Mount Macedon

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Victoria Mount Macedon

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Introduction

Mount Macedon is a small town located about an hour out of Melbourne. The highlight of the town are its stunning 19th century gardens and extravagant properties. Several of these are regularly open for the public to enjoy.

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Sights and Activities

Gardens

  • Hascombe is a large garden owned by trucking company Linfox. Once a year it opens to the public to raise money for charity. One of the highlights is a Himalayan Fir, one of only two in all of Australia.
  • Alton is across the road from Hascombe. Its historic residence surrounded by an English garden have made it popular for film shoots, such as Macbeth.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Macedon Regional Park covers an area of 2427 hectares. There are several short and long walks that can be enjoyed along the Macedon Ranges Walking Trail.
  • Near the summit of the mountain there is a 21 metre high Memorial Cross established in 1935 to remember those who died in World War I. This is a good spot for spectacular views of Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges and the You Yangs.
  • Camels Hump, near the top of the mountain, is a popular rock climbing spot, offering a few decent climbs at an easy distance from Melbourne. You can also just go for walks around the rocks to enjoy some more nice views.
  • Hanging Rock, the setting for the film and novel "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is nearby and has been the site of annual New Year's Day horse races since 1880.
  • The Forest Eco-tourism trail will take you to Sanatorium lake, named after a turn-of-the-century tuberculosis sanatorium that burned down in 1910.

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Getting There

By Train

You can catch a V/Line train to nearby Gisborne. From there, a taxi seems to be the only option. The drive from Gisborne is about 15 minutes.

By Car

From Melbourne, drive along the Calder Highway until you reach one of the exits at either Woodend or New Gisborne. There should be signs to Mount Macedon. The drive up the mountain on Mount Macedon Road is quite steep.

By Bus

There are no bus services to Mount Macedon.[1]

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.55. Internationally, it costs $1.40 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.45 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.10 to anywhere else in the world.[2]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail.

References

  1. 1 None found here anyway: http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/Page/page.asp?Page_Id=946&h=0
  2. 2 Australia Post: http://www1.auspost.com.au/pac/pdfs/PostCharges.pdf (PDF). Sourced 05 Feb 2010

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