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Macedon Regional Park

The 2,379-hectare Macedon Regional Park surrounds Mount Macedon, the highest peak of the Macedon Ranges. The park is located around 73km west of Melbourne CBD and is a popular eco tourist destination in Victoria for bush walking, scenic drives, and picnic.

The Macedon Ranges situated between Melbourne and Bendigo is the southern end of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range and feature many natural and cultural attractions. Even in the early years of European settlement in the area, the exploitation of the forests of Macedon ranges for its valuable timber, raised concern among conservationists. The Macedon Regional Park was established to protect and preserve the forests along the ridge of the Range for future generations and to provide facilities for enjoying its natural beauty.

 

Attractions of Macedon Regional Park

War Memorial Cross

The Memorial Cross located at the summit of Mount Macedon is Victoria’s second most significant war memorial after the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Mount Macedon is situated 65km North West of Melbourne CBD. The top of the summit also provides spectacular views of the landscape around. The Memorial Cross was listed on the Victorian Heritage Register on 1 September 1994.

For More information Visit https://tomelbourne.com.au/the-memorial-cross-at-mount-macedon/

Survey Cairn

The Mount Macedon Survey Cairn as it exists today is a large stone structure constructed of shaped and mortared stone. The structure is approximately 8 metres high and tapered from 4m diameter at the base to 1.5m at the top. The Mount Macedon Survey Cairn is one of the three examples in Victoria of mortared geodetic stone triangulation stations; the others being located in Mount Alexander and Warby North.

For more information visit: https://tomelbourne.com.au/the-macedon-geodetic-triangulation-survey-cairn/

DC3 Kurana Display

This display was erected to commemorate the crash of Australian National Airline’s plane ‘Kurana’ in November 1948. On 8th November 1998, the 50th anniversary of the event, the memorial was erected. The flight was on its way to Deniliquin from Melbourne. The Air hostess Elizabeth Fry and 19 passengers escaped from the wrecked and burning plane. Seven were injured. The pilot H. Warlow Davies was killed on the spot and co-pilot Barrington-Keyes died of his injuries at Keyneton Hospital.

Camels Hump

Camels Hump is the highest peak in the Macedon Ranges at 1011 metres above sea level. The Hanging Rocks at Woodend and the surrounding countryside can be viewed from Camels Hump. It is a steep but comparatively easy 500m ascend to the viewing platform at the top.

Sanatorium Lake

Sanatorium lake was built around 1899 to supply water to the Tuberculosis Sanatorium, which was situated on a five-acre property in the hills on the Mounts on the Towrong side of the Willimigongong Creek.

For More information read: https://tomelbourne.com.au/sanatorium-lake-at-mount-macedon/

https://tomelbourne.com.au/history-of-macedon-sanatorium/

Walking Trails

(Provided by Parks Victoria)

Macedon Railway Station to Old Scout Camp

Distance: 2km

Time: 40 minutes one way

Attractions: stone bridge on the Melbourne-Bendigo railway line.

walk north along Smith Street and Middle Gully Road to the Old Scout Camp site. Look out for native orchids and Kangaroo Grass, widespread before European settlement, but reduced by grazing and early land management practices.

Old Scout Camp to Bawden Road/Douglas Road

Distance: 1.4km

Time: 25 minutes one way

From Old Scout Camp at Macedon Regional Park, follow the arrows east. Shortly after crossing the shallow creek, turn left and begin walking uphill. After some time, follow the arrow pointing left. At the embankment, climb the stairs and cross Bawden Road. To continue your walk, take the second wooden staircase.

Bawden Rd/Douglas Rd to Macedon War Memorial Cross

Distance:  2.2km

Time: 1 hour one way

The track runs parallel with the road for a short distance before zigzagging up the southern face of Mount Macedon. This is the steepest part of the track and may be slippery. On passing Hoods Track, you begin to leave the dry slopes and enter wetter Messmate/gum forest.   Since the Ash Wednesday fires of February 1983 there has been prolific regeneration including stands of wattle, Messmate, Snow Gum and Alpine Ash. The understorey features Hazel Pomaderris and Hop Goodenia, and ferns such as Mother Shield and Fishbone. The track merges on to a sealed path in the Cross Reserve. Turn left to exit the war memorial cross reserve via the Gatehouse.

Macedon War Memorial Cross to Cameron Picnic Ground

Distance: 1.8km,

Time: 30 minutes one way

Walk towards the Tearooms, turn left and follow the sign to the Western Lookout loop, with views of Woodend and the surrounding areas. Return to the main track and proceed in a north-west direction through the Messmate forest, where you might see wallabies and wombats and hear many types of birds.  Cameron Picnic Ground is a good place to plan a break – it is 200m to the right off the main track.

Cameron Picnic Ground to Camels Hump

Distance:  2.7km

Time: 1 hour one way

Return to the main track and head north-east. The track heads around the northerly aspect of the range crossing several management tracks, eventually merging into a dirt road at the boundary of private properties. Turn right and follow the signs to McGregor’s Picnic Ground.

 The track continues along the northern boundary of the picnic ground to a management track – turn right and follow the signs to Camels Hump carpark. A short 500 metre walk takes you to the peak of Camels Hump.  A direction dial on the viewing platform helps you identify features in the surrounding landscape including the Hanging Rock.

From Camels Hump you have two return routes options:

  • Walks 6 to 9 – 10.3km – 3.5 hours. Travel the south-east face of Mount Macedon towards Macedon Railway Station via Cameron Drive
  • Walks 10 to 14 – 8.7km, 3 hours. Continue along the walking track towards Sanatorium Lake

Camels Hump to Clyde Track (via Cameron Drive)

Distance:  1.4km

Time: 30 minutes one way

To continue the loop walk (Sections 7 & 8) back to the Macedon Railway Station, return to Camels Hump carpark, then follow the Cameron Drive road easement back towards the Memorial Cross. Turn left at Clyde Track.

Clyde Track to Alton Road

Distance: 1.4km

Time: 25 minutes one way

Follow the descending track through the remnant stand of wet Messmate/gum forest through the plantation areas leading out of the Park into Alton Road.

Alton Road to Douglas Road/Bawden Road

Distance:  2.8km

Time: 1 hour one way

Follow Alton Road down to Douglas Road / Bawden Road, passingAlton and Hascombe historic homes. Alton Road has views to Mount Towrong and over Mount Macedon township

Douglas Road/Bawden Road to Macedon Railway Station

Distance:  4.7km

Time: 1.5 hours one way

At Douglas Road turn right to go back to the embankment stairway, the Old Scout Camp and Macedon Railway Station. Alternatively, turn left to the township of Mount Macedon.

Camels Hump to Days Picnic Ground

Distance:  1.8km

Time: 30-40 minutes one way

The circuit track loops around the Camels Hump and continues over Mount Macedon Road and on to Days Picnic Ground.

Sanatorium Eco Tourism Trail to Zig Zag Track

Distance: 2.6km

Time: 45 minutes one way

Continue through Days Picnic Ground, cross Lions Head Road to the start of the Eco Tourism Trail. Follow the signs to Sanatorium Lake. Take a stroll around the lake or follow the signs to Sanatorium Picnic Ground. Continue through this picnic ground to Barringo Road and veer left to the start of Zig Zag Track.

Zig Zag Track to Hemphill’s Track

Distance:  1.3km

Time: 15-25 minutes one way

The Zig Zag Track winds its way down through wet Messmate forest to Hemphill’s Track. Listen out for the many bird species calling through the valley

Hemphill’s Track to Mount Towrong Track

Distance:  1.5km

Time:  25 minutes one way

Hemphill’s Track branches left off Zig Zag Track and takes you through tall Messmate and gum forest.

Mount Towrong Track to Anzac Road (Macedon)

Distance:   1.5km

Time:  45 minutes one way

Turn right off Hemphill’s Track and continue along Mount Towrong Track towards it’s summit. The understorey consists of Prickly Moses with dense Wiregrass, while the upper storey vegetation changes to dry Messmate, Broad-leaved Peppermint and Long-leaved Box.  From the western face of Mount Towrong, you can see Mount Macedon and local areas. The track becomes steep as you walk down towards Anzac Road. Descend the stairs and turn left then follow Anzac Road back towards Mount Macedon.

Bicycle Tracks

  1. Bawden Road-Scout Camp Track – 2.5km
  2. Scout Camp outer loop track – 5.7km
  3. Loop track off high side of Bawden Road- 3.6km
  4. Bawden Road, western park boundary to Clyde Track via Barbers Chute – 3.3km. Steep, rocky section for experience riders only – walking may be required.
  5. Top of Barbers Chute to Cameron Drive via the Telecom tower track – 0.4km
  6. Cameron Drive from Clyde Track intersection to Francis Road intersection incorporating the loop return track – 4.2km
  7. Mount Macedon Road to Cameron Drive via start of Turner Avenue – 1.9km
  8. Cameron Drive from Clyde Track intersection to the commencement of Camels Hump Track – 1.4km
  9. Camels Hump Track from Cameron Drive to Mount Macedon Road – 700m
  10. Lions Head Road from Mount Macedon Road to the eastern access track – 2.0km
  11. Old Plantation Track through to Sanatorium Picnic Group access road – 760m
  12. Sanatorium Picnic Group access road to the eastern end of Barringo Road – Catchment gate – 2.3km
  13. Softwood plantation boundary track linking Barringo Road – 2.0km
  14. Hells Hole Track linking Barringo and Link Tracks – 1.4km
  15. Link Track Number 1 – joins Barringo Road – 600m
  16. Link Track Number 2 – 1.1km. Very steep section joins Zig Zag Road
  17. Hemphills Track – 1.6km
  18. Moola Track – 0.72km. Provides a link to Mt Macedon township via Sangsters Road.
  19. Zig Zag Track – 1.3km
  20. Eastern Access Track – 1.5km
  21. Hesket Boundary Road linking Gap Road Cherokee – 4.1km

Information Courtesy: Parks Victoria

 

Detailed information on walking tracks and bicycle tracks can be found here: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/macedon-r,-d-,p,-d-,

 

 

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