-Godbillon, Bollinger, and more to be confirmed soon.
Investment: $2,175 per person. Early bird pricing until 30th June 2021 – $1,975 per person. Strictly limited to 30 people. More information and to book woodendwinestore.com.au/wine-retreat