The proximity of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region to Melbourne is one of the many reasons it’s so popular.

Now, thanks to the introduction of a capped daily fare of $9.20 across V/Line services (in effect from 31 March, 2023), travelling to the region is more accessible and affordable than ever. In celebration of this, here’s a look at just some of the villages that can be accessed directly from Southern Cross Station, via the Bendigo line.


Conveniently located in the heart of town, the Macedon Train Station provides easy access to both food and nature experiences. Stroll down Victoria Street and grab a bite to eat or a coffee from Mr., The Lazy Baker or The Macedon Lounge. From there, it’s a pleasant 20-minute walk to Macedon’s famous Honour Avenue. Alternatively, head west and follow the path that leads part way around the Macedon Reservoir. Affectionately known as ‘the Res’ by locals, this picturesque lake was the backdrop for a scene in the 2022 Liam Neeson film Blacklight.


Discover for yourself why Woodend was recently named regional Victoria’s most liveable town. Located at the top end of High Street, Woodend Train Station is within easy walking distance of the town’s attractions. Start with a vanilla slice at Bourkies Bakehouse, before picking up some artisan wares or gifts from boutique stores such as Woodend General and Mort & Pestle. Next, head to the Taproom at Holgate Brewhouse and try one of their famous tasting paddles, before popping next door to pick up a bottle of local wine from the Woodend Wine Store. If travelling with young ones, be sure to stop by the expansive Woodend Children’s Park, followed by an ice cream from Woodend Ice Cream Co.


Kyneton Train Station is located on the edge of Kyneton, but is still within easy walking distance of the many food, art and shopping options. Start with a walk through the beautiful botanic gardens (stunning in autumn) before getting your arts fix at the Old Auction House. Settle in for lunch at the Social Foundry or Kyneton Hotel, before walking on to historic Piper Street. Shop up a storm at Camilla on Piper, The Woolshed Australia and Kabinett, before ending the day with a cocktail at Miss M’s Lounge or Animus Distillery.


The Malmsbury Train Station is located a pleasant 10-minute walk from the stunning Botanic Gardens – recognised as some of the oldest in Victoria. Nearby and not to be missed is Malmsbury’s photogenic railway viaduct, an impressive feat of nineteenth-century engineering. Enjoy some Mediterranean inspired fare at The Stables or wander up the charming main street and enjoy a delicious pie from the Malmsbury Bakery.


Located in the heart of town, the Castlemaine Train Station provides easy access to all Castlemaine’s main attractions, including The Mill precinct; Castlemaine Art Museum; Buda Historic House & Garden; and the Theatre Royal. For further inspiration, read our insider’s guide to Castlemaine on page 8. 

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Madeleine is the PR manager at Daylesford Macedon Tourism and the editor of Daylesford Macedon Life magazine. A Woodend local, she loves getting out and about meeting with tourism operators and helping to spread the word about the many amazing things to do in the region. On the weekends, Madeleine can be found exploring the region with her three young kids in tow.