Known as Geboor or Geburrh in the Aboriginal Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, Mt Macedon is a mountain a mere 64 kilometres that played an important role in my childhood. I spent many days climbing it on my horse as a young girl and even spent a number of my school years attending school on it.
Whilst Mt Macedon is probably best know by Melbournites as being the playground of the wealthy with their mansions and gorgeous 19th century gardens, I know it best for its wildlife and the Memorial Cross.
Constructed back in January 1978, the Memorial Cross reaches a height of 21 metres. It is relatively easy to get to – just drive your car up the Mountain and follow the signs. A 200 metre walk from the car park and you are there.
The site offers a view across Melbourne and the surrounding countryside. The trees have grown somewhat obscuring much of the view, but you can spot landmarks between the trees. We found the Major Mitchell lookout to provide a better view which you will find on the walk to the cross.
The Memorial Cross was built to commemorating the soldiers who fought for Australia during World War I and World War II. Whilst a place for reflection, for me it is also a place of celebration. I spoke to Master R and Miss N about the freedoms the war provided us. Master R found this much easier to deal with than our trip to the Australian War Memorial.
Have you visited? What did you think?