Kyneton | VictoriaKyneton, 86km north of Melbourne, is an attractive historic town featuring 19th-century bluestone architecture. Small-scale manufacturing and farming boomed in the 1850s and 1860s in the rush to feed the thousands of miners who flocked to the district.
Main AttractionsHistoric Piper St offers many specialty stores selling antiques, furniture, crafts and gourmet food. Kyneton Museum, a bluestone building that was once the Bank of New South Wales, recreates family life as it was in Victorian times. In the grounds are stables, a coach house and a drop-log cottage. The museum is open Fri-Sun and public holidays, 11am-4pm. Other buildings of note include Willis Steam Mill, the Court House and churches. Kyneton Botanic Gardens, in Clowes St, features a collection of rare and endangered trees, including a Chilean wine palm, blue atlas cedars and a golden English oak. The Campaspe River flows through the gardens and picnics on its banks are popular, as is the walking track from the gardens to the nearby racecourse.
In recent years, the Macedon wine region has spread north-west to Kyneton and a number of wineries are within easy reach of the town. The township of Malmsbury, 10km NW, has a number of historic bluestone buildings, including a bluestone railway viaduct.
macedonranges | 2008-09-12 | Such graceful aging is everywhere in Kyneton. The volcanic geology of the surrounding area meant the district produced an inexhaustible supply of bluestone which was used to build many of the town’s stately structures. The five original churches in Kyneton were built of local stone, some of which was quarried at the actual building sites. | read more
macedonranges | 2008-02-26 | The natural offerings of the Macedon Ranges are all the more remarkable by their proximity to Melbourne. Many of the area’s most remote escapes are only 40mins from the city. | read more