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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 and nature, 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.

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.

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. Organic produce, gourmet cheeses, ducks, geese, chickens, pigs, olive oils, wines, straw bales (good for the garden), arts & crafts, breads, coffee, delicious hot foods, home baked cakes, tools & hardware and everything country. For added effect bring your wellingtons and tweed coat, you'll fit right in.

There's so much going on in the Clunes area we can't say it all here. Instead, keep an eye on the blog roll below (or even subscribe) to stay informed of the vibrant, creative community that is Clunes.

New! Gold Prospecting Adventure Tours

Leanne Kamp - 22/06/2011

Gold Prospecting Adventure Tours have come to Clunes! Darren Kamp, a gold prospector for over 30 years has a wealth of experience and is now focused on helping others take up what can be a lucrative hobby. With the price of gold soaring this is a great time to come on a gold adventure with Darren. Tours run from 9.30-4.30pm and Darren gives lots of his prospecting secrets away during these events. It's fun, it's educational and it can potentially make you rich! Call Gold & Relics today on 03 5345 3375 or email darren@goldandrelics.com. au to find out more. Tour cost: $247.00 per person or $447.00 for 2. Includes full tuition, detector hire, lunch and morning & afternoon tea.

New Image Gallery - Clunes Art Group

Jonathon Wallen - 09/05/2011

Our Art Group meets every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Clunes Library. We are a strong group of Painters, Sculptors, Drawers, Ceramicists, Printers and Embroiderers who show their work together. If you would like to join us please ring Marlene Tozer 5345 3093 or Liz Paszko 5345 3807. View some images of Clunes by Liz Paszko.

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New Image Gallery - Gayfords' Cottages

Jonathon Wallen - 26/01/2011

Gayfords' Cottages have 3 charming and unique fully self contained miners' cottages dating from 1867. Located in the beautiful country town of Clunes in Victoria, we have overnight or weekly rentals of the cottages available. All linen and towels are supplied for your stay at Gayfords' Cottages @ Clunes. Our cottages boast beautiful open fires in winter and are set in the peaceful surrounds of nearly two acres of cottage gardens.

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C.L.A.G.(Clunes and Locality Artists Group)

Rhonda Fawcett - 26/05/2010

Friday, 6th August, 6.00pm. Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles Gallery. Opening of Exhibition. Come and see work by talented local artists and emerging artists. The theme follows the Words in Winter one of Journeys and is open to many interpretations. The use of different styles and mediums will contribute to the diverse ideas and their execution by the artists.Many works will be for sale.Light refreshments will be served.Free. All welcome. Enquiries:Kate Edwards 5345 3889

Words in Winter Clever Town Challenge

Rhonda Fawcett - 26/05/2010

Saturday, 7th August, 9.30 am Clunes Library. Can Clunes regain the trophy? All local residents are welcome to come and compete against Daylesford, Trentham and Creswick in a General Knowledge and Trivia Giant Crossword.All help is welcome.Books in the Library may be used for reference.Free.Event sponsored by Snodger Puzzles and Central Highlands Library.

Words in Winter Launch of Clunes Book "Fields of Gold"

Rhonda Fawcett - 26/05/2010

Saturday, 7th August, Clunes Town Hall. 6.oo pm. Launch of the eagerly-awaited Book,"Fields of Gold", written by the residents of Clunes and district and produced with the assistance of a Grant from the Hepburn Shire.Dinner. Invitation only.

Songs in the Street and Soapboxing at the Clunes Market

Rhonda Fawcett - 26/05/2010

Sunday 8th August from 9.00 am Bring your songs and musical instruments and set up somewhere in the town. (Consider approaching one of our friendly traders beforehand to see if you could perform in their premises). Wesley College will be in the Rotunda,the Clunes Choir in the Booktown Book Shop and Keith McCrossan at Canny Cottage (Craft Cottage).There will be additional street musicians. Soapboxing will also be performed in the Rotunda so bring your entertaining speech and join in the fun.All this in the atmosphere of the Clunes Market.Free. All welcome.

Other Word Events in Clunes in August

Rhonda Fawcett - 26/05/2010

Clunes Garden Club:Monday, 2nd August, Senior Citizens Rooms.Bring your prettiest posy,a garden-related poem and something to share for afternoon tea.All welcome. Free.Andy Hill 5345 3351. Clunes Writers Group Meeting: Monday, 9th August, 1.30 p.m Neighbourhood House. Bring your short story or poem written on theme "Journeys" if you wish or just come to listen. Free. All welcome.Myra King 5345 3132 or Pam Adams 5345 4022 Clunes Book Club Meeting: Thursday, 12th August,7.30 pm, Clunes Library.An interesting and fun night. All welcome. Roma Wiseman 5345 4037

Words in Winter Booktown Book Shop Event

Rhonda Fawcett - 26/05/2010

Friday 13th August 5.30-7.30pm Booktown Book Shop Corner Fraser and Service Sts Famous sports journalist, Ken Piesse, will be launching his 62nd book, "Great Australian Cricket Stories". "From milkmen to posties to one who ended up in jail, Australian cricket is full of amazing characters and compelling yarns and stories". "Piesse is into his fourth decade editing Australian Cricket magazines and interviewing the greats from Ponsford and Benaud through to Warne and McGrath." Free. All welcome.Drinks at bar prices. Sponsored by Creative Clunes.

Words in Winter Writers Workshop

Rhonda Fawcett - 26/05/2010

Saturday 14th August Neighbourhood House nhousecoord@clunes.org or 5345 3486 for bookings Writers Workshop Writing Your Memoirs: Want to be able to write about those special and important moments of your life? Pamela Adams. 2 hours Haiku: Traditional Japanese poetry written in 3 lines. John Sayers. 1 hour And others. $10 per session or $25 all day,including lunch

Quick Facts
Population900
Water RestrictionsStage 1
Median House Price$166,000
Postcode3370
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