Kyneton boasts a tempting array of renowned restaurants, wineries and cafes, day spas, boutiques and cultural festivals. Piper Street is where all the action is at with some of the State's best dining sitting alongside heritage buildings and antique dealers. Visitors can celebrate local, seasonal produce at Source Dining, hatted by the Good Food Guide or go French-bistro style at Midnight Starling. Kyneton also boasts a packed calendar of community and cultural events throughout the year, favourites including Kyneton Music Festival and Lost Trades Fair.
Historic Castlemaine is a bustling town renowned for its eclectic arts scene, rich gold rush history, and growing reputation as a fine food destination. Travellers can stop by a local artist's studio to find sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, paintings and textiles, or experience the village's artistic heritage by taking in a concert at the Theatre Royal, Australia's oldest continually operating theatre. The Public Inn, hatted by the Good Food Guide, features some of the region's finest food coupled with exceptional local wines. Visitors can also jump on the authentic steam heritage train linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon.
Visitors to Bendigo can experience the wonderful contrasts of this regional city, its vibrant arts hub and flourishing food and wine scene set against its rich history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Bendigo gives visitors the opportunity to sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings, take a ride on the talking tram, admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city's fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries. Some of Bendigo’s highlights include the Bendigo Art Gallery, Central Deborah Gold Mine, and the Golden Dragon Museum. Visitors to Bendigo can also enjoy the city’s free wi-fi around town.
Seymour is an historic railway township located in the sprawling Goulburn Valley wine region. Some of Australia’s most famous wineries including Tahbilk, Mitchelton Wines, Fowles Wine and Wine by Sam feature in this region, which also has a Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk, Seymour Railway Heritage Centre and Seymour and District Historical Society Museum. The Tastes of the Goulburn food and wine festival is hosted in October each year, showcasing the best local produce from the Goulburn Valley and Central Victoria. This unique festival offers the option to travel by Steam rail from Melbourne.
Visitors to Nagambie will find themselves surrounded by leading wineries, fertile plains and sparkling waterways. In town there is a statue of Black Caviar, the legendary racehorse, was born in Nagambie and remained undefeated throughout her racing career. Aside from the fine wine and gourmet produce on offer in this location, visitors can enjoy sailing and water skiing on Lake Nagambie, which is also host to Australia's national standard rowing and canoeing titles during summer.
Euroa is located at the base of the Strathbogie Ranges and is home to historic buildings and stunning landscapes. Visitors can get outdoors and explore the Euroa Arboretum, wander indigenous gardens, fish for trout in the dam, and follow the sculpture walk. There are plenty of walks in and around Euroa, including the seven-kilometre Apex, or Seven Creeks, Walking Track which takes people around the Balmattum Hill Walking Track. Travellers can then cool off at Polly McQuinns, a popular picnic and swimming spot where water spills over a weir and large granite boulders into a deep-water pool.
Victoria's largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events, food, brews and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop. Visitors can spend a day enjoying the fantastic collection of Australian art at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery, or book a table at Spanish tapas and wine bar Meigas. followed by a local beer at Athletic Club Brewery. There are several specialty shops stocked with boutique clothing, books, homewares and crafts for all to peruse. Families love to meet native wildlife on a leisurely stroll in a natural bush settling at Ballarat Wildlife Park and visit award-winning open air museum, Sovereign Hill.
This historic gold rush town is also one of only 15 internationally recognised booktowns in the world. Visitors can take a stroll down Fraser Street to take in the impeccably preserved gold rush architecture and visit during the famous Clunes Booktown Festival time to mix it with the country's literary heavyweights. The small town is also the setting for films including Mad Max and The History of the Kelly Gang.
Geelong is a city on the move and the signs of change are everywhere, from the stunning waterfront and urban precinct to the craft breweries and hole-in-the-wall cafes that have reclaimed and reshaped the city's old industrial landscape. There are public artworks along the waterfront, landscaped gardens, ice-cream parlours and eateries.
Geelong’s culinary prowess is highlighted at Igni, awarded two hats by the Good Food Guide 2018, or for an evening of fresh, modern flavours, Tulip restaurant is the place to eat. Those wishing to enjoy the city's heritage can explore the 100 National Trust listed buildings, visit the National Wool Museum, Geelong Gallery, or take the kids for a ride on the historic wooden carousel.
Visitors can amble along the wide tree-lined streets, beautiful gardens and spacious parklands of Gippsland's largest city. Located in the Latrobe Valley, on the Princes Highway, Traralgon lies at the intersection of many a Gippsland adventure. As the region's entertainment capital, Traralgon has an ever-expanding choice of top-notch dining options and a thriving pub and club scene. For a dinner to remember visitors should try Neilsons Kitchen, tuck into worldwide tapas at Little Prince Eating House and Bar, or cruise out to the famous Narkoojee Winery for a lavish Italian lunch.
Remnants of the gold rush years are reflected in the architecture of the town at the Traralgon Post Office, Ryans Hotel and Ostler House.
Visitors can take time out to relax at the Port of Sale precinct with its selection of cafes and restaurants or check out the local artistic talents at the renowned Gippsland Art Gallery, or spend an afternoon discovering Gippsland's military history at the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum. Those looking for a more natural experience can explore the grasses and red gum woodlands of Sale Common or wander through the tranquil grounds of the 150-year-old Sale Botanic Gardens.
This content can be shared and edited for the purpose of promoting Victoria as a visitor destination. Not for use in paid advertising. Please credit Visit Victoria.