Enjoy a day out in nature and hear only the sound of silence with the faint twittering of birds, that’s what Macedon Regional Park offers.
Parks Victoria suggest that this 2,379-hectare park protects forested land and is home to echidnas, koalas, wallabies, wombats, possums and gliders and over 150 bird species.
We enjoyed a peaceful Autumnal walk along the 1.8 km walking track from Cameron Picnic Ground to the War Memorial Cross at the peak of Mount Macedon.
Cameron Picnic Ground
Stop and park your car here and make use of the fire pits and picnic tables, then wander off along the walking track to enjoy peace and quiet that this part of the world has to offer.
Along the walking track you will hear birds and feel a sense of peace as you are surrounded by dense bush and magnificently tall eucalyptus trees. The great age and size of the trees, with their many hollows, provide shelter and homes for the tiny animals that live in the park.
When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.
– E. O. Wilson
These beautiful mushrooms can be seen at this time of year (April). Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita.
Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine and birch plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees.
Macedon Regional Park management plan
An analysis of the management plan indicates room for improvement.
There are no strategies aimed at the eradication or management of individual species of pest plants or animals.
At the least, strategies to manage and or eradicate blackberries and feral cats and foxes are necessary to protect this natural environment.
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day out particularly this time of year as the leaves are turning vivid shades or orange, red and yellow.
From the northern suburbs of Melbourne to Cameron Picnic Ground we noticed an eight degree drop in temperature so it’s best to take warm clothing if you are planning a day trip in the cooler months.
Enjoy the park, we did.