Mount Macedon is one of the most popular spots during the autumn season, thanks to its picturesque fall views. We took a day trip to Mount Macedon couple of weeks back and it was one of the most beautiful spots I witnessed in recent times. The main reason why I say this is because of the natural beauty spread across this small town; in addition to the various "things to do" activities.
During the late 19th century, Mount Macedon was largely used as a summer retreat by the Melbourne's elite class, post the gold rush era. This township is located at an elevation of about 620 meters; hence, it has cooler temperatures in comparison to that of Melbourne's making it a perfect summer retreat. That also makes up for the fact that you can experience snow here during the colder months, again thanks to the location.
This small town of Mount Macedon is located below the mountain Mount Macedon. It is around 64 km northwest of Melbourne. This makes up for one of the best day trips from Melbourne due to its location and the plethora of things that you can do here.
Do not be fooled by its proximity from Melbourne and take it easy by starting your day late. This town has a large number of gardens, vineyards, parks and recreation spots that you will probably run out of time if you start your day late.
We were able to fit in a couple of places on our trip; however, there was so much more we wanted to do but couldn't as we ran out of time.
The Hanging Rock
The first spot we visited in the Macedon ranges is The Hanging Rock. It is a long-extinct volcano, formed when lava blew through a vent in the earth about 6 million years ago. It now rises 105 meters above the surrounding plain.
The Hanging Rock is a bunch of tall rocks standing next to each other in a very balancing manner. The reasoning for that formation is the high soda content in the solid lava and the action of rainwater that created these unusual rock formations.
These rocks have been a very popular location for indigenous clans and bushrangers; it has a very rich history of tales of the region and a fair share of mysteries as well. One of these is a tale of an unexplained disappearance of a group of schoolgirls at Hanging Rock in 1901; the inspiration behind the film 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'.
The Memorial Cross is located at the summit of Mount Macedon. It was established by William Cameron in 1935. The Cross commemorates the lives of those from the 1914 - 1918 war. It is one of the most significant war memorials in Victoria after the Shrine of Remembrance.
The view from the Cross is a very beautiful one, a great spot to soak in the beauty of the southern plain towards the Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne city and the Dandenong ranges. There is also a cafe at this summit that offers beautiful views to be enjoyed with a cup of hot coffee or a hearty meal.
Access to The Hanging Rock & Memorial Cross, Mount Macedon (From Melbourne)
Car: Drive along the Calder Freeway/M79, ~77 km. Free Parking available at this site.
For train/bus routes: Check out PTV website here.
The Hanging Rock: $10 per car, $4 pedestrian
The Memorial Cross: No admission ticket needed.
The Hanging Rock: Open 7 days; 9 am - 5 pm except for Christmas.
The Memorial Cross: Open 7 days
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That's all for this post sharing my side of story and information about our road trip to Mount Macedon. Have you been to Mount Macedon? What are your favorite places to visit on a day trip from your city? Share with me, you never know when I get a chance to visit your favorites. 😀
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