Location and surrounds
Macedon is a small commuter town with a distinctly rural character, surrounded by native bush, mountain and rural valley views.
This quiet village sits at the base of Mount Macedon’s southern slopes, approximately 60 km north-west of Melbourne, just off the Calder freeway.
The town is set in gently sloping, heavily treed terrain and its streets are lined with established exotic and native trees. It is made up of smaller residential lots than the township of Mt Macedon.
During the gold rush this tiny town provided inns, beer houses, blacksmith services and stores to travellers heading to and from the goldfields.
In February 1983, the Ash Wednesday fires swept through the area, destroying many houses.
Today the Macedon town centre is complete with all the services you would expect of a country village—a bakery, hotel, newsagent and post office.
Macedon has a primary school, and a railway station on the Melbourne-Bendigo line. Council facilities include:
Visitmacedonranges.com provides information on things to see and do and what’s on in Macedon.
Autumn in the Macedon Ranges is a stunning time of the year attracting a large numbers of visitors to the region. The autumn colours of Honour Avenue in Macedon are a particularly popular draw card. In recent years, the large influx of visitors has required that traffic management measures are put in place to help reduce the impact to residents and maintain a safe environment. Measures to manage visitation will be implemented again in 2020.
For demographic data about Macedon, see Macedon Ranges Community Profile.