Gisborne Tourism & Travel
Located in the beautiful Macedon Ranges some 48 km north west of Melbourne, Gisborne has a population of some 5,200 souls.
Gisborne - Aboriginal History
The traditional Aboriginal owners of the country around the Macedon Ranges are the Woiwurung people.
Gisborne - History
Major Thomas Mitchell the Surveyor General of New South Wales named Mount Macedon in 1836; he recorded that 'he could see Port Phillip Bay and a few of the buildings of Melbourne from the top of the mountain'. Gisborne grew from servicing the 1850 gold rushes at Forest Creek Castlemaine and Sandhurst, now called Bendigo. Beer halls, inns, coffee tents, smithies and stores mushroomed to supply the needs of the treasure hunters, all bound to the goldfields in the north. Armed escorts carried gold from the diggings to Melbourne before the dangerous task was undertaken by the military and police. Carlesruhe, Macedon, Gisborne and Aitken's Gap, were horse staging posts and the gold stored over night in the Police Barracks at Gisborne. The finds were massive, with over a ton of gold transported through Macedon and Gisborne is a single week en route to Melbourne. During the gold rush boasted a brewery, 2 wine saloons, 8 hotels, grocery, grain and hay stores, harness makers, blacksmiths, butchers' shops and many cottages and tents.
Gisborne - Today
Today, Gisborne is located on Melbourne's doorstep in the Macedon Ranges alongside other thriving, diverse townships of the region; Kyneton, Lancefield, Hanging Rock, Macedon, Malmsbury, Mount Macedon, Riddell's Creek, Romsey and Woodend. The Macedon Ranges is a picturesque area with fertile river valleys beneath rolling hills and tree-clad ranges where seasons bring dramatic changes to beautiful landscapes, just a short drive away from Melbourne.
Gisborne - Macedon Ranges - Wineries
There are some 40 cold climate wineries in the Macedon Ranges. Nearby to Gisborne are the Loxley, Coliban Valley, Roseberry Hill and Mount Lofty wineries; the Domaine Epis, Bald Hill, Trio Road, Ballandry and Rock House Vineyards and wineries; some of the many small wineries of the Macedon Ranges have Cellar Doors, where the person who serves you is actually the grower.