Situated in the south of the shire close to Melbourne, Gisborne is the largest town in the Macedon Ranges that retains a semi-rural character and a wealth of open spaces.
Location and surrounds
Gisborne is located fifty-four kilometres north-west of Melbourne and is the closest to Melbourne of the Macedon Ranges Shire towns. The train station and nearby Calder Freeway provide easy access to Melbourne and the Airport, located 45 mins and 30 mins away by car respectively.
The town’s many open spaces are connected with pathways that follow Jacksons Creek, suitable for cycling or walking. The town’s Botanic Gardens are located among these open spaces and have a more contemporary design and includes many New Zealand native plants. Exotic treed Avenues form major entrances to the town from the north and south.
Gisborne is situated within a large valley bordered by cleared agricultural land. It is nestled at the foot of the Jacksons Creek escarpment which almost rings the town, and is flanked by Mt Gisborne to the south and the Macedon Ranges to the north. These significant backdrops enhance the town’s semi-rural character.
Gisborne was surveyed in 1851 and named after H.F. Gisborne, the Victorian Crown Lands Commissioner.
Despite being a major urban centre, Gisborne still retains its village character. The town combines old and new, rural and suburban. It brims with modern cafés and boutiques against a setting of mature oaks, heritage buildings and country homesteads.
Gisborne has a town bus service and a railway station on the Melbourne-Bendigo line. It has one secondary school and three primary schools. Council facilities in Gisborne include:
See and do
Visitmacedonranges.com provides information on things to see and do and what’s on in Gisborne.
For demographic data about Gisborne, see Macedon Ranges Community Profile.