Just south of Lancefield is the historic township of Romsey, known for its character-filled streetscape, award-winning wineries and country hospitality.
From battered corrugated iron structures and gothic bluestone churches to the impressive red brick facade of the Mechanics Institute and turn of the century terraces; the main street of Romsey is lined with classic Australian architecture.
Fill a picnic hamper for a journey into the Macedon Ranges at the town’s retail shopping strip; organic fruit and vegetables, breads and pastries can all be found along the wide main street. Or just stick around and enjoy the atmosphere of this town over coffee and cake, or the hearty fare served at Soltan Pepper, The Bay Tree Café, 5 Kings Café and Verdure Bistro.
Stock up on your favourite drop at Cope-Williams Winery, just one of the wineries that calls Romsey and its surrounds home.
Outdoors types can get out on the bike or take a leisurely walk along the 8km walking and cycling trail that links Romsey to Lancefield or wildlife lovers can find platypus and other local characters around the local creek in nearby Darraweit Guim.
Like many people in the Macedon Ranges, the residents of Romsey love their gardens. Even in dry times there are exceptional examples of private gardens spread throughout the town. For the history buff, Sidney Seymour House is an original pre-fab cottage built in the early 1850s that presents a slice of life from another time. The Romsey Historical Society can organise access and tours.