Lancefield has the classic air of a pastoral working village, with picture-perfect mid-18th century architecture playing a starring role along the main street of town. It’s the ideal destination to get away from it all, and is close to attractions such as Hanging Rock and Macedon Regional Park.
What to do in Lancefield
In Lancefield you can buy eclectic gifts and books, enjoy a bike ride, swing a golf club or go wine tasting. It’s also the perfect spot to base yourself for scenic road trips through picturesque rural landscapes, such as the beautiful Cobaw Ranges.
Cellar door wine tasting
Cleveland Winery is a popular local resort with a unique underground wine tasting cellar and restaurant overlooking their vineyard.
Or you could go on a wine tasting adventure along the ‘laneways of Lancefield’ to the likes of Curly Flat Vineyard, Parkside Winery Estate and Lyons Will Estate. Even better, don’t worry about driving and book a tour with local companies that will take you to the best wineries in the region, such as The Lancefield Lodge Wine Tours.
Lancefield farmers’ market
Held every fourth Saturday of the month, this accredited farmers’ market is a wonderful way to experience country life in the Macedon Ranges. Held under shady trees along the plantation strip of Main Street, you can stock up on locally grown spuds, veggies, organic meat, fresh honey and olives while listening to great live music.
Cool bike rides
Pack your bikes and a picnic in the car and enjoy a 15.9km (return) cycling trail between Lancefield and Romsey.
The route is perfect for families and provides shady trees to rest along the way. Stop and pat a friendly cow or two or take a detour to a local cellar door such as Parkside Winery Estate.
If you’re an experienced road cyclist and up for a challenge, check out our Lancefield to Kyneton 82.2km loop. This popular ride takes in the scenery of the Cobaw Ranges, rolling farmland and hills peppered with dramatic rock formations.
Scenic country drives
Take a road or bike ride through evocative Australian bushland on the Burke and Wills Track to Benloch, and onto Kyneton via rustic, family-run cellar doors that dot the back roads.
Or meander your way to Kyneton via the pretty farmland route along Three Chain Road, with the mighty Cobaws rising majestically above Deep Creek to the north.
Alternatively, soak in the beautiful pastoral landscapes of Rochford on the way to Woodend, where you can enjoy shopping and country pubs.
Lancefield Golf Club
This magnificent 18-hole golf course is rated at par 72 and has a fully licensed Clubhouse open on weekends. It’s located approximately five minutes’ drive north of town up the Burke & Wills Track.
Lancefield for families
The annual October Lancefield Show is an authentic country agricultural show complete with wood chopping, tractor pulls, working dog trials, homecrafts and rides.
The Lancefield Showgrounds is also a beautiful spot for a picnic from spring through to autumn, under the canopy of old English elms.
If your kids are into skateboarding, scootering and BMX riding, the brilliantly designed Lancefield Skate Park is where the action is all at.
Where to eat and drink in Lancefield
The Lancefield Hotel is the main pub in town and is a beautiful old building. Or, visit Home Bar & Kitchen in The Lancefield Lodge for a great feed and local wine in the garden or cosy up by the fireplace.
For a winery experience, Cleveland Winery is open on weekends for lunch and dinner (this dog friendly winery does great wood-fired pizzas!).
There is a country bakery in town as well as an ‘old school’ milk bar that will take you on a trip down memory lane. There are also casual cafes dotted along High Street.
Places to stay in Lancefield
For homely accommodation, with individually-styled rooms, swimming pool and restaurant bar, you can’t go past The Lancefield Lodge.
Or check out The Manse, a restored 1862 homestead ideal for groups of friends and family.
How to get to Lancefield
Lancefield is a short skip, hop and 70 kilometre drive north of Melbourne. It typically takes just over an hour from Melbourne’s CBD to reach this charming country town.
It’s also a convenient stop-over when travelling between the Calder Highway and Hume Freeway.