Autumn is a magical time of year, and if you’re looking for a way to celebrate the season and gaze at the remarkable beauty of the autumn leaves, look no further than the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival. For the whole month of April, across nine colourful and historic villages, they’re celebrating this vibrant season with open gardens, trails, fresh produce, workshops and more. Check it out from now until Sunday April 30.
Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival
Located just a 45 minute drive away from Melbourne CBD, you’ll lose yourself in golden landscapes, dreamy forests and picturesque villages. These locations include: Malmsbury, Kyneton, Woodend, Macedon, Mount Macedon, Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Lancefield. Explore the region by embarking on an Autumn Leaf Colour Trail, or going on a Historic Village Scenic Drive. With heaps of free and ticketed experience, there’s lots of things for you to see and do.
Festival highlights include:
- Macedon Ranges Autumn Pie and Tart Trail – over 40 venues will cook up tasty pies and tarts for you to try. Go on a foodie adventure from classic country bakeries to cellar doors.
- Tipple Trails – choose a designated driver and follow one of the Tipple Trails to discover craft brewers, gin distillers, country pubs, wine markers and more. If you’re not bringing the car, there’s also a Train Tipple Trail for you to experience.
- Autumn Gardens Trail – three gardens around Mount Macedon will open their gates to the public. These include Forest Glade Gardens, which are open daily all year round, as well as Duneira Estate and Viewfield, which will be open on weekends and public holidays in April.
- Farmers Markets – every weekend in April, there will be a Farmers Market for you to check out. Find some fresh and local autumn produce to take home.
- The Edgy Veg Trail – 26 cafes, restaurants and pubs around the region will serve up innovative and delicious plant-based dishes for you to try.
- Country Canvas Autumn Acrylic Painting Classes – head to a farm in Malmsbury and join local artist Tia Alysse. Paint gorgeous creatures, like a fox, golden goose, red panda, stag or red robin on various dates throughout the festival.
- Double Oaks Estate Wine and Clay Day – sip on wine and create something out of clay at this popular workshop on April 1 or April 15. Potter Sue Chehab will lead the way, and you’ll enjoy wine from Double Oaks Estate Winery while you’re there.
- Paranormal Investigation Ghost Tour – go ghost hunting and hone your investigating skills at the historic Kyneton Masonic Lodge on Saturday April 8.
For more information about the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival, click here.