Gardens & Gastronomy

Explore open gardens on Mount Macedon, followed by a gourmet lunch and a wine, gin and beer trail.

Gardens & Gastronomy

Explore open gardens on Mount Macedon, followed by a gourmet lunch and a wine, gin and beer trail.

Devonshire Tea | Mount Macedon

Kick off with morning tea on the mount

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.

The mountain is beautiful at any time of the year, however autumn and spring are particularly popular months for visiting the open gardens.

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

Open Gardens | Mount Macedon

Wander through famous open gardens

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

Amble along, taking time to drink in the flora and fauna. Bring a rug or picnic chairs and laze under a tree with a good book. Or indulge in a passion for nature photography, painting or drawing.

These open gardens will make your heart sing and put a joyful skip into your step. Kids love visiting these enchanting gardens too!

Opening times

  • Forest Glade Gardens: 7 days, 10 – 4.30pm. Dogs permitted on leads.
  • Gardens of Tieve Tara: Daily from 1 March – 31 May and 1 September to 30 November only. Open 10-4.30pm weekdays and 10.30-4.30 weekends and public holidays. Closed winter and summer. Dogs not permitted.
  • Note: All open gardens charge an admission fee at the gate. All gardens are closed on total fire ban days.
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 in Mount Macedon village for an exotic plant or two.

Then it’s time for a long, lazy gourmet lunch.

A short drive from the village is Mount Towrong Vineyard with a small cellar door serving rustic Italian fare.

Alternatively, for a Mediterranean-inspired menu and extensive wine selection, head to The Wine Collective at Macedon Wine Room, serving a Mediterranean-inspired menu with views of the mountain.

Or check out the divine Baringo Food & Wine Co in New Gisborne, known for its delectable cuisine and award-winning wine list.

Opening times

  • Mount Towrong Vineyard: Weekends only 10-5pm
  • The Wine Collective Regional Cellar Door and Restaurant: Wednesday to Sunday from 12-2pm
  • Baringo Food & Wine Co: Open daily
  • Dicksonia Rare Plants: Open Friday to Tuesday
Wine Tasting | From Mount Macedon to Gisborne

Go wine, beer or gin tasting

Save room after lunch for a cellar and distillery door adventure in the local area. Use our guide below to design your own tasting trail.

Wine tasting

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

It’s a beautiful drive from the village to Mount Macedon Winery, and the views from their cellar door are stunning.

From here you can head towards Newham and the famous Hanging Rock Winery. Not only can you taste a wide selection of wines, you can also stock up on their delicious Speckled Hanging Rock Beef.

Gin tasting

If gin is your thing, make sure to try Mountain Gin at Mount Towrong’s cellar door. Then head to Big Tree Distillery in Newham for a farm-style experience of their award-winning gins.

Beer tasting

You can’t go past Holgate Brewhouse’s Tap Room & Visitor Centre in Woodend. Their state-of-the-art brewery has 16 taps of core and special release beers, tasting paddles, charcuterie and platters for you to enjoy.

Opening hours

  • Mount Towrong Vineyard open weekends 10-5pm
  • Mount Macedon Winery open weekends 11.30-3.30pm (call first in case they’re closed for an event)
  • Hanging Rock Winery open 7 days a week 10-5pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)
  • Big Tree Distillery open weekends 11-4pm or by appointment (always check website first in case closed for a function)
  • Holgate Brewhouse is open daily
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