At the base of Mount Macedon’s southern slopes lies the village of Macedon. The drive down Honour Avenue is one of Victoria’s most spectacular, in which is lined with beautiful oak trees, planted to honour the 154 men and women of Macedon and Mount Macedon who enlisted for service during World War I.
In autumn, the quiet little town is set upon by thousands of tourists and photographers all looking for their trophy images of the picturesque tree-lined street.
Although the avenue is policed in the autumn months by local laws officers, it seems all common sense is abandoned in the name of creating 15 seconds of Instafame.
The Macedon Ranges Residents Association (MRRA) claims that residents have been ignored in favour of commercial interests. “The tourist ‘invasion’, where visitors trespass on private properties to view gardens and even use them as toilets. Roads are impassable and there is rampant illegal parking over driveways, and people setting up picnics in people’s front yards,” MRRA secretary Christine Truneau told the Macedon Ranges Leader.
So why are the autumn leaves such an attraction? In Asian cultures, red symbolises joy and good fortune and tourists travel far and wide to view the red autumn leaves.
A brief snapshot of the problem currently facing Macedon.
The Real Impact
On a Friday morning, more than 1,000 visitors lined Macedon’s streets. They came on buses and by car and inundated Honour Avenue. Some had a photographer in tow, to get those priceless family portraits, surrounded by the beautiful red leaves. Others set up picnics on the roadside to enjoy the autumn weather.
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The red autumn leaves symbolise joy and good fortune