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Macedon: Staying Active in Spa Country
Macedon is a small town in Victoria’s spa country, where you can either work out or indulge and unwind. Discover kilometres of cycling or walking tracks through lush national parks, hike up to war memorials with sweeping views over the region or play some challenging rounds of golf.
When you’re ready to relax, take your pick of award-winning restaurants, watch a play at the local theatre or soak in one of the region’s natural springs. The town of Macedon is a strategic base for exploring the Macedon Ranges, with Hepburn Springs, Keyton and Hanging Rock just a short drive away.
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Macedon Spas, Culture and Dining
The Macedon Ranges are known for their century-old spa culture and the town of Macedon is no exception. Choose from day spas or hotels with guest spa access. Alternately, jump in the car and head to some of the area’s spa towns, such as Hepburn Springs. In total, the region boasts 140 mineral springs. In fact, you can select 200 types of treatments and cleanses!
In the evenings, catch a performance at Mountview Theatre. Watch favourite plays and musicals, as well as debut pieces written by the resident theatre troupe, the Mount Players. Performances often highlight the cultural heritage of the town’s residents. Kids can also sign up for acting workshops.
Macedon may be a small town, but six of its restaurants are featured in the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide. Stroll along Smith Street to try eateries that serve a wide range of cuisines, from Mediterranean inspired dishes to modern Australian fare.
Macedon Regional Park
Stretch your legs at Macedon Regional Park, just a few kilometres from the main street. There are a variety of scenic walks and drives, as well as lookouts and picnic areas, many of which have BBQ facilities. Most of the trails are shared by both walkers and cyclists, and there are paths suitable to all fitness levels. Ambitious walkers can undertake a 30 km trek that loops around the reserve, linking most of the key sights.
If you are pressed for time, head straight to the Camels Hump or Mt Macedon Memorial Cross lookouts. Here, you will have uninterrupted views of the tallest mountain in the region, Mount Macedon. For a short, flat stroll, take the 2.5 km Eco-Tourism Trail.
This path winds around Sanatorium Lake, which was considered to have healing properties in the 19th century. Wander in the shade provided by eucalyptus trees, stopping at interpretive signs to learn about the park’s flora and fauna. As you explore the park, keep your eyes peeled for mammals and reptiles, such as the Lowland Copperhead Snake.
Heritage and History in Macedon
Travellers interested in Australian military history will be able to pay their respects at Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve. This viewing platform harbours Victoria’s second largest monument to fallen soldiers. Right in town, you can walk along the Avenue of Honour. Stroll beneath 150 trees planted in memory of Australia’s World War I and II soldiers. The street is especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing colours.
The Macedon region was hit hard by Ash Wednesday, the bushfire that ravaged much of the region in 1983. Ash Wednesday Park commemorates the terrible incident. You might be able to catch a talk about the bushfires during your visit. Set amidst natural bushland, the reserve includes a large children’s playground, with options for both toddlers and older kids. Parents can watch their youngsters from the shaded picnic area.
Exploring the Macedon Ranges
A short drive from Macedon will get you to Hanging Rock, a uniquely shaped volcanic formation that has inspired many Aboriginal legends and modern artists’ works. Hike up the rock for panoramic views, or visit the Discovery Centre and find out more about the area’s human and natural history. Hanging Rock sometimes hosts open-air events and concerts.
Golfing holidays are popular in the Macedon Ranges, with a number of 9- or 18-hole public courses to choose from. Several clubs are set within easy reach of town. Cyclists will find a series of tracks to discover the region as they pedal. Fishermen tend to congregate on the banks of the Werribee or Lerderderg Rivers. Meanwhile, visitors interested in art can go gallery hopping in Kyneton.
Getting to Macedon
If you’re visiting from Melbourne, drive to Macedon in under 45 minutes. Alternately, hop on a direct train and reach your destination in 1.5 hours. Travel by bus is also possible, but takes slightly longer.