Where art is a way of life

Everywhere you look in Malmsbury there is art. In the windows of the shops, on the walls of the cafes, and in the open courtyards and gardens. Art is their way of life. And you can experience this way of life at Woodbine Art and other galleries in the town.

Each November the Malmsbury Village Fayre celebrates the creative heartbeat of this community with art exhibitions, music, fine produce, local wines and kids activities – all with a funky local twist.

Malmsbury Viaduct, Malmsbury

Malmsbury’s bluestone gutters, corrugated sidings and long veranda overhangs are all evidence of a town that was another key stop-off point during the 1850s gold rush.

Today, the town is still an institution for those who regularly travel the Calder Freeway. Enjoy treats from a bakery that prides itself on using local produce in as much of its fare as possible, or snack on a wood fired pizza with wine in a lazy bluestone courtyard at the Stables. At Moto Bean Coffee Roasters, you can find coffee as good as any in the big smoke.

The roads surrounding Malmsbury are perfect for Sunday drives with galleries and wineries dotted along the way. For those travellers who have collected local goods from farm gates along the drive, the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens makes a perfect spot for a picnic and offers stunning views of the historic viaduct that is a focal point of the town.

Find out what’s happening in the Macedon Ranges this month