In what can only be described as a very chilly morning, our group of 10 set off from Mount Macedon Road at 9:30 and quickly found ourselves at the trailhead within about 10 minutes.
The first 40 minutes of the trek winds it’s way uphill through a messmate forest with the last section consisting of mountain ash and snow gums.
From here, we took a slight detour to check out the Mt Macedon Memorial Cross.
The cross itself is really something to look at, as this particular section offers some really good views of the surrounding area.
We retraced our steps back to the junction and continued on through a car park and back onto the trail.
After spending the first section of the hike walking uphill, I think I speak for our group when I say that the rest of the trail – up until the end – was much easier as it had very few steep sections.
By 12:30, we stopped for lunch at Days Picnic Ground. It was nice to take an extended breather and have a quick look around the area.
If you haven’t been here before, the area is wide open and with small fireplaces and picnic tables scattered all over, as well as a toilet block.
I couldn’t see any signs around saying you weren’t allowed to camp there, so perhaps someone can let me know if you can?
Lunch was done for the day and, by this stage, we were more than half-way finished. After making a quick stop to have a look at the Sanatorium Lake.
Our wonderful organiser, Lisa, led us on several more tracks to where we slightly ascended Mt Towrong and passed its rock cairn.
From there, it was all downhill as we made our way steeply down the western side of Mt Towrong.
After spending most of the day among the forest, it was nice to be in an exposed area, particularly, with the views we were treated to.
We arrived at the bottom and walked another 15 minutes back to the start where we all had a well-earned coffee/tea/milkshake/red wine.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Mount Macedon and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to go hiking in the western regions of Victoria.
I spend a lot of time out in the east, so it was nice to go somewhere different this time.
The Stats – Mount Macedon Walking Trail
Length (km): 18.5kms (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 5hrs and 9mins (moving time of 4hrs and 47mins)
Average Speed: 3.57 km/h
Difficulty: Moderate (Grade 3)
Return/Circuit/One Way: Circuit
Location: Mount Macedon
Maximum elevation: 1015m (according to WikiLoc)