Cameron Lodge, Hanging Rock Winery and Hanging Rock Reserve
The Macedon Ranges has long been a weekend playground for city slickers, located less than an hour from town along the Calder Freeway. A unique and historical place to stay in this region is Cameron Lodge Cottage, set amongst a magnificent ten acre private garden. Dating back to 1886 Cameron Lodge offers a rare opportunity to stay within the grounds of one of Australia's oldest hill stations. The cottage has an eclectic range of rustic furnishings and sleeps up to seven people in four bedrooms. Outside you are free to explore one of the most exquisite European-style gardens in Victoria. The gardens combine heritage trees, lush floral collections, sweeping lawns, pavilions and rambling paths.
Not far up the road is Hanging Rock Winery. It was established in 1983 and forms part of the Macedon Ranges wine region. It is the largest vineyard in the area and the cellar door stocks a wide range of wines to suit most styles and tastes. Their signature drop is the Macedon sparkling wine - Macedon NV Brut - but they also sell red and white wine varieties.
Hanging Rock Reserve is another popular spot in the area and is well worth checking out. Rising 105 metres from the plain and formed six million years ago, the extinct volcano was made famous by the classic Australian mystery, 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. It was formed through intense pressure and is referred to as a volcanic plug, which has massive granite peaks riddled with caves, tunnels and overhanging boulders. Hanging Rock Reserve has numerous walking paths for visitors to use, as well as BBQ facilities, tennis courts and wide expanses of lawn for those who love to picnic.
Cameron Lodge Cottage
Ph 03 5348 4422
Hanging Rock Winery
88 Jim Road, Newham
Ph 03 5427 0542
Hanging Rock Reserve
South Rock Road, Woodend
Ph 1800 244 711