Autumn is one of the most popular times to visit the Macedon Ranges. In particular, colourful autumn leaves in Macedon and Mount Macedon attract visitors from far and wide.
Below is a handy guide on how to best experience the autumn season in Macedon. Plus tips on secret gems and ways to enjoy this beautiful season throughout the Macedon Ranges.
Macedon autumn leaves
Visitors get a thrill from the vibrant autumn leaves on show. The sheer variety of rare and established deciduous trees in full colour are a feast for the senses.
One of the most popular locations for a Macedon autumn leaf immersion is along Honour Avenue. This famous avenue boasts 154 Pin Oaks forming a fairy-like arch of leaves. From late March to late April, the leaves begin a slow transition from yellow to vibrant red to burnt sienna.
These magnificent oaks were planted along the avenue in 1918 to commemorate those from Macedon and Mount Macedon who served in World War I. During your visit please remain respectful that this is a place of historical significance, as well as a home to local residents.
Due to the number of people visiting Macedon over autumn, there’s now strict travel and parking restrictions in place.
If visiting on weekends and public holidays between Saturday 28 March and Sunday 26 April, we recommend catching the V-Line train to Macedon train station and using our free shuttle service to get around. There’ll also be free designated parking areas in Macedon on these days if you choose to self-drive and access the shuttle service upon arrival.
See our detailed Autumn Leaf Macedon Travel Guide for information on designated parking, shuttle bus routes, altered traffic conditions and more.
A cool tip for getting the most out of your visit
Consider enjoying the beauty of Macedon’s autumn leaves mid-week when there’s less visitors. Or book local accommodation so you can choose to stroll early morning or at sunset, when the light is simply magic.
What to do in Macedon and Mount Macedon
There’s a lot to do in and around Macedon over autumn beyond Honour Avenue. Visit historic open gardens, a rare plant nursery or a gallery run by a local art collective. Go wine and gin tasting. Or spot wild fungi growing in the forests of Macedon Regional Park.
Other beautiful autumn destinations in the Macedon Ranges
Want to discover hidden gems beyond Macedon? Head to these lesser known, yet equally beautiful destinations for an autumn leaf fix in the country.
Not only is there ample parking, these quaint villages offer fantastic cafes and pubs, vineyards, children’s playgrounds, shopping and more…
Kyneton in autumn
Kyneton is the perfect autumn getaway if you love nature, great food and wine, gardens, plant nurseries and shopping.
Here you can amble along the Campaspe River Walk under ancient oaks, poplars and elms.
For garden enthusiasts, go on a stunning country drive to the farming community of Sidonia, where peacocks roam through the beautiful open gardens of Bringalbit.
And when the weather gets chilly, cosy up in front of a wood-fuel fireplace in charismatic restaurants, pubs and bars along Piper Street.
Grapevines also put on a brilliant display of colour during autumn. Consider a scenic adventure to rustic vineyards such as Cloud 9 Farm, Hunter-Gatherer Vintners and Kyneton Ridge Estate. The drive is divine, as is the wine.
Malmsbury in autumn
Malmsbury is a quaint little village that is stunning in the height of autumn.
It’s also an easy day trip and accessible by V-line train from either Melbourne or Bendigo.
Here you can picnic, ride or stroll through the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens, with views to the historic bluestone Malmsbury Viaduct.
Or bring your own hot pot and snuggle in front of the fire with a bottle of wine at nearby Zig Zag Winery cellar door.
For a taste of country culture and local produce, time your visit around their fantastic farmers’ market (fourth Sunday of the month).
Gisborne in autumn
When autumn takes hold there’s plenty of colour to be found in Gisborne.
Take a stroll or bike ride in Gisborne Botanic Gardens and the parklands that hug Jacksons Creek.
Love wine and wood-fired pizza? Gisborne Peak Winery is open daily for wine tasting and lunch, with beautiful views from their restaurant verandah.
Foodies also flock to Baringo Food & Wine Co. in New Gisborne.
This town may only be 45 minutes from Melbourne, but its surrounding rural landscapes make you feel like you’re well and truly out of the big smoke.
Woodend in autumn
Woodend is central to many local attractions such as Hanging Rock and nearby Macedon’s Honour Avenue.
It also has an Avenue of Honour of its own, that typically turns golden towards the tail end of autumn.
Into gin? Pay a visit to Jack’s Springs Farm in nearby Newham on weekends for gin tasting at Big Tree Distillery.
Romsey in autumn
A peaceful 20 minute (or so) drive from Macedon, Romsey is a small village that’s highly worth a visit in autumn. Mature Claret ash trees line the main street of town and put on a richly-coloured autumn show from around mid to late April. Combine this scene with fine examples of historic Australian architecture and you’ll be in instagram-heaven.
Locals absolutely love their gardens here, so a simple stroll or cycle around its streets are a joy. Or drop by Evan’s Wine & Cheese Bar for tapas and a chat with the locals.
Romsey is also nearby a number of postcard-worthy vineyards such as Hesket Estate (open first weekend of the month) and Cope-Williams Winery. For an extra special autumn leaf fix, head to Botanica Estate, which combines cellar door wine tastings with their own grass-fed Wagyu beef and a wonderful garden estate to explore.
Only a short drive from Lancefield, you can easily fill a day between the two towns.
Lancefield in autumn
Lancefield is a quiet treasure trove of historical buildings surrounded by farmland and superb vineyards.
Spread a picnic blanket under the oak trees in Lancefield Park Recreation Reserve.
Enjoy colourful autumn vineyard views with a wood-fired pizza at Cleveland Winery. Or taste wine in their unique underground cellar.
If wine is your thing, explore further afield on a ‘Laneways of Lancefield’ adventure.
Traverse unsealed roads winding through farmland to award-winning wineries including Parkside Estate Winery, Lyons Will Estate, Lanes End Vineyard and Curly Flat Vineyard. Many of these country vineyards are set on wonderful established gardens boasting a mass of autumn colour to match their vines.
Or drop by Double Oaks Estate on the second weekend of the month for a tasty American barbecue lunch.
Want fresh air and exercise? Plan a bike ride with the family between Lancefield and Romsey. Largely lined with deciduous trees that begin to change colour in the height of autumn, this ride is peaceful and picturesque.
The Saturday farmers’ market on the fourth Sunday of the month is also extremely popular.
Riddells Creek in autumn
Lions Park Reserve and the sleepy streets of Riddells Creek make for a beautiful drive, leisurely bike ride or casual stroll in autumn.
Enjoy Devonshire Tea at the historic Dromkeen Homestead, listed on the National Heritage Trust. Its established gardens are lovely and its a fantastic place to bring kids.
Alternatively, plan a trip around the Riddells Creek Farmers’ Market, held on the third Saturday of each month.
Autumn leaf colour update
Mother Nature can be hard to predict and each year the leaves change colour at different times. To help plan your visit, we’ll be updating this page with pics of autumn leaves in the Macedon Ranges from the last week of March. You can also help others plan their trip by tagging your autumn leaf pics on Instagram with the location and hashtag #macedonrangesnaturallycool
How to get to the Macedon Ranges
The Macedon ranges is located approximately 50 minutes to 1.25 hours’ (picturesque) drive north-west from Melbourne CBD depending on where you plan to visit in the Macedon Ranges
Why not leave the car at home and take the train? You can jump on the comfortable V-Line train (Bendigo line) at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. Many villages are within close walking distance to the train station, including Kyneton, Riddells Creek and Malmsbury.
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