I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Gisborne Great Day Out
The annual Macedon Ranges Music Festival began as a gathering of local families in the Gisborne area. It's since grown into a major event which sees the Gisborne Steam Park host a fabulous celebration of music accompanied by some great local food and market stalls, a bar and plenty of activities for kids in the alcohol-free Youth Zone.
Gisborne Steam Park, venue for the Music Festival is adjacent to the old Gisborne Racecourse Reserve and has great views to nearby Mount Macedon and the Ranges. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Run completely by a band of hard-working volunteers the festival donates 100% of ticket sales to the non-profit Cambodian Kids Foundation, a donation that was just a bit short of $20,000 from the 2017 event.
The Macedon Ranges Music Festival has something for all ages and musical persuasions, everything from jazz, folk, blues and rock entertaining crowds all afternoon and into the evening.
The 2018 line-up includes the likes of Mick Thomas, MDRN Love, Rachel Caddy, Paper Jane, Naturally Cool Big Band, Temple of Tunes and Wesley Fuller to name just a few.
As for music genre there'll be a little bit of everything at Macedon Ranges Music Festival.
Tickets cost Adults $25, Concession $20 and Kids under 12 Free. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.macedonrangesmusicfestival.org Prices quoted are subject to an additional booking fee.
Make sure you bring a picnic rug, chair, hat and photo ID. EFTPOS facilities will be available both at the gate and the bar. Strictly no BYO alcohol.
There is ample parking available on-site.
All ticket sales at this event go to support the non-profit Cambodian Kids Foundation.
The Steam Park is part of the former Gisborne Racecourse Reserve with excellent views to nearby Mount Macedon and the ranges.
Gisborne is 57 kilometres north of Melbourne, about a 45-minute drive via the Calder Freeway/M79. Alternatively VLine run regular fast train services from Melbourne Southern Cross to Gisborne on the Bendigo Line.
See you at the Macedon Ranges Music Festival at Gisborne Steam Park Saturday 3rd March from 12 Midday on.