Out & About in the Macedon Ranges
Hillview Farmhouse is your base to discover the Macedon Ranges. Mount Macedon and the surrounding area is renowned for it's fresh air, gardens, wineries, restaurants, antiques, walks, bushtracks, and other attractions and events. Below is just a few places to eat & drink and to visit....
Eat & Drink
Fully licensed cafe with continental deli and foodstore. Stocking Istra smallgoods, Mt Macedon Kitchen preserves and sauces, home-made pies and cakes. A must for the coffee lover.
Open for breakfast and lunch everyday except Tuesdays.
Address: 23 Victoria Street Macedon
Tel: (03) 54263304
Mt Macedon Trading Post
Enjoy great coffee, light lunches, homemade pies, scones and locally made cakes in the cosy warmth of the fire in winter, amongst lush summer gardens or surrounded by the blazing colours of autumn.
Facilities include Café, licensed general store and post office.
Open 7 days, 7am-5.30pm Weekdays and 8am-5pm on weekends.
Mt Macedon Hotel
The Hotel has great character and a friendly atmosphere. It is open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Enjoy delicious food in both the restaurant or bar. Take away bar & pizza menu available.
Address: 347 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon
Phone: (03)5426 1888
Mount Macedon Winery
Beautiful estate grown wines, stunning views and great food. A family boutique winery with a rustic "bluestone" cellar door. Facilities include Wine terrace, function rooms, cellar door, picnic area, weddings, private events, meetings and light lunches.
Cellar door is open on weekends, with tastings from 11am to 5pm.
Address: 433 Bawden (Douglas) Road 3442 Tel: (03) 5427 2735
Top of the Range Cafe and Gallery
Experience Mt Macedon in all her seasons. Enjoy a hearty seasonal meal and then take in the sights, wander along the tracks or spot some wildlife. Disabled access and facilities. Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am - 5pm.
Address: 400 Cameron Drive, Mt Macedon (adjacent to the Memorial Cross) Tel: (03) 5427 3466
Olive Jones is a restaurant/cafe/ bar with a stunning courtyard, fully licensed and featuring an outdoor wood-fire pizza oven. Their menu is fresh and exciting with Chef Mark Renaud (formerly of Station Hotel and The Botanical) choosing ingredients seasonally and changing menus to reflect the varying climactic changes in the area.
The bar at Olive Jones is a great place to wind down and the courtyard is perfect for both a summer’s day and a cool night in front of the open fire.
Address: 40 Victoria Street Macedon
Tel: (03) 5426 3700
Macedon Ranges Memorial Cross
The Mount Macedon War Memorial Cross Reserve is located 4km along Cameron Drive from the summit of Mount Macedon Road.The 21m high Memorial Cross is 800m from the car park. The structure was erected by a private citizen, Mr William Cameron, in the 1930s to commemorate those who died in World War I and to provide work for the unemployed in the depression.
It is considered Victoria's most significant war memorial after the Shrine.
The rock has been a popular picnicking spot since late in the 19th century. Its usage as the setting for Joan Lindsay's novel Picnic at Hanging Rock is based upon the St Valentine's Day picnic attended by the students of Clyde School in the 1930s and 1940s. The story was later made into a lyrical film by Peter Weir.
The surrounding reserve, open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. every day, has over 100 indigenous flora species which are particularly evident in spring and summer. There are also over 40 bird species, goannas and nine mammals including the greater glider, koala, kangaroo, wallaby and echidna.
The Gardens of Tieve Tara
Come & enjoy the magic of this 7½ acre wonderland as featured in - Your Garden, Weekly Times, Domain, Snapshot, Getaway & more.
As the seasons change, so does this amazing garden, which is open for all to enjoy, from the end of March 'till the beginning of May, & Mid-October 'till the end of November.
Address: 751 Mt. Macedon Rd, Mt. Macedon
Mob: 0418 337 813 (Judith)
The Gallery Mt Macedon
The Gallery Mt Macedon encourages and promotes artists from the Macedon Ranges. Focus exhibitions showcase individual artists while group shows celebrate the changing seasons in this beautiful region. Members invite the community to visit their studios for demonstrations and workshops during Open Studio weekend in October as well as encouraging visitors and bus groups during the year.
Dicksonia Rare Plant Nursery
Run by local TV celebrity, author and horticulturist, Stephen Ryan. Dicksonia Rare Plants offers a wide range of unusual plants from cooler climates around the world. It is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. from Friday to Tuesday.
Address: 686 Mount Macedon Rd.
Phone: (03) 5426 3075
Follow the Mount Macedon Rd through and beyond the Mt Macedon township. After 3 km the road reaches the summit where there is an intersection. Take the signposted turnoff on the left into Cameron Drive. A short distance along is a carpark on the right-hand side of the road. There is an information board and map. This is the starting point for a short walk to the Camel's Hump (1010 m), an isolated extrusion of solidified lava which is very popular with abseilers.