Getting around Macedon

Parking, road closures and visitor information

Getting around Macedon and Mt Macedon during autumn

There are transport and parking restrictions in place from 9am-5pm on weekends and public holidays in autumn.

Please familiarise yourself with the information below prior to travel and if you have any questions, email vic@mrsc.vic.gov.au or call our Visitor Information Centres on 1800 244 711.

Visitor parking

Planning a visit on weekends or public holidays between Saturday 2 April and Sunday 1 May?

Visitor car parking will be available a short walk from Macedon’s Honour Avenue (off Mount Macedon Road), on land to the rear of the Church of the Resurrection. Please follow advice from traffic controllers and volunteer guides that will be onsite to assist.

A $5 donation for parking (cash payments only) will be collected by members of the Anglican Parish of Gisborne and the proceeds used to support local charitable and community programs in the Macedon Ranges. Please note parking is at owners’ risk.

Accessibility parking is available at Centennial Park, providing your car displays the appropriate sticker. In this instance, please ask the Traffic Controllers to allow you access into this car park (entrance located where the mobile Visitor Information Centre booth is located).

Alternatively, Tony Clarke Reserve is available for parking throughout the Autumn Festival, accessed via Turritable Road.

Coach parking

Coach parking is available in Tony Clarke Recreation Reserve.

Shuttle service

There will be a handy shuttle service running two routes on weekends and public holidays, from Saturday 2 April to Sunday 1 May.

Route 1: A free return transfer service from Macedon Railway Station to Centennial Park at the end of Macedon’s Honour Avenue. The first pick up will be awaiting the 10am arrival, final station pick up is 3pm. The last transfer from Centennial Park back to train station is 5pm.

Route 2: A ticketed hop-on-hop-off shuttle service from Macedon’s Centennial Park up to Forest Glade Gardens and the township of Mount Macedon (and anything in between). Cost for a shuttle pass is $5 per adult, children 16 years and under ride for free. Payment by card preferred. First departure from Centennial Park is 9.30am and last departure 2.30pm. Final return to Centennial Park from Forest Glade Gardens is 4.30pm.

Honour Avenue road closure

Honour Avenue will be closed to visitor vehicle traffic between Mount Macedon Road and Waterfalls Road from 9am-5pm on weekends and public holidays from Saturday 2 April to Monday 1 May. Large road traffic signs will direct you to alternative routes to access nearby parking areas.

Avoid a parking fine

A no stopping zone will be enforced along Honour Ave, Waterfalls Road, Manorina Way and Sangsters Road every day between Saturday 26 March to Sunday 1 May.

This means you cannot stop your vehicle at all on Honour Avenue, Waterfalls Road, Manorina Way or Sangsters Road during these dates. Parking inspectors will be issuing large fines, so don’t take the risk!

Visitor information and amenities

A pop up Visitor Information Centre booth will be set up on weekends and public holidays from Saturday 2 April – Sunday 1 May in Centennial Park, adjacent to Macedon’s Honour Avenue.

Public toilets are available at Centennial Park and in Mount Macedon village. An accessibility toilet is also available in this location.

A coffee van will be available on weekends between Saturday 2 April and Monday 25 April.

Where can I get something to eat or drink in Macedon village?

Mr. Macedon cafe is a popular spot for brunch and lunch. Macedon Lounge is also popular with the locals for brunch, lunch and sweets.

For takeaways, pay a visit to The Macedon Chippy or The Lazy Baker for a traditional country pie (one of many on the Autumn Pie & Tart Trail). The local IGA also is a great option for creating a spontaneous picnic.

Where can I get something to eat or drink in Mount Macedon village?

Mount Macedon Hotel and Mt Macedon Trading Post Cafe are the only places to eat in Mount Macedon village and may be booked out on weekends, so plan ahead.

Top of the Range Tea Rooms is situated on the summit of Mt Macedon, further past Mount Macedon village, and serves meals and Devonshire teas. This cafe is only accessible by car (limited parking available).

Cellar doors

Tasting plates are available at Mount Towrong Vineyard (open on weekends only).

Mount Macedon Winery has a cellar door and restaurant open Thursday to Sunday, while also offering pre-ordered picnic boxes that you can enjoy on the grounds of the winery.

Table bookings are essential for both wineries.

Mount Macedon Winery is only accessible by car and offers parking. Mount Towrong Vineyard is walkable from Mount Macedon village but best reached by car. This winery also offers parking for booked guests.

Places to eat in neighbouring villages

If Macedon or Mount Macedon restaurants and cafes are booked out, plan your lunch or refreshment in one of the many places to eat in nearby Woodend and Kyneton.

The village of Woodend is only ten minutes’ drive from Macedon and offers a wide range of pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Kyneton is only 15 minutes’ from Macedon and you’ll find many options along Piper Street, Mollison Street and High Street.

See business listings for where to eat and drink in the Macedon Ranges

General FAQ

By Car Macedon is approximately 50 minutes' drive north-west from Melbourne's CBD.  Follow the Bendigo and Calder Freeway signs, then turn off at Macedon, Mt Macedon just past Gisborne. By Train Leave the car at home and jump on the comfortable V-Line train (Bendigo line) at Melbourne's Southern Cross Station, which takes you directly to Macedon station.

It’s a fair walk and we don’t recommend it.

No, Macedon’s Honour Avenue is at the base of the mountain. Mount Macedon village is a steep drive up the mount, while the summit is even further.

You can, however it is an uphill hike to get back and may not be suitable for all fitness levels. It is approximately 1.4km each way.

There is very limited parking in Mount Macedon village and a lot of no parking zones so arrive early. Parking inspectors will be out and about so take care where you park. If you plan on bushwalking in Macedon Regional Park there is parking available at the various hiking points, although we recommend arriving early. Limited parking is available on the summit of Mt Macedon, further past Mount Macedon village. If you plan on visiting Memorial Cross, Top of the Range Tea Rooms or want to go hiking, we again recommend arriving early to get a park on weekends and public holidays.

Macedon is situated at the base of Mt Macedon. Macedon's Honour Avenue is known for its spectacular Pin oak trees that form 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 trees were planted as a memorial to the local men and women who enlisted in World War 1.

Mount Macedon village is situated part-way up Mt Macedon. Surrounded by Macedon Regional Park, the village is known for its spectacular open gardens, cellar doors, cycling, nature spotting and beautiful bushwalks. Download a Parks Victoria Macedon Regional Park guide and map Find out more about The Murmuring Walk at Sanatorium Lake Are you into cycling? Download our Macedon Ranges Ride Guide

There are many beautiful picnic spots nearby, including Macedon's Centennial Park at the end of Honour Avenue, the Woodend Children's Park or Kyneton Botanic Gardens.  

Weather can change quickly on the mountain so layer up with warm clothes and bring wet weather gear. Wear warm, comfortable shoes. A thermos and picnic is a great idea.
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