The rolling hills and farmland of the Macedon Ranges, also known as the
'Spa Country', is located at the end of
the Great Dividing Range. Formed by ancient volcanic activity and originally
settled by the 19th century gold rush, it is now a favourite summer destination for many generations of people from the city of Melbourne; a place of pleasure, fun and
relaxation, only an hours drive from the city.
This beautiful region of
rugged ancient mountains, boulders, outcrops, volcano, forest and waterfall, is
also renown for its grand
English-style gardens and beautiful residences.
The Macedon Ranges is also home
to natural mineral spas and springs, with the Hepburn Springs-Daylesford area as
the place to come to unwind and relax. It is here that visitors can available
themselves for free, the mineral springs via the 65 plus hand-pumps scattered
around the place. Of course, there are also the more up-market options from
luxury spa-baths to flotation tanks. The place is a magnet, attracting one of
the highest concentrations of natural therapists in Australia from masseurs that
practice acupuncture, reiki and shiatsu, through to the more holistic health treatments
and beauty centres.
Those seeking a relaxed alternative lifestyle have
been attracted to the area and in particular to Daylesford. Here you will mix
with backpackers, hippies, gays and
lesbians. Those with more cash tend to prefer neighbouring Hepburn, that include
Hepburn Spa Resort. Then there are the artisans including sculptor, painters,
glassblowers, silversmiths, to name just a few, who are here for the lifestyle
and the inspiration.
Other attractions in the region include the
famed Hanging Rock at Woodend, some great drives, where you can view the original native
flora and fauna, galleries, food and wine. There are also a number of historic
towns including Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Blackwood,
Lancefield, Malmsbury, Melton, Mount Macedon, Romsey,
Sunbury, Trentham and Woodend.
Check out our selection of
Macedon Ranges accommodation.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.