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Mount Macedon
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Natural Attractions

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Hanging Rock

Dramatic, unique and perfect for all ages, Hanging Rock is a place where history and mystery meet headon.

Indigenous History

The Macedon Ranges region is home to sites of national significance, and the local indigenous community is still active today.

Memorial Cross

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Visitor Information

Kyneton Visitor Information Centre

Kyneton Visitor Information Centre

High Street, Kyneton   Victoria   3444
Open 7 days, 9am – 5pm

Ph (03) 5422 6110

Woodend Visitor Information Centre

Woodend Visitor Information Centre

High Street, Woodend   Victoria   3442
Open 7 days, 9am – 5pm

Ph (03) 5427 2033

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Indigenous History

The Macedon Ranges has a strong indigenous association, with evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have lived in the area for at least 26,000 years.

Tribal clans, mainly the Woiwurrung and Dja Dja Wurung, roamed along the grassy waterways of this region to hunt, fish and gather food across territory defined by tribal language, and bounded by geographical features such as mountain ridges, creeks or rivers.

The Woiwurrung (or Wurundjeri) people lived in the lands in and around the Yarra River and Maribyrnong watershed, which extended northwards to include the Macedon Ranges and the current towns of Gisborne, Macedon, Woodend, Hesket, Romsey, Riddells Creek and Lancefield.

The Dja Dja Wurrung language group covered a very large area of central Victoria. It is thought that the lands around the present towns of Kyneton and Malmsbury were home to the Galgal Gundidj clan.

Both the Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrrung communities are active today, with the Wurundjeri Council and Wurundjeri Elders working throughout the community to manage and care for their land.

Although not obvious or easily located, indications of the indigenous occupation of the Macedon Ranges can be found in the form of scarred trees, rock scatters, shell middens, quarries, grinding stones, ceremonial grounds and ochre pits.

Mount William, north of Lancefield, is one of the most important cultural sites of the Wurundjeri people, with highly-prized greenstone being extensively quarried for use as axe tools. Mount William was recently added to the National Heritage List in recognition of its national significance.

Note: all Aboriginal cultural places and artefacts are protected by law in Victoria under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. It is illegal to disturb or destroy a place and artefacts. If you believe you have found an artefact or a site of significance, report your find to Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.