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Macclesfield is steeped in history, nestled amongst rolling hills. Its historic buildings feature the locally quarried mauve sandstone. The township was established by the Davenport family who possessed a special survey in 1840. Their patron was the Earl of Macclesfield. There are still brilliant examples of wattle and daub houses. The township was a base for a famous botanist Ferdinand von Mueller, who collected specimens in the Bugle Ranges. The township of Macclesfield was used by the South Australian Film Corporation for filming “The Week-end of Shadows”. Davenport Square is the village green of Macclesfield with picnic, BBQ and toilet facilities.

places of interest

Lord Robinson Park A picturesque reserve with picnic and native conservation areas, walking trails and is home to the Adelaide Hills Ceramics Association and Sculptors @ Crystal Lake.

Longview Vineyard Stylish cellar door set amongst the rural landscape.

Macclesfield Market Held first Sunday of the month in the Macclesfield Institute.

Macclesfield Historic Township Walk Complete with historic buildings, wide streets and gas-style street lamps.

ANZAC Memorial Garden A peaceful place of reflection and remembrance located at the recreation grounds.

Three Brothers Arms Hotel Popular live music venue in a historic pub.

Macclesfield Institute Heritage listed hall (1881) and community venue. Home to many local groups and available for hire. Includes:

  • Hall with stage
  • Supper room
  • Modern kitchen facilities
  • Accessible toilet
  • Monthly market

recreation areas

Davenport Square

A nice open grassy area

15-19 Venables Street, Macclesfield
  • BBQ (Electric)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Lawn / grassed area
  • Open space
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Skate Park
  • Parking

Lord Robinson Park, incorporating Crystal Lake Park

Lord Robinson Park is a unique and important piece of community land located at the southern end of the township. Historically significant to the town this land now performs a function for the community as an important site for arts and culture, health and wellbeing and environmental conservation.

Main entrance with access to Crystal Lake and sculpture park is at the corner of Pound Road and Pochin Street. Entrance for walking trails is from the corner of Nunnelly Street and Strathalbyn Road. Both areas have carparks.

  • Lake / river / creek
  • Lawn / grassed area
  • Walking trails and sculpture walk
  • Adelaide Hills Ceramic Association
  • Sculptors @ Crystal Lake
  • Revegetation Restoration Rehabilitation site
  • Picnic area
  • Parking

Macclesfield Recreation Grounds

Macclesfield Recreation Grounds is heavily forested around the perimeter and is extensively improved with sporting facilities including tennis, netball and football.

2-8 Davies Street, Macclesfield
PO Box 112 Macclesfield SA 5153

  • Oval including cricket pitch
  • Netball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • ANZAC Memorial Gardens
  • BMX track
  • Macclesfield Men's Shed
  • Kidman Trail - trailhead
  • Clubrooms

walking trails

Day Paddock Park 

The Day Paddock Park is a conservation reserve with a walking trail which contains prolific wildflowers including a variety of native orchids in spring.

(Behind) Macclesfield Primary School, Vernon/Lutterworth Street, Macclesfield
  • Native Bushland
  • Trees (urban forests)
  • Walking trails

Night Paddock Park

Named from historic practice of agisting overnight, a milking cow or horse used for transport. Approx 5.5 ha in size.

Adelaide to Strathalbyn Road (Opposite the Oval Complex), Macclesfield

  • Picnic tables
  • Revegetation Restoration Rehabilitation site
  • Walking trails

Stone Reserve

Natural bushland

7-13 Davis Road, Macclesfield
  • Horse Riding,
  • Native Bushland,
  • Walking trails

The Kidman Trail

A trail head for the Kidman Trail is located at the Macclesfield Recreation Ground. The trail is a 269 km multi-use trail for walkers, mountain biking and horse riding.

Kangowirrinilla Trail

40 km walking and cycling trail that forms a loop with the Heysen Trail click here to view map

more information

For more information on activities, events and groups in Macclesfield visit

To find out how to connect with and get involved in this community, including sporting and community groups, visit SAcommunity, South Australia's community information directory.

Council endorsed a Township Plan for Macclesfield at its meeting on 2 March 2020 (minutes / agenda). The plan was developed in association with the community to provide a long term vision for the town, identifying key objectives and priorities across a number of themes to ensure that the town continues to develop as a highly liveable place. This project is part of a Council initiative which will see Townships Plans developed for all major settlements throughout the District by 2020.

Macclesfield Township Plan

Community Consultation Submissions
Community Consultation Survey Results 

For further information, please contact Kristian Wohlstadt, Senior Strategic Planner via email on or phone on (08) 8391 7219.

Venables Street Master Plan

Council endorsed the Venables Street Master Plan at its meeting on 7 October 2014 (minutes / agenda).

Venables Street Master Plan

Davenport Square Master Plan

Council endorsed the Davenport Square Master Plan at its meeting on 5 October 2010 (minutes / agenda).

Davenport Square Master Plan