Not far from Hanging Rock, is Mt Macedon. It hosts many lovely old gardens that capitalise on the cool climate conditions to provide the ideal growing conditions for less commonly seen trees and shrubs and vast drifts of bulbs. Particularly during the spring, there are many Open Gardens here.
If you wind your way up the hill (or Mt), you will get to the summit where there are Tea Rooms. I come here fairly regularly, the shakes are fantastic, and for the kids there are nuggets and chips that even I fight for. We find a table where we can peer out, to a view if we are lucky of fog, or kangaroos. Afterwards, to walk off our lunch, we walk down to the Memorial Cross (through a path of huge Rhodedandrans and the like).
This area was ravaged by bush fires in 1983, and there are still sign in the bush. It is also the site of the Kurana Plane crash in 1948, with a marker on a separate path paying tribute to the passengers.
On a hot day, it is a cool retreat from the lowlands, and on one of these occasions, we got to see a Skink sunning itself at the base of the Memorial.