Key attractions in the Macedon Ranges
There is so much to see and do in the Macedon Ranges, whether you’re into the great outdoors, food and wine, shopping, art or gardens. Here’s our top picks not to miss, that will keep you coming back again and again!
Visit Hanging Rock
Hanging Rock Reserve is without a doubt the star attraction of the Macedon Ranges. Located on the outskirts of Woodend, the reserve is the perfect space for family picnics and barbecues, bushwalks and fishing in the dam.
The most popular activity is hiking to the summit of ‘The Rock’, passing its namesake Hanging Rock landmark along enroute. There are also fabulous events held at Hanging Rock Reserve throughout the year, including ranger-guided night walks, outdoor concerts featuring the likes of Sir Elton John, craft markets, vintage car shows and fun runs.
Mt Macedon Memorial Cross
Standing 21 metres high on the mountain’s summit, Mt Macedon Memorial Cross is considered the most significant war memorial in Victoria.
Located in Macedon Regional Park, Sanatorium Lake is the perfect place for a bushwalk when visiting Mt Macedon.
The 2.5km Sanatorium Lake Eco-Trail is perfect for families and nature lovers. The trail links with the 29km Macedon Ranges Walking Trail, which incorporates most of Mount Macedon’s other scenic highlights, including Camels Hump and Memorial Cross.
Alternatively, Sanatorium Lake Murmuring Walk experience offers an audio-guided walk reflecting the environment, birdlife and natural rhythms of the lake. Participants are invited to wear headphones connected to their personal device and enter a contemplative space as they are led by a sublime multilayered vocal and poetic soundtrack.
Feel like some outdoor exercise combined with great views? Camels Hump, a rocky outcrop on Mt Macedon, is the highest peak in the Macedon Ranges at 1011m and offers superb views of the surrounding countryside. It’s a steep ascent to the top but worth it!
Kyneton’s Piper Street
Up for some retail therapy? Have a passion for art? Kyneton’s Piper Street precinct has your name on it. This historic street is lined with boutique clothing and homeware stores, vintage wares and art galleries, cafes and bars. You’ll even find the delightful Garden Tap Nursery for unusual plants and award-winning gin at Animus Distillery’s Cocktail Lounge & Bar.
Each weekend of the month you’ll discover an accredited farmers market in one of our friendly villages. The perfect excuse for a day trip to buy delicious local produce and yummy treats, then explore further from there!
Choose from a market in Kyneton, Malmsbury, Lancefield, Woodend, Macedon or Riddells Creek.
The Macedon Ranges is a garden-lovers paradise. Not only are its residential gardens glorious, but visitors can also access private open gardens for an admission fee. Mt Macedon is particularly well known for its spectacular hill station garden estates.
Wine, spirit and craft brew tastings
Love a good cellar door wine tasting experience? Love your craft beer, cider and gin? You’re spoilt for choice in the Macedon Ranges with a bounty of cellar doors, brewhouses and distilleries open for tastings. Our region is renowned for its award-winning, small batch cool climate wines and artisan gins.