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.