friends of black hill

flora survey 29 october, 2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council, environment team and the Friends will undertake a flora survey to assess a number of threatened species on Saturday afternoon between 1 - 3 pm. Everyone is welcome to participate. The survey will commence at the front gate (end of Ennis Road).

agm, 13 November, 2022

The 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Sunday, 13th of November from 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the rotunda near the main gate of the Reserve (end of Ennis Road). All are welcome to attend, and if you can, please bring a plate to share.

track upgrades

Council has now completed extensive repairs to tracks in the reserve, greatly enhancing the walking experience. Drainage has been greatly improved, so no more muddy shoes!

Included in the works are the two lovely mesh corten steel bridges picture below which are located on the track up to the start of the ridge track.


The Ridge Track steps are now complete and open thanks to the Council environment team and volunteers from the Friends group. The steps on the steeper sections of the track are a joy to run (or walk) up and down.


Last year, the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) engaged in the Threatened Species Project ,which focused on Brush-tailed Phascogales, Greater Gliders and Powerful Owls. The Network has recently received, a Communities Environment Grant and are pushing the project further north and have selected Blackhill Reserve as one of 20 sites for remote camera work and spotlighting.

Black Hill Reserve Kyneton

260 acres of natural peace and tranquility

Only an hours drive north of Melbourne, Black Hill offers signed walking tracks, magnificent views, great rock formations, wild flowers, Australian wildlife, natural and re-vegetated bushland. With opportunities for walking, jogging, rock climbing, picnicking, and all the fresh air you can handle!

Since the bushfire, and as per the Environmental Management Plan, all group off-track activities require Council permission.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a secure leash at all times for the protection of wildlife, other visitors and to protect your dog from snake bite. Please also take away with you, your dog's faeces (there are no rubbish bins on site).

Brochures setting out the various walks and with a handy map are available from a metal box beside the front gate. Black Hill Reserve is always open, day and night. We hope you enjoy your visit.


The Friends of Black Hill acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land, the Taungurung people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.

Environmental Management Plan

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has approved the Black Hill Environmental Management Plan (click link for a copy of the Plan).

The Plan outlines a vision for the reserve and a set of management principles and actions aimed at achieving this vision.

Bush Fire January 2015

It is now five years since the devastating fire and there has been very good regrowth in the affected areas. To support this regrowth visitors are asked to remain on the cleared walking tracks at all times.