Macedon, Victoria

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The Macedon Family Hotel, circa 2009
Macedon is located in Shire of Macedon Ranges
Coordinates 37°25′S 144°34′E / 37.417°S 144.567°E / -37.417; 144.567Coordinates: 37°25′S 144°34′E / 37.417°S 144.567°E / -37.417; 144.567
Population 2,808 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3440
Elevation 505 m (1,657 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Macedon Ranges
State electorate(s) Macedon
Federal Division(s) McEwen
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
15.3 °C
60 °F
7.1 °C
45 °F
843.9 mm
33.2 in
Localities around Macedon:
Woodend Woodend Mount Macedon
Bullengarook Macedon Mount Macedon
Bullengarook Bullengarook Gisborne

Macedon /ˈmæsədən/[2] is a town located near the Calder Freeway between Melbourne and Bendigo in the Macedon Ranges in central Victoria, Australia. It is in the local government area of the Shire of Macedon Ranges at the foot of Mount Macedon, a 1,013-metre (3,323 ft) peak to the north. At the 2016 census Macedon had a population of 2,808. The combined population of Macedon and the nearby larger town of Gisborne was 21,071[3] at June 2016.


The Post Office opened on 15 March 1859 and was known as Black Forest until 1870.[4] In February 1983, the Ash Wednesday fires swept through the area, destroying many houses.[citation needed]

As of 2009, the town is serviced by the Macedon railway station on the Bendigo railway line. Macedon has a primary school[5] which was once attended by wartime Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin. The town also has registered teams in cricket, Australian rules football, lawn bowls, tennis and netball.[citation needed]

Film and Television Industry[edit]

Macedon is often known as the town from "Picnic at Hanging Rock", the 1975 mystery movie based on the novel of the same name.

Parts of the 2009 Nicolas Cage film "Knowing" was shot around Macedon, most notably the local petrol station which was renovated to appear more like an American gas station. Most of the film was also shot nearby in Mount Macedon. The television series 'Chris Humfrey's Wild Life' was filmed in Macedon. The series aired in March 2011 on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Macedon". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 October 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2016: Population Estimates by Significant Urban Area, 2006 to 2016". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.  Estimated resident population, 30 June 2016.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  5. ^ Macedon Primary School

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