Welcome to North Western Victoria...
The Macedon Ranges and Spa Country is all about indulgence. Pure indulgence of both mind and body. More than 30 wineries want you to come and taste their famous pinot noirs and chardonnays. The statei?1/2s best restaurateurs want to prepare for you their best cuisine. The local food producers tempt you from the side of the road to taste their fresh berries, their honey and their orchard apples.
The region has Australiai?1/2s richest concentration of mineral springs. Pump your own straight from underground at a spring or bathe in the health-giving waters at a spa. Treasure hunt in one of the many antique and old book stores. Wander through the fine art galleries. Take a hike through a forest or state park and get close to nature.
And all just an houri?1/2s drive from Melbourne.
At one stage in the 1850i?1/2s it seemed as if the whole world was migrating to the Victorian goldfields to seek a beguiling fortune. And still people come. They come to visit captivating heritage sites, sample luscious wines, fish on a still lake, wander with their thoughts through a quiet park and dine in a range of fashionable and fashionably diverse restaurants.
They come to create their own kind of history. A region that once gave up the Welcome Stranger i?1/2 the worldi?1/2s largest gold nugget i?1/2 has much to reward the modern version of the 19th century digger. You might not strike gold, but you will stake a claim to a rich vein of memories.
Getting around the Goldfields of Victoria is simply a matter of following the signs bearing the golden G, the symbol of the official Goldfields Tourist Route. The carefully planned itinerary of historical and scenic attractions will introduce you to countless stories of luck, loss and fascinating lives. Or you can trace the shorter Golden Way through an enchanting series of intact goldmining towns.
As you drive past a pristine miners cottage or a splendidly restored country hotel, or enter an old mine where candles still burn brightly to light the way, remember to take your time.