Find out more about Mt Macedon.
A Slower Pace
The Macedon region is renowned for some of the finest homes and gardens, and areas of natural beauty, in Australia. It attracts local, national and international visitors who come to enjoy the beauty of these world class gardens, and witness the natural display of the everchanging seasons.
Autumn is particularly stunning in the Macedon region, when many trees turn into a blaze of colour from soft yellows, warm oranges to fiery reds. The surrounding area, and townships, are alive with culture, great food, wine, festivals, markets, accommodation and outdoor activities.
For those who want to breathe fresh mountain air, soak up nature and enjoy great restaurants and local wineries, this is the place. And, all less than an hour from Melbourne CBD.
Tieve Tara is located in the beautiful Macedon Ranges shire, north west of Melbourne. It is only a 50 minute, 65 km drive from the centre of Melbourne and is located 40 km from Tullamarine International Airport.
It is also just over an hour drive to Bendigo, where flights run daily to Sydney.
Local trains and buses service Macedon and the surrounding areas. The closest stations are Gisborne and Macedon. Macedon is a one hour train trip from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne.
Taxis and limousines service Mt Macedon and surrounds as well.
The Macedon Ranges area is located on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri peoples who have lived in the area for 26,000 years. These three groups are the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land. The region is home to several significant cultural sites including Hanging Rock and Mt Macedon.
Mount Macedon itself is known as Geboor or Geburrh in the Aboriginal Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people and rises to a height of over 1000 metres.
In 1824, the mountain was sighted by Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on their expedition from Port Phillip from New South Wales. They named it Mount Wentworth. It was renamed Mount Macedon by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell who summited the mountain in 1836. He named it after Philip of Macedon in honour of the fact he was able to view Port Phillip from the summit.
The charming and historic villages of Malmsbury, Kyneton, Woodend, Gisborne, Romsey and Lancefield offer a wide variety of bespoke shops, eateries, vineyards, accommodation, markets and festivals. The Macedon Ranges countryside is wonderful for hiking, walking, sightseeing and bike riding.
There are so many things to do and see in the local area. Visit famous Hanging Rock Reserve, a volcanic rock formation which is a sacred place for local indigenous people.
Hike or drive to the 1000m summit of Mt Macedon to visit the Memorial Cross, a commemoration to those who died in the 1914-18 war.
Drive down beautiful Avenue of Honour in Macedon in autumn when the pinoak trees are brilliant oranges and yellows.
Or picnic at the tranquil Malmsbury Botanic Gardens with views to an historic bluestone viaduct bridge.
Eat, drink, shop, play
Each weekend check out a different local farmers’ market. Or visit over 28 boutique cellar doors known for their award-winning cool climate wines. There’s even distillery doors offering tastings of small-batch artisan gins and craft beers.
Dine at Chef Hat-awarded restaurants in Kyneton and enjoy great shopping along historic Piper Street. This is a village that is also home to an outstanding number of art galleries.
You can also enjoy annual festivals including the charming Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival, Garden Lovers Fair at Bolobek, Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival and Woodend Winter Arts Festival.
For more to do go to Visit Macedon Ranges.