The Macedon Ranges is home to many historic and heritage private properties offering ‘open gardens‘. Macedon and Mount Macedon gardens are particularly popular in autumn and spring, with private residences opening their gates to the public to enjoy. Visitors return time and time again to the Macedon Ranges to enjoy public and private spaces transformed by the art of garden design.
Open Gardens in the Macedon Ranges
Behind the walls of impressive Mount Macedon mansions are some of Victoria’s finest gardens, many National Trust-listed. There are also spectacular open gardens in surrounding villages to wander and explore.
Many are open to the public during the year and present excellent opportunities to get ideas and inspiration for your own garden. They offer a beautiful destination for picnics with family and friends, or to dabble in photography. The gardens are also popular with artists who love to draw and paint garden and botanical scenes.
The iconic Forest Glade on Mount Macedon, Ard Choille Heritage Garden in Woodend and Bringalbit in Sidonia are open to the public for much of the year. Other well-known gardens on Mount Macedon open their doors seasonally in autumn and spring.
Autumn Open Gardens 2019
The open garden dates for autumn 2019 have been released. In addition to our year-round open gardens, the autumn months offer visitors the chance to see famous historic gardens that would otherwise be closed to the public.
The Gardens of Tieve Tara on Mount Macedon will open their doors from 1 March -to 30 May 2019. The heritage gardens of Duneira are opening on the the weekend of 13 – 14 April only. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this unusual and remarkable property and garden, considered to be of ‘outstanding cultural significance’ by the National Trust of Australia.
For a detailed list of Open Gardens in the Macedon Ranges download our brochure: Open Gardens in the Macedon Ranges 2019
Important Information for Visitors to Macedon and Mount Macedon During Autumn
The below services will be operating on weekends and public holidays between Saturday 30 March – Thursday 25 April (dates subject to change):
- Vehicles are not permitted to pull over or park on Honour Avenue and Waterfalls Road in Macedon between the hours of 9am – 5pm. Penalties will apply.
- Dedicated car parking and a visitor information booth (on weekends and public holidays between 30 March – 25 April) will be available at Centennial Park (directly opposite Honour Avenue). Accessible parking is available at the Church of the Resurrection (cnr Honour Avenue and Mount Macedon Rd).
- Why not leave the car at home and take the train? A free shuttle service will operate on weekends and public holidays between 30 March – 25 April running between Macedon train station, Honour Avenue, Centennial Park and the open gardens, which include Forest Glades and Tieve Tara (both open 7 days) and Duneira (open 13 & 14 April). Refer to this map for pick up locations.
- Parking restrictions will be in place along Mount Macedon Road so if you are visiting the open gardens on the weekend, take advantage of the free shuttle service and leave your car at Centennial Park.
Download a detailed brochure and map on how to experience autumn leaves in the Macedon Ranges (including information for coach tours).
Annual Garden Lovers Fair
For green-thumbs, the Mount Macedon Horticultural Society’s Garden Lovers Fair held every October should not be missed! Hosted on the beautiful gardens of ‘Bolobek’ in Macedon, the Garden Lovers’ Fair is a wonderful opportunity to meet the growers and select from an amazing range of plant and garden treasures.
Botanical Gardens in the Macedon Ranges
Kyneton, Malmsbury and Gisborne boast botanic gardens open to the public seven days a week. The Kyneton and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens are both heritage gardens with many original cuttings from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.
Malmsbury Botanic Gardens offers fantastic views and photo opportunities of the Malmsbury Viaduct. Completed in 1862, this is the oldest masonry bridge in Australia. When it was finished it was one of Australia’s longest stone bridges and still remains one of the finest examples of early bridges in the country. After a relaxing stroll, enjoy a picnic under the willows, pop over the road to enjoy a meal or coffee at Moto Bean Cafe, or a pie at the fantastic Malmsbury Bakery.
In the Kyneton Botanic Gardens you can enjoy a peaceful walk or bike ride along the Campaspe River, a spot of fishing, or a stop by the Kyneton Community Park for a picnic and play.
Plant Nurseries in the Macedon Ranges
Where there are keen gardeners there are great nurseries, and the Macedon Ranges has an overwhelming array. Stephen Ryan’s nursery in Mount Macedon, Dicksonia Rare Plants, is perhaps best known, but the Spring Hill Nursery outside of Tylden is rated by locals for its no-fuss approach and practical selection. Mount William Advanced Tree Nursery in Lancefield offers the gardener feature trees for gardens and private spaces in which the hard work has been done. And the Post Office Farm Nursery in Ashbourne is a specialist breeder and grower of hellebores (winter roses).
If heading to Kyneton, make sure to stop by Rodilesa Plant Nursery or the Garden Tap Nursery. Both are conveniently located on historic Piper Street next to fantastic cafes and shops, so you can really make a day of it!
Floral Workshops & Peony Picking
The Macedon Ranges is host to fabulous floral workshops over the months of spring. You can even go peony picking at Romswood Peony Farm and Spring Hill Peony Farm on selected dates during November. Keep an eye on the ‘What’s On’ section of our website for the most current floral workshops and flower farm open days in the Macedon Ranges.