Pre-dating the gold rush, Kyneton thrived during this transformative period as a gateway and way-point between the northern goldfields and Melbourne. In many ways that role continues today, with Kyneton ideally positioned for you to explore not only the prominent cultural and architectural legacy of the world's greatest gold rush, but also combine that with the tranquillity and natural beauty of the Macedon Ranges.
Both the Goldfields and Macedon Ranges of today however offer modern additions to their historical and geographical assets:
Today's Kyneton offers its own perspective:
Within Kyneton, Cowen House is no more than a 20 minute walk to all of the town's leisure and shopping destinations. Take a short stroll to the historical Kyneton botanical gardens, one of Victoria s oldest regional botanic gardens with numerous heritage listed trees, and which makes a great start to the Campaspe River walk. A similarly short walk in the other direction will take you to the many shops, cafes and pubs of the present-day main streets of High and Mollison, with Piper street and the picturesque racecourse only a little further.
Step into the car and you're only a few minutes drive from the picnic grounds of the Kyneton mineral springs, or of course the haunting Hanging Rock. Drive up the ever-visible Mount Macedon with its cross overlooking the Melbourne skyline. Alternatively, veer from the beaten track and explore Turpins Falls, Coliban Falls or Black Hill reserve.
If you prefer more vigorous exercise than the walk up Hanging Rock, Kyneton also has a good range of health and fitness services, notably the Kyneton Sports and Aquatic Centre, just a few minutes walk from Cowen House.
Be it shopping, dining, sport and the outdoors, or arts and entertainment, you won’t be short of choices in Kyneton.