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Clunes Visitor Information Centre

Clunes Visitor Information Centre

The Warehouse-Clunes
36 Fraser Street
Clunes 3370

Mon & Thurs: 10am - 6pm

Tues: CLOSED

Wed & Fri: 10am - 4pm

Sat:  10am - 3pm

Sun: 11am - 3pm

Ph 03 5345 3359

 
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Clunes Activities

Ancient, extinct volcanoes, mining relics, European style gardens, lakes and the meandering Creswick Creek – there are many good reasons to get out and about when you are in Clunes

Steeped in history and heritage, Clunes is a hidden treasure trove for the adventurous and curious.

Situated eight kilometres west of Clunes, the Mt Beckworth Scenic Reserve surrounds the scenic summit of the impressive mountain and features a network of tracks through open woodlands and springtime wildflowers

You don't have to be the super fit type to enjoy the beauty of this parkland, there are plenty of family picnic spots, light walks, wildflowers and wildlife, and a reasonably sturdy family vehicle can access most places.

The best way to enjoy the park is on foot. A network of tracks links all major features within the reserve. A walk to the summit is rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Right in town is Esmond Park, located on a hillside overlooking the town centre.  It contains a number of old gold mining sites including relics of the Port Phillip Mine which operated in the area from 1857 to 1901. Follow the winding Scenic Drive to a lookout for great views over the township and surrounding countryside.

Almost the entire town is heritage-listed and numerous grand old gold era buildings can be found throughout the town, perfectly illustrated with a visit to the wide and elegant Fraser Street.

Take a walking tour and discover the charming architecture and history of the town including the former London Chartered Bank (1871) and Italianate Post Office (1878), which is now home to a second hand bookshop. The Clunes Visitor Information Centre, located in The Warehouse - Clunes is a source of local information for all visitors. Located as part of this facility is the Clunes Museum which houses historical artefacts and stories of the area. A must do whilst in Clunes.

Housed in the 1870s schoolhouse, is the Clunes ‘Lee Medlyn’ Bottle Museum displaying over 6,000 rare and unusual bottles dating back to the gold rush.  The Museum contains exhibits of life during the gold rush and early settlement as well as maps, brochures and tourist information.

As this is the birthplace of the gold rush, you may as well get caught up in it.  Guided tours are a perfect way to get the feel and knowledge of this period in Australia’s history.  Fun, educational and will the potential to make you rich these tours will provide you with prospecting secrets as you tour surrounding hills and relics searching for a flash of colour. 


Ballarat to Maryborough Heritage Trail
Creative Clunes
Esmond Park Esmond Park is located on the hills overlooking the Clune’s town centre. The Park is home to a number of old gold mining sites including the Port Phillip Mine which operated in the area from 1857 to 1901. There is a Scenic Drive through the park which leads to a lookout showcasing majestic views over the township and surrounding countryside. Creswick Creek runs through Esmond Park which can be followed along the shady banks and meandering waterway equipped with gold mining relics.
Lidia Merzel - Celebrant
Lidia Merzel - Celebrant My services as a celebrant are centered on the personalised design of a ceremony, delivered in a professional and heartfelt manner. I am available to discuss the requirements for your marriage, renewal of vows, name giving and commitment ceremonies in the Daylesford region and in Melbourne. No matter what the ceremony I can help you create a special and memorable occasion. I believe in the ceremonies and rituals that we perform in our life. They show us where we 'fit' in our family and community, respect and acknowledge our past, acknowledge and celebrate new beginning’s, and formally and legally bind our lives together. They help to preserve the best of our poetry, music and symbols providing the fabric and stitching of social connections. Contact me for further information lidiamerzel@westnet.com.au or call 0411 783 532 to discuss your requirements.
Gold & Relics Gold Prospecting Adventures
Gold & Relics Gold Prospecting Adventures Real life gold prospecting tours - metal detecting and/or gold panning. An adventure, an experience or a fun day out with family. Come and try it and you get to keep the gold you find.
Clunes Bottle Museum
Clunes Bottle Museum The Clunes Bottle Museum houses George Lee Medlyn’s Bottle Collection. George Lee Medlyn’s passion for bottles took him to many corners of Australia, collecting many rare and unusual bottles. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday 11am-4pm.
Mt Beckworth Mt Beckworth is a short drive from Clunes home to an abundance of native wildlife, orchids and spring wildflowers.
Clunes Historic Streetscape/Buildings
Clunes Historic Streetscape/Buildings Many of the original buildings in Clunes have been preserved from the gold rush days. Noteworthy buildings showcasing the architecture of the gold rush era are a must see for visitors. Places to start include: the Town Hall, Primary School, Former Post Office, Wesley Church, Keebles (Telegraph Hotel) and the Clunes Museum.
Ballarat - Maryborough Heritage Trail
Ballarat - Maryborough Heritage Trail The Ballarat-Maryborough Heritage Trail (“the trail”) is a cycle touring route connecting the major townships of Maryborough and Ballarat via smaller settlements and other points of interest along the route. The route is designed for a country cycle on quiet, sealed and unsealed roads that take in some of the most attractive towns in the Goldfields region: Talbot, Clunes and Creswick. The route progresses through scenic, relatively flat (gentle gradient) country with views of rolling hills and farmland on existing public roads, or off-road paths.
Clunes Farmers Market - a goldmine of locally produced goodies
Clunes Farmers Market - a goldmine of locally produced goodies