The Attractions of Kyneton and District
Kyneton has much to recommend it as the place for a day trip or an overnight or extended stay. Often described as an hour from anywhere Kyneton is an hour’s drive from Melbourne and Ballarat, less than an hour from Bendigo and just 80 minutes from Geelong.Kyneton abounds with high quality eateries, historic buildings, great natural attractions, and special shopping opportunities topped off by the friendly outlook of its people.
Kyneton has become renowned as Victoria’s foremost country destination for good food with first rate eateries dotted throughout the town. With many establishments recognized in the 2012 Age Good Food Guide : Annie Smithers Bistrot with One Chef’s Hat, Mr Carsisi - Best New Regional Restaurant, the Royal George Hotel, Flouch’s, Pizza Verde, Dhaba at the Mill and Star Anise; together with others such as Aperitivo and The Albion, Kyneton has good credentials for Country Victoria’s Culinary Capital.
And it’s not just the restaurants; the cafes are great too - Inner Biscuit is listed in Cheap Eats and Quintessence was winner of the 2009 Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards – Excellence in Food & Beverage.
If you are planning a picnic at one Kyneton beautiful picnic spots there is no need to bring the food - the local bakeries and food outlets have fantastic options, right up to the gourmet take away of Monsieur Pierre.
At the time of the Rush Kyneton was the Gateway to the Goldfields and the town quickly grew. With bluestone plentiful in the district it was a natural choice for building material. Kyneton is fortunate that these and many of the other original buildings remain in abundance in their original state throughout the town significantly adding to the charm and sense of History of the town. Maps showing the locations of Kyneton’s historic buildings can be collected from the Kyneton Visitor Information Centre in High St.
AFTER Black Saturday Memorial
Positioned on the sidewall of the Town Hall facing north, the direction of the Redesdale regional fire on 7th February, 2009. 280 tiles include contributions from fire affected residents and the supportive local, interstate and international community, as well as other fire affected regions across the state.
Project story on www.kpmosaicwords.com/AFTER.php
Historic Piper Street
Piper Street is the home of many of Kyneton’s restaurants and cafes, eclectic shops, antique shops, galleries and many historic buildings in their original state, including the Kyneton Museum. It is a must visit part of Kyneton. Although Piper Street is well worth visiting at any time, in the early part of the week some shops and eateries are closed so it is worth checking beforehand whether your place of interest is open. It is certainly advisable to book for the Restaurants as they are often booked out.
Excellent shopping opportunities and a wide variety of stores and opportunies are available throughout the Kyneton township.
Kyneton’s Botanical Gardens, established on the banks of the Campaspe River in 1856 with the assistance of Baron Von Meuller contain 17 Heritage listed trees and is one of Victorias best Botanical Gardens. Running alongside the Gardens is the Campaspe River Walk which stretches from the Gardens to the bottom of Piper Street and beyond to the Racecourse. It provides an interesting walk along the River and passes through the wonderful Sculpture Park near Quarry Reserve.
Black Hill Reserve is a little recognised treasure. Its walks are refreshing, provide excellent views of the surrounding countryside and offer the best opportunity to observe local fauna and flora. (http:\\home.vicnet.net.au/~blackhillreservekyneton)
The Kyneton Farmers Market is held in St Pauls Park in Piper St on the 2nd Saturday morning of each month- a popular occasion to purchase fresh produce and meet people.
The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival, an 11 day Festival held at the start of Spring, is a great time to visit and stay in Kyneton. The 2010 Festival runs from Sept 2 to 12. It includes a range of events and activities to suit all tastes such as Open Gardens, Ferret Racing, Flower Shows, Antique fair, Arts Trail, Busker Competition, Paramoor Farm Fayre, Gala Concert, Alpaca Fiesta, Daffodil Old Time Ball, Fun Run, Grand Parade and Street Fair.
Racing at Kyneton. The Kyneton course host 15 meetings each year and its riverside setting and oaklined track is regarded as one of Victoria’s most picturesque courses. Highlight is the Kyneton Cup meeting held on the first Wednesday of November.
The Kyneton District is a popular destination for families and friends to picnic with most locations having free BBQs provided and playgrounds for the kids.Among the best picnic places are Kyneton Mineral Springs (where visitors can also pump famed Kyneton Mineral Water free, the Malmsbury Botanical Gardens (with attractive central lake and perfect view of the Malmsbury Viaduct), Lauriston Reservoir (also a fishing location), Jean Haynes Park in High St (which has a fenced children’s playground) and the Kyneton Botanical Gardens.
The many Galleries spead throughout Kyneton and Malmsbury offer to offer to view and purchase a wide range of art in all mediums.
The wineries of the Macedon Ranges and surrounding areas are held in high and growing regard. There are dozens of boutique wineries foremost of which is Knight’s Granite Hills – famous for its Shiraz and Reisling. Many cellar doors are open 7 days and almost all on weekends. The Budburst Festival (Oct/Nov) is a great time to stay in the district attend restaurant dinners featuring the local vintages at night and visit the cellar doors during the day.
If you still have the energy after taking in Kyneton the proximity of other attractions is another positive. Hanging Rock, Turpin Falls and Trentham Falls are just 15 minutes away. Mount Macedon is 20 minutes as is Daylesford.