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
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.
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.
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.
42D Anslow Street
Telephone: 03 5427 2007
A fabulous creative and seasonal menu with a cosy environment.
Red Bar & Bistro
84-88 High Street
Telephone: 03 5427 4414
79 High Street
Telephone: 03 5427 2510
A genuine craft beer produced in Woodend!
Khao Jao Thai Restaurant Woodend
17 Templeton Street
Telephone: 03 5427 4852
A beautiful authentic Thai cuisine
Dhaba Food Van
35 Urquhart Street
Friday & Saturday from 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Northern Indian take-away – delicious authentic Indian cuisine!
Formerly Annie Smithers Bistro
72 Piper Street
Telephone: 03 5422 2039
One-Hat Rating in The Age Good Food Guide 2016 – Contemporary fine dining
The Royal George Hotel
24 Piper Street
Telephone: 03 5422 1390
37 Piper Street
Telephone: 03 5422 3769
Middle Eastern inspired cuisine
La Bonta Kyneton
12-14 Piper Street
Telephone: 03 5422 3683
Modern Italian cuisine
Wedge Street Food & Wine
Corner Wedge and Piper Street
Telephone: 03 5422 3706
42 High Street
Telephone: 03 5424 1634
Rustic French farmhouse style – our favourite!
The Cosmopolitan Hotel
Corner High Street and Cosmo Road
Telephone: 03 5424 1516
Country pub meals with a fun atmosphere
Pig & Whistle Hotel
Corner of James Lane and Pearsons Road
Telephone: 03 5424 1214
The quintessential country pub
The Plough at Trentham
31 High Street
Telephone: 03 5424 1144
3AW Pub of the Year 2014
Mount Macedon and Macedon
Macedon Wine Room
652 Black Forest Drive
Telephone: 03 5426 3030
Mount Macedon Hotel
694 Mount Macedon Road
Telephone: 03 5426 1888
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
Located in Hesket
Grange Cleveland Winery
Located in Lancefield
Gisborne Peak Winery
Located in Gisborne South
Parkside Winery Estate
Located in Lancefield
Located in Carlsruhe
Passing Clouds Wines
Located in Musk
Mount Towrong Vineyard
Located in Mount Macedon
Mount Charlie Winery
Located in Riddells Creek
Midhill Vineyard at Romsey
Located in Romsey
Lyons Will Estate
Located in Lancefield
Lanes End Vineyard
Located in Lancefield