Just a short 30 minutes out of Ballarat sits the historical and quaint town of Clunes. Known as the town to first discover gold in Victoria and as this week’s day trip destination. I love nothing more than to explore the local areas surround my home town of Ballarat, Victoria. Luckily, I have wonderful friends that relish in being roped into some of my adventures, this week I had Cam in the passenger seat. I first met Cam when I started dating my now husband, Cam and I are often (and hilariously) mistaken for a married couple and we enjoy playing along if the occasion calls for it. Now he's one of my dearest friends and conveniently a very talented photography enthusiast, you can see his snaps here.
Clunes is easy to navigate to; the winding farms and homesteads make the trip an enjoyable one. The main road of Clunes is one of my favourite street scapes, it's historical buildings line the road and I can easily admire the architecture on a leisurely stroll through town. Our first stop was to get lunch, we packed a picnic basket and rug to enjoy the sunshine. We opted for Quigley and Clarkes delicious gourmet sausage rolls and sauce. Honestly, I would drive back just for them.
Next, we drove around to find a park we saw via Google maps. Never trust Google maps. We got lost a few times but managed to navigate ourselves to the creek and park. After wandering down to the creek and finding one of the locals dragging a rather large tree branch home and debating what they were going to do with it. We ended up in what can only be described as the perfect picnic spot. Beautiful orange butterflies hovered around the crisp green grass and the trees were covered in ivy reminded me of Lord of the Rings (my favourite movies if you didn't know). It was a pleasant alternative to my last trip out to lunch where my car and the restaurant had thousands of wasps joining us.
After enjoying our lunch is the peacefully greenery we wandered back into town to explore the shops. Clunes is also known for its annual Booktown Festival, a weekend full of authors, markets and of course an endless number of books. I'd been recently telling my husband that I want to take up gardening and growing some vegetables. He's been a bit nervous because the lemon tree I've been attempting to grow has not flourished. However, I assured him that with the right guidance I was sure I could not kill anymore plants (fingers crossed). Luckily, one of the local book stores had a gorgeous illustrated garden book for beginners, I took it as a sign and left with a new hobby.
Unfortunately for ourselves, a few of the stores don't open during the week so we did a bit of window shopping and took note for the next time we'd visit. I took that as another excuse for a day trip and perhaps a weekend in Clunes.
Photos by Cam and myself.