Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival finalist in Victorian Tourism Awards

The awards showcase the state’s leaders in tourism excellence and acknowledge outstanding innovation, industry professionalism and collaboration.

The festival was launched in 2021 as an initiative of the Macedon Ranges Visitor Economy Strategy. In 2022, the festival delivered approximately 1.6 million to the visitor economy.

Council’s Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson, was thrilled to see the Autumn Festival nominated as a finalist in the Victorian Tourism Awards.

“It’s exciting to see the Autumn Festival acknowledged as a finalist in the awards, and a must-do activity on Victoria’s event calendar. It’s a major event for our region and draws visitors from far and wide.”

“The Macedon Ranges is just beautiful during autumn and the festival provides a real buzz for the community and local businesses. It’s an exciting time of year to be part of the shire,” she said.

Businesses, community groups and creatives are being encouraged to join the hype and submit their autumn themed creation by Friday 9 December to be part of the 2023 festival program.

The festival will take place throughout April across nine historic villages and provides a platform to showcase the region’s makers, producers, artisans and attractions.

Visitors are inspired to explore and discover the beauty of autumn in the Macedon Ranges through curated trails and itineraries, markets, workshops and events.

New ‘Tipple Trail’ itineraries will encourage visitors to discover country pubs, breweries, distillery and cellar doors in the region, providing further opportunities for businesses to get involved.

Council will also facilitate three Welcome to Country events, bring back The Gardeners puppets to our farmers markets, and curate autumn-inspired driving itineraries and competitions, all to be featured on a dedicated Autumn Festival website.

Back by popular demand will be the Autumn Pie & Tart Trail, which was a feature of the 2022 program.

“The Autumn Festival is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their seasonal produce and creations. We are asking everyone to get on board by submitting an autumn-themed creation and decorating their shopfronts throughout April to promote their involvement in the festival,” said Mayor Cr Anderson.

Events and experiences can be submitted for inclusion in the festival program at by 9 December 2022.

Winners of the 2022 Victorian Tourism will be announced on 1 December 2022. For information visit

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