Just an hour away from Melbourne, the Macedon Ranges is an increasingly popular holiday destination, admired for its charming villages, breathtaking natural attractions, world-class wineries and vibrant foodie culture.
The Macedon Ranges is made up of a number of historic hamlets and villages, including Kyneton, Woodend, Lancefield, Gisborne and Mt Macedon. Surrounded by stunning rural landscapes and pristine national forests, it’s the perfect destination for a weekend road trip.
Here is a small selection of everything that the Macedon Ranges has to offer.
Little Swallow Cafe
Drop in for lunch or a late breakfast, or grab a sweet treat with a cup of hot coffee. Great atmosphere, great service and reasonably priced.
58a Piper Street, Kyneton
If you’re looking for a hearty pub lunch, the Holgate Brewhouse delivers. Burgers, fish and chips, kids meals and a sunny beer garden to enjoy.
79 High Street, Woodend
Piper Street Food Co
No trip to the Macedon Ranges is complete without a visit to the Piper Street Food Co for one of their famous Traditional English Pork Pies.
89A Piper Street, Kyneton
Gisborne Peak Winery
The Gisborne Peak Winery is open 7 days a week, and in addition to wine tasting they also serve delicious wood-fired pizzas daily.
69 Short Road, Gisborne
Australia’s most recognised wine critic, James Halliday, has awarded Paramoor five stars, speaking to the quality of their boutique wines.
439 Three Chain Road, Carlsruhe
Hanging Rock Winery
Established in 1983, with the aim of making Australia’s best sparkling wine. It’s impossible to visit the Ranges and not test this claim for yourself.
88 Jim Rd, Newham
Hanging Rock Reserve
This sacred prehistoric rock formation is one of Australia’s most famous natural attractions, and the reserve has many trails and paths to explore.
139 South Rock Road, Woodend
Forest Glade Gardens
Forest Glade is an historic private garden that is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in Australia. It's open to the public all year round.
816 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon
Woodend Children’s Park
Grab a takeaway coffee and take the kids to the Woodend Children’s Park. Caters for all ages, and the toddler play area is fully fenced for safety.
12 Nicholson St, Woodend
Macedon Ranges Arts Trail
Support the local artistic community. Experience private studios and exhibitions at your leisure or book a small group tour to view the galleries.
Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Housed in an exquisite heritage building from 1856, the museum allows visitors a glimpse into what life was like during the gold rush era.
67 Piper St, Kyneton
Art on Piper
Buy your own unique art from talented local artists, including photography, painting, textiles, glass, mosaic, ceramics and jewellery.
44 Piper St, Kyneton
Kyneton Farmers Market
Shop for local produce, plants, seedlings and locally-made food like jam, honey and fresh crusty bread. Second Saturday of the month, all year round.
St Paul's Park, Kyneton
Gisborne Olde Time Market
Fans of street markets will love this, offering everything from fresh produce to wine, baked goods, clothing and jewellery. First Sunday of every month.
Hamilton and Aiken Streets, Gisborne
A Market at Hanging Rock
Stroll around the stalls and browse for quality handmade craft and home-grown produce. Get there just after 9am to get the early bird bargains.
South Rock Road, Woodend
Woodend Winter Arts Festival
The premier festival in the Macedon Ranges, the Woodend Winter Arts Festival showcases work from the music, literary and arts community.
Every November thousands of people descend on the Kyneton Racecourse for a lively spring festival of racing, food, fun and fashion.
Kyneton Agricultural Show
The Kyneton show is fun for all the family, with livestock competitions, cooking, craft, farm produce, flowers, photography, animal nursery and more.