Kyneton is a historic gold rush town located on the Campaspe River in Victoria’s spa region. Visit the town to shop for antiques, taste local wines and drink from the health-giving waters of the Kyneton Mineral Springs.
Base yourself in Kyneton to explore the scenic countryside and discover treasures and historic reminders of the region’s past. Explore the town’s wide array of antique shops and galleries, as well as its National Trust recognised bluestone museum. Wander through the 19th century granite streets for more examples of preserved bluestone architecture, and head to the historic Piper Street precinct which presents a streetscape of historical significance.
Watch artists produce award-winning fine bone china figurines and porcelain and resin ceramics at Kyneton Fine China and Wattle Ceramics, or visit some of the stunning local private gardens, which are periodically open to the public through the Open Gardens Scheme.
The Kyneton Botanical Gardens were laid out in the late 1860s and early 1870s by Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. He provided a large number of trees and shrubs, most of which are still surviving. The Baron also laid out the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Malmsbury.
Kyneton’s racecourse is rated as one of the most picturesque in Victoria. The first record of horse racing held in Kyneton was in 1856. The Kyneton Cup, held on the first Wednesday in November, draws a large crowd. Other events include the Daffodil and Arts Festival in September and the Jazz, Blues and Heritage Festival in October.
Kyneton is 83 kilometres north of Melbourne or about one hour from Melbourne, off the Calder Highway. V/Line trains service Kyneton seven days a week.