Jackson Creek meanders through the township of Gisborne, with several foot bridges providing ready access to the extensive parklands situated on either side of the creek. Several barbecue facilities are scattered throughout the parkland and playground equipment provides safe entertainment for young visitors. The recently completed indoor aquatic centre provides for all swimming levels, has full facilities for the disabled and conducts interesting programmes for all ages. Walking paths allow access to many local sporting facilities and wanders through the parkland to the Botanic Gardens, consisting of New Zealand plantings in recognition of our sister city relationship with the City of Gisborne in New Zealand.
Gisborne has retained many of its 19th century historic buildings including the 1847 Mount Macedon Hotel, now known as Macedon House, the Telegraph Hotel and the Corner Store, the 1858 Court House and the Mechanics Institute. Other early buildings of interest include churches of several denominations in the Fisher Street precinct, some private houses that have stood for more than 100 years and the former Shire Office of 1929, now part of the library complex.
Shopping in Gisborne offers great variety and a wide choice of eateries, bakeries, hotels, chemists, office supplies, supermarkets, quality home wares, clothing and health outlets, while most medical requirements are readily available in the township.
Just a short drive from Gisborne, you will find the Memorial Cross, Sanatorium Lake and The Camel's Hump at Mount Macedon and the Hanging Rock at Woodend, made famous in the Peter Weir film, Picnic at Hanging Rock.