Explore the region's villages

Base yourself in Ballarat and take a scenic drive to explore the region's picturesque villages, including Buninyong, Creswick and the Pyrenees.
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Wander the Buninyong Village Market

Wander the Buninyong Village Market

Wander more than 60 stalls featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic...

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Hike up Mount Buninyong

Hike up Mount Buninyong

Get out and get active with a hike up the picturesque Mount...

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Pick berries at the Buninyong Blueberry Farm

Pick berries at the Buninyong Blueberry Farm

Pick six varieties of blueberries from the volcanic soil of Mount Buninyong at...

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Visit Saltbush Kitchen

Visit Saltbush Kitchen

Take yourself on a sensory discovery and visit Saltbush Kitchen...

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Shop at Three Times Blest

Shop at Three Times Blest

Shop for boutique Australian clothing and homewares at Three Times Blest.

Loc...

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Dinner at The Shared Table

Dinner at The Shared Table

Share a plate or two with friends and enjoy the diverse flavours of the...

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Creswick Woollen Mills

Explore the Creswick Wollen Mills

Specialising in luxurious, natural and sustainable fibres, you'll find it hard...

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Pick up a treat at Le Peche Gourmand

Pick up a treat at Le Peche Gourmand

For a little slice of France in the heart of Creswick, head to traditional...

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Tuki Trout Farm

Tuki Trout Farm and Tuki Retreat

A traditional grazing property, Tuki Trout Farm pursues organic...

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Art Trax Gallery

Take a look at Art Trax Gallery

Chat to the makers and get the inside story on the local arts scene at Art Trax...

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Beaufort Big Garage Sale

Beaufort's Big Garage Sale

If you love digging through a crazy selection of secondhand furniture, pre-loved...

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Explore Mount Cole

Explore Mount Cole by foot

Lace up your walking shoes and wander among the lush fern gullies and native...

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Gin tasting at Wimmera Hills Winery

Gin tasting at Wimmera Hills Winery

You may have sipped your way around the region tasting wine but have you tried...

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Blue Pyrenees Estate

Visit Blue Pyrenees Estate's cellar door

Visit their cellar door, enjoy a glass or two of this award-winning cool climate...

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Day 1

Wander the Buninyong Village Market
Hike up Mount Buninyong
Pick berries at the Buninyong Blueberry Farm
Visit Saltbush Kitchen
Shop at Three Times Blest
Dinner at The Shared Table

Day 2

Talk to local producers at the Creswick Market
Take a walk along the La Gerche Forest Walk
Explore the Creswick Wollen Mills
Pick up a treat at Le Peche Gourmand
Tuki Trout Farm and Tuki Retreat

Day 3

Take a look at Art Trax Gallery
Beaufort's Big Garage Sale
Explore Mount Cole by foot
Gin tasting at Wimmera Hills Winery
Visit Blue Pyrenees Estate's cellar door

Wander the Buninyong Village Market

Wander more than 60 stalls featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic produce, locally grown plants and seedlings, jams, bread, wine, baked goods, delicacies and handmade craft.

Or, grab a tasty bite to eat while listening to local artists playing at this popular seasonal market.

903A Learmonth Street, Buninyong

Hike up Mount Buninyong

Get out and get active with a hike up the picturesque Mount Buninyong. Be sure to take in the stunning views of Ballarat on your way to the top. 

There are three walks on Mt Buninyong, the 1km Crater Walk with a viewing platform (accessible to people with a disability), the 3km Summit walk (a zigzag track) and the steep 3.5km Southern Walk. 

Buninyong, Victoria

Pick berries at the Buninyong Blueberry Farm

Pick six varieties of blueberries from the volcanic soil of Mount Buninyong at one of Victoria’s earliest blueberry farms.

Pick your own blueberries are usually available from late-January.

7189 Midland Highway, Buninyong

Visit Saltbush Kitchen

Take yourself on a sensory discovery and visit Saltbush Kitchen, where you can enjoy the tastes and aromas of premium Australian flavours such as wattleseed, aniseed myrtle, strawberry gum and more.

Don’t forget to take along a reusable bag to fill with Saltbush Kitchen’s famous bushfood spices, salts and syrups.

Commercial Street, Buninyong VIC 3357

Shop at Three Times Blest

Shop for boutique Australian clothing and homewares at Three Times Blest.

Located in a quaint 147-year-old building, you’ll find Three Times Blest on Buninyong’s main thoroughfare.

308a Warrenheip Street, Buninyong

Dinner at The Shared Table

Share a plate or two with friends and enjoy the diverse flavours of the Victorian Central Highlands at this popular Buninyong restaurant.

With a menu that reflects eating what is fresh, available and at its best, chef and owner Dianne Ray knows how to create a delicious and surprising experience.

317 Learmonth Street, Buninyong

Talk to local producers at the Creswick Market

Situated in the picturesque township of Creswick, this popular market operates on the third Saturday of every month.

You'll find free live music and more than 90 specialist boutique stores featuring a variety of locally-made goods and freshly-made delicacies.

Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, Victoria Street

Take a walk along the La Gerche Forest Walk

Wander through 100-year-old trees along the La Gerche Forest Walk. This one-hour loop is a the easiest way to explore the Creswick Regional Park.

Signs along the way tell the story of Creswick's first forest bailiff, John La Gerche, and explain some of the other natural treasures remaining in the park.

Creswick Regional Park

Creswick Woollen Mills

Specialising in luxurious, natural and sustainable fibres, you'll find it hard to leave Creswick Wollen Mills without something new for your wardrobe. 

Bring the kids and take a stroll with the mill's on-site farmer – it's a perfect opportunity to get up close and feed the friendly alpacas, sheep and goats.

Railway Parade, Creswick

Pick up a treat at Le Peche Gourmand

For a little slice of France in the heart of Creswick, head to traditional patisserie Le Peche Gourmand.

The boutique shopfront uses old fashioned yet simple methods and recipes to bake an array of breads and pastries on-site daily.

73 Albert Street, Creswick

Tuki Trout Farm

A traditional grazing property, Tuki Trout Farm pursues organic and sustainable principles in rearing its rainbow trout and pasture-fed beef and lamb. 

Indulge in a pond to plate experience by hooking yourself a rainbow trout from the farm's fully stocked pond.

You can then have it cooked fresh in the restaurant, or cleaned and packaged ready to take home.

60 Stoney Rises Road, Smeaton VIC 3364

Art Trax Gallery

Chat to the makers and get the inside story on the local arts scene at Art Trax Gallery. You'll discover three gallery rooms and artist's workrooms inside this historical 1874 Beaufort Railway Station building. 

30 Pratt Street, Beaufort

Beaufort Big Garage Sale

If you love digging through a crazy selection of secondhand furniture, pre-loved homewares and weird bits and pieces, then Beaufort Big Garage Sale is for you. Expect to find a large and varied range of collectables, antiques, books, vinyl records, old motors, fine china, art, glass and much more!

31 Neill Street, Beaufort

Explore Mount Cole

Lace up your walking shoes and wander among the lush fern gullies and native birdlife of Mount Cole. These walks will suit a range of hikers no matter your level of fitness or experience. 

If long hikes are your thing, then you're going to want to check out the 17km Beeripmo Walk that traverses the peaks of the Mount Cole range.

Mount Cole

Gin tasting at Wimmera Hills Winery

You may have sipped your way around the region tasting wine but have you tried the Gin?  Meet Mrs Baker and her team at Wimmera Hills Winery and sample the range of Mrs Bakers Gins.

See up close where they practice their craft to find your ultimate sip.

609 Glenpatrick Road, Elmhurst

Blue Pyrenees Estate

Visit their cellar door, enjoy a glass or two of this award-winning cool climate drop and indulge in a delicious grazing board made from fresh local produce as you take in the views of the picturesque Blue Pyrenees Estate. Four-legged friends are welcome.

Why not make the most of the beautiful scenery while you're here and book a night in an Unyoked cabin. Facing the remote mountain range, these cabins make for the perfect off-the-grid stay.

656 Vinoca Road, Avoca

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