Visit the Macedon Ranges

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, 11 Apr 202110:00am - 04:30pmMacedon Ranges Autumn Festival event
Forest Glade Autumn Open Garden
Forest Glade is recognised as one of Australia's finest private gardens. It is a gardener’s paradise and a wonderful location for anyone with a passion for photography, drawing or painting. Located on the southern slopes of Mount Macedon in Victoria, Australia, this magnificently landscaped garden covers fourteen acres (5.6 ha) and has four distinct themes:
  • The large English section with its huge exotic trees and masses of colour.
  • The delightful Japanese section complete with bonsai house.
  • The beautiful woodland area displaying masses of shade-loving plants.
  • The cool fern gully.
Bring a picnic and enjoy a day soaking up the magnificent colours of Forest Glade's autumn gardens, as well as an amazing display of fountains and sculptures collected from all around the world. Dogs on a leash are welcome, please bring bags to clean up after your pooches. Barbecues are not permitted. Please note that there is no parking available outside Forest Glade on weekends and public holidays from 27 March to 26 April 2021. Instead, Forest Glade Gardens are running a shuttle bus from the bottom of the mount, straight to our gate.
  • The first shuttle will depart Centennial Park (Honour Avenue) at 10.00am
  • The last shuttle will depart Forest Glade Gardens at 4.30pm
  • The shuttle will operate approximately every 30 minutes.
  • The round trip costs $2 for adults,  children 16 and under free.
  • Admission into the gardens is $10 per person (children 16 and under are free)
  • Entry tickets can be purchased on the shuttle bus – cash and card accepted
  • Strollers must be small and able to fold down
Mid-week there is limited off-street parking outside the gate. Please note parking signs to avoid any fines. Here’s more details about getting around Macedon during autumn, including where you can park to catch our shuttle.    
Mount Macedon
Sun, 11 Apr 202110:00am - 05:00pmMacedon Ranges Autumn Festival event
Art in the Vines at Hanging Rock Winery
Presenting Art in the Vines – The Renaissance. Renowned Exhibition Curator, Malcolm Thomson - who for the third consecutive year has been engaged to deliver Art in the Vines, has worked with 25 artists on the exhibition. These are predominantly highly acclaimed artists - leaders in their field, a strong contingent of which reside in the Macedon Ranges and Central Victoria. The timing of the exhibition aligns with our re-emergence as a society from the challenging times we currently find ourselves in. It was indeed these unprecedented times that inspired us to shift the focus of this year’s exhibition from what was originally intended. So, in determining our theme for 2020/21, with COVID-19, self-isolation, quarantine and social distancing currently dominating our day-to-day lives, Malcolm invited the artists to create sculptures that either reflect and capture these challenging times or alternatively focus on the future direction of their work – in essence, their renaissance. Just as Art in the Vines – Sculpture Exhibition and Trail, and Art in the Vines – Sculpture in Motion were, Art in the Vines – The Renaissance is yet again an extraordinary exhibition of sculpture, staged at a venue that has fast established itself as the home of sculpture in the Macedon Ranges. Time to start planning your autumn escape? What’s better than a guided wine tasting from the region’s largest selection, then walking the sculpture trail before kicking back and treating yourself to one of our picnic boxes or cheeseboards and taking in the Macedon Ranges’ most iconic vista. Bliss! Art in the Vines at Hanging Rock Winery is the perfect destination to fill a weekend, and the perfect drawcard to build a short-break around. Entry to the exhibition is free.
Woodend
Sun, 11 Apr 2021Pack down in the morningMacedon Ranges Autumn Festival event
Camp Out at the Rock
Camp out at the Rock on Saturday 10 April 2021. Experience the beauty of autumn in the great outdoors, under the gaze of the mysterious Hanging Rock. Send the kids on a guided night walk exploring the reserve's flora and fauna, or just settle around the bonfire with a glass of wine and enjoy the serenity. Musician Sage Roadknight, a young Macedon Ranges indie folk singer, will be playing some tunes from 6.30-8.30pm to enjoy as well. On Sunday morning, try your luck at catching a trout in Hanging Rock Dam, when the fish are hungry (no night fishing permitted). A brekkie option will be available the next morning at Hanging Rock Cafe from 7am (where the fireplace will be cranking) with a dine-in menu (pre-bookings recommended), otherwise takeaway coffees and hot drinks, plus bacon & egg rolls will be available. Camping fees are $23 per adult, $13 per child and $59 per family, with set-up permitted from 4pm. Book online to reserve your site. For further information call Hanging Rock on (03) 5422 0387
Woodend
Sat, 17 Apr 2021A full day eventMacedon Ranges Autumn Festival event
Run the Rock 2021
It's time to conquer your goals as we blaze the course at Run The Rock. Set in the picturesque Hanging Rock, only 1 hour from Melbourne, you can make it a perfect day trip or weekend away and explore the terrains of the Macedon Ranges. Join us as we unplug from the city streets, take in the fresh air and smash through the K’s, whether it be a 5K, 13.5K or the challenging 22K. Feel inspired as you race alongside like-minded runners and take on the challenge. Relax in the event village after the run for live music, local hospitality and good times. For more information visit the website or call (03) 9285 0600.
Woodend
Sat, 17 Apr 2021OpenMacedon Ranges Autumn Festival event
Riddells Creek Farmers' Market
The Riddells Creek Farmers Market (RCFM) is an accredited Farmers' Market operating from the Riddell Primary School from 9-1 on the 3rd Saturday of the month Jan-Nov and as a twilight market on the 2nd Friday each Dec.
Sustainability is a very important aspect of the market and we encourage you to bring your own shopping bags as RCFM is plastic bag free. If you forget your shopping bags reusable calico bags are available to purchase for only $4.

After some scrumptious sourdough? Or perhaps some succulent fresh meats? Vegetables that are so fresh they still have some soil clinging to them? Would you like to purchase food that has not travelled hundreds of kilometers? Then our fabulous stall-holders have you covered! We have a wide range of seasonal, fresh, local produce available.

Riddells Creek
Sun, 18 Apr 20219:00am - 01:00pmMacedon Ranges Autumn Festival event
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 (was MotoBean) across from the Malmsbury Town Hall.
The new Malmsbury Village Farmers’ Market is accredited with the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association, the peak body for farmers’ markets in the state and will focus on providing locally grown fresh produce.
Malmsbury
Sat, 24 Apr 20219:00am - 02:00pmMacedon Ranges Autumn Festival event
Autumn Hanging Rock Craft Market
Whether you're looking for a really different hand made gift, something uniquely beautiful for the home or the freshest gourmet foods, you're bound to find it at this market. Enjoy more than just a picnic at Hanging Rock with these special craft and produce markets. Market goers can find a variety of both local and regional stalls offering quality, Australian made products and gourmet food. Entry fee: Parking costs $5 per vehicle (usually $10). Parking managed by Macedon Ranges Shire Council. Dogs are not permitted in the market areas. For more information visit craftmarkets.com.au or call (03) 5976 3266. PS. There are also plenty of lunch options, picnic tables and space to sprawl out under the gum trees while you are visiting the market. You can also purchase snacks and lunch at the fabulous Hanging Rock Cafe.
Woodend
Sat, 24 Apr 2021Two sessions from 1pm & 6pmMacedon Ranges Autumn Festival event
A Celebration of Harvest: Wine, Food & Music
Join in the celebration of harvest time and the colours of autumn at the historic Kyneton Mechanics Institute. Autumn is the time of year when Macedon Ranges wineries harvest grapes from the vineyard and make their wines. At this event you will get to meet local winemakers and enjoy beautiful wines complemented with delicious foods. There will be live music and a great atmosphere, with the historic hall decked out with the colours of autumn to relax and socialise with friends and family. Session times and costs: 1.30pm - 5.00pm (all ages) 6.00pm - 9.30pm (18+) *Tickets are limited and all tickets must be pre-purchased* ✔️ 10+ Macedon Ranges wine producers in one place ✔️Local Food Options ✔️ Live music ✔️ Premium Reusable Wine Glass   Notes: • Tickets do not include tastings ($15 add on for 6 wine tastings). • No free tastings. • No entry without a ticket. • Children under 18 months are free but all others must buy an entry ticket. • No children allowed for the evening session - 18+ only! Proudly supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association.
Kyneton
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