Hanging Rock, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia
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National parks & reserves

Witness natural wonders unlike anything you've seen before in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges' national and state parks. From rugged river gorges to dramatic rock formations and stunning panoramic views, the region has the natural attractions to rival the man-made delights.

Lush parks and wildlife spotting
Pack a picnic and set out on the walking trails in the lush Wombat State Forest, Hepburn Regional Park, Hanging Rock Reserve, and Lederderg State Park. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of quintessential Australian wildlife, dramatic waterfalls, and scenic lookouts affording vast vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Savour a memorable picnic of local produce at the sheltered extinct volcanic crater of Mount Franklin, making your way to the summit and around the rim of the crater.

Picnic at Mount Beckworth State Park for bird watching, bushwalking and the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in spring. Tour the Creswick Regional Park, including the 15-hectare koala park or enjoy a stroll and picnic on the shores of scenic St George Lake, home to waterbirds and the elusive platypus.

Macedon Regional Park
Dominating the landscape of the region is Macedon Regional Park, which forms the southern end of the Great Dividing Range. Make your pilgrimage to the imposing Memorial Cross at Mount Macedon for unforgettable views. Follow the Forest Eco-tourism trail to Sanatorium Lake, named after the former tuberculosis sanatorium.

Your Hanging Rock experience
Wander through wildflowers, clamber over rocks, and discover local history, mystery and geology at Hanging Rock, the small steep-sided volcano (mamelon) that became fixed in Victorian history with Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Macedon Regional Park

Macedon Regional Park

The Macedon Ranges form the southern end of Victoria's Great Dividing Range and feature a diverse range of natural and cultural features. The 2,379...

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Creswick National Park

Creswick Regional Park

Centrally located between Ballarat and Daylesford, this park is home to a variety of native wildlife and colourful spring wildflowers. Explore the...

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Lerderderg State Park

Lerderderg State Park

Rising in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. The...

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Hanging Rock National Park, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Hanging Rock

Your Picnic at Hanging Rock will be a gourmet affair served with drama and intrigue - and stunning flora and fauna.

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Long Forest Flora Reserve

Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve

This park provides the opportunity to view Mallee vegetation in close proximity to Melbourne. Plants typical of arid landscapes and small creek...

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Werribee Gorge State Park

Werribee Gorge State Park

Werribee Gorge retains a wild, rugged natural beauty. The park offers spectacular views and great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing....

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Hepburn Regional Park

Hepburn Regional Park

Hepburn Regional Park is located around the famous mineral springs townships of Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs. Here you will find natural...

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Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, Hepburn Springs, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

Bring an empty water bottle and fill up on your favourite mineral waters, and enjoy the picnic and walking area with trails, barbecues and playground.

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