The historic township of Clunes is just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne CBD, 40 minutes from Daylesford and Ballarat and 10 minutes to Creswick. This delightful village has some great offerings and attractions. Home to the internationally renowned Clunes Booktown event, it is also host to the monthly Clunes Farmers Market and Makers Market, held the second Sunday of every month.
A must visit place in town is the Criterion, a cafe in the old hotel of the same name, with great coffe and a solid munu. On Friday and Sunday evenings visitors and locals alike can enjoy ‘Wine with the Mayor’ Neil Newitt at his photographic studio on Fraser Street. The latest Clunes gallery is Art + Objects Salon also on Fraser street and well worth a look in.
Clunes has a proud gold mining history and still today boasts an original and charming streetscape. It was the first town to find gold back in 1851 and kick started the gold rush attracting miners from all over the world. It also has been a star of the big screen with blockbusters including ‘Mad Max’, ‘Ned Kelly’ and ‘Tomorrow when the war began’ all filmed here.