Visit Mount Macedon
The forested slopes of Mount Macedon can be seen from virtually every corner of the region, even Melbourne. Elevated approximately 615 metres above sea level, it’s even more impressive as you begin the ascent.
What to do in Mount Macedon
The mountain is a wonderland of heritage gardens and wild bushscapes of eucalyptus, pine and tall Mountain Ash. Inviting cellar doors and soul-soothing views. Magnificent mansions and native wildlife.
It’s a paradise for those who love nature, stunning gardens and outdoor activities.
Mount Macedon’s beauty is constantly changing with the seasons. Autumn is particularly popular as the oak trees on Macedon’s Honour Avenue become ablaze with colour.
In spring the mountain is awash with wisteria and rhododendron, daffodils and magnolia blooms. It’s a haven from the heat of summer and a cosy destination for winter retreats. Time your visit right and it may even snow…
Macedon Regional Park
With 30 kilometres of connecting trails throughout Macedon Regional Park, it’s no wonder visitors drive the short distance from Melbourne to enjoy a bush walk and barbecue picnic.
If it’s your lucky day you may encounter native wildlife such as kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Or an abundance of birds including rosellas, galahs, majestic eagles and tiny blue wrens.
In winter the park transforms into a mushroom fairyland, with nature lovers exploring trails to discover an abundance of wild funghi over the cool autumn and winter months.
Hiking and trail running
There are many routes you can take in Macedon Regional Park. If you’re looking for a challenge, hike the short but sharp uphill walk on Camels Hump for mind blowing views.
Hoods Track, from Douglas Road to Memorial Cross, is popular for an endurance training trek.
For something a little less strenuous and family friendly, take the Sanatorium Lake Eco-Loop.
If you’d like to give trail running a crack, join in a regular mountain trail run with the Macedon Ranges Trail Runners Group that welcome casual runners.
Mount Macedon open gardens
In addition to Forest Glade Gardens, there are many private, historic estates that open their gardens to the public during autumn and spring. Many are known for rare and exotic European plantings and are popular picnicking spots. A visit to one of these gardens will take you back to a time when Mount Macedon was the playground for the rich and famous.
Cellar door adventures
Macedon Ranges is known for magnificent cool climate wines and is rapidly becoming a destination for locally distilled, international award-winning gin.
While on the mountain over a weekend, drop into Mount Towrong Vineyard‘s cellar door. You can even try the international award-winning locally distilled Mountain Gin while there.
Mount Macedon Winery is also popular for wine tasting and absolutely spectacular views. Open weekends but best to call first to ensure they aren’t closed for a private function.
Road cycling on Mount Macedon
Challenge yourself with an uphill road cycling route along Mount Macedon Road. Experienced road cyclists will also love rides such as our 42 kilometre Woodend-Mount Macedon return loop or 40 kilometre Woodend, Newham, Mount Macedon and Carlsrhue loop.
Mount Macedon Golf Club
For golf fans, hit the Mount Macedon Golf Club for a round on their 9 and 18-hole course.
Picnics on Mount Macedon
Enjoy a wood-fuelled BBQ at Days Picnic Ground or Sanatorium Lake Picnic Ground (you’ll need to bring your own wood). Make sure to check fire restrictions first, particularly in summer. Centennial Park is also popular for large family (gas) barbecues.
Otherwise head to Forest Glade Gardens or one of the seasonal Mount Macedon open gardens for an extra special picnic (admissions apply).
Memorial Cross Reserve
On the summit of Mount Macedon is Memorial Cross, a 21 metre high cross to commemorate Australia’s war fallen and one of the most significant war memorials in Victoria.
There are also short walks throughout the reserve and expansive views from Major Mitchells Lookout.
Arts, culture and shopping
Pick up something unique from the Dicksonia Rare Plants Nursery. Or add to your art collection with a visit to the Mount Macedon Gallery.
If art and antiques are your passion, get a small group together and book a private tour of The Stokes Collection at Forest Glade Gardens, the largest private art collection in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mount Macedon tours and adventures
Nearby is Hanging Rock Llama Treks, a popular day activity where you go lead charismatic llamas on guided walking tours to Hanging Rock Reserve. Tip – book in advance!
Where to eat in Mount Macedon
The Mount Macedon Trading Post is a charming café in the heart of Mount Macedon village. It’s also a great place to design your own picnic, with a selection of homemade pies, quiches, biscuits and locally sourced cheese.
If a pub meal is more your scene, visit the Mount Macedon Hotel. Relax in the beer garden during summer and sip on a locally brewed beer, or cosy up in front of the fire in winter with a mulled wine or cider.
On the summit of Mount Macedon is Top of the Range Tea Rooms, serving delicious meals and scones with an amazing view.
Mount Towrong Vineyard is also popular on weekends for their rustic Italian-style meals and treats served at their cellar door.
While Mount Macedon Winery’s cellar door offer a delicious shared plate menu perfect for a weekend lunch.
Places to stay in Mount Macedon
You’ll find an abundance of sweet cottages, B&B’s and self-contained guesthouses to hibernate on the mountain. If you’re after a cosy, rustic or eclectic vibe, consider Braeside Mt Macedon Country Retreat, Mia’s Bed & Breakfast, Grangehill Mount Macedon B&B, Cameron Lodge Cottage & Gardens or Cherokee Mountain Retreat.
Use our Where to Stay guide for further options.
Attractions near Mount Macedon
The iconic Hanging Rock is only 15 minutes’ drive from Mount Macedon. It’s a similar distance to the village of Woodend, where you can enjoy live music and craft beers at Holgate Brewhouse or The Victoria Hotel. Alternatively, the historic town of Kyneton and its wonderful retail shopping and restaurant precinct is less than 25 minutes away.
Alternatively, there are picturesque drives to the hamlets of Hesket, Kerrie and Cherokee if you just feel like cruising through the countryside.
How to get to Mount Macedon
Mount Macedon is less than an hour from Melbourne CBD and is reached by car.