Published on 7th June 2017
by Kate Shanasy

Long a source of fresh produce and rich historical significance, Kyneton has in recent times emerged as a cultural hub, giving rise to a new wave of eager chefs, artists, musicians and produce makers intent on celebrating the region.

Kyneton is nestled within the stunning Macedon Ranges region of Victoria, home to a slew of natural mineral springs and waterfalls. Natural lures are ever-present here – the Campaspe River flows through town, making a flowing backdrop to Botanic Gardens (established in the mid-1800s), bluestone architecture from the gold rush era, postcard perfect tree-lined roads and vast plains of farmland.

The wider region here is ripe with orchards, cheese makers, olive groves and wineries, as well as local home growers, many of whom contribute to some of town’s best restaurants and cafe menus too.

One quickly gets a sense of the close-knit community in Kyneton. Many of the people you interact with over the town’s counters and bars are the business owners themselves. Whether grazing on food, ordering a drink or asking after an artwork, expect above-and-beyond friendly service.

With so much to explore and an abundance of incredible food and drink to sample, you might struggle to sit back and take it slow. Here’s our guide to everything Kyneton has to offer.

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Welcome to Kyneton

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A Cosy Winter Weekend in Kyneton

Locals say winter is Kyneton’s busiest season. When you can combine crisp morning nature walks with fine foods and warm open fires, it’s easy to see why.

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4PM

Royal George Hotel

24 Piper Street
Kyneton VIC
(03) 5422 1390
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Royal George Hotel

Sample one of sixteen local and international beers on tap at this classic old pub. There’s a pool room, outdoor courtyard, upstairs balcony and a few open fireplaces to position yourself in front of and rest your way towards dinner.

2PM

Stockroom

98 Piper Street
Kyneton VIC
(03) 5422 3215
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Stockroom

Located a little further down Piper Street is an independently run, contemporary arts hub with regular exhibitions, workshops, a retail store, cafe and barbershop. Find fashion one-offs, work from emerging artists, great coffee and the odd live gig inside.

12PM

Long Story Short

Upstairs 58-60 Piper Street
Kyneton VIC
(03) 5422 2909
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Long Story Short

Make a quick round trip to your accommodation to unload your market goodies, then back to Long Story Short for an afternoon of scavenging through the decades. Musical memorabilia, rare and sought-after vinyl records, second-hand books and vintage clothing awaits discovery.

6PM

La Bonta

12-14 Piper Street
Kyneton VIC
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La Bonta

Owners Tim and Janet Austin don’t just travel to Italy every year, they extend an invitation for customers to join them. They take authentic cooking classes, visit wineries and medieval villages, and return here to show off and display their discoveries.

8PM

Farm House


Kyneton VIC
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Farm House

Retire to this rustic accommodation for the evening and bask in the finery of small things. Both fireplaces here are packed and ready with kindling and tepee timber stacks, just ready for a match. Nip outside to the bathhouse, fill the tub with bath salts and get in and unwind with a glass of wine (perhaps have a guest join you too – it’s big enough).

10AM

The Kyneton Farmers Market

St Paul’s Park Piper Street
Kyneton VIC
5422 1025
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The Kyneton Farmers Market

On the second Saturday of each month, St Paul’s Park in the centre of Piper Street transforms into a fresh market mecca. Farmers and growers from the wider region converge to showcase their products, ranging from seasonal and organic fruit and vegetables, to baked vegan goods, fresh eggs, olives, fish and handmade cheeses.

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Campaspe River Walk

15 Mollison Street
Kyneton VIC
1800 244 711
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Campaspe River Walk

Before the Kyneton Farmers Market kicks off, start your day early with a brisk walk in the Botanic Gardens along the Campaspe River. Braving the brisk weather rewards with the sight of morning rays illuminating the foliage and dew-covered grass. Follow the river and finish at Piper Street.