Travelling by Car

How to drive to the Macedon Ranges

Driving to the Macedon Ranges

The Macedon Ranges is connected by major road and rail systems and can be reached in less than an hour of leaving Melbourne.

Melbourne International Airport is only a 30 minute drive from Gisborne via Sunbury. From Gisborne, the Macedon Ranges region spreads northward. The Calder Freeway, connecting Bendigo and Melbourne, runs through the spine of the Macedon Ranges.

There’s also major connecting roads that offer easy access to villages from the Hume Freeway, Western Freeway, Tullamarine Freeway and Melbourne’s international airport.

Travelling by car

From Melbourne, follow the Citylink signs pointing ‘to Bendigo via the Tullamarine Freeway‘.

Note: An E-tag is required to pass through the Citylink tollway system. Car hire companies will provide E-tags in their arrangements or call Citylink on 13 26 29 to arrange a day pass.

Once on the Tullamarine, follow the signs to Bendigo until you reach the Gisborne turn off.  From here you can either traverse back roads through peaceful countryside. Or continue past the Gisborne turn off until you reach the exit for your village of choice.

If travelling from the direction of Bendigo, your first turn off to the Macedon Ranges is Malmsbury. This is a very pretty village that connects to the large town of Kyneton via scenic back roads.

Average distances


Melbourne City     70kms         55mins
Tullamarine Airport     50kms         48mins
Bendigo     80kms         67 mins
Ballarat     81kms         75mins
Daylesford     41kms         42mins
(Hume Highway)
    23kms         30mins
Melton     42kms         35mins

Macedon Ranges maps

Download our regional map to get the big picture of the region or view our interactive map of the Macedon Ranges.

Have a specific question about how to get to the Macedon Ranges?

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