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:

  • A food, wine and dining focus that draws high-quality, local and fresh produce from its farming surrounds
  • An art and culture presence, most prominently through galleries, museums, theatres and events, but also dotted throughout at local markets and shops
  • A range of sport and leisure activities that capitalise on the space and beauty of the surrounds, including walking, cycling, riding and golf, amongst many others.

Today's Kyneton offers its own perspective:

  • A range of cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, concentrated around old-world Piper Street, the town's original main street
  • Well preserved nineteenth century architecture, including majestic bluestone structures made from locally quarried materials, miner's cottages and elegant Victorian and Edwardian styles
  • A range of parks and gardens, many adjoining the Campaspe River that wends around the town's edge.

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, including 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.

See the Macedon Ranges and Goldfields visitor web sites for further information, or call or drop into the Kyneton Visitor Information Centre:

130 High Street, Kyneton Victoria 3444. Phone (03) 5422 6110. Open 7 days from 9am-5pm.