welcome to Clunes
An historic gold mining town, located in the heart of Victoria's Central Goldfields region, just north of Ballarat and about an hour and 20 minutes’ drive west of Melbourne CBD. Blessed with history, vintage, environment, nature and exciting events, Clunes is an idyllic destination for the weekend getaway, or just a country drive day trip.
Dotted with dusty antique and collectable stores, vineyards and wineries, rustic bed & breakfasts and scenic walks, the Victorian Goldfields area is a hidden treasure trove for the adventurous and curious. All this makes Clunes a popular weekend destination for bushwalkers, gold prospectors, treasure hunters, collectors, vintage car clubs, history buffs and families seeking to escape to the country.
Christmas in Clunes
All through December, join us to celebrate “Christmas in Clunes” in true community style!
Fraser Street is already ablaze with fairy lights and projected lights on all the historic buildings. There's beautiful shop window displays, and some of Santa’s reindeer are in Collins Place to make things glow. Verandah posts are adorned with Christmas decorations up and down the street. Traders, locals and community groups have come together to “Light Up Clunes!”, showcasing our town and all it has to offer. Whether it’s the lights, the music, the activities or just the company that appeals to you — bring your family and friends along to be part of the fun.
Click this link to see more information, or right click on the image below to download a printable copy of the programme.
And click here to see our Flash Mob event!
Clunes is host to the annual Booktown event, which brings together thousands of booksellers, writers and speakers from all over the nation and overseas. Booktown is staged right across the town, inside heritage bluestone buildings, on the quartz streets, under charming old awnings, in the shade of majestic European trees planted by the first settlers and easily increases the town population by a factor of 20 over the weekend.
The popular Clunes farmers market is held every second Sunday offers a range of local delicacies and goods.
A short drive west of Clunes the intrepid explorer will discover magical Talbot, our nearest neighbour. On the third Sunday of each month, Talbot hosts the award winning farmers' market boasting hundreds of true blue farmers' market stalls.
There's so much going on in the Clunes area we can't say it all here. Come and visit to find out more!