The mighty Macedon Ranges
Explore this stunning region in Central Victoria
natural mineral water spas are not the only reason to visit the Macedon Ranges region. The picturesque towns of Daylesford and Kyneton, ideally located just an hour from Melbourne, are surrounded by natural beauty, including cascading waterfalls, lush bush trails and the famous Hanging Rock. While Daylesford has long been the go-to for spa treatments, nearby Kyneton is renowned for boutique producers turning out world-class wares, an exciting arts and craft scene, a
celebrated dining and bar scene, and accommodation options to suit a range of budgets.
FOOD AND WINE HUB
Both Daylesford and Kyneton are foodie meccas, attracting visitors from all over the world who flock to try the fantastic range of produce from this region. Near Daylesford, roam among the original 1850s structures of the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm in Shepherds Flat and enjoy a mountainous charcuterie platter in their famous trattoria. Chocoholics will no doubt want to visit Sweet Decadence, which claims to be the first hand-made chocolate shop in Victoria. Want seriously incredible cuisine? Head to the Lake House in Daylesford.
In Kyneton there are multiple local wineries, including Kyneton Ridge Estate and Paramoor, offering not just great cellar door sales but also excellent food. Leading the pack in local spirit makers is Animus Distillery, whose gin is gaining a fabulous reputation, and whose cocktail lounge on Piper St is the perfect spot to sample it. Also on Piper St, centre of Kyneton’s foodie scene, is the Piper St Food Co, which offers excellent charcuterie and picnic hampers, and will happily suggest a great spot for a picnic, too – perhaps Hanging Rock! There is also a cooking school, but make sure you book in advance as it’s popular.
To get a sense of what the region has to offer in terms of produce, head to the busy Kyneton Farmers Market, held every second Saturday of the month on Piper St. It’s packed with excellent, and attractively priced, local produce.
THRIVING ARTS AND CREATIVE SCENE
Looking for hand-designed and locally produced art, craft, fashion and homewares? The Macedon Ranges is the place to go. Want to try your hand at arts and crafts? Start in Kyneton, where you’ll find a range of art spaces offering classes in a range of skills and pursuits. Try Sarah Gabriel’s pen and ink classes at Lauriston Press just out of Kyneton. There’s a reason these intimate classes sell out quickly and you can also purchase her work from here. For something really different, try a chair-making course at Rundell & Rundell on Piper St.
Daylesford has a Farmers Market too, every Sunday, and across the road local artists display and sell their wares at the Woodshed Local Artisans Market, from 9am-1pm.