This region is situated north-west from Melbourne at the bottom tip of the Great Dividing Range. Promoted as “Pure Indulgence”, the region is best known for its wines, historic homes, mountain retreats, mineral springs and the mystery of Hanging Rock.
The cool climate and rich volcanic soils at Macedon attracted grand homes and gardens. Tours are available to several of the historic homes. The lookout at the top of Mt Macedon provides wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding area as well as 20 km of bush walking tracks around the mountain.
Sunbury is the birthplace of the Ashes, a cricket trophy of great significance to followers of the game. The grandeur of yesteryear is evident in the historic buildings and homes throughout the area.
Local heritage items are displayed in The George Evans Museum as well as historic buildings now under the management of the Victoria University. Emu Bottom Homestead is the earliest homestead in Victoria and is classified by the National Trust.
Its only a short drive to Hesket, site of the famous rock formations at Hanging Rock. The history of Woodend is associated with bushrangers but now known for its markets, galleries, antique and craft shops, diverse range of accommodation and eateries.
Many examples of fine colonial architecture are to be found in Kyneton, a haven for arts and crafts lovers. An extensive collection of period pieces is on display in the Kyneton Museum and an original squatters homestead can be viewed in the museum grounds.
Malmsbury lies at the heart of Victorian bluestone country with its distinctive stone viaducts, bridges, mills and cottages. The local Botanic Gardens are considered on a par with Victoria’s best and is the home of the rare hybrid strawberry tree. Located at the north-east end of the Macedon Ranges lie Kilmore and Lancefield, one of the thoroughbred country areas of Victoria.
A popular local attraction is to ride Hudson Park in the old cable tram. The Dreamtime Emu Park is another popular attraction for visitors to the area. The twin towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are at the centre of Australia’s largest collection of natural mineral and freshwater springs. Lake Daylesford Central Springs has numerous pavilions and springs. This is an area of leisurely afternoon teas, stately homes and fine dining.
The adventurous visitor can try the river gorges, raging rapids and waterfalls in the surrounding streams. The area has lots of good walking trails and can also be viewed from your seat in an train ride.
The nearby Lavender Farm at Yandoit is a popular attraction.
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