Local Macedon Ranges Attractions

Around the Macedon Ranges

The Macedon Ranges is part of the wider Daylesford & Macedon Ranges region and so easy to get to from the heart of Melbourne; less than an hour by car, or if you prefer by train.

In the Macedon Ranges you can eat and drink your way around a landscape that attracts nationally and internationally acclaimed accolades for its local, gourmet food and wine culture. Feast your eyes on the floral wonderlands of world-class nurseries and private gardens that are open to the public and explore one of the most famous natural landmarks in all of Australia, Hanging Rock.

The Macedon Ranges is a place where you can wander the streets of sleepy towns to look for bargains or just take a walk in the bush. Where you can enjoy an action packed, year round calendar of festivals, events and happenings that reflect our region’s quirky, and edgy personality.

Best of all, each experience in our region is remade four times a year by the changing seasons. Discover old favourites with fresh eyes amid an explosion of autumn and spring colours, cool, shady summers, or snow-dusted, snug-by-the-fire winters.

Choose any route you like; freeway, historic street, country road or Avenue of Honour and enjoy the Macedon Ranges for everything it’s worth.

Explore the Macedon Ranges

In the Macedon Ranges you can fill a day, weekend or even longer with all kinds of unforgettable experiences.

Explore our spectacular natural scenery and world-class gardens, picnic in beautiful parks or uncover hidden gems on a road trip. Work up a sweat in a corner of the world where the outdoor possibilities are many and varied, and often inspirational. Indulge in retail therapy with a stroll down some of the best shopping strips around, delve into our thriving artistic culture in our many art galleries or tap into age-old skills in a lifestyle or artisan workshop.

Hanging Rock is the perfect base, you can gather in the large shady picnic grounds and play games on the wide expanses of lawn or get your walking shoes on and explore the Rock. Walks can be taken on the trails and paths that weave through the reserve past local flora and fauna, or take a fishing rod and try your luck in the dam, which is regularly stocked with fish (don’t forget your fishing licence!). In fact, there are a number of great fishing spots dotted all around the Macedon Ranges.

If cycling is more your thing, well we’re the perfect location with a network of mountain bike tracks and quiet country roads to satisfy even the keenest of cyclists.

Golf & Galleries

Golf

Fancy a round of golf? Make it six, and play a round at each of our public courses, each one offering a different terrain and all within 30 minutes of each other.

Local Galleries

There is an abundance of galleries to explore so grab a map and embark on the Macedon Ranges Arts Trail or time your visit for November, when you can mingle with local artists in their own spaces as part of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios event.

From edgy exhibitions and thought provoking sculptures to quirky film festivals, plays, choirs, musical and comedy acts, circus performers and everything in between, you will find an event to satisfy you, your guests and family.

Whatever you choose to do in the Macedon Ranges, you are on your way to making a treasured memory.

Local Restaurants

Below we list our favourites and those consistently recommended by guests.

Our favourite in the region is Du Fermier, a French farmhouse style kitchen located in Trentham and run by renowned Chef Annie Smithers. Annie lovingly creates a menu that features fresh produce from her garden and some of the finest meats and/or poultry from the surrounding region. It is comfortable, honest food for sharing with friends. Bookings are essential and as only open for lunch Friday to Monday.

 

Woodend


Colenso

42D Anslow Street
Woodend

Telephone: 03 5427 2007

Visit the Colenso Website

A fabulous creative and seasonal menu with a cosy environment.


Red Bar & Bistro

Formerly Zarby’s

84-88 High Street
Woodend

Telephone: 03 5427 4414

Visit the Red Bar & Bistro Website


Holgate Brewhouse

79 High Street
Woodend

Telephone: 03 5427 2510

Visit the Holgate Brewhouse website

A genuine craft beer produced in Woodend!


Khao Jao Thai Restaurant Woodend

17 Templeton Street
Woodend

Telephone: 03 5427 4852

Visit the Khao Jao Thai Restaurant Facebook page

A beautiful authentic Thai cuisine


Dhaba Food Van

35 Urquhart Street
Woodend
Friday & Saturday from 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Visit the Dhaba website

Northern Indian take-away – delicious authentic Indian cuisine!


Kyneton


Source Dining

Formerly Annie Smithers Bistro

72 Piper Street
Kyneton

Telephone: 03 5422 2039

Visit the Source Dining website

One-Hat Rating in The Age Good Food Guide 2016 – Contemporary fine dining


The Royal George Hotel

24 Piper Street
Kyneton

Telephone: 03 5422 1390

Visit the Royal George website


Mr. Carsis

37 Piper Street
Kyneton

Telephone: 03 5422 3769

Visit the Mr. Carsisi website

Middle Eastern inspired cuisine


La Bonta Kyneton

12-14 Piper Street
Kyneton

Telephone: 03 5422 3683

Visit the La Bonta Kyneton website

Modern Italian cuisine


Wedge Street Food & Wine

Corner Wedge and Piper Street
Kyneton

Telephone: 03 5422 3706

Visit the Wedge Street Food & Wine Facebook page


Trentham


Du Fermier

42 High Street
Trentham

Telephone: 03 5424 1634

Visit the Du Fermier website

Rustic French farmhouse style – our favourite!


The Cosmopolitan Hotel

Corner High Street and Cosmo Road
Trentham

Telephone: 03 5424 1516

Visit The Cosmopolitan Hotel website

Country pub meals with a fun atmosphere


Pig & Whistle Hotel

Corner of James Lane and Pearsons Road
Trentham East

Telephone: 03 5424 1214

Visit the Pig & Whistle Hotel Facebook page

The quintessential country pub


The Plough at Trentham

31 High Street
Trentham

Telephone: 03 5424 1144

Visit The Plough at Trentham website

3AW Pub of the Year 2014


 

Mount Macedon and Macedon


Macedon Wine Room

652 Black Forest Drive
Macedon

Telephone: 03 5426 3030

Visit the Macedon Wine Room website


Mount Macedon Hotel

694 Mount Macedon Road
Mount Macedon

Telephone: 03 5426 1888

Visit the Mount Macedon Hotel website

Macedon Ranges version of an English pub


Wineries & Vineyards in the Macedon Ranges

The Macedon Ranges has the coolest grape-growing climate of any wine region on the mainland,
with more than 40 vineyards located between 350m and 700m above sea level.

The small quantities of exceptionally high quality wines we produce in the region reflect our climate and topography.

There is a diversity, but the predominant characters are a natural lively acidity and steely backbone; fine, intense but delicate fruit characters and soft tannins in the red wines. The balance of alcohol, acidity and fruit provide complexity and longevity, and make our wines a superb match for a wide range of food.

 


Hanging Rock Winery

Located in Newham

Visit the Hanging Rock Winery website


Hesket Estate

Located in Hesket

Visit the Hesket Estate Winery website


Grange Cleveland Winery

Located in Lancefield

Visit the Cleveland Winery website


Gisborne Peak Winery

Located in Gisborne South

Visit the Gisborne Peak Winery website



Parkside Winery Estate

Located in Lancefield

Visit the Parkside Estate Winery website


Paramoor Winery

Located in Carlsruhe

Visit the Paramoor Winery website


Passing Clouds Wines

Located in Musk

Visit the Passing Clouds Winery website


Mount Towrong Vineyard

Located in Mount Macedon

Visit the Mount Towrong Winery website



Mount Charlie Winery

Located in Riddells Creek

Visit the Mount Charlie Winery website


Midhill Vineyard at Romsey

Located in Romsey

Visit the Midhill Vineyard website


Lyons Will Estate

Located in Lancefield

Visit the Lyons Will Estate Winery website


Lanes End Vineyard

Located in Lancefield

Visit the Lanes End Winery website