Gardens & Gastronomy

Explore autumn open gardens on Mount Macedon, followed by lunch in a country pub and wine tasting at local cellar doors.

Gardens & Gastronomy

Explore autumn open gardens on Mount Macedon, followed by lunch in a country pub and wine tasting at local cellar doors.

Devonshire Tea | Mount Macedon

Kick off with morning tea on the mount

Rug up in your woollies and kick start the morning with a Devonshire tea in the tiny village of Mount Macedon.

Only an hours’ drive from Melbourne, this picturesque mountain village was originally the summer retreat for Melbourne elite in the post-gold rush period of the mid to late 19th century.

Enter via Macedon’s Honour Avenue and you’ll discover a stunning archway of 154 pin oak trees. In April, the leaves are ablaze in fire-toned colours, before forming a sienna-coloured carpet in the depths of autumn. In summer, it’s like driving under a cool green tunnel.

As you wind your way up the mountain, the pine-scented air becomes cool and crisp, and you’ll start to see beautiful gardens, forestscapes and bushland.

Open Gardens | Mount Macedon

Visit famous open gardens & soak up autumn

After a homemade scone and cuppa, it’s time to inhale fresh mountain air and explore stunning heritage gardens open to the public.

A stroll through Mount Macedon open gardens is like a tonic for the soul. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year to immerse yourself in these iconic mountain gardens, most of which only open their gates for a limited season.

Amble along, taking time to drink in the flora and fauna. Or indulge in a passion for nature photography, painting or drawing… These Mt Macedon open gardens will make your heart sing and put a joyful skip into your step. Kids love visiting these enchanting gardens too!

Opening Times

  • The iconic gardens of Forest Glade are open year round, 7 days a week from 10 – 4.30pm.
  • The special Gardens of Tieve Tara are open until 31 May only, on weekdays from 10 – 4pm and weekends and public holidays from 10.30 – 5.30pm.

Note, all open gardens charge an admission fee at the gate.

Gourmet Lunch & Garden Nurseries | Mount Macedon

Fulfill your passion for gourmet food and wine

If you’re feeling inspired by the beauty of the open gardens, drop by Dicksonia Rare Plants garden nursery on Mount Macedon for an exotic plant or two. Or head in the direction of Ashbourne (near Woodend) and the Post Office Farm Nursery, specialising in beautiful winter Hellebores.

Then, once you have worked up an appetite exploring open gardens and garden nurseries, it’s time for a long, lazy lunch.

While on Mount Macedon, head to Mount Towrong winery (open weekends) for a light Italian grazing platter and wine tasting. You can even taste locally distilled ‘Mountain Gin’ at their cellar door.

Alternatively, for a superb menu and wine list head to The Wine Collective at Macedon Wine Room (only a short drive from Mount Macedon) or Baringo Food & Wine Co in New Gisborne.

 

 

Wine Tasting | From Mount Macedon to Gisborne

Go cellar door hopping

After lunch, it’s time to taste cool climate wines the Macedon Ranges is most known for.

In addition to the small, family-owned and operated Mount Towrong Vineyard on Mount Macedon, you can easily squeeze in a couple more tastings on the way home.

Mount Macedon Winery in Woodend is a picturesque vineyard with views to Black Forest Valley. On weekends, you can drop by for a cellar door tasting (they even have a wood fire heated bar area), or lunch in their restaurant. If you plan to dine at the restaurant, we recommend calling the winery first in case it is booked out for a wedding or event.

Alternatively, head towards Newham and the famous Hanging Rock Winery, with stunning views to Hanging Rock. Not only can you taste a wide selection of wines seven days a week, you can also stock up on their delicious Speckled Hanging Rock Beef.

If you have time, squeeze in one last cellar door at Gisborne Peak Winery, if returning in the direction of Melbourne. You can even do lunch in their restaurant, where they are well-known for wood-fired pizzas.

Opening Times

  • Mount Towrong Vineyard is open weekends only from 10-5pm.
  • Hanging Rock Winery is open 7 days a week from 10-5pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).
  • Mount Macedon Winery is open on weekends from 11.30-3.30pm.
  • Gisborne Peak Winery is open weekdays 11-4pm and weekends 11-5pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Find out what’s happening in the Macedon Ranges this month