- Countryside Hang out near Hanging Rock
- Country life Boutiques, Blundstones and bluestones
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.
Do go/Don’t go
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.
- Planes Melbourne Airport (www.melbourneairport.com.au), which handles both international and domestic flights, is the closest to Kyneton. From here, it's a 45-minute drive north to Kyneton. Qantas (www.qantas.com.au) and Virgin (www.virginaustralia.com/au) are the major carriers.
- Trains V/Line (www.vline.com.au) trains from Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street in Melbourne offer regular services to Kyneton, taking around an hour.
- Automobiles Kyneton is an hour’s drive from the centre of Melbourne, north-west along the Calder Freeway, and around 20 minutes from Daylesford’s spa scene. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport or an outlet in the city – your own set of wheels will come in handy for exploring the region.
- Taxis For short hops around town or the 20-minute drive to Daylesford, call Kyneton Taxi Service (+61 (0)3 5422 6900).