138 km north-west of Melbourne and 33 km north of Ballarat lies the tiny, bookish village of Clunes, a former gold mining town, nestled in the idyllic valley and rolling hills formed by the volcanic activity of the region’s ancient past.
Only 30 minutes Daylesford and Ballarat and an hour and 30 minutes to Melbourne’s CBD, Clunes is an ideal destination to visit with its renowned heritage streetscape, village atmosphere and cafes. The wide main street, well-preserved historic buildings and distinctively Victorian shopfronts have made it a perfect location for period films and television shows. The town has been featured in a number of Australian movies, including Ned Kelly, Mad Max and Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Clunes is home to an eclectic and diverse creative community, with a number of established artists living in the area. The Clunes Farmer’s Market is on the second Sunday of every month and the town comes to life on weekends as day trippers from Ballarat, and visitors from Melbourne stop on their way through to visit the region’s many unique attractions.
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