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18 Things to Do in the Macedon Ranges

Looking for something to do in the Macedon Ranges? Here's 18 things you can do on a weekend away - wine, dine, shop, explore and enjoy everything the region has to offer.

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.

Eat

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

Holgate Brewhouse

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

Wine and dine with locally produced food and beverages.

Drink

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

Paramoor Winery

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

Enjoy some of Australia's best wineries.

Explore

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

Explore the great outdoors with paths and trails to follow.

Culture

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

Kyneton Museum

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

Visit Kyneton Museum at 67 Piper Street Kyneton.

Markets

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

Buy locally grown produce and baked goods.

Events

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.

Kyneton Cup

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.

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