Last updated: 4 June 2020
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about how the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions apply to visiting the Macedon Ranges?
Here’s a handy guide to frequently asked questions to help you make informed decisions. This page will continue to be adapted over the coming weeks, so make sure to check back here in case information has changed.
For a detailed Q&A about Victoria-wide travel restrictions please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Is Hanging Rock open?
Hanging Rock remains closed until further notice. Before committing to reopening Hanging Rock, we must first consider a range of factors and government guidelines—the safety of our visitors and staff is top priority. Please monitor this page for future updates and we look forward to seeing you back at Hanging Rock in the future.
PS. The roadsides around Hanging Rock are No Standing areas and fines will be issued if you park illegally. So if you are driving around the area, pay attention to those parking signs!
Are hiking trails in Macedon Regional Park open?
Macedon Regional Park is open for day-use activities, provided that physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people and a maximum of 20 in a group is observed at all times.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, Parks Victoria staff will monitor visitation rates with the possibility of further changes to park closures, pending advice from health authorities.
Parks Victoria asks visitors to use common sense when on Mount Macedon. If there are a large number of cars or people, choose an alternative location.
Please refer to the Parks Victoria website for the most current information regarding access to Macedon Regional Park.
Are Open Gardens in Macedon and Mount Macedon still operating?
Forest Glade Gardens are planning to open temporarily for the three-day June long weekend, beginning at 10am on Saturday 6 June.
All other Open Gardens are currently closed to the public.
Can we book accommodation?
Yes, you can now book overnight accommodation in Victoria, as per the following government guidelines:
- You will be able to stay in a holiday home or private residence
- You will be also able to stay in tourist accommodationj, including caravan parks and camping grounds, where there are no shared communal facilities (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms)
- Tourist accommodation can open to guests provided there are no shared communal facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms
As always, we’re urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities. It’s up to all of us to make this work.
What cafes and restaurants are open?
Many cafes, bakeries, pubs and restaurants are starting to reopen for takeaway and dining as per current social distancing and capacity guidelines.
Although we are unable to provide a detailed list of who is currently open and under what trading conditions, we encourage all businesses on our directory to keep their listing updated with current information.
We’ve also compiled a basic list of places currently open in Woodend and Kyneton for dining and/or takeaway:
Spaghetti Bar, Piper Street: Open Thursday to Monday for dinner. Sunday lunch only. Prefer bookings
Midnight Starling, Piper Street: Open Wednesday to Saturday 6pm to 11pm. Bookings only
Fook Shing, Piper Street: Lunch and dinner Thursday to Sunday. Booking essential
Shamrock Hotel, Mollison Street: Currently open Sunday lunch only, however open for Queen’s Birthday Weekend on Saturday 11:30 to 2pm and 5:30 to 8pm, Sunday for lunch only, closed on Monday.
Kyneton Bowling Club, Mollison Street: Take away Wednesday to Sunday
Monsieur Pierre, Mollison Street: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday till 2pm
Country Cob Bakery, Mollison Street: Open 7 days
Home Grown on Piper, Piper Street: Open from 4th June Thursday to Sunday (weekdays 10-6pm, weekends 9-6pm). Take away available.
Donkey, High Street: Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-9pm dine in and take away
Victoria Hotel, High Street, Lunch and dinner every day but only lunch Sunday
Fox in the Chamber, High Street: Saturday to Monday 8-12.30pm
Holgates Brewhouse, High Street: Lunch and dinner Saturday to Monday, take away 7 nights
Bourkies Bakehouse, High Street: Weekends 6.30-5pm, Monday 6.30-3pm
Maison Maloa, High Street: Open 8.30-3pm everyday for breakfast, lunch and coffee
Woodberry Cafe, High Street: Saturday to Monday from 8-3pm for meals and coffee, limited seating
Macedon and Mount Macedon
Top of the Range Tea Room, Mt Macedon Summit: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10.30-4 for take away (tea, coffee, hot food and scones).Mount Macedon Trading Post, Mount Macedon Road: Open 7 days 7 to 5pm, take away only
Mr. Café Macedon, Victoria Street: Open 7 days (not taking bookings). Also open for take away on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from 8am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday and 9-3pm Monday
The Jolly Miller Café: Open 7 days (not taking bookings). Take away 8-4pm this weekend
Gisborne Collective: Open 7 days and during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend Saturday to Monday from 11:30 to 3pm and 5pm onwards.
Here is a directory of more places to eat and drink in the Macedon Ranges (we recommend calling in advance to check trading hours).
What cellar and distillery doors are open?
Cellar and distillery doors remain closed to the public for tastings, however they all offer delivery via their online stores, phone or email. Many cellar and distillery doors are open for bottle sales, so if there is one you see on our website that you are keen to purchase from, give them a call to double check their opening hours.
See our directory of Macedon Ranges wineries that deliver to Melbourne and beyond.
Are your Visitor Information Centres open?
Our Visitor Information Centres are currently closed until further notice and calls to our 1800 244 711 Information Line are currently diverted to an answering machine.
Closures of facilities throughout the Macedon Ranges
Visit the Macedon Ranges Shire Council COVID-19 web page for detailed information regarding facility closures in the Macedon Ranges.
We (really) look forward to having you back
Thank you for your understanding and support in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.
With more freedom comes more responsibility – and it’s up to all of us to make this work.
So before you walk out your front door, please pause for a second. Think of the people you love, and all of our efforts these past few weeks. What you do out there is really important – for everyone’s sake.
Meanwhile we ask you to travel mindfully, explore responsibly and keep your distance. If you’re unwell, please stay home.
When you’re ready, we’re here for you.