Macedon Regional Park
Address: Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon, Victoria 3441
Freecall: 131 963
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 hectare park protects forested land along the ridge of the range and offers great opportunities for bushwalking, scenic drives and picnics.
Mount Macedon is one of the highest peaks in the range and you can enjoy magnificent views from the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross and the Camels Hump viewing platforms.
Things to do
- A weekday visit should begin at the Visitor Information Centre, Nursery Road, Macedon
- There are a number of scenic drives, including the road to the summit, memorial cross and to Hanging Rock
- Hanging Rock was the setting for the novel and film "Picnic At Hanging Rock" and the annual New Year's Day picnic horse races have been held at its racecourse since 1880
- The towns of Macedon and Mount Macedon are worth exploring for their exotic trees, gracious homes and gardens. Information on guided garden tours is available through the local Tourist Information Centre at Woodend
- Within Macedon Regional Park there are a number of pleasant, shaded picnic grounds linked by the Macedon Ranges Walking Trail offering short or long walks
- The recently constructed Forest Eco-tourism trail leads visitors to Sanatorium Lake, named after the former tuberculosis Sanatorium built in 1899, and closed in 1910 after it was destroyed by fire
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Take the Mount Macedon Road from the Calder Highway exits at either New Gisborne or Woodend and follow the signs to Macedon Regional Park (Melway ref: 509 G10).
Additional business information
The discovery of gold in the Bendigo area in 1851 led to the opening of inns, shops and smithies at Middle Gully, now Macedon township, to service travellers on their way to the diggings. European settlement in the Macedon Ranges began with timber-getting. In an attempt to make good the destruction from logging, government agents began managing the forests in the 1870s. A plant nursery was established and experiments conducted with exotic trees. From the 1860s wealthy businessmen began to flee the Melbourne summer for the cool air of Mount Macedon, building cottages and, later, mansions. It was not until 1970 that 1317 hectares was declared a forest park. A number of severe bushfires have affected the Macedon area over the years, but despite the devastation, recovery has been sufficient to continue to entice thousands of visitors.
Looking After the Park
* Dogs must be on a leash at all times. * Horseriding is restricted to certain areas - please check with the ranger before starting out. * Camping is not permitted - Macedon Regional Park is in a declared water catchment.
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