Last updated: 11 January 2021
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 Reserve is open.
The reserve has modified its operating conditions and has a new COVIDSafe Plan in place. The Discovery Centre will remain closed for health and safety reasons. All other facilities, walks and fishing in the dam are available to enjoy, including Hanging Rock Cafe.
Please note, limits on numbers to summit walk may be enforced during peak times to ensure social distancing requirements can be adhered to.
All visitors will need to sign-in for mandatory contact tracing purposes.
Please note Hanging Rock will not be open for extended hours during summer 2021.
What’s open in the Macedon Ranges?
The majority of businesses listed on our website are now operating under new COVID-safe guidelines.
You’ll certainly find no shortage of cafes, pubs, restaurants, art galleries, retail stores, open gardens, cellar doors, tour operators and artisan workshops trading under the latest COVID-safe guidelines.
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.
Events and workshops
Fabulous events are now starting to promote dates again in the Macedon Ranges, including farmers’ markets, the annual Hanging Rock Winery’s Art in the Vines, health and wellness retreats and artisan workshops.
Most 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 (weekends)
- Zig Zag Wines (weekends)
- Hanging Rock Winery (7 days)
- Lyons Will Estate (2nd and 4th weekend of the month)
- Botanica Estate (weekends)
- Mount Macedon Winery (Thursday to Sunday). 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)
- Parkside Winery Estate (weekends). Gourmet picnic boxes available for pre-ordering during November.
- Cope-Williams Winery (weekends)
- Wombat Forest Winery & Vineyard (weekends)
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 and 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. Pre-bookings are essential.
You’ll find a variety of wine and special interest tours available 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 10am-3pm.
Alternatively, email our Tourism Officers at firstname.lastname@example.org (weekdays) or phone 1800 244 711 during Visitor Information Centre opening hours.
The Kyneton Visitor Information Centre remains closed until further notice.
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.
Plan for the future
We (really) look forward to having you back
Please help keep Victoria open. We ask you to explore mindfully, travel responsibly and rock a face mask. Continue to keep up the good work social distancing and sanitise your hands regularly.