Wool, fabric and sculptures
If you’re a keen crafter or knitter, head immediately to Alice in Fabricland on High Street for a large range of wool and fabrics.
While you’re on High Street, make sure to drop into The Golden Dog Gallery (open Thursday to Saturday). Artist and sculptor Larissa Gray will be working in her gallery and art studio making unique bronze, clay and mixed media sculptures.
If antiques are your cup of tea, Circa Antiques and Collectibles is also on High Street and open Thursday to Saturday.
Visit The Old Auction House Gallery
Just around the corner on Mollison Street is the wonderful Old Auction House Arts Precinct & Gallery.
This extensive art space is home to resident artists as well as two galleries filled with a diverse and eclectic collection of local art. Their revolving schedule of exhibitions means there’s always something new and exciting to discover.
They also stock art and craft supplies as well as locally made gifts, including beautiful jewellery and presents for kids.
While you’re there, make sure to find out about their upcoming workshops. The Old Auction House is well known for leadlighting window workshops, silver jewellery making, watercolour classes and more.
From The Old Auction House, head down Mollison Street towards historic Piper Street. Drop into Kyneton Collective along the way for fantastic vintage, industrial, memorabilia, albums, clothing and garden items (open Thursday to Monday).
Discover fantastic art & vintage pieces
Kyneton’s historic Piper Street is a treasure trove of independent art galleries and vintage stores.
Kick off with a visit to Red Cart Vintage, followed by a ramble through Kabinett, located in The Royal George Hotel (which also houses a rather fabulous cocktail bar, Botanik).
From here you can wander down both sides of Piper Street as far down as Wedge Street for wonderful boutique galleries and exhibition spaces.
You’ll find six galleries along this strip specialising in a diverse style of artworks, so you’re bound to find something that speaks to you.
There’s also many nourishing cafes, artisan bakeries, restaurants, wine and gin bars dotted along Piper Street, ready for you to kick back and relax.
Discover Kyneton's fascinating history
The Kyneton Museum Collection is housed in a Heritage Victoria-listed building that was built in 1856 as a Bank of New South Wales.
There are changing exhibitions in the original banking chamber, and upstairs the bank manager’s residence is preserved in time.
Outdoor exhibits include original bluestone stables, servant’s kitchen, laundry and Theaden Cottage. The Museum is also home to a wide variety of carriages and historical agricultural equipment.
Open 11-4pm Friday to Sunday.
End the day with a peaceful river walk
After filling your heart with art, it’s time to fill your soul with nature. The beautiful Campaspe River Walk is a peaceful stroll that takes you from the end of Piper Street through to the Kyneton Botanic Gardens.
From here it’s a short walk to the V/Line train back to Melbourne or Bendigo. Or make your way back up High Street for a visit to the wonderful Aesops Attic Bookstore or independent children’s bookshop Squishy Minnie.