Mount Macedon: Winter Perfection
An easy drive from Geelong (or Melbourne), Mount Macedon is well worth a trip down the highway.
It’s a real treat for hiker’s here – the 30km Macedon Ranges Walking Trail (MRWT) is easily broken up into smaller day walks for people of many different levels of fitness, including kids and families.
Apart from around the Memorial Cross area, it is a peaceful and uncrowded place for some beautiful bushwalking along a well-maintained and picturesque hiking trail.
Mount Macedon Walking Trail Video
Close to the Memorial Cross there’s a couple of beautiful lookouts (the above video was taken from one of them) – which even through the fog on the day I visited, offered stunning panoramic views across the valley.
And the best part? About half way into my hike (at the Memorial Cross) I stopped into the amazing café – where I devoured a delicious frittata and great coffee. Well needed and enjoyed, it was the perfect fuel to keep me going on the return trip.
Walk Details: I parked at the Sanatorium Lake Picnic Ground and walked to the Memorial Cross via Days Picnic Ground and the Camel’s Hump. I then returned the same way. This walk was about 17 or 18km. For a shorter walk you could try going from Camel’s Hump to the Memorial Cross return (about 9km). Or – you can just choose any of the picnic areas to park in – head out as far as you want to along the trail, then follow it back to the starting point. For those hiking with kids, I’d suggest parking at the Memorial Cross and heading off from there – that way you can just walk as long as you think they can take, before heading back (and the promise of a stop at the cafe when you get back will help them along!).
Notes: This hiking trail is dog friendly. The day I visited it was almost 10 degrees colder than Geelong (only 4 degrees at 1pm!) – so rug up! Especially with the cold snap we’ve had the last few days (and the snow), make sure you are dressed for the cold weather – think layers that you can easily take off if you get warm while you’re hiking.
What about you – do you have a favourite hiking trail that’s great in Winter?
For extra info see Parks Victoria Walking Notes:
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