Woodend is in the centre of the Macedon Ranges. Woodend was first surveyed in 1836 by major Thomas Mitchell, who opened it up for settlement. When gold was discovered in the area (towards Bendigo and Ballarat), Woodend became the main thoroughfare through the black forest and accommodated many gold-diggers and their families. Woodend post office opened on the 20th of July 1854, however it closed shortly after, only to be reopened in one of the citizen's homes.replacenewlinereplacenewlineIt’s the quintessential modern rural village and the gateway to many attractions throughout the region.replacenewlinereplacenewlineBase yourself in Woodend if you enjoy hiking, biking, eating and drinking. Or simply a country escape, close to Melbourne.replacenewlinereplacenewlineThe town itself is set under wide verandas along the boulevard of the Old Calder Highway.replacenewlinereplacenewlineHere you’ll discover country-style bakeries, cosmopolitan cafes and brilliant pubs. There’s also a great selection of bookstores and shops with an eclectic mix of old and new wares.replacenewlinereplacenewlineMany visitors spend time in Woodend when visiting nearby Hanging Rock and boutique wineries.

Images around Woodend VIC 3442

Around Woodend VIC 3442

Our Picks on what to Do in Woodend VIC

Woodend Clock Tower

Macedon Regional Park

Wombat State Forest

Forest Glade Gardens

Historic Woodend Bridge

Hanging Rock

Our Picks on where to Stay in Woodend VIC

Woodend Cottage

Oak Hill Woodend

Northfield Boutique Apartments

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Our Picks on what to Eat in Woodend VIC

Hanging Rock Cafe

The Hideout Cafe

Khao Jaow Thai Restaurant

Shopping in Woodend VIC

Community Services  

Woodend Visitor Information Centre
High Street,

Macedon Ranges Shire Council VIC
129 Mollison Street,

Woodend Police Station VIC
39 Forrest Street,

Woodend Library VIC
Corner High And Forest Streets,

Woodend Swimming Pool
Forest Street,

Location Information 

  • Elevation: 580 m (1,903 ft)
  • Population: 5,413
  • State electorate(s): Macedon
  • Federal Division(s): Bendigo
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Kilmore VIC 3764 (46.9 km, 38 mins)
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000 (71 km, 55 mins)

Other Locations 

Acknowledgement of Country

Woodend VIC is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s. acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.