Top title for top town

Andrew Towner (Macedon Ranges Accommodation Association president), Nicole Pietruschka (acting coordinator visitor economy MRSC), and Stephen Pykett (manager economic development MRSC).

Mount Macedon has been named winner of the Tiny Town category at the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards 2022.

The village was recognised for its nature-based experiences including Macedon Regional Park and nearby Hanging Rock that can be enjoyed year-round.

Macedon Ranges mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson, said the win was fantastic news for local tourism and hospitality businesses who had been working to recover after impacts of the pandemic and 2021 storm events.

“Recognition like this piques the interest of people to come and visit the region to see why it is so special. This will give a welcome boost to our local economy,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to come and visit, and see why it has been crowned the Victorian Top Tiny Tourism Town. There is so much to see and do and with every season being so different it is worth a return trip to experience them all.”

The Top Tourism Town Awards recognise and reward Victorian towns that demonstrate a strong commitment to tourism, offer an excellent visitor experience, and show strong collaboration with tourism operators, local businesses and the community.

Andrew Towner, Macedon Ranges Accommodation Association president, said the title was a great honour for Mount Macedon.

“The award recognises the amazing natural beauty of our region and the hard work of our local businesses, community and council to create exceptional experiences for our visitors,” he said.

“For a tiny village, Mount Macedon punches well above its weight. We are excited to proceed to the National Awards and look forward to the results later this year.”

Bendigo was named this year’s Victorian Top Tourism Town (population over 5000).

The winners will now go on to represent the state at the national awards where they have the opportunity to be crowned as Australia’s Top Tourism Town in their categories. The winners of the next round will be announced in the next few months.

An inspirational two-day itinerary to experience Mount Macedon and its surrounds, along with a promotional video, was submitted as part of the award process and can be viewed at: