Country Charm, Close to the Melbourne CBD
At the conclusion of Great Dividing Range, with Mt Macedon as its central backdrop. The Macedon Ranges region provides a diverse collection of things to see and do.
Within the threshold of Metropolitan Melbourne, Macedon Ranges is within easy commute of the Melbourne CBD. And if you are looking friendly and old time country towns this is a region to visit. known for its ever changing vistas, hospitality and relaxed atmosphere of its villages and towns.
Take time out to invigorate body and mind, and reignite your imagination. Amid the spectacular forests, natural mineral waters and historic villages of the Daylesford and Hepburn region. Rejuvenate at mineral spas and wellness retreats, be inspired by the landscapes and galleries, and indulge in exquisite food and wine.
Daylesford - Surrounded by attractive hill and lake scenery, this holiday/health resort town is known as the "Spa Capital of Australia" The town attracts many visitors to its mineral springs. The water flows underground through volcanic fault lines until it bubbles to the surface. Carbon Dioxide giving the water a natural effervescence. Gold, Rubies and Sapphires have been found in the area. An attraction for the visitor is to visit the Daylesford Spa Country Railway. A Railway Museum.
Trentham - Lying deep within the forest, as timber milling is its founding past and still has a mill. Today, the old shops have been restored and now offering arts, crafts and eateries. Trentham falls are particularly impressive, especially after a heavy rainfall. The Coliban River plunges 32m over a sheer basalt cliff edge.
Hepburn Spring- This old health resort town on the Great Dividing Range is famous for its minerial springs. Visitors can sample the water, picnic, walk or bath in the heated waters of the spa's. Hepburn Springs Bathhouse has been restored to its Victorian Era splendor and offer the visitor a range of spa treatments.
A place where you can eat and drink high quality local produce a big attraction for many visitors. Although some visitors would argue it is the regions boutique cellar doors within the regions wineries. Others would think the impeccable world class gardens that are open to the public. Then there is fresh farm gate produce, historic buildings and all manner of specialist art galleries.
Hanging Rock - The pinnacls and crecives are naturally awe-inspiring. Visitors can stroll the paths of its 65-ha reserve or tackling more arduous routes over the Rock itself. Even playing out Joan Lindsay Mystery Novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock. Picnic Race Meeting are held in January and March.
Kyneton - Set on the Campaspe River the town is known for its handsome buildings of local bluestone. Also Its 8-ha botanical garden is said to be one of the finest outside of Melbourne. Kyneton is a agricultural and stock grazing town. This date back to 1850's where Kyneton was a stop and provisioning town for those on the way to the goldfields.
Macedon and Mount Macedon - The view from the top of Mount Macedon inspired Arthur Streeton's famous landscape "Australia Felix"; the Mount Macedon township sits on the lower slopes of the mountain. The Magnificent deciduous trees planting of the Mount Macedon Region provide a glorious display in Autumn.
Experiences that are must see for the visitors are; the reinvigorating mineral waters of Hepburn. Or Mt Diogenes or as is commonly known Hanging Rock. Nature has provided this exceptional volcanic formation and its reserve, that eluded a mystery and intrigue. The reserve also hosts an array of flora and fauna. Mount Macedon with it tall mountain ash forest has fantastic walking tracks and the scenic road winds its way to the top of Mount Macedon, immerse yourself in the views or the 21 metre high memorial cross at the summit is in recognition to those who have made the ultimate sacrificed at war. How about in Autumn, the trees of the streetscapes and their enchanting colours. Or the beauty of Trentham Falls
Some of the more relaxed and popular attractions of Macedon Ranges, would be have a picnic lunch at the many reserves and gardens. Sample the wine at the boutique cellar doors of the regions wineries, play a round of golf at the regions pictures golf courses.