View from Mt Towrong on Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon

View from Mt TowrongAbout Mt Macedon

Location

Mt Macedon is approximately 65km from Melbourne off the Calder Freeway and through the township of Mt Macedon.

Nearest Town

Mt Macedon is the nearest town. The summit is short drive from the township.

Opening Hours

Mt Macedon Regional Park is only closed on days of forecast Code Red Fire Danger.

The Top of the Range Tearooms at the summit are open:
Weekdays 10:30am to 4pm
Weekends 10:00am to 5pm
Tel: (03) 5427 3466

Activities

Mt Macedon Regional Park is superb for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and rock climbing at the Camel’s Hump area. There are also limited horseriding options. Check with the Park Rangers to find out where you can and can’t ride your horse.

Mt Macedon Regional Park is dog-friendly so bring your pooch along, so long as Fido is on a leash.

Getting there

Take the Calder Freeway for 57km and then exit at the Macedon/Mt Macedon turn off. Follow Mt Macedon Road for approximately 7km to the Mt Macedon township. Don’t confuse Macedon with Mt Macedon. Mt Macedon is the place you want to be.

For some hikes, you’ll want to continue through town following signs that turn off to the summit. For hikes that start in town, park somewhere near the Mountain Inn pub.

Contact

Calls the Parks Victoria office at Macedon or the Woodend Visitor Information Centre.

Parks Victoria Macedon Office
Nursery Road, Macedon 3440
Tel: (03) 5421 5500
Woodend Visitor Information Centre
High Street Woodend 3444
Tel: (03) 5427 2033

Facilities

There are fantastic picnic grounds with seats and tables, the Top of the Range Tearooms near the summit, plenty of toilets, bbqs, BYO wood fireplaces (not on days of total fire ban, of course!)

Wildlife in the Park

Be on the lookout for Mountain Possums (Bobuck), Greater Gliders, Swamp Wallabies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and koalas. Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos are local to the area, too.

Hiking & Trail Running, Mt Macedon

A misty morning on the Macedon Ranges Walking Trail

A misty morning on the Macedon Ranges Walking Trail

The thing I love best about Mt Macedon is how varied the tracks and surfaces you find yourself on are. There is something for all levels of runner and hiker, from easy to moderate tracks to very steep ascent and descents, single tracks, fire tracks and rocky tracks.

The Macedon Ranges Walking Trail is clearly marked and it’s hard to get lost out there, even for one as navigationally challenged as me.

Be prepared

It can get really cold and even snow during the winter months, so bring adequate gear for warmth and protection. Because some of the sections are so rocky and loose underfoot, a walking/hiking pole is also recommended.

Bring your own water.

Tracks and trails

There’s about 60km of tracks and trails to choose from. Here are some suggested hikes:

Macedon Ranges Walking Trail (MRWT) – 13km (approx) option

This walk involves a car shuffle. Leave a car in the town centre near the Mountain Inn hotel. Take the second car to the summit and park near the tea rooms. You can find the MRWT behind the tea rooms. Follow this trail and head toward McGregors Picnic Ground then continue to Camel’s Hump. The side trip to Camel’s Hump is optional. It’s about an extra 20 minute walk. From that junction, continue following the MRWT to Days Picinic Ground, cross Lions Head Road and follow the Forest Eco-Tourism Walking Trail to Sanatorium Lake. Again, this side trip to to the lake is optional.

Walk to Barringo Road, cross it and then follow Zig Zag track to Hemphills track where you’ll turn left. Follow this track for about 1.5km to the turn off to Mt Towrong. It’s a short, sort of steep ascent to the summit of Mt Towrong, then follow the steep, rocky path to Anzac Road. Turn left from here and walk back to Mt Macedon Road and once there, turn left to reach the Mt Macedon township where you parked your car.

It’s easy to follow this route on the Parks Victoria – Mt Macedon Walking Tracks map.  Follow sections 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

For the more adventurous not afraid of a steep ascent to start your hike (and for those who won’t have two cars to do the car shuffle), you can start this walk from the township, follow Mt Macedon Road to Douglas Road (on the left) for almost 2km and then take the MRWT  on the right and climb up to a junction with Hoods Track. Then turn right to get to the Mt Macedon Memorial Cross. This hike, together with the trails mentioned above, is about 16km.

Hiking books

We recommend:

  • Daywalks Around Melbourne by Glenn Tempest – it doesn’t seem to be available any more 🙁  You might be able to find a second hand copy on eBay.
    See Walks 50 and 51
  • Day Walks Victoria by John Chapman (the latest version was released in 2011)

Maps

Trail running events and ultramarathons

The next Trails+ Mt Macedon Trail Run will be held on in June. There will be 10, 15, 30km and 50km options. Help support one of Victoria’s best off-road ultramarathon events!

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