5 Things to do in Macedon Ranges this Winter
Don’t let the cold keep you from exploring; layer up and head out to Macedon Ranges to discover what this region has to offer.
Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Macedon Ranges includes the towns of Gisborne, Woodend, Kyneton, Lancefield, Riddells Creek, Clarkefield, Romsey, Mount Macedon and Malmsbury.
Victoria is home to many stunning regions, all within an easy drive from Melbourne city. There’s no better time to fill up the car and get out on the road to see what these region and quaint towns have to offer. From antique shopping to freshly baked bread and wandering through the lush green mountains, we are sure there is something appealing for everyone in this corner of the world.
1. Get hiking at Hanging Rock
Hanging Rock is a popular rock to hike, being the physical result of a volcanic eruption with unique rock formations which are both eye catching and fun to climb! Kids can be part of the fun as well, just make sure you wear sturdy shoes for climbing through the rocks.
Allow 1-2 hours for the walk, depending on how long you want to explore for & how many photos you take.
Facilities that can be found here include a café, picnic grounds, a discovery centre, playground, tennis course and even a racecourse for Country Races events.
Entry fees into the park apply. Visit the Macedon Ranges website for all the details.
2. Immerse yourself in some local artwork
Art Galleries are plentiful within the Macedon Ranges region, enabling you to dedicate a whole day of art gallery hopping if you wanted to!
Kyneton especially is home to Gallery 40, Art on Piper, The Old Auction House and Stockroom, to name a few.
The Old Auction house is open 7 days a week and showcases emerging Australian artists and community groups. It’s the perfect place to escape the chilly weather for an hour or so, and don’t forget to bring some spending money to purchase a keepsake in their gift shop!
3.‘Saddle Up’ with Silver Brumby Trails
Located just 15 minutes from Kyneton, Silver Brumby Trails provide country horse rides at a nice steady pace and stunning views. Each rider will be matched with a horse suited to their riding experience, first timers welcome!
A slower pace of sightseeing that will most likely leave you feeling more connected to nature than before.
For enquiries and bookings, visit their website: www.silverbrumbytrails.com
4. Head underground to Cleveland Winery’s Cellar Door
A unique experience not to be missed when travelling to the Macedon Ranges as this is the only underground cellar door in the region!
Stocking a wide selection of wines including sparkling Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Why not enjoy this space for longer by booking an overnight stay in one of their rooms onsite! They have bed & breakfast packages as well as the Carriage House Restaurant with uninterrupted panoramic views overlooking the vineyard and out towards Mt William. Cleveland Winery can help warm you up this winter with their weekend wood fired pizzas for lunch, wine tasting in the cellar and a Winter Warmer Accommodation Package where you are greeted with Mulled Wine on arrival!!
Winter Warmer package available until the end of August, book here.
5. Relax and Recharge at Macedon Ranges Day Spa
No excuse necessary to treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment in the Country! At Macedon Ranges Day Spa, choose from a range of services to indulge in, such as a massage, facial, pedicure, body scrub, mud wrap and more! Dedicated packages available for mums to be, make sure to book ahead as weekends fill up quickest.
The Macedon Ranges Day Spa is part of the Hotel which also has a restaurant on site and a regional cellar door housing a range of wines from within the Macedon Ranges. All of this is conveniently less than 1 hour from Melbourne CBD.
Plan your trip there by visiting Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa.
This is just a small selection of some of the things that Macedon Ranges has to offer. Spend a few hours there, talk to some locals and no doubt you will find even more things to see and do that will make your sightseeing even more memorable.
Our Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Day Tour provides an option for you to learn more about this region, it’s food and wine without the hassle of driving or pre-booking, we’ll take care of all of that for you! A full day dedicated to wine tasting, food tasting and entry to Hanging Rock Reserve, starting from $235 per adult. Gift vouchers are available as well as private groups if there are a few of you wanting to travel together.