GETTING AROUND CLUNES
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.
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...
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.
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.
Enjoy locally grown produce at the Clunes Farmers' Market, held on the second Sunday of every month.
Located in the main street, 9am - 1pm
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...
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.
EATING IN CLUNES
Widow Twankeys - Ice Cream Parlour, Cafe & Lollies
Open 7 days 8:30am-5pm Tel 03 5345 3426
Quigley & Clarke - 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
Open Wed-Thu 8:30am-4:30pm, Fri-Sat 8:30am-9:30pm, Sun 8:30am-4:30pm; Ring to book on 03 5345 3066
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
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-2pm; Sat-Sun 8am-2:30pm; Tel 03 5345 3700
Top Shop - Fish 'n Chips
Open 7 days last orders 7:30pm 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
Step back in time and discover where it all started at the Clunes Museum...
Located at 36 Fraser Street, Clunes VIC
Mount Beckworth Wines is a boutique hand-crafted winery situated just outside of Clunes in the township of Glendaruel.