The Macedon Ranges is only 45 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and 30 minutes from Melbourne Airport. The region consists of nine charismatic and historic villages bursting with vibrant autumn colours. Linking these villages are scenic rural landscapes ablaze in gold and crimson, tiny hamlets, eucalyptus and pine forests.
Driving to the Macedon Ranges
From Melbourne, follow the Citylink signs pointing ‘to Bendigo via the Tullamarine Freeway‘.
Note: An E-tag is required to pass through the Citylink tollway system. Car hire companies will provide E-tags in their arrangements or call Citylink on 13 26 29 to arrange a day pass.
Once on the Tullamarine, follow the signs to Calder Freeway (M79) towards Bendigo. The first turn off to the Macedon Ranges is Gisborne, where you can weave your way through backcountry roads to your destination. Or continue further along the freeway until you reach the village you’re planning to visit.
If travelling from the direction of Bendigo, head south on the Calder Freeway (M79). Your first turn off to the Macedon Ranges is Malmsbury. This is a very pretty village that connects to the large town of Kyneton via scenic back roads.
A hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus will be available for visitors to Macedon and Mount Macedon on weekends and public holidays from 1 April to 30 April.
The shuttle bus departs from Centennial Park in Macedon and will deliver visitors to Mount Macedon village and three open gardens on Mount Macedon. A daily ticket costs $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Payment by card is preferred. Dedicated visitor car parking is available opposite Centennial Park, for a $5 donation fee.
If you are catching the train to Macedon, Centennial Park is an easy 1 kilometre walk from the train station, via Honour Avenue.