Last updated: 26 October 2020
Frequently asked questions
As health and travel advice is changing on a frequent basis, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services website for the most current information.
Is Hanging Rock open?
Hanging Rock has reopened, with limits on visitor numbers in place to maintain a COVID-safe environment. The Discovery Centre and the top of the Summit Walk will remain closed to the public.
Are the hiking trails in Macedon Regional Park open?
Hiking trails in Macedon Regional Park are now open for Regional Victorian residents to enjoy.
Restrictions apply for outdoor gatherings including a maximum of 10 people and social distancing still applies.
You must carry a face covering with you when you exercise unless you have a lawful excuse for not wearing a face covering, such as a medical condition or are under the age of 12. You can be fined if you don’t wear or carry a face covering.
Can we book accommodation?
Regional Victorians can now book accommodation in the Macedon Ranges.
What’s open in the Macedon Ranges?
The majority of businesses listed on our website are now operating under new COVID-safe guidelines.
Although we’re unable to provide a comprehensive list of who is open or not open, you will certainly find no shortage of cafes, pubs, restaurants, art galleries, retail stores, open gardens, tour operators and artisan workshops trading under the latest COVID-safe guidelines.
Cafes and restaurants throughout the region will also be offering plenty of outdoor dining options. While Cellar Doors are now able to provide seated wine tastings.
Always check the venue’s website or call in advance to reconfirm their current opening hours. Due to limited seating capacities, it is highly recommended you make an advance booking.
A number of Cellar Doors have reopened in the Macedon Ranges. Again, please call in advance to make a booking for a tasting or meal due to limited capacity.
Here are a selection of cellar doors you may wish to visit:
- Hunter-Gatherer Vintners (weekends)
- Kyneton Ridge Estate (weekends)
- Mount Towrong Vineyard (weekends)
- Hesket Estate Winery (open first weekend of the month)
- Zig Zag Wines (weekends)
- Hanging Rock Winery (7 days)
- Lyons Will Estate (weekends)
- Mount Macedon Winery (weekends). Can also pre-order local picnic hampers to enjoy on the property
- Gisborne Peak Winery (open Friday to Sunday)
- Cleveland Winery (Friday 3-7pm, Weekends 11-6pm)
Alternatively you can find more cellar doors here. Please call first to double check opening status and bookings.
Are there any Open Gardens to visit?
Yes, Forest Glade Gardens on Mt Macedon have reopened 7 days a week from 10am (last entry 4.30pm).
Tours currently operating
Yesteryear Today Carriages run wonderful private tours along quiet country roads in their vintage horse-drawn carriages. Great for families or for couples and a unique way to see the countryside nd learn about local history.
Hanging Rock Llama Treks are also taking bookings. This is a very popular hike to Hanging Rock Reserve where you will lead your own charismatic llama.
You’ll find a variety of wine and special interest tours available in the Macedon Ranges.
How to get a taste of the Macedon Ranges at home
Check out our directory of Macedon Ranges wineries that deliver to Melbourne and beyond. It’s a brilliant way to try wine from up-and-coming independent labels that don’t have cellar doors.
Subscribe to www.2eatathome.com.au by Colenso’s meal subscription service. Each week you’ll receive wholesome meals prepared by Chef Kathryn Russack using local produce. These delicious dinners and treats are delivered to homes throughout Melbourne and the Macedon Ranges.
Are you a fan of country pies?
Order a delivery of pies from Country Cob Bakery in Kyneton to over 600 postcodes in Victoria. This humble bakery has been awarded Best Pie in Australia for the last three years.
Or get yourself a taste of Piper St Food Co.’s amazing traditional pork pies delivered to Melbourne and beyond.
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.
Are your Visitor Information Centres open?
The Visitor Information Centre in Woodend has reopened with a new service window system in place to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and customers.
Current opening hours are Friday to Sunday from 10-3pm.
Alternatively, email our Tourism Officers at email@example.com (weekdays) or phone 1800 244 711 during Visitor Information Centre opening hours.
The Kyneton Visitor Information Centre remains closed until further notice.
Plan for the future
We (really) look forward to having you back
Thank you for your understanding and support in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.
When it’s safe again to roam, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Macedon Ranges.