Like your indulgent, slightly eccentric old aunt, Kyneton lives to spoil you. A bustling hub for food and supplies during the gold rush (a 1800s drop-in centre, if you will), this central Victorian town still prides itself on being a provider.
These days, instead of miners and stockmen treading her bluestone streets, Kyneton draws sybaritic weekenders from Melbourne, an hour’s drive away, who come for their fill of gourmet produce, designer homewares and one-off artworks. Lined with heritage-listed cottages, cosmopolitan Piper Street punches well above its weight in the food department, flaunting top-rated restaurants, cosy cafés and handsome wine bars showcasing cool-climate drops from the surrounding Macedon Ranges. Here, indulgence is order of the day... the detox can start once you get back to the city.
From December to February, summer days are wonderfully warm and dry. There's a chill in the air for autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November), and the mercury plummets in winter (June to July), with frosty morns and the odd chance of snow.