There are only 17 international Booktowns in the world, and Clunes is one of them. There’s everything there for the discerning bookworm – shops selling bargain secondhand books as well as first editions, rare books and new ones. An annual festival that has the largest collection of books for sale in Australia also takes place here.
If reading isn’t on the top of your list of things to do, there’s still a lot to like about laid back Clunes. Its main street hasn’t altered much since the gold rush days, and it’s chock full of colonial history. Almost the entire place is heritage listed. Particularly busy at the weekend, Clunes is the sort of place to potter – with the odd vintage shop, plus cafes, galleries, cellar doors and food shops.