Trip to Kyneton

Picturesque Piper Street
    The rather fabulous Stockroom with its ecclectic mix of vintage and industrial treasures,
                                 local hand-made products and art gallery space      

                                             Oohh - love the retro picnic set!

                                            The cute entrance to Cavaletti Gallery
    Leanne's light-filled retail & gallery space for her beautiful hand-made and limited edition
            pieces and her studio next door where she creates her gorgeous garments

                      Kyneton is situated near the Campaspe river - beautiful!
On Sunday we took a day trip to Kyneton, a small but bustling township in the Macedon Ranges.  We're considering a move to the country - and Kyneton is at the top of our list of places to move to!  For a country town it has a fabulous mix of coffee shops, award wining eateries, a good range of generic high street shops and some cute boutique stores, second-hand and vintage goodies and a seemingly arty and creative community - perfect!  At only an hours drive from Melbourne its commutable and ideal to have the city close by, but live in the country.....thats the dream anyway!

Top of our list of places to visit is Stockroom.  Stockroom is a vast space (I beleive it used to be an old butter factory) which houses an ever-changing selection of contemporary hand-made products including ceramics, jewellery, furniture and a really lovely selection of clothing (sooo many beautiful items of clothing) as well as some very cool vintage and industrial collectibles.  You can also grab a coffee here too which is handy!  

Further up Piper Street is Cavaletti Gallery, home to the workroom and retail space for Leanne Coates hand-made and limited edition clothing collections.  The gallery is found up a flight of stairs above the vintage treasures at Kabinett, and is a lovely light-filled space overlooking Piper Street - I'm very envious of Leanne's gallery / retail space and workroom next door.

Other places to visit include Long Story Short, a bookshop selling new and pre-loved books and old vinyl LP's, and The Lauriston Press, the working art studio of owner Sarah Gabriel who has really lovely artwork as well as running art classes and workshops.

Several Kyneton homes have recently been featured on The Design Files, including Vanessa Partridge owner of boutique florest shop Prunella and the lovely home of Melly Beilby.

There's some more info on Kyneton's shops and restaurants from last years Sydney Morning Herald here and here.  I might see you up there for a coffee and a stroll on Sunday afternoon!

PS. I'd love to know more about living in Kyneton or the surrounding area if anyone lives close by, or has friends in the area.  Do drop me a note and let me know!

Kyneton update......I've just spotted this post on the Vogue Living blog about a recent road trip to Kyneton with some lovely photo's.


  1. Looks a beautiful spot - might be a bit cold in winter though!

  2. Kyneton's a great place to live - rural but close to the big city lights, easy to catch the train to other great places like Castlemaine, Bendigo. Actually - Castlemaine's another great place to live - more eco and sustainable than Kyneton as the local shire is behind good clean living. Like all small(ish) country towns you're sure to encounter the "locals" vs the "blow-ins" - but ignore it! Suggest that you hang out for a while wherever you plan to move, to test the waters. Nothing worse than having to up sticks if you suddenly find you're not happy there.