Only 70kms north of Melbourne and a short drive from the Calder or Hume freeways, Lancefield has the classic air of a pastoral working town coupled with a strong local arts and antiques scene.

Location and surrounds

Lancefield is a compact, charming town situated in a rolling agricultural landscape at the geographic centre of Victoria. It has wide, tree-lined avenues and rural views in all directions. Key landscape features include Melbourne Hill to the south, and Deep Creek and Mount William Range to the east.


The area around Lancefield was first settled by squatters around 1837 and developed into a farming district. The town entered a boom period in the 1880s when it became a popular summer resort for Melburnians. There are still a number of intact nineteenth century buildings which present an attractive streetscape, including a three storey colonial hotel—reputed to be haunted—that is a huge antique wares and coffee shop.

The present day

Lancefield is home to a renowned monthly Lancefield Farmers Market where shoppers can stock up on veggies, organic meat, fresh honey, olive oils and more.


Lancefield has a primary school. Council facilities in Lancefield include:

See and do provides information on things to see and do and what’s on in Lancefield.


For demographic data about Lancefield, see Macedon Ranges Community Profile