Macedon Ranges Walking Trail (19km)

Macedon Ranges



6 hrs

Grade 3






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4 Reviews on “Macedon Ranges Walking Trail (19km)”

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  • That is a great circuit. Great views and plenty of varying scenery and bush along the way. Can get a bit busy especially around the picnic areas but it’s not long until you feel lost in the bush again. Highly recommended

  • Fantastic hike with a lot of variation including steep sections, open woodland, lakes and a few rocks to scramble around.

  • Awesome. Loved it. Very comfortable walk just over 4hrs. With a friend who trains on this track frequently. She gave me her poles for the final descent in the dark with headlamps.

  • Lovely trail not too far from Melbourne with a satisfying climb to the cross to start off with! Most walkers that I came across were doing sections of the Macedon Ranges Walking Trail and joined in from one of the several picnic grounds that this trail passes. The descent from Mt Towrong towards the end is a little steep and it pays to be sure-footed here as some loose rocks abound. Some brief sections on road had tight corners / potential blind spots – keep an eye out for cars if walking on public holidays / weekend.

  • I found the climb at the start of this one a bit too much. Granted, I was carrying a combined 20kgs of toddler and backpack, but it did me in by the time I was about 1/3 to 1/2 the way up – the height gain on each step was more than I could manage comfortably.

  • The first climb up to the cross completely destroyed me, i’m way less fitter than i first thought, Doing this in the wet made it slippery and twice as hard, and the climb down from Mt Towrong was also abit gnarly with its slippery rocky rapid decent, Middle part of the trail was quite enjoyable.
    Stopped at the cafe at the cross was a great way to warm up and refuel for the journey ahead. Trails are easy to follow with very little other traffic to pass you by.

  • We did this anti clockwise, loved it. We quite liked the steep 1/3 in and 1/3 end. Still have to figure out the scenic route down from Camel Hump which joins up with the Emergency Trail but it was too wet.

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Macedon Ranges Walking Trail

Trail Hiking Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we hike and pay respects to their Elders, past and present, and we acknowledge the First Nations people of other communities who may be here today.