All roads around the gold rush village of Kyneton lead to Piper Street, a modern-day gourmand’s paradise long known for its heritage buildings and antique dealers.
From its prime position on the Campaspe River in Victoria’s spa region, Kyneton feeds Victoria and visitors with farm-to-table dishes at its bunch of acclaimed eateries. Local olive oils, smallgoods and farm produce all share centre stage and are available to take home from sumptuous providores.
Explore the village’s wide array of antique and vintage shops and galleries, as well as its National Trust recognised bluestone museum. Wander through the 19th century granite streets for more examples of preserved bluestone architecture.
Kyneton’s scenic countryside reveals treasures and historic reminders of the region’s past. Fill your flask from the pump at the Kyneton Mineral Springs, and pack a picnic from the town’s suppliers and savour it by the Campaspe River.
Visit Kyneton’s stunning local private gardens, which are periodically open to the public through the Open Gardens Scheme. The Kyneton Botanical Gardens were laid out in the late 1860s and early 1870s by Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, known for his works with the Melbourne, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Malmsbury botanic gardens.
Kyneton is around an hour from Melbourne along the Calder Highway.