Gisborne is just under halfway from Melbourne to Kyneton. Kyneton is still very much a country town. Gisborne is in danger of becoming a dormitory suburb of Melbourne, and sadly seems to be losing the battle to retain the importance of heritage factors. Gisborne is two part town. The shopping centre bit and the main street. There is a lot going for the town; wide open Main Street and the central fountain.

The town was named after Henry Fyshe Gisborne (1815–1841), the first Commissioner for Crown Lands of the Port Phillip District. Gisborne is part of the Shire of Macedon Ranges.

Gisborne Post Office opened on 22 March 1850 as Bush Inn but was renamed Gisborne ten days later.

In 1834, John Aitken a pastoralist arrived in Melbourne with others and deemed the land south of Mount Macedon ideally suited to sheep grazing. From the late 1830s, many farmers arriving from Tasmania and NSW and, began taking up areas of land in the surrounding districts.

Gisborne does not have a large number of heritage buildings.

The ‘old goal’ has been converted into an info style museum and is definitely worth a look. The Goal is located at the back of the historical Court House.

The Anglican Church is worth a visit. This is a really nice church.

The United and the Catholic are both over 100 years old.

The Telegraph Hotel is also a very old pub. The Victorian Tavern is modern.

The Gisborne War Memorial is acknowledged with a two cenotaphs on the memorial strip.

Gisborne has a bit going for it and a visit is recommended to check out the old goal and Anglican Church. Refreshment may also be in order.

Heritage diary



  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course