Road trip to… Kyneton, Victoria

Kyneton is experiencing a gold rush of an altogether different kind.

Located in the Macedon Ranges, the historic former goldmining hub of Kyneton is an easy getaway only an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The town’s eclectic markets, chef’s-hatted restaurants, flurry of quirky and original boutiques and more cafés and produce stores than you could possibly visit make it a great destination for a not-so-lazy weekend.

At the centre of the recent boutique shopping and dining boom lies Piper Street. Here is our list of the must-visit spots on the bluestone-lined stretch and its surrounds:


SHOP:

Stockroom (98 Piper Street, (03) 5422 3215; www.stockroomkyneton.com) is a creative hub located in a converted 150-year-old butter factory. The enormous space showcases Australian designers and stocks fashion, jewellery, ceramics, homewares and artworks. Also within the space is Wolf at the Door – a vintage homewares stall – and Winnebagel – a bright red food truck selling coffee and snacks.

Kabinett (66 Piper Street, (03) 5422 6695; www.kabinett.com.au) is perfect for a fossick. Score one-off pieces of industrial and vintage homewares, imported from overseas or sourced locally. The store has a particular focus on kitchen goods.

Operating out of a small but light-filled space upstairs is Caveletti Gallery (66F Piper Street (entrance off Powlett Street), 0417 506 440; www.cavalettigallery.com), a fine arts and fashion space run by Leanne Coates. Coates creates her limited-edition clothing collections within the space and sells handmade textile-inspired ceramics, photography, books and artworks.


Prunella
(68 Piper Street, 03 5410 8835; www.prunella.com.au) is the street’s boutique florist. Owners Caris Haughan and Vanessa Partridge are known for creating eye-catching displays; they source props during local bush walks or in their forages at salvage yards.


EAT:

Mr Carsisi (37 Piper Street, 03 5422 3769; www.mrcarsisi.com) has received rave reviews since opening in 2010 and was awarded Best New Regional Restaurant award in The Age Good Food Guide 2012. Go there for mezze plates and mains featuring earthy Middle Eastern and Turkish flavours served within a rustic interior.

A pioneer of paddock-to-plate dining in Australia, Annie Smithers offers consistently good food within her eponymous chef’s hat-winning restaurant (72 Piper Street, (03)5422 2039; www.anniesmithers.com.au). For those after a more casual dining experience, the wine bar adjoining the restaurant’s main dining room is an inviting option.


Head to the Emporium (89 Piper Street) to find all the necessities for a well-stocked gourmet pantry. The complex of cafes and shops includes Piper Street Food Co. (89b Piper Street, (03) 5422 3553; www.piperstfoodco.com) a store specialising in charcuterie with terrines, sausages and other goods made by hand using local produce and French techniques.

SLEEP

Located in a distinctive heritage bluestone building that was once the Bank of New South Wales is Mollisons (116-118 Mollison Street, 0419 001 518; www.mollisons.net.au). The contemporary boutique hotel has six elegantly appointed hotel rooms and two ground-floor apartments.

Babette’s (59 Ebden Street, 0408 995 751; www.babetteskyneton.com.au), a self-contained three-bedroom house, is the most recent boutique accommodation to open up in the area. Sleeping six, it has all the comfort and trimmings of a stylish B&B.

For those who wish to be in the centre of Piper Street, you can’t go past Circa 1860 (Corner Piper and Powlett Street; 03 5422 1211; www.circa1860.com.au). Located above an old chemist shop, this classically appointed apartment boasts a library, kitchenette and king-size bed.

Tip: Visitors to Piper Street on weekdays should be aware that some shops and restaurants may be closed. Your best bet is to call ahead and check days and opening hours with each shop, as they vary.

Producer/writer: Georgie Bean
Photographer: Marcel Aucar

Comments
5 Responses to “Road trip to… Kyneton, Victoria”
  1. Christine says:

    While staying in Daylesford late last year, we took a drive to Kyneton – how wonderful it was. Had we known of its appeal, its treasures, we’d have planned to stay a few nights. Hmm … a return visit is in order.

  2. Lana says:

    This write-up focuses far too heavily on Piper Street. While Piper Street is a fantastic place to visit, the rest of Kyneton’s town is deliciously divine – head up Mollison Street to Monsieur Pierre for fabulous coffee, then head up High Street for a rose petal pedicure or body wrap at Ellenis Salon-Spa. Finish up your afternoon with a cheeky cake at Pie’ce De R’esistance or take a treasure home from kitsch kitchen shop Osabah.

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