Getting around Macedon and Mt Macedon during autumn
There are transport and parking restrictions in place from 9am-5pm on weekends and public holidays between Saturday 27 March to Monday 26 April.
Please familiarise yourself with the information below prior to travel and if you have any questions, email email@example.com or call our Visitor Information Centres on 1800 244 711.
Planning a visit on weekends or public holidays during Saturday 27 March and Monday 26 April?
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.
Accessibilty 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).
Honour Avenue road closure
Honour Avenue will be closed to visitor traffic between Mount Macedon Road and Waterfalls Road from 9am-5pm on weekends and public holidays. 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 and Manorina Way every day between Saturday 27 March to Monday 26 April.
This means you cannot stop your vehicle at all on Honour Avenue, Waterfalls Road or Manorina Way during these dates. Parking inspectors will be issuing large fines, so don’t take the risk!
Free shuttle bus service on weekends and public holidays
To assist with traffic and parking, we’re encouraging all visitors to use our free ‘Park and Ride’ shuttle bus service, available on weekends and public holidays between Saturday 27 March to Monday 26 April.
The shuttle service will loop frequently between Macedon Village Train Station, Centennial Park (adjacent to Honour Avenue) and Mount Macedon village.
Park & Ride shuttle timings
- Macedon Village Train Station: First pick-up is 9.45am | Final pick-up is 3pm
- Centennial Park (Honour Avenue) to Mount Macedon village: First departure is 9.00am | Last departure is 2.00pm
- Mount Macedon village to Centennial Park (Honour Avenue): Last departure is 4.00pm
- Centennial Park (Honour Avenue) to Macedon Village Train Station: Last departure is 4.30pm
A shuttle bus route map will be available for download shortly or at the Visitor Information Booth in Centennial Park. Pick-up times between each drop-off point will vary between 20-45 minutes depending on traffic.
*From Mount Macedon village it is a pleasant (but steep) 1km walk to Forest Glade Open Gardens, where you can enjoy a stroll and a picnic.
Forest Glade Gardens shuttle service
Want to visit a beautiful open garden on Mt Macedon? Forest Glade Gardens is running a shuttle bus service on weekends and public holidays from 27 March to 26 April, straight to its gate.
- The first shuttle will depart Centennial Park (Honour Avenue) at 10.00am
- The last shuttle will depart Forest Glade Gardens at 4.30pm
- The shuttle will operate approximately every 30 minutes.
- The round trip costs $2 for adults, children 16 and under free.
- Admission into the gardens is $10 per person (children 16 and under are free)
- Entry tickets can be purchased on the shuttle bus – cash and card accepted
- Strollers must be small and able to fold down
Visitor information and amenities
A Visitor Information Centre booth will be set up on weekends and public holidays in Centennial Park, adjacent to Macedon’s Honour Avenue. This is also where our free ‘Park & Ride’ shuttle services depart from.
Public toilets are available at Centennial Park and in Mount Macedon village. An accessibility toilet is also available in this location.
Local community groups will provide light food and drink options at Centennial Park on these days.
There are numerous lunch option places in Macedon and Mount Macedon villages, accessible via the free Park & Ride bus. Please read our FAQs below for details.
Consider enjoying the beauty of Macedon’s autumn leaves mid-week when there are less people visiting. Or book local accommodation so you can choose to stroll early morning or at sunset. Please note, our free shuttle service does not operate mid-week.
Please respect the locals who drive along Honour Avenue – lying down or sitting in the middle of the avenue to get a great photo is not permitted.
Please don’t trespass on private property.
Bring a picnic on weekends, pre-book a table at a cafe or restaurant, or plan your lunch or refreshment in one of the many restaurants in nearby Woodend and Kyneton.
About Macedon & Mt Macedon
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.
Centennial Park, located on Mount Macedon Road and Honour Avenue, is a popular spot for picnics.
Leaving behind the village of Macedon, many visitors like to explore further up Mt Macedon and the tiny mountain village known as ‘Mount Macedon’. The village and surrounding Macedon Regional Park is known for its cellar doors, cycling, nature spotting and beautiful bushwalks.
Why not explore further afield?
There’s so much more to autumn in the Macedon Ranges than Honour Avenue and Mt Macedon.
Get a taste of autumn colours, food, wine, historic village vibes and events going on throughout the region during the 2021 Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival.
How to Get to the Macedon
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.
Leave the car at home and jump on the comfortable V-Line train (Bendigo line) at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, that takes you directly to Macedon station.
Frequently asked questions
To help plan your visit to Macedon and Mt Macedon, here’s some handy information:
Can I walk from Macedon train station to Honour Avenue?
It’s a fair walk and we don’t recommend it.
Can I walk from Honour Avenue to Mount Macedon?
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.
Can I drive and park up on Mt Macedon?
There is very limited parking in Mount Macedon village and a lot of no parking zones. Unless you are planning on visiting a winery with designated parking for guests, we highly recommend catching our free shuttle service on weekends and public holidays. 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.
Where can I get something to eat or drink in Macedon?
Macedon Railway Hotel is a great country pub and Mr. Macedon cafe is a popular spot for brunch and lunch. Macedon Lounge is also popular with the locals for brunch, lunch and sweets. We strongly recommend pre-booking a table for restaurants and cafes.
For takeaways, pay a visit to The Macedon Chippy or The Lazy Baker for a traditional country pie. The local IGA also is a great option for creating a spontaneous picnic.
Where can I get something to eat or drink on Mt Macedon?
Tasting plates are available at Mount Towrong Vineyard which is 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 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.
Mount Macedon Hotel and Mt Macedon Trading Post Cafe are the only restaurants in Mount Macedon village. Top of the Range Tea Rooms is situated on the summit of Mt Macedon and serves meals and Devonshire teas. This cafe is only accessible by car (limited parking available.
We strongly recommend booking in advance for weekends and public holidays.
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.
What should I wear?
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.
Share Your Autumn Pics
We’d love to see your best autumn pics of the Macedon Ranges.
Make sure to use the hashtag #macedonrangesautumnfestival #macedonrangesnaturallycool on your Instagram posts and/or tag our page @VisitMacedonRanges