Kyneton has a character forged by the wealth of the gold rush and some of the finest bluestone buildings in the region. Today this thriving village is equal parts rural hub, creative hotspot and heritage honeypot, with vibrant retail streets.
On the famous Piper Street, you can browse original works from artists painting in their own galleries, peruse gift shops or scour any number of antique shops for vintage finds from all over the world. See traditional chair makers, stonemasons and milliners all hard at work on this enterprising street.
After all that shopping you’ll need refuelling. From fine dining and grand old pubs to inner city style cafes, Kyneton has you covered. If you’re planning a picnic in one of the town’s many lovely parks or gardens you don’t need to bring food from home – quality produce stores such as Monsieur Pierre, Duck Duck Goose & Larder and the Piper Street Food Company can cater to your every need.
This village has one of the busiest event calendars in the Macedon Ranges, a bustling market on the second Saturday of every month, beautiful botanical gardens, some of the best accommodation in the region, and its own racecourse hosting 12 meetings a year.
Further afield, visit Cloud 9 Farm in Pastoria or award winning winery Granite Hills Wines in Baynton, drive through Pipers Creek, Fern Hill and Carlsruhe they are all worth passing through. Some are home to award-winning wineries that offer intimate cellar-door or dining experiences in evocative pastoral country.
And don’t forget to visit the renowned Spring Hill Peony flower Farm, which sells directly from the farm gate and has open days and picnics in the Peony Paddock in November.