A visit to Clunes is always interesting and enjoyable

The discovery of gold in the area in 1851, signalled the beginning of the gold rush in Victoria.  In its heydey, Clunes was the fifth largest town in the colony and remains, architecturally, one of the most intact gold towns in Victoria.

Pick up a self-guided walking tour map from The Warehouse and set off to discover the built and natural beauty of Clunes.

Clunes is Australia's only International Booktown so you will find plenty of secondhand bookstores as well as other collectables, antiques and  boutique stores for fossicking. You will find a variety of top quality eateries for lunch and there is even a cellar door for tasting the local Mt Beckworth Wines.

You may wish to time your visit to the Clunes Museum to coincide with another Clunes event such as:

  • The Clunes Farmers' Market and Clunes Makers' Market are held on the second Sunday of every month
  • On the third Sunday of every month is the Sunday Selection author talk at The Warehouse, 1.30pm - a FREE event
  • Clunes Booktown Festival on the first weekend in May
  • The Clunes Agricultural Show is one of the best and worth a visit with the family.  Held on the third Saturday in November


Dear Sirs,

Just letting you know what a very enjoyable time we had as visitors to Clunes today, despite the very cold and wet and misty weather.. We had a very nice luncheon at a small cafe, then visited the Museum. We found everybody so helpful and friendly, especially at the Museum.

As a UK migrant, who came to Australia in 1959, (and living in Ballarat at Sebastopol  for about  35 years) I found it so very interesting to see all the furnishings of the early Miners and Settlers homes , so reminiscent of the furniture my Grandparents had back in Yorkshire UK, when I was a child.

I am now 81 years old and it brought back many memories of my own childhood back in UK. I come from a family of Coal Miners on my Mother’s side. Well done Clunes for a very interesting day out.    I hope to be able to go back again in the warmer summer weather.

Brenda M. Hodgson (Mrs)