Project Description

2011 population

42,900

2031 population

55,900, increase of 30.44%

Main industries

Agriculture; timber; food processing; primary industries

Gross Regional Product

$1,196 million

The Macedon Ranges is located just 45 minutes north-west of Melbourne via the Calder freeway and 30 minutes from Melbourne Airport. The Shire features unique townships, beautiful landscapes, heritage architecture and vibrant community life.

The Macedon Ranges has one of the best collections of heritage towns in Victoria, with largely intact streetscapes from the gold rush era of the early to mid 1800s. The significant historical features of our towns give them a distinctive ‘village feel’.  Many were established along historic transport corridors and played an important role in the Victorian gold rush, linking Melbourne to central and northern Victoria.

Wander the streets of rural villages and take in the atmosphere and discover boutique shops and other treats, be taken by the natural beauty of the Macedon Ranges Regional Park and Hanging Rock, eat and drink your way around the region, or feast your eyes on the floral wonderlands of world class nurseries and private gardens that are open to the public.