An autumn Macedon Ranges experience is definitely one for the bucket list.
It’s a photographers paradise. Foodies nirvana. Heaven for nature lovers. Our historic villages, avenues and gardens explode in fire-reds, saffron, golden amber and rich burgundies.
The crisp weather means crackling fires in country pubs and cosy B&Bs. Clear blue skies and cool days make for perfect conditions to go hiking and biking in the fresh mountain air.
The Macedon Ranges in autumn is a truly a feast for the eyes, body and soul.
Popular Places to Visit During Autumn
Mount Macedon is heralded as an autumn hot spot and for good reason. High altitudes and historic gardens send visitors into rapture, with intensely vibrant autumn leaves clinging to branches of majestic trees.
One of the most popular locations for ‘autumn leaf immersion’ is Honour Avenue on Mount Macedon, boasting 154 Pin Oaks forming a fairy-like arch of leaves along the road. Although the leaves have now started to form a sienna-coloured carpet, there’s still plenty of autumn colour to be found in the Open Gardens of Forest Glade and Tieve Tara.
So, bring a camera, easel or sketchpad. Wear comfortable shoes. And pack a thermos and picnic blanket. It’s time to celebrate autumn in all its glory!
Other Hidden Gems You Should Visit
Ssssssshhhhh, don’t tell anyone! If you want to discover hidden gems, we suggest heading to these lesser known, yet equally beautiful spots for an autumn country fix in the ranges.
Villages such as Woodend, Romsey and Lancefield also boast stunning avenues and main streets lined with trees ablaze in autumn colour. Plus, there is ample parking, proximity to fantastic cafes and pubs, children’s playgrounds, shopping and more…
- Gisborne Botanical Gardens – 6 Aitken St, Gisborne
- Kyneton Botanical Gardens & Kyneton Community Park – Mollison Street (near railway station), Kyneton
- Campaspe River Walk – enter via Kyneton Botanic Gardens on Mollison St
- Lancefield Park Recreation Reserve – 62 Chauncey Street, Lancefield
- Malmsbury Botanical Gardens – Ellesmere Place, Malmsbury
- Lions Park Reserve – 63a Main St, Riddells Creek
- Claret Ash-lined Main Street – In the heart of Romsey
- Avenue of Honour – Woodend
- Five Mile Creek walk – Woodend (good starting point behind Woodend Information Centre)
Things to Do During Autumn
From hiking to biking, art workshops and wine tasting, cooking classes and more. There is an abundance of things to do during autumn in the Macedon Ranges. Plus don’t forget to check our What’s On page for new events throughout the season!
For Art Lovers
The Macedon Ranges is the art hub of regional Victoria. Watch this video or read below for a few ways to enjoy autumn creatively in the ranges.
Art Tours and Gallery Hopping
The Daylesford Macedon Open Studios event is over for 2019, however diving into the Macedon Ranges arts scene is a year-round experience.
Consider joining a small group art tour with a local art enthusiast, or go gallery hopping. In particular, Kyneton is home to many fantastic galleries where you can easily make a day of it. Download our Art Gallery brochure here.
Art Workshops and Learning Lost Trades
Tap into your inner creative at one of the many art workshops held in the region. Carve your own wedding rings, make beautiful ceramic bowls, learn mosaics and leadlight window making…the possibilities are endless.
As home to the Lost Trades Fair, Kyneton is particularly well-known for unique workshops in ‘the art of lost trades‘. Throughout autumn (and beyond) you can learn everything from leather belt making, relief carving, travisher toolmaking, silversmithing and spoon carving. Best book quickly though, as spots fill very fast!
For more inspiration read our Art Lovers Guide to Autumn in the Macedon Ranges.
Bring Your Own Easel
The Macedon Ranges is full of natural inspiration for budding and experienced creatives. Bring an easel and tap into your inner artist. Spend the day sketching and painting, or plan a solo getaway or private art retreat with your friends.
For Food & Wine Lovers
From charismatic wine bars to country pubs. Fine dining restaurants to great burger joints. And seriously good brekkie cafes… The Macedon Ranges has it all. Design your own foodies trail. Spend the day or come for a few. Taste local produce on menus direct from sustainably-run micro farms including beef, poultry, eggs, honey, cheese, olives, nuts…even hemp.
Here’s a few ideas of where to go and what to do…
Did you know we have two chef hatted restaurants in Kyneton? Source Dining and Midnight Starling are both located on Piper Street, and are kept in excellent company by other foodies restaurants including The Parkland Kyneton, Colenso and celebrated chef Tansy Good’s new restaurant, Tansy’s.
Get a beer tasting paddle from independent, family-owned brewery and pub, Holgates in Woodend, with a state-of-the-art brewhouse Visitor Discovery Centre (launching soon). Chow down on gastronomic pub fare at nearby Victoria Hotel (only a short walk from Woodend Train Station). Cool off with a beer at the Mt Macedon Hotel after a walk in the Macedon Regional Park. Or visit the iconic Royal George Hotel on Kyneton’s historic Piper Street for a cheeky craft beer (or two).
Cellar Doors & Gin Distilleries
Did you know we have 28 cellar doors regularly open for wine tasting? Pick up a Wine Trail Map from our Visitor Information Centres in Woodend or Kyneton, or check out some wineries featured on our website.
You can even design your own custom wine itinerary using the nifty app Twenty Five Doors. It makes planning a wine tasting Macedon Ranges day out super easy!
PS. The Macedon Ranges is home to three local artisan gin distilling companies. Enjoy gin tastings at Animus gin distillery and bar located right on Kyneton’s Piper Street, or Mount Towrong winery at Mount Macedon (home of Mountain Gin).
For Adrenaline Junkies
Go mountain biking in the Wombat State Forest. There is more than 100km of single track just waiting to be discovered. Or if road cycling is more your thing, check out our Ride Guide to the Macedon Ranges. We have sixteen different riding routes you can enjoy, from family friendly to rides for serious cyclists.
Make it simple and book a one or two day mountain biking trail ride adventure, where you have the option of being provided with bikes and being picked up from Melbourne (and the bonus of not getting lost!).
For Garden Lovers
In autumn, the most stunning private gardens open their gates to the public to enjoy. Download our Open Gardens Autumn 2019 brochure for more details on gardens open to the public throughout the Macedon Ranges.
The Macedon Ranges is also home to an abundance of fantastic plant nurseries, such as the Post Office Farm Nursery in Ashbourne and Spring Hill Nursery in Tylden, and the Rodelisa Plant Nursery and Garden Tap Nursery in Kyneton.
From hiking with llamas, bike rides and bush walks; to picnics, horse carriage rides and fishing, there’s plenty to do this autumn with kids in the Macedon Ranges.
Give the little ones some exercise and fresh country air with 30km of walking tracks in and around Macedon Regional Park. Or go bush walking in the Black Hill Reserve on the outskirts of Kyneton, where you will discover amazing rock formations. Dogs are welcome too, as long as they are on a leash. Kyneton and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens are also the perfect spot for a peaceful stroll.
Pack a picnic and visit one of the open gardens on Mount Macedon, such as the Gardens of Tieve Tara or Forest Glade, or our beautiful botanical gardens in Kyneton or Malmsbury. Mount Macedon has a number of picnic grounds based at the start of bush walks, where you can enjoy a sausage sizzle on a wood-fire BBQ or toast marshmallows.
Llama Walks and Horse Carriage Rides
There is a fantastic, family-friendly bike track that runs along the Campaspe River in Kyneton’s Botanic Gardens (including an adventure playground). Or pack a picnic lunch at ride a dedicated cyclist and pedestrian path from Romsey to Lancefield (15.9km return), ending with a picnic in Romsey’s Lions Park Reserve. Time your trip with a visit to the Lancefield Farmer’s Markets on the 4th Saturday of the month, where you can grab a coffee and picnic supplies.
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 that stops at most villages in the Macedon Ranges.
Share Your Autumn Pics
We’d love to see your best autumn pics of the Macedon Ranges. Upload your pic to our Facebook wall, or tag us on Facebook @macedonrangesnaturallycool. Make sure to use the hashtag #macedonrangesnaturallycool on your Facebook and Instagram posts too!