Things to See and Do in Macclesfield

Things to See and Do in Macclesfield


Posted 2024-05-16 by Audreyfollow
Situated approximately 50 kilometres from Adelaide is the small township of Macclesfield. It lies on the upper reaches of the Angas River nestled amongst rolling hills. Towards the southern end of the township, you'll find a historically significant piece of land that now serves as a site for arts and wellbeing.

Sail Away by Ruth Gregor

Lord Robinson Park is home to Sculptors @ Crystal Lake , a collection of permanent stone sculptures in the park. Talented sculptors such as Ben Tolhurst, Ruth Gregor, Astra Parker, Evan Marker and more have come together to carve marble stone slabs into unique 3D art forms. These sculptures can be viewed by the public for free via the Pound Road/Pochin Street entrance. In addition, stone carving workshops were recently organised by the South Australian Stone Sculptors Association. To be in the know about future events, simply follow their Facebook page .

Eagleness by Evan Marker

Access to Crystal Lake itself is through this Pound Road/Pochin Street entrance too. A new interpretive sign, unveiled by Minister Susan Close at the previous Nature Festival, tells the history of the lake as well as the various species that call the area home. One of the sculptures on the Hills Sculpture Trail also resides here. In 2012, artist Yoshin Ogata from Japan was commissioned, and he crafted WATERSONG. Ogata is known for sculpting large abstract forms with aquatic themes.

Crystal Lake

For those interested in keeping fit, there is a walking trail in Lord Robinson Park accessible from the corner of Nunnelly Street and Strathalbyn Road. A carpark can be found at the entrance. Other trails are available as well, for example, in Day Paddock Park , Night Paddock Park and Stone Reserve .

Interpretive sign

Macclesfield was established by the Davenport family and named in honour of the Earl of Macclesfield. The township is steeped in history, and this comes through clearly in its historic buildings, wide streets and gas-style street lamps. Among the 40 or so local-heritage-listed places, Macclesfield Institute displays significant design characteristics and construction techniques of the 1880s. It was constructed of local stone and has a cgi gable roof. It played an important part in the communities of yesteryear and continues to be a venue for local groups today. It also hosts a market on the first Sunday of each month.


Three Brothers Arms Hotel is the town's historic pub. It has timber-framed openings with timber doors and timber-framed windows as well as red-brick chimneys. Its original shingled roof and ancient stonework produce great acoustics, and you can enjoy live music while dining here. Do check out their website or follow them on Facebook for the latest line-up.

Gas-style street lamps

Within Macclesfield Recreation Grounds, you'll find not only facilities for tennis, netball and football but also the peaceful and serene ANZAC Memorial Garden . This space commemorates the service of approximately 400 Macclesfield district men and women throughout war and peace. Their names are inscribed on pavers. Maintained by the local RSL sub-branch, the garden is open for everyone to visit.

Macclesfield Institute

Lastly, if you have children in tow, you might want to spend some time at the village green. Davenport Square is a nice big open grassy area with playground and skate park. There's also BBQ facilities, picnic tables and toilets for your convenience.


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