Macedon Ranges

If you aren’t already familiar with the Macedon Ranges region the best place to start is at the official tourism site.

But  here are some of our tips for the Macedon Ranges region – and they are all within easy striking distance of SkyHouse.

Sightseeing

If you are actually staying on Mt Macedon, why not start with a look around? There are plenty of walking tracks, including the great view from the Camel’s Hump, or drive and then stroll to the summit. Visit the township of Mt Macedon itself (the Trading Post is a nice place for breakfast, light lunches and even dinner) and some of the great mansions there have open gardens that are quite different to the rest of Victoria thanks to the altitude and the spending ability of their founders.

Surrounding towns include Gisborne, Lancefield, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Sunbury. Each is different in its own way but well worth having a look at if you are into galleries, cafes, colonial rural architecture and wineries.

You are also not far from Daylesford (about 30 minutes). The perfect day trip? Head to Daylesford via Trentham, see the sights, enjoy a luxurious spa treatment at Hepburn Springs and browse the galleries before heading back to Mt Macedon and SkyHouse.

Wineries

We love the local wineries, many of which are only minutes away from SkyHouse. The area specialises in cold-climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which means there’s great sparkling as well. But the ever-inventive local winemakers will give anything a crack, and many source Shiraz from the nearby Heathcote area for some hefty reds.

Our favourite local cellar doors include: Hanging Rock, Mount Macedon and Hesket Estate wineries but there are many more. A little further afield we reckon Curly Flat (near Lancefield), Knights Granite Hills, Paramoor and Cobaw Ridge are among the best but grab one of the maps we provide and see for yourself or go to www.macedonranges.com for a list.

Eating Out

The idea of having your own house to stay in is to make use of the excellent kitchen, the barbecue and the indoor and outdoor dining areas. Not to mention scouring the region for some of Victoria’s best wine and produce.

But there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes around, especially in Woodend and Kyneton. Here are a few of our favourites.

Woodend

Schatzi’s features hearty cooking, big helpings and specific gluten-free options.

The Victoria Hotel has a nice atmosphere, especially for families, with outdoor seating for summer.

Café Colenso behind the antique shop in the side street next to the Holgate Brewhouse. Takes some discovering, but it’s like an old farmhouse in the middle of town.

Holgate Brewhouse (Keatings Hotel) has a great bar menu and loungeroom style furniture. Beer lovers can try a six-glass degustation of the brews that are brewed on site, or get straight into a pint off the menu.

Campaspe House – the restaurant has some truly inspired French-style dining.

Maloa House Gourmet Delights does a ripper breakfast, nice lunches, great coffee, tea and cakes. Doubles as a furniture/homewares/edible produce store as well.

Kyneton is also pretty famous and only 15 minutes north of Woodend. Restaurants to check include: the Royal George Hotel has an exceptional looking bar and restaurant, then there’s Pizza Verde, Annie Smithers and Star Anise. Head straight for the world-famous Piper Street and its historical precinct – you can’t go wrong.  There was an extensive article in the Epicure section of The Age on Kyneton an Piper Street in October 2009.

Markets and regional events

Go to the official calendar and the markets and plan your visit to SkyHouse Mount Macedon – everything is nice and close!

Image: Mount Macedon Trading Post, Mount Macedon
Image: Left: the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross

Right: The Cafe at Hanging Rock
Image: Cafe Colenso, Woodend
Image: Left: Curly Flat Winery

Right: Coffee at Cafe Colenso, Woodend
Image: Nearby vineyards, looking back to Mount Macedon
Image: Left: the restaurant at the Holgate Brewery, Woodend

Right: Maloa House Gourmet Delights, Woodend

SkyHouse
Mount Macedon
Macedon Ranges (near Woodend)
Victoria, Australia


All images © Jonathan Hawley