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A Guide to Kyneton
Only about 80 km north-west of Melbourne on the road to Castlemaine, Kyneton lies on the banks of the Campaspe River. The town was founded in 1850; a year later the gold rushes in Victoria started and Kyneton became a major regional centre among all the new towns that mushroomed. Its easy to access Melbourne by road or rail from Kyneton, making the town with its mineral springs the perfect base if you want to have a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Festivals for all tastes
Kyneton has some great festivals. One of the biggest is the Kyneton Agricultural Show, which takes place in November. Naturally this is where farmers show off their prized livestock and fresh produce, but there is much more to the event. Live shows, competitions and lots of entertainment for the kids will ensure that the whole family has a great time. If you can't get enough of what the region has to offer, sample the fare produced around Kyneton during the Budburst Food and Wine Festival.
Towards the end of summer, it's time for the Kyneton Music Festival. For a weekend in March, music lovers flock to the town to enjoy live shows and workshops in various genres. During September, Kyneton celebrates the arrival of spring with the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival, an event that not only has, well, daffodils and arts, but also an antique fair, a scarecrow competition and ferret races.
Things to see and do in and around Kyneton
Bluestone buildings - During the gold rush, one of the most popular building materials used in Victoria was a type of basalt known as bluestone. Kyneton has some fantastic examples of bluestone architecture, especially in the town centre. Among these are various churches, one of which, St Paul's, dates from 1856.
Kyneton Museum - The Kyneton Museum, housed in a bluestone building that was originally a bank, will give you a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era. Exhibits change regularly but everything on display dates from before 1930 and was once used by inhabitants of the area.
Macedon Ranges Observatory - If you want to see what the Southern Cross looks like when it's not on the Australian flag, you can't go wrong with a visit to the Macedon Ranges Observatory. Check the local listings for workshops and open weekends, when this world-class facility is open to the public.
Kyneton Botanic Gardens - As if Kyneton itself isn't an oasis of calm already, you can enjoy some peace and tranquillity or have a laid-back barbecue in the Kyneton Botanic Gardens. Dating from 1858, the gardens house a variety of exotic trees, ferns and flowers. All the plants are labelled.
Shopping in Piper Street - Historic Piper Street is just the remedy when your credit card is crying out to be swiped. Galleries, specialty boutiques and decor shops sit side by side with great eateries where you can enjoy a scrumptious meal and watch the passers-by. Once a month there is a farmer's market in nearby St Paul's Park as well.
Trentham Falls - At about 32 m, the highest single-drop waterfall in Victoria is Trentham Falls. This beautiful waterfall is located in Trentham, just over 20 km south-west of Kyneton. Pack a picnic basket and spend a day among the indigenous vegetation while listening to the water plunging over the basalt stone, just like it has been doing for the past five million years.
Hanging Rock - Another great place for a picnic, especially if you have a taste for the slightly macabre, is situated near Newham, less than 20 km south-east of Kyneton. Hanging Rock is the setting of the novel and movie Picnic at Hanging Rock, about a group of schoolgirls who mysteriously disappear while having a class picnic here. While the story is fictional, you never know... Made up of a boulder that is suspended between other rocks, Hanging Rock has given its name to the Hanging Rock Recreation Reserve. There are several hiking trails so that you can explore the distinctive geology and try to spot wildlife like kookaburras, koalas, possums and wallabies.