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National parks & reserves

Breathe in the crisp mountain air and invigorate your soul in the state parks and reserves of the Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges region. From rugged river gorges to dramatic rock formations and stunning panoramic views, the region has plenty of natural attractions to rival its countless spa and foodie delights.

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 right out to Port Phillip Bay. Follow the Forest Eco-tourism trail to Sanatorium Lake, named after the former tuberculosis sanatorium.

Hanging Rock

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.

Wildflowers and wildlife

Bring your lunch and set out on the walking trails in the lush Wombat State Forest, Hepburn Regional Park, Hanging Rock Reserve, Black Hill Reserve or Lerderderg 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.

Take a detour out to Mount Beckworth State Park for a spot of bird watching, bushwalking, or to see the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in springtime. Tour the Creswick Regional Park, including the 15-hectare koala park, or enjoy a stroll along the shores of scenic St George Lake, home to waterbirds and the elusive platypus.

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National parks & reserves

Hepburn Regional Park

Hepburn Regional Park is located around the famous mineral springs townships of Daylesford, Hepburn...

Lerderderg State Park

Rising in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through...

Creswick Regional Park

Centrally located between Ballarat and Daylesford, this park is home to a variety of native...

Hanging Rock

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

Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve

This park provides the opportunity to view Mallee vegetation in close proximity to Melbourne....

Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

Bring an empty water bottle and fill up on mineral waters from Australia's first mineral reserve.

Macedon Regional Park

The Macedon Ranges form the southern end of Victoria's Great Dividing Range and feature a diverse...

Werribee Gorge State Park

Werribee Gorge retains a wild, rugged natural beauty. The park offers spectacular views and great...

Monument Hill Reserve

Located an hour north of Melbourne in Kilmore, Monument Hill Reserve is a fantastic recreational...

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Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

Take a relaxing stroll or a more challenging hike past mineral springs and extinct volcanos in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Outdoor activities

Cycling

Take advantage of the quiet roads, cool climate, and easy access, to cycle around the charming towns dotted around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Nature & wildlife

Parks and gardens

Visit immaculate gardens dotted around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, find lush tranquil forests, rolling farmland, and natural mineral springs.

Outdoor activities

Camping

Spend a night under the stars at camping areas in the main state and regional parks including Lerderderg State Park and Hepburn Regional Park.