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Snap Happy Photography Day Out

If you love photography you’ll love this adventure in the Macedon Ranges. Local photographer Journey by Light Photography recommends this itinerary to capture historic bridges, rock formations, wildlife and waterfalls.

Snap Happy Photography Day Out

If you love photography you’ll love this adventure in the Macedon Ranges. Local photographer Journey by Light Photography recommends this itinerary to capture historic bridges, rock formations, wildlife and waterfalls.

Historic Bluestone Viaduct | Malmsbury

Capture the sunrise over one of Australia's finest early bridges

Get up with the sparrows for a sunrise shoot of the historic Malmsbury Viaduct Bridge.

The Malmsbury Railway Viaduct is one of Australia’s finest early bridges. Constructed of rusticated and finely dressed bluestone, it’s the largest masonry bridge in Victoria. When completed in 1862, it was Australia’s longest stone bridge.

Stretching across the Coliban River, this magnificent bridge has five 18.3 metre spans and is 25 metres high.

The best vantage point for this shoot is from the rear of the bridge.

Park along the edge of the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and walk to the top of Ellesmere Place. You’ll see an access track leading down towards and underneath the viaduct.

Be in position ready to begin shooting half an hour before sunrise, to just after. Better still, stay the night before so you can rise nice and early for the sunrise.

Tip: Wear a head torch to see where you are going and watch your step walking down the access path. There are public toilets available in the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens.

Check out these photos by Journey by Light Photography of the viaduct to get inspired.

 

Turpins Falls | Kyneton

Capture a breathtaking waterfall

Before heading off onto the next leg of your photography journey, stop by the historic Malmsbury Bakery for a pastry and coffee.

If you time your visit for the third Sunday of the month, you can also pick up delicious local treats from the Malmsbury Village Farmers’ Market (you might be glad of a little extra snack for your waterfall visit).

Once you’ve had brekkie, head from Malmsbury back into Kyneton, where you’ll begin a scenic 12.6km road trip to Turpins Falls (approximately 50 minutes’ drive from Malmsbury).

Here the Campaspe River flows over a 20-metre high rock wall into a deep pool, which is best viewed during wetter months in autumn and winter.

In summer the waterfall often stops flowing due to little rain, and if stagnant, the pool may be affected by blue-green algae.

To access the base of the falls and rock pool, you’ll need to hike down a steep, unmaintained path from the lookout. The path can be subject to seasonal closures (particularly during autumn) by Parks Victoria due to risk issues. Enclosed footwear is recommended and snakes are common in the area.

Please note: This is a wild and off-the-beaten-track shoot location. No amenities or general facilities (picnic tables or toilets) are available at the reserve. Access to the top of the falls is permanently closed. Visitors are to strictly observe all warning signage and to stay within fenced areas and paths.

First pic by Insta @journeybylight_photography

Second and third pic by Insta @2who_adventure_dkarwata

Fourth pic by Insta @irish_monkey

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Hanging Rock | Newham

Snap amazing rock formations and stunning views

It’s approximately 30-40 minutes’ drive from Turpins Falls to reach Hanging Rock, and a beautiful one at that. The route via Pipers Creek Road and the Cobaw Ranges is particularly lovely.

Once you arrive at Hanging Rock Reserve, you might want to start with lunch at the Hanging Rock Cafe.

Alternatively, bring a picnic and stretch out under the gum trees with views up to the Rock.

After lunch, hike to the summit of Hanging Rock where you can photograph views for miles, amazing rock formations and wildlife.

Over 40 species of birds nest around the reserve, including bright rosellas and cockatoos, while mammals like the greater glider enjoy towering eucalypts. You may even spot native species such as koala, kangaroo, wallaby and echidna.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, restrictions apply when visiting Hanging Rock Reserve, including the number of vehicles permitted each day. Find out more about current travel restrictions at Hanging Rock.

Admission fees apply to enter Hanging Rock Reserve. The reserve is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9-5pm (later in summer months weather permitting). Incoming gate closes 30 minutes before closing time.

Access to Hanging Rock itself is not permitted on days where winds above 40km/h are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology. The reserve and picnic areas are still open on these days, and the café hours will be unchanged. The reserve will not be open to the public if a Code Red Fire danger day is declared.

See Hanging Rock Cafe‘s website for current opening days and hours. Bookings recommended, particularly on weekends and school holidays.

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Memorial Cross | Mount Macedon

Sunset on the summit of Mount Macedon

End your epic photography adventure with a spectacular sunset at Mt Macedon’s Memorial Cross, on the summit of Mt Macedon.

It will take approximately 15 minutes to drive to the mountain summit from Hanging Rock.  Park at the Memorial Cross Reserve nearby Top of the Range Tea Rooms (the perfect spot to pick up a coffee or refuel with a Devonshire Tea*).

A short walk along a sealed path from the tea rooms will take you to the Memorial Cross.

After Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, Mt Macedon Memorial Cross is considered the most significant war memorial in Victoria. It’s an imposing structure that stands 21 metres high and commemorates all those who served in wars and conflicts.

When you’ve finished photographing, head back down to the village of Mount Macedon, where you can enjoy dinner at the Mt Macedon Hotel. Alternatively, drive a little further down the mountain to the nearby village of Woodend for a pub meal.

*Please note that depending on the current COVID-19 situation at your time of travel, the cafes, restaurants and pubs featured in this itinerary may only be open for take-away. As of 13 July 2020, Top of the Range Tea Rooms are continuing take-away only for another couple of weeks while they complete a renovation of their restaurant. The Mt Macedon Hotel is open Thursday to Sunday and you must make a reservation. The Victoria Hotel and Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend are open 7 days and bookings are strongly recommended. For links to the latest DHHS health and travel advice see our FAQ page.

 

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