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This ANZAC Day long weekend, why not take the kids on a journey into the countryside and pay a visit to Victoria's other significant war memorial - the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross?
Just an hour's drive from Melbourne, the journey up the mountain is an adventure in itself, with sweeping views across the forest and valleys below, not to mention, some of Macedon's most beautiful historic homes and gardens, which line the countryside along the way.
Mount Macedon Memorial Cross
When you reach the top it's just a short and not too tiresome walk to the Cross. What awaits is definitely worth the journey and all the, "are we there yets!" The Cross at the summit is imposing, towering 21 metres high and surrounded by breath-taking views.
On a clear day you can see the skyscrapers of Melbourne rising from the earth in the distance, as you look across the southern plain below and out towards Port Phillip Bay. The outlook is nothing less than spectacular - not even lost on our nine, eight, six and two year old children!
Panoramic views from the summit of Mount Macedon
Follow the path up to the Cross
After taking in the views and reflecting on the importance of the Memorial Cross, the nearby Top of the Range Café offers a welcome warm-up with Devonshire tea, hot drinks and a variety of lunch options available. Or pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air and plenty of room for the kids to run around at nearby Sanatorium Lake and Picnic Grounds, or Day's Reserve.
Mount Macedon is truly a spectacular natural wonder that is just on Melbourne's doorstep. If you are looking for a different place for reflection this ANZAC Day long weekend and a break from the city, it is certainly worth the trip. Just remember to rug up! It can be very cold and blustery at the top of the mountain!