Hanging Rock has crammed in a lot over 6 million years.... from a reputed refuge for bushrangers to a colorful host of popular horse races, the Rock could tell you many tales about the region's history... if you listen close enough...
Hanging Rock (Mt. Diogenes) is a rare volcanic formation located near the townships of Woodend & Mount Macedon in Victoria, Australia.
It is home of the Hanging Rock Cup & Races, and setting of the world renown novel & film Picnic at Hanging Rock. It is also home to various events and a wide array of native flora and fauna.
The 'Village in the Valley' is how Gisborne is described. Be sure to take a walk along the banks of the Jackson's Creek where you might sight a platypus. The village is green and lush with beautiful colour in the autumn. There is a great playground for children too. Visit Jumbuck Sheepskin and Leather for excellent quality lambswool and leather products.
Restaurants include: MyThai, Grand Guru, Artemeze (Greek), The Telegraph Pub and Emperor Tang Chinese.
Art Galleries in the Macedon Ranges
A day could be easily spent travelling between galleries and open studios in the Macedon Ranges.
Start in the north of the region in Malmsbury to visit Tin Shed Arts and Woodbine Gallery, then travelling to Piper Street in Kyneton for more interesting galleries such as Gallery on Piper.
Mad Gallery and Bankart Gallery in Lancefield offer some of the finest art in the region as well as occasional tourism exhibitions. Art classes are also offered at Bankart.
Mt Macedon, with its link to McCubbin, has provided an inspiration for many artists, and the tradition of arts continues at The Gallery in the Mount Macedon village.
To organise your gallery "tour" view the listings below or download and print a gallery fact sheet so you don't miss any of the amazing art on offer in the Macedon Ranges.
To Market, To Market!
Markets are a way of life in the Macedon Ranges, and have been for years as locals bought their produce direct from the producer.
It used to be pretty simple, and it is still is…farmers pick their fruit and vegetables, harvest their honey, make their wine, bottle their conserves, and then bring them to the villages for sale.
Nowadays, people from neighbouring regions flock to the delightful range of farmers and craft markets throughout the Macedon Ranges, guaranteed of top-quality produce and hoping for a bargain or two.
The produce may be a bit more sophisticated – such as flavoured olive oils, delicious goats cheese and tempting sweets – but the down-to-earth warmth and open friendliness of the sellers hasn’t changed one bit.
1st Saturday of each month
Woodend Farmers' Market
outside Community Centre, High Street
Find out more at the Woodend Farmer's Market on Facebook
1st Sunday of each month
Gisborne Olde Time Market
Hamilton and Aitken Streets
Find out more at the Gisborne Old Time Market on Facebook
Gisborne Oaks Market
Gisborne Shopping Centre, Brantome Street
2nd Saturday of each month
Kyneton Farmers' Market
St Pauls Park, Piper Street
Find out more at the Kyneton Farmers' Market on Facebook
2nd Sunday of each month
Malmsbury General Store, Mollison Street
3rd Saturday of each month
Riddells Creek Community Farmers' Market (not December)
Riddells Creeek Primary School, Main Road
Find out more at the Riddells Creek Farmers' Market on Facebook
3rd Sunday of each month
Woodend Market (September – May)
High and Forest Streets
4th Saturday of each month
Lancefield Farmers' Market
centre plantation, High Street
Note: 3rd Saturday of the month in December
Natural Attractions of the Macedon Ranges
Make the most of each town’s vantage point by visiting its reserve or picnic areas. Pack a picnic hamper with local bounty from the various food stores found along the way. Celebrate the region’s abundance of natural mineral springs and fill your flask from the pump at the Kyneton Mineral Springs.