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And let your imagination run wild. This is where Victorian gold rush fever sparked in 1851, making Australia (for a short time) the richest country in the world. Evidence of those boomtown days remain in the picturesque streets and beautifully preserved architecture of this charming little town which is considered the best collection of 19th Century buildings in Australia. A leisurely 40-minute drive from Daylesford or 75 minutes from West Gate Bridge seems fleeting to travel back in time over 150 years.

But it’s not just history buffs that crave Clunes. Literature lovers flock here each May for the largest book event in regional Australia and year-round for its status as one of only 15 internationally recognised Booktowns in the world. Of course, you don’t get to be as pretty or as authentic as Clunes without also attracting attention from Hollywood.

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Clunes has been a prime location for a number of local and international productions both on the big and small screens with many locals relishing the opportunity to play extra’s on international shows including HBO’s hit series, The Leftovers.

Whether you’re a daytripper or getting away for the weekend, Clunes and the surrounding region has plenty to offer. Gold prospecting, bushwalking, rock climbing and hiking options abound, especially at Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve, where wildlife and wildflowers exist in equal abundance. Or if sampling the local wine and produce is more your scene, there’s much to please the palette of discerning gourmands at Clunes’ cafes, restaurants, and local markets.

For the ultimate romantic getaway, take the train from Melbourne and stay in one of the many beautifully appointed local B&B’s, boutique hotels, cottages and cabins.

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Live like a local.

Katie MirvisClunes expert for 3 years

I moved from the Melbourne to be with my partner and I've never looked back. Clunes has been so welcoming.

Local tips
  1. The weekly Community Dinners held at Town Hall
  2. The small dog walking at the showgrounds
  3. Collins Place for lunch in the sun
The Warehouse Clunes, Visitor Information Centre
  • 36 Fraser Street, Clunes
  • 5345 3359
  • Sunday, 11:00 - 15:00
  • Monday, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday, 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thursday, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Friday, 10:00 - 16:00
  • Saturday, 10:00 - 15:00

Anastasia JonesClunes expert for 10 years

Although Clunes is small, you should always allow youself at least an hour to run an errand in town... There's always someone willing to chat!

Local tips
  1. Mount Beckworth walk to the Lollipop tree
  2. Collins Place to sit and chat with the locals
  3. Having Mash at the Nash Hotel
The Warehouse Clunes, Visitor Information Centre
  • 36 Fraser Street, Clunes
  • 5345 3359
  • Monday, 10am - 6pm
  • Wednesday, 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday, 10am - 6pm
  • Friday, 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday, 10am - 3pm
  • Sunday, 11am - 3pm

EllieClunes expert for 6 years

The natural surrounds, the farmers markets and the history.

Clunes Visitor Information Centre
  • The Warehouse - Clunes
    36 Fraser Street
    Clunes 3370
  • (03) 5345 3359
  • Mon & Thurs: 10am - 6pm
  • Tues: CLOSED
  • Wed & Fri: 10am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 11am - 3pm

JulieClunes expert for 30 years

Clunes is very well known as BookTown, it hosts the annual BookTown Festival each year in May. Clunes is full of history, with the first gold in Victoria being discovered there.

Clunes Visitor Information Centre
  • The Warehouse-Clunes
    36 Fraser Street
    Clunes 3370
  • (03) 5345 3359
  • Mon & Thurs: 10am - 6pm
  • Tues: CLOSED
  • Wed & Fri: 10am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 3pm
  • Sun: 11am - 3pm

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