The Macedon Ranges is at the tail end of the Great Dividing Ranges, which stretches through eastern Victoria, New South Wales and into Queensland. It is blessed with a variety of natural features, including gentle hills, winding rivers and simmering creeks, all guarded by towering trees that experience the full effects of the four seasons.
The best known of the natural features in the region are the Hanging Rock and Mt Macedon. Hanging Rock was made famous by the Joan Lindsay book, “Picnic At Hanging Rock” which tells the account of the mysterious disappearance of a group of schoolgirls at the Rock at the turn of the century. It was later turned into a classic Australian film by acclaimed director, Peter Weir.
Mt Macedon is the highlight of the Macedon Ranges, which gives its name to the local shire and the general region. The shire covers an area of 1,747 square km and include towns such as Clarkefield, Gisborne, Kyneton, Lancefield, Macedon, Malmsbury, Mount Macedon, New Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend.
Forest Glade is one of Australia’s finest private gardens, and has existed for nearly one hundred years. It is located in Mount Macedon (816 Mt Macedon Rd) which is a short trip from Melbourne and is open to the public from September to May. The large English section The magnificent landscaped garden covers 14 acres (5.6 hectares) and has 4 distinct sections: The large English section with its huge exotic trees and masses of colour. The delightful Japanese section complete with bonsai house The beautiful woodland section displaying...
Hascombe is a 19th century hill station garden located located on Alton Road at Mount Macedon, 65 km northwest of Melbourne. The 11-hectare garden is regarded as one of Victoria’s finest and is listed on the Register of the National Estate. Map of Hascombe Hascombe has five owners during its lifetime, most of them are avid gardeners. The mass planting carried out in the 1930s forms the backbone of the present garden. Gunnera Gully The first owner R.L.J. Elery constructed a villa on the site in the...
Mount Macedon is both a town and a 1,013-metre peak at the end of the Great Dividing Range. The mountain was named by NSW Surveyor General Major Thomas Mitchell when he climbed it on 30 Sep 1836. Macedon Regional Park The Macedon Regional Park surrounds much of Mount Macedon and features a number of attractions. The most popular is the Memorial Cross Reserve, located at the end of Cameron Drive, which includes picnic, BBQ areas and the Top of the Range Tea Rooms. Top of the Range Tea...