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Outdoor activities

Visit Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges and explore a diverse region shaped by its volcanic history. Wander the rolling hills, lush valleys and rocky outcrops of this natural wonderland and discover stunning natural attractions including Mt Franklin, Hanging Rock, Lerderderg Gorge and Trentham Falls.

Whether you're looking for strenuous outdoor adventure or just some gentle exercise to work off last night's degustation, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges have a range of outdoor activities to suit.

Fast and slow

If you want to get the heart rate pumping, follow one of the many trails on horseback. Continue the adrenaline buzz by scaling rugged rock-faces in Wombat State Forest or the 300-metre gorge in Lerderderg State Park.

Slow it down with a round on one of the region's golf courses or enjoy a spot of fishing in the local rivers, streams and reservoirs, all brimming with trout and blackfish. Looking for a guaranteed catch? Take the kids to the local trout farm where you'll leave with fish for dinner.

Bush trails

Walk the tracks and trails through the region's spectacular surrounds, from misty Trentham Falls to the volcanic crater of Mount Franklin and the eerie dormant volcano that is Hanging Rock.

Look out for gold mining relics on a stroll through Hepburn Regional Park, watch out for native wildlife on a hike up Mount Piper, or climb up to the Memorial Cross pinnacle in the Macedon Regional Park.

Fun on two wheels

With long-distance trails, village rides and mountain bike tracks available, there's plenty on offer for every kind of cyclist.

Take a white-knuckle mountain bike ride through rugged bushland in the Macedon Regional Park. Cruise from Woodend to Trentham on the Three Town Scenic Route or hit the Goldfields Track, the 210-kilometre trail that takes in Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Creswick.

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Outdoor activities

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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.

Outdoor activities

Golf

Bring your golf clubs to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges to make the most of a diverse range of scenic and well-established greens.

Outdoor activities

Fishing

Spend a few peaceful hours fishing in local rivers and reservoirs in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges or at Tuki Trout Farm for a guaranteed catch.

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.

Outdoor activities

Horses and horse riding

Settle into the saddle and explore magnificent Wombat State Forest, Mt Disappointment State Forest, Lerderderg State Park and the Gisborne Ranges.

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Nature & wildlife

National parks and reserves

Witness wonders like nothing you've seen before in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges from national parks with rugged river gorges to scenic vistas.

Nature & wildlife

Wildlife

Glimpse quirky Australian wildlife such as echidna, wombat, colourful rosellas and other birdlife plus the locals at Hanging Rock reserve.

Things to do

Road trips and itineraries

Discover the best of the Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges region on your own with a self-guided touring route through natural scenic beauty.

Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

Events

Pop corks and tuck into local delicacies with like-minded visitors and locals at many of the Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges annual foodie events.