The Macedon Ranges population is spread across nine towns and a number of smaller settlements. The largest towns are Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey and Woodend. About 35% of people in Macedon Ranges live outside a town boundary in a rural setting.
The Macedon Ranges Shire spans 1,747 square kilometres. It is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, native forests and unique natural features including Hanging
Rock and Mount Macedon. Other major natural features include forested gullies, waterfalls, grasslands, fertile soils and mineral springs. The unique landscape of the shire, together with the proximity to Melbourne and Bendigo, have attracted residents and visitors since the early 1800s.