Autumn in Mount Macedon

  • Posted by Peter Richards
  • May 30, 2013 12:55 AM AEST
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One of the highlights of my recent trip to Australia was a day in Mount Macedon in the company of members of the Melbourne based Lyceum Club whose ranks include women who have distinguished themselves in art, music, literature, philanthropy or public service. Our host for the day, Mrs. Anne Bottomley, an experienced Victorian tour guide herself, met me in the City centre from where we drove out to meet the autumnal beauty of the Macedon ranges. One of the pieces of trivia that I picked up early in the day was that the famous Edna Everidge, also now a Melbourne street name, was originally Edna Average but due to the Australian pronunciation of her name evolved into the better known version.

After about an hour we arrived at Macedon where the autumnal changes were in full flow. A riot of seasonal colours kidnapped the visual senses. After coffee at the Mt. Macedon Trading Post our party  moved onto  the Memorial Cross at the summit which commemorates Australia’s war fallen and where the view from the cross takes in the entire southern plain towards Port Philip Bay. For those enquiring readers who might want to know Macedon is so-called: the popular theory is that after it was climbed in 1836 by Thomas Mitchell he sighted Port Phillip from its summit and named it after Philip of Macedon. The Macedon Regional Park covers much of the surrounding mountain range, part of the Great Dividing Range, and includes Mt Macedon and boasts an unsurpassed diversity of flora and fauna, with over 400 species of native plants and 200 species of bird recorded.

A sobering backdrop to Macedons’ natural beauty is a tragic recent history when in 1983, the Ash Wednesday bushfires consumed nearly all in its path taking a devastating toll in human life, local flora and fauna and property – miraculously leaving the local pub untouched in its wake.

After a splendid lunch at the Mt. Macedon Hotel our party repaired to the dramatic gardens of the Teive Tara situated conveniently on the other side of the road. The gardens themselves were in their full pomp of Autumnal colour and mere words will not do them justice. A rush to the visual senses will be guaranteed if you visit in late April.

Sadly my visit to the area only lasted a day but I would recommend any visitors to Victoria to take a detour to get here if at all possible. The Macedonian effect has to be experienced firsthand and thankyou Anne and the ladies of the Lyceum for introducing me   

 

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