Just 70 kilometres north of Melbourne and a short drive from the Calder Freeway or Hume Freeway, Lancefield has the classic air of a pastoral working village but its arts, antiques and eateries will surprise.
In Lancefield you can buy eclectic gifts and books, view ever-changing exhibitions of affordable contemporary art over food and coffee at Mad Gallery, take an art lesson in a meticulously renovated old National Bank building or sip wine at Curly Flat, Grange Cleveland and other award-winning wineries in the area.
On Saturdays the iconic building ‘The Macedonia’ that dominates the junction into town opens to reveal three floors of antiques and art, plus a cafe and wine bar.
But Lancefield is also the place to experience life’s simple pleasures. This village’s award-winning farmers’ market, held every fourth Saturday of the month, is a highlight of the events calendar in the Macedon Ranges. Buy spuds, veggies, livestock, organic meat, fresh honey, olive oils and more from locals who’ve journeyed from all corners of the region to sell their wares on the shady plantation strip of Main Street.
Breathe in the fresh country air with a round of golf in expansive surrounds or pack the family, bikes, a picnic and take to the easy 8km cycling trail that connects Lancefield to neighbouring Romsey. Take a road trip through evocative Australian bushland on The Burke and Wills Track to Benloch, and onto Kyneton via the many cellar doors that dot the back roads, or soak in the beautiful pastoral landscapes of Rochford on the way to Woodend.
"Eat and drink your way around a landscape that attracts nationally and internationally acclaimed accolades for its local, gourmet food and wine culture."
The Macedon Ranges is part of the wider Daylesford & Macedon Ranges region and so easy to get to from the heart of Melbourne; less than an hour by car, or if you prefer by train.
Best of all, 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.