Take in the unspoiled historic atmosphere of this fascinating gold rush town, 40 minutes drive north-west of Ballarat. Explore the many interesting shops and galleries in picturesque winding streets of brick and bluestone. The Talbot Museum houses the collection of photographs, documents and letters of early settler, watchmaker and jeweller, JB Edwards and his descendants. Next door, the Talbot Communications Museum is home to historic radio, telephone and television equipment. Bryce's Bistrot offers quality coffee, gourmet treats and slow-cooked meals.

For a tasting of local wines, Amherst Winery and Romantic Vineyard are just a short drive away. On the third Sunday of every month, over 100 stallholders set up in Talbot's historic precinct for one of Victoria's leading farmers' markets, often attracting 2000 shoppers. On offer is farm fresh organic fruit and vegetables, honey, wine, pasta, puddings, olives, organic meat, continental cakes, local flaxseed oil, homemade cheeses, live produce, plants and more.