Mount Macedon | Day Trip From Melbourne

Mount Macedon

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.

Mount Macedon


Mount Macedon

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'.

Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon

Memorial Cross

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.

Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon

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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  • Jay

    The Hanging Rock looks amazing. Have you been to Lake Eildon before? My mum grew up there.

  • Kallia Manika

    Beautiful place and pretty pictures! We love to drive all around the country and find new small towns, because those have the biggest charm! Personally, I have never been to Australia, but my husband has always wanted to visit!

    • I love the idea of driving around small towns and exploring unlimited possibilities. Melbourne has a wonderful street art scene as well!

  • radif rahman

    I always love to travel, wonderful article, nice experience.

  • Margarette Puno

    This looks a beautiful place. We love to travel on different places that we have never been. These shots are so wonderful.

  • As my heritage is from Madeira, a volcanic island I am naturally drawn to the hanging rock vista and I love how it presents a more rural version of Melbourne. The nature is beautiful as are the photos x

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    The hanging rock looks stunning. Loved the rugged landscape you have photographed. I love Melbourne so much so visiting this place would be bonus for next time.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA

    The trees along the road are so pretty! Beautiful fall colors! The hanging rock is awesome. I would be scared to go near it though. I hope I get to fly to Melbourne. Thanks for sharing photos of stunningly beautiful Mount Macedon.

  • Kim Gammage

    What a beautiful place. When my other half drags me to Melbourne I am going to make him take me here!

  • Looks so beautiful! Nature can be so impressive. I didn’t know that you can find such a place so near Melbourne.

  • Familyearthtrek

    What a cool place and the view is beautiful! Must visit especially for the sunset! PS you look great!

  • Mount Macedon, looks great a perfect day spent exploring all new nooks and crannies of the mountains.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I’m impressed at the beauty of those places you saw. The pictures are stunning. I bet the views from the cross are fantastic.

  • Laura Dove

    Oh wow how gorgeous is this place?! Your photos are just stunning and it really does look like the most picturesque spot to visit!

  • Bump n Mum

    What a gorgeous place and the view is really stunning ! Must visit especially for the sunset!

  • Sabrina Barbante

    I was there during my Australian trip and you make me feel such a strong nostalgia for that amazing landscape!

  • Britt Ludington

    I would love to visit Australia someday. Also, girl I love your outfit with those black boots. So cute. I love reading travel blogs. Its like experiencing the trip with that person. Awesome pictures. I love it.

  • Made Adayasa

    Australia just one step from Bali island where I live . But till now we can’t afford to visit . Your pictures is amazing , we have to tight up our belt to safe some money . Would love to visit one day

  • kathryn Maher

    I have never been to Australia but I have a lot of family living in Melbourne and Sydney.Any town with commuter distance from a bigger city is always popular with day trippers especially a town like Mount Macedon where there is such an abundance of things to do.

  • David E

    Those are some amazing places that I would love to visit when I make it out to Australia. I really need to see that Hanging rock place though. Just love natural wonders like that.

  • What a beautiful place to visit.I love the scenery and all your photos are stunning.

  • Simply Apostolia

    Wow this is amazing! The views, and the nature! Just pure heaven! I’m from Greece and I live in a small town near Athens, so the only day trips I take are to Athens. Hoping I can explore more in the future!

  • taylor

    These photos are so beautiful! a friend of mine is about to study abroad in Australia and invited me to fly out with her to explore, maybe I should tag along with her to see these views!!

  • I was not knowing about Mount Macedon when I was in Melbourne, though I visited many nearby places like Puffy billy in Dandenong forest ranges. This place is photogenic as it has natural rocks with greenery all around and above all a beautiful sunset.

  • Lizzie Jones

    I’m going to Melbourne in February and hadn’t actually thought about doing any day trips, you’ve definitely twisted my arm on that one a little bit!