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Sovereign Hill

Go back in history, to when gold was first discovered in Ballarat in 1841.

Go shopping 1850's style, pan for gold and experience the old time magic.

Eastern Peake is known as one of the leaders when it comes to boutique wines.

Located in Coghills Creek, Victoria.  
7 days - 11am to 5pm.

Eastern Peake Vineyard & Winery
Gold and Relics Gold prospecting adventures

Embark on a half or full day gold prospecting adventure, leaving from Creswick, Victoria.

Pan for gold as well as use the latest in metal detectors...

The main street of Clunes is a well-known movie set backdrop and still looks like it could be straight out of a Colonial history book.

Littered with fabulous antique stores, book shops, eateries and steeped in history...

Clunes Victoria

The Creswick Woollen Mills tourism experience “A Very Fine Yarn” showcases the journey of fibre; all the way from its source on the alpaca, through the manufacturing process and how it ends up on the shop shelf. 

Creswick Woollen Mill

Join the Clunes Booktown for free monthly author talks from 2pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month in The Warehouse, Clunes.

The annual Clunes Booktown Festival is happening on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018. Join the most amazing whole town bookshop experience in Australia. 

Clunes Booktown


Enjoy locally grown produce at the Clunes Farmers' Market, held on the second Sunday of every month.

Located in the main street, 9am - 1pm

Clunes Farmers Market

Open 7 days (except Christmas) The Ballarat Amazing Mill Markets is the place to explore for your vintage clothing and furniture, antiques, memorabila and so much more...

The Amazing Mill Markets Ballarat

Located in the picturesque and historic township of Creswick, just 20 minutes to either Ballarat or Daylesford.


The Creswick Market is open 9am till 1pm, on the third Saturday of every month. The market is a great day out for the whole family – Bring the kids and your four-footed friends – you’re all welcome.

On the third Sunday of every month the tiny town of Talbot comes alive as thousands of visitors enjoy the vibrant village atmosphere of the Talbot Farmers Market.


Explore the stall lined streets displaying an impressive range of local produce and much more.  In true country farmers’ market style you will also chickens, stockfeed, cut flowers, plants and seedlings.

Talbot Farmers Market


Creswick Market

Widow Twankeys - Ice Cream Parlour, Cafe & Lollies

Open 7 days 8:30am-5pm   Tel 03 5345 3426

@52 Cafe - beautiful food and licensed

Open Thu-Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sun 8am-9:30pm; Monday is Locals Night 5pm-9:30pm; Ring to book on 0408 101 316 

Bread & Circus Provedore -  licensed resturant

Clunes, VIC main street

Now Closed


National Hotel - good pub food at pub prices

Open 7 days but need to check if lunch and/or dinner is being served   Tel 03 5345 3005  or 0457 083011  Special night on Thursdays $15 Pot & Parma 6-8:30pm

O'Hara's Bakery

Open    Mon-Fri 7:30am-2pm;   Sat-Sun 8am-2:30pm;       Tel  03 5345 3700

Clunes, VIC main steet

Top Shop - Fish 'n Chips

Open  Fri-Sat evenings only   Tel 03 5345 3024

The historic township of Clunes (Victoria's first gold mining town) is only 5 minute drive from our Beckworth Retreat accommodation and it is highly recommended to spend some hours browsing through the Booktown stores or just sitting having a coffee in the historic "film set" main street.


Clunes is only 90 minutes from Melbourne (just 20 minutes north of Ballarat so easy access from the A8 – Adelaide to Melbourne freeway).

Clunes is a picturesque and historic town made famous from the gold rush days and is host to the International Annual Booktown Festival in May.


It is a great place to explore and find little treasures.

Beckworth Retreat is just 6km from town where there are cafes, bookshops, antiquities and the local country pub.  

Many Victorian Secrets (Pyrenees, Goldfields, Mineral Spas) are all a short drive away.

Things to do in and around Clunes

Local weekend Markets

Eating in Clunes

Accommodation in Clunes Victoria. Beckworth Retreat



Step back in time and discover where it all started at the Clunes Museum...


Located at 36 Fraser Street, Clunes VIC

Clunes Museum

Mount Beckworth Wines is  a boutique hand-crafted winery situated just outside of Clunes in the township of Glendaruel.

Mount Beckworth Wins, Clunes, Victoria



Things to Do
Local Markets
Eating in Clunes

The coffee is good, the meals are great and the company even better  -  we love to go into Clunes at any time of the day.    Tuesday night is probably a good night to visit Creswick!

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