Mount Macedon is a small town located 60 kilometres northwest of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria. Best known for its collection of 19th century gardens and associated extravagant large homes which is considered to be one of the most important such collections in Australia.
Due to its relatively high elevation, (Mount Macedon village is around 620 metres above sea level), the area experiences much cooler temperatures on average relative to nearby Melbourne. The area also receives high rainfall relative to the surrounding plains and much of the Melbourne area.
One of the major attractions of Mount Macedon is the 21 metre high memorial cross which stands near the summit of the mountain. This structure was established by early resident William Cameron in 1935 as a memorial to those who died in World War 1.
The Mount Macedon area also comprises a second important peak, The Camels Hump, rising to 1011m in altitude. The volcanic trachyte rock of the crag is favoured by rock climbers and the mountain has become a popular sport climbing venue due to its proximity to Melbourne.