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Walking & hiking

The Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region offers a plethora of options for avid walkers and amblers alike. Take a scenic stroll through rolling farmland, walk from village to village, or enjoy a challenging hike across rugged escarpments in the region.

A country pace

If you are looking for a gentle stroll there are plenty of easy walks around picturesque country towns such as Daylesford, Kyneton and Sunbury. Wander around the parks and historic private gardens in Mount Macedon, explore the plants of New Zealand in Gisborne's Botanic Gardens, or take a quiet stroll around Lake Daylesford.

Test your stamina on a walk to the summit of Mount Piper. Enjoy panoramic views from the top and keep an eye out for wedge tail eagles, fairy martins and the endangered blue ant butterfly. 

Forest adventures

Seek out national, state and regional parks in the area for the best bushwalking trails. These include the Lederderg State Park, Macedon Regional Park, Werribee State Park, Hepburn Regional Park and Hanging Rock Reserve as well as the Wombat State Forest and the Mount Disappointment State Forest.

Long walks

For a serious walk, join the Great Dividing Trail as it passes through the region via the Federation Track from Ballarat to Daylesford, Dry Diggings Track from Daylesford to Castlemaine and the Lerderderg Track from Daylesford to Blackwood.

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Walking & hiking

Forest Ecotourism Walking Trail

Walk through native forests of the Macedon Ranges, passing stands of tall eucalypts and ferns.

Hanging Rock Trail

Climb the now extinct volcano that was made famous by the classic Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Lake Daylesford

Relax by the water with a picnic or barbecue, or stroll the gentle, tree-lined path around the lake.

Tipperary Walking Track

Trace the route of the old water races cut by miners last century on the Tipperary Walking Track.

The Goldfields Track

Walk or ride this superb 200-kilometre trail that connects Ballarat and Bendigo via scenic villages.

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Nature & wildlife

National parks and reserves

Witness wonders like nothing you've seen before in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges from national parks with rugged river gorges to scenic vistas.

Nature & wildlife

Parks and gardens

Visit immaculate gardens dotted around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, find lush tranquil forests, rolling farmland, and natural mineral springs.

Outdoor activities

Cycling

Take advantage of the quiet roads, cool climate, and easy access, to cycle around the charming towns dotted around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Outdoor activities

Camping

Spend a night under the stars at camping areas in the main state and regional parks including Lerderderg State Park and Hepburn Regional Park.