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Parks & gardens

Visit the immaculate gardens dotted around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges and get a taste of life for Melbourne's elite in the nineteenth century. In this green region you'll also find lush tranquil forests, rolling farmland, and naturally, water – waterfalls, streams and mineral springs.

Secret gardens

Behind the walls of the impressive Mount Macedon mansions hide some of Victoria's finest gardens, many National Trust-listed. Time your visit for the occasional open days as part of the Open Garden Scheme in spring and autumn and delight in classic landscaping, as well as quaint cottage gardens.

Be sure to check out specialist nurseries like The Garden of St Erth in Blackwood and the Mount Macedon Horticultural Society's Rare Plant Fair in September.

Public property

Take a tour of the region's impressive botanic gardens, which you'll find even in the smaller towns thanks to Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller, designer of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens. Observe the examples in Malmsbury, Kyneton and Daylesford's Wombat Hill. See Gisborne's botanical garden's contemporary Maori theme, inspired by its New Zealand sister city.

Water everywhere

Trace the waters from the spas in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs to their sources in Sailors Falls, Mount Franklin, the Blowhole and the Hepburn Pool at Hepburn Regional Park. Fill your bottle with the famed waters from the period pump at Kyneton Mineral Springs Reserve. Marvel at the lush ferns and the thunderous drop at Trentham Falls.

Rough 'n ready

Get active and tramp the rugged escarpments of Macedon Regional Park, Lederderg State Park or Wombat State Forest. And last but definitely not least, make your way to the mysterious Hanging Rock and clamber over the cavernous, bizarrely perched boulders and imagine yourself as part of the Picnic at Hanging Rock adventures.

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Duneira, Mt Macedon

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Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

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Australian Light Horse Memorial Park

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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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Yuulong Lavender Estate

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Springhill Nursery

Located in Tylden, the award winning Springhill Nursery has been established for over 20 years and offers an extensive cool climate garden nursery....

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National parks and reserves

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