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Published July 14th 2013
The perfect Melbourne getaway
Just an hour's drive from the centre of Melbourne lies the charming little town of Kyneton. Positioned in the Macedon Ranges, it has followed on from other towns in the area, notably Daylesford, by introducing higher quality restaurants and more arts and crafts stores.
The main draw of Kyneton though, is the beautiful surrounding scenery. Starting from the perfectly pleasant botanical gardens, you can take a gentle stroll along the river, taking in the peace and quiet. You can even check out the rather underwhelming sculpture garden along the way.
A short bike ride away, or a very short car ride, is the Black Hill Reserve which is a great place for a picnic and a short walk or two. You are sure to see plenty of wildlife here too, with kangaroos and wallabies roaming freely and the gorgeous crimson rosellas colouring the skies. Wombat sightings are also apparently not unusual in the reserve, though, rather disappointingly, we did not see any. The walks are easy enough, even for the hopelessly unfit, though the markers are a little confusing but if you stay on the obvious paths you should be fine.
In the town itself, Piper Street is where all the action is. Multitudes of award winning restaurants, plenty of handicraft shops, art galleries and a small yet interesting museum, a trip to Kyneton is pointless without a stroll down Piper Street. I would urge you to look in every shop and gallery as they all have something new and different to offer. My choice of restaurant would have to be Annie Smithers', the food there is excellent.
So for an easy weekend getaway, look no further than Kyneton. Avoid going midweek though as most places on Piper Street are only open from Thursday.