Macedon Regional Park

Macedon Regional Park

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Macedon Regional Park

Macedon Regional Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape that includes the traditional Country of the the Wurundjeri Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The Macedon Ranges are the southern end of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range and feature many natural and cultural attractions.

At just one hour north west of Melbourne, Macedon Regional Park and the small towns and villages throughout the Macedon Ranges make for a perfect weekend day-trip or overnight stay.

Enjoy a picnic and walk from Sanatorium Picnic area or cycle a forested trail. There are countless scenic drives to spectacular lookouts to take in the view.

You can even ride a horse on some trails through the park or enjoy a bushwalk on the Macedon Ranges Walking Trail as it weaves in and out of the park.

Autumn is a real highlight of with the change of season creating spectacular colours in the surrounding towns and villages of Macedon and Woodend, where a perfect ending to the day is a visit to the Top of the Range Tearoom.

Mount Macedon War Memorial Cross

After the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Mount Macedon War Memorial Cross is the most significant war memorial in Victoria. An icon in the region this imposing structure commemorates those who served in all wars.

Horse Riding

Old Scout Camp area provides a great starting point for your ride. Float parking is also available from the signposted section in Days Picnic Ground. Riders must remain on defined roads and tracks at all times. Horses are not permitted on walking tracks, closed management tracks or in picnic grounds.

Picnicking

Enjoy a leisurely picnic at one of the six picnic grounds in the Park. The Harbison Picnic Ground has free electric barbecues, shelters and toilets. Days Picnic Ground has great space for both small and larger groups while historical Sanatorium Picnic Ground offers an ideal location for smaller groups with easy access to the well defined, shady Sanatorium Eco Tourism Trail.

Cycling

Multi-purpose tracks in the Old Scout Camp area provide a range of cycling options for casual and more challenging experiences. Many other, open formed roads are available to explore and enjoy some magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Scenic Drives

A network of sealed and unsealed public roads allows you take in the stunning scenery of the park by car. Some unsealed roads are subject to seasonal closure. All vehicles must be registered and drivers/riders licensed.

Things to do in the area

A couple walk through the Macedon Regional Park

Walking in Macedon Regional Park

There are many walking tracks across Macedon Regional Park for visitors to explore and appreciate its wide variety of scenic views, natural features, and flora and fauna.
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.

Picnics

Head outdoors for lunch in the warmer months and enjoy a picnic in some of nature's most relaxing and inspiring settings.
A father teaches his young daughter to ride a bike in Braeside Park.

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in parks. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride or downhill adrenalin rush, Victoria's parks have something for you.

Macedon Regional Park

Birdlife is a real drawcard to the area. The steep and dense forests are filled with small wrens and yellow robins while crimson rosellas, king parrots and gang gang cockatoos are often found in the parks picnic areas and open spaces.

You might also come across:

Koalas
Kangaroos
Wallabies
Wombats
Echidnas

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know the all best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

Macedon Regional Park

Macedon Regional Park is north west of Melbourne. From the Calder Freeway take the Mount Macedon Road exits north of Gisborne or the Woodend exit and follow the signs.

When to go

Escape the summer heat and enjoy the cooler mountain walks and picnic areas throughout the park.

Need to know

Macedon Regional Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Macedon Regional Park - Partial Closure from Storm Damage

    Due to recent storm damage, sections of Macedon Regional Park are closed.  For public safety, areas will remain closed for further clearing of hazardous trees, ongoing dangers of tree fall, unstable ground conditions and damaged infrastructure in car parks and picnic grounds.  Some popular sites will require long-term planning and remediation works.  Parks Victoria will open sites as soon as they are safe, and works have been completed.

    OPEN - Harbison Picnic Ground, Cameron Drive, Top of the Range Tearooms, Cameron's and McGregor's Picnic Grounds, Camels Hump and walking tracks in Old Scout Camp Area.

    CLOSED - War Memorial Reserve (managed by Committee of Management), Days and Sanatorium Lake Picnic Grounds, Walking track from Bawden Road to War Memorial Reserve and all other roads and tracks.

    Refer to map for OPEN and CLOSED areas.

    Attachments: Macedon Regional Park Storm Closure Map 2021_09_14 (8,791KB)

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