Taste the difference of a country brunch
Set off early for your romantic Kyneton getaway, located just over an hour from Melbourne’s CBD.
Meander along historic Piper Street and you are guaranteed a killer brekkie (and good coffee). Many brunch cafes feature ‘locally laid’ eggs on their menu, laid by very happy, truly free range country chooks. You can really taste the difference!
Treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy
With a relaxed brekkie and coffee under the belt, it’s time for a spot of retail therapy.
Kyneton is the shopping mecca of the Macedon Ranges, with the majority of retailers situated along Piper Street, followed by High Street and Mollison Street.
You can easily spend hours wandering in and out of character-filled old buildings brimming with new and vintage clothing, millinery, homewares, art, antiques, plants and more.
Tip: Time your romantic getaway with the Kyneton Farmers’ Market, held on the second Saturday of the month.
Go on a romantic stroll or a wine tasting adventure
If the weather is fine and you’ve had your fill of shopping, check into your accommodation for the night. The afternoon can then be spent getting to know Kyneton and its surrounds on foot.
A leisurely stroll along the peaceful Campaspe River is a good place to start.
The residential streets leading to the river are also beautiful, with old bluestone buildings, rustic cottages and established gardens dotted along the way. You may want to pick up an historic walking tour map from the Visitor Information Centre on High Street, for a self-guided history lesson on your way to the river.
Alternatively, if bush walking is more your cup of tea, head to Black Hill Reserve on the outskirts of Kyneton for a hike. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife as well as fascinating granite boulder formations. The views are rather fabulous too. Pack a thermos for a hot cuppa along the way.
Wet Weather Plan
If the weather doesn’t permit for lazy strolls and bush walks, you can always head on a mini wine safari to nearby cellar doors. Create the perfect cool climate wine tasting itinerary using the app Twenty Five Doors – simple!
G&Ts and a romantic dinner for two.
Spend some time languishing in your B&B, then its time for a cheeky appertif.
If gin is your thing, a late arvo cocktail is in order. Kyneton is home to Animus Gin Distillery, Bar and Cocktail Lounge, famous for their small batch, award-winning artisan gin distilled on the premises.
Feeling a little tipsy? Or just giddy with love? Then it’s time for some eye gazing across the table at one of our many delectable restaurants for dinner.
If you are one for fine dining experiences you are truly spoilt for choice in Kyneton. And they are all within walking distance of cosy B&B’s, so you don’t have to worry about driving or taxis.
Colenso on High Street offers an intimate fine dining experience with a fine tuned focus on local farm produce. And don’t forget to drop by Dr Abalone Wine Bar (also on High Street) for glass or two of local wine by the fire on the way.
There are also two award-winning, One Hat restaurants in Kyneton, Source Dining and Midnight Starling, as well as stellar dining at The Parkland on Piper Street. Newly opened Tansy’s is another treat, run by renowned Melbourne chef Tansy Good.
Choose your own romantic adventure
You have two options today.
Stay put. Cook up a lazy breakfast with locally grown and laid provisions. And soak up the ambiance of your gorgeous accommodation.
Or… if you are up for more couple-y adventures, here’s some options to ‘choose your own adventure’.
Horse Riding Adventure
If you prefer to get out into nature and enjoy horse riding, Silver Brumby Trails is a glorious way to spend an invigorating two hours recapturing the pioneering rural atmosphere of the 1800’s.