Leave the city behind and begin your journey through Victoria's historic goldfields and spectacular Mount Macedon with a visit to Gisborne, the gateway to the Macedon Ranges.
Breathe in the fresh country air, sample the region's famous cold climate wines, and stroll through sprawling state parks and botanical gardens.
Dreams of the past
The ancestral home of the Wurundjeri people, Gisborne has a rich and varied past. Explore heritage buildings, learn about the town's 160-year history, and wander the leafy streets searching for treasures in antique and craft stores. For those visiting on the first Sunday of the month, a visit to the Olde Time Market is a must.
Summer and winter
Whatever the season, Gisborne and its surrounding region has plenty to offer travellers in need of sustenance, inspiration and tranquillity.
Sample country delights in a cosy cafe during the cooler months, stock up on regional favourites at the local provedore, or take a stroll through the Gisborne Botanic Gardens. Check out the range of plants from New Zealand and then settle in for a quiet afternoon picnic.
Golf fans will not be disappointed. Stretch the legs on the fairways of the popular Gisborne Golf Course and be sure to watch out for the local kangaroos when you tee off.
Put together an itinerary that covers some of the renowned cold climate wineries in the area. Begin your jaunt with Gisborne Peak Winery and then press on to the famous Macedon wine region. Uncover the secrets of this special part of the country as you talk to local vintners and sample varietals at rustic cellar doors.