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About the Region

Discover historic and charismatic villages

Visiting Macedon Ranges

Macedon Ranges is located on the Country of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Peoples.

These three groups are the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land, and along with the Wathaurung and Boon Wurrung, make up the federation of the Kulin Nation.

There are nine villages to discover in the Macedon Ranges, connected by undulating rural landscapes, pine and eucalyptus forests.

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Find out more about our Traditional Owners and local history

Hanging Rock

The region is also home to the famous ‘Hanging Rock’, a sacred aboriginal site made famous by the book ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ by Joan Lindsay (later adapted into a film by Peter Weir). Hanging Rock is a popular destination in the Macedon Ranges for hiking, picnics, events and concerts.

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Hanging Rock

Getting here and getting around

The Macedon Ranges is within close proximity to Melbourne and Bendigo, perfect for a day trip or relaxing getaway. Jump in your car in Melbourne CBD and you’ll arrive at the start of the Macedon Ranges in only 45 minutes.

You can also travel here by comfortable V-Line regional train from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station or Bendigo.

Our convenient location means you spend less time travelling here, and more time enjoying yourself.

Find out more about how to get to the Macedon Ranges

Find out more about getting around once you are here

Family picnic at an open garden on Mount Macedon. Spring flowers, blossom and camellias surround mum, dad, young daughter and their two dogs on a lead. Girl is holding a picnic blanket under one arm and her mum's hand. Dad is carrying a wicker picnic basket.

Best time to visit Macedon Ranges

Each experience in our region is remade four times a year by the changing seasons.

Discover old favourites with fresh eyes amid an explosion of autumn and spring colours, cool, shady summers, or snow-dusted, snug-by-the-fire winters.

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Events in the Macedon Ranges

There’s always something going on in the Macedon Ranges. You can easily plan multiple visits with an action-packed, year-round calendar of festivals, events and happenings that reflect our region’s quirky, edgy personality.

From open art studios, daffodil festivals and garden fairs to baroque music and literature events, mountain biking races and farmers’ markets – you’re bound to find an event that takes your fancy.

See what’s on in the Macedon Ranges.

Young woman with long blond hair and long sleeve bright yellow dress with tan cowboy boots walking through Kyneton Farmers Market on an autumn day. She has a basket of vegetables hanging over one arm. People are milling around behind her and there is a stall blackboard promoting honey, lemon and tumeric. The tree behind her has lost its leaves.

Neighbouring attractions

While you are staying in the Macedon Ranges, why not take a day trip to our surrounding Spa Country and historic Goldfield Region? Daylesford, Castlemaine, Trentham and Bendigo are just some of the popular destinations to visit for hot mineral spring bathing, world-class art exhibitions, waterfalls, historic architecture, shopping and gastronomy.

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Visitor Information Centres

The Macedon Ranges has Visitor Information Centres centrally located in Woodend and Kyneton.

Give us a call on 1800 244 711, email vic@mrsc.vic.gov.au or drop in to speak to one of our friendly team members.

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Where to stay in the Macedon Ranges

There’s a range of accommodation to choose from in the region, whether you’re looking for self-contained homes, luxury getaways or family-friendly farm stays.

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