A Mid-Year Meander
Meander June 28 to July 1
May - June is Datimdatim (Boomerang) & Wai-kalk (Wattle) Time! Find somewhere cosy to drop off your bag and then plunge into cultural activities indoors and out. We suggest basing yourself in the Maryborough, Clunes, Creswick area and for accommodation options and other information about this part of the Regional Centre for Culture see:
Thursday June 28
Have you been to Maryborough? It's home to THAT railway station but lots more so even if you've been there before, take another look!
- Visit Worsley Cottage (1894) a bluestone building that became the home of the Maryborough Midlands Historical Society in 1976 and is today a museum. Worsley Cottage, 3 Palmerston Street, Maryborough, open Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm; Sundays 2:00pm-4:00pm
- Follow up with Wal Richards Wedding Photographer at Central Goldfields Art Gallery, itself of interest, located in an 1861 fire station. Wal Richards documented local weddings over the course of 50 years and the exhibition is drawn from 100's of photos. 2 Neill Street Maryborough, open Thursday to Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm; no admission charge.
- Maryborough’s spectacular Railway Station opened in 1874 and is VERY grand. It is home to the Maryborough Museum of Australian History and Art. Enter from Maryborough Station Platform, open Thursday to Sunday, 10:00am–4:00pm
- Sustenance of all kinds is available at the Railway Café and Tracks Bar Gallery also at the station, or at the recently opened Bull and Mouth in High Street.
Feel like a drive? What about Creswick?
- Stop into the Information Centre for details of walks and other attractions in Creswick
- Meet the older residents via a new artwork! In Search of Lost Evenings features a vintage couch with speakers in it. The audience listens to the recollections of Creswick residents and selected music. Creswick Library and Hub, 68 Albert Street Creswick, open 8:30am - 5:00pm, free
- Excellent patisserie across the road from Creswick Library: Le Péché Gourmand open 7:00am-4:00pm
- Fine dining and accommodation a little further afield at Tuki Trout Farm
Friday June 29
The “tiny towns” of the Central Goldfields include Dunolly, Bealiba, Talbot, Adelaide Lead and others. These towns, once heaving with miners, are now small but in the case of some of them now heaving with artists ... did we hear someone say Dunolly? What about dropping by some of the tiny towns on your way over to Bendigo for the day? The combination of Country driving, small townships and Bendigo's grandeur will provide plenty of experiences of gold mining, arts and culture and natural beauty to stoke up your enthusiasm for the Regional Centre for Culture.
- Dunolly Bakery, Dunolly's Ministry of Fun and the Dunolly Arts Hub all make Dunolly a fun stop on the way to Bendigo
- The Talbot Market (every third Sunday) draws foodies from miles around but Talbot Provedore offers a tase of the region Thursday - Sunday and dinners on Saturdays.
- In Adelaide Lead Possum Gully Fine Arts is well worth a visit - open Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 11:00am - 5:00pm and by appointment
On arrival in Bendigo explore exhibitions, the renowned Bendigo Pottery, Central Deborah Mine, ride the talking tram, discover performances and wander around beautiful Rosalind Park. For an evening in Bendigo take a look at what's going on in Bendigo's vibrant live music scene
- New Histories, Bendigo Art Gallery
- Collection Focus, LaTrobe Art Institute
- Bankrolling Bendigo: a history of the Bendigo Bank at the Post Office Gallery, Bendigo
- A ten minute walk from the centre of Bendigo is Arnold Street Gallery - an eclectic contemporary art gallery located in what was once the local Milk Bar
- Try High Tea at Fortuna Villa or the plentiful other cafe and dining options available in Bendigo (one option is The Dispensary Bar and Diner) and the wonderful neighbouring wine and produce area around Heathcote and Axedale
Saturday June 30
Town Hall Crawl
The Regional Centre for Culture is all about participation so these concerts are sung by the audience in beautiful small (cosy) municipal buildings. Come with the friends who sing in the car, band-mates and choir pals, your tone-deaf partners and get your great big voice on. Experts in different genres (a capella, folk, rock, country) will lead the concerts and accompany. Participation is free but we encourage bookings.
- Creswick Hall 10:30am - 12:00pm
- Clunes Town Hall 1:00pm - 2:30pm
- Talbot Hall 3:30pm - 5:00pm
- Maryborough Town Hall Performance Concert finale 7:00pm - 8.15pm
If you’re not one for singing or you're looking for other things to do between concerts stop in at the Clunes Information Centre at the Warehouse and the Museum which is in the same building. For hiking try the Mt Beckworth Scenic Reserve , the Creswick Museum and Gold Battery, fishing in the local rivers, streams and reservoirs including lakes stocked with trout such as Creswick’s St Georges Lake and the nearby Newlyn Reservoir.
Sunday July 1
Meander towards the East for Sunday markets and lovely sights:
- Daylesford: fine dining, cafes, the regular Sunday Market
- Spas and cafes in Hepburn
- Castlemaine Farmers Market, not to be confused with the Castlemaine Artists’ Market also taking place that day. Also try: Theatre Royal, vintage style and art at The Mill, the Old Castlemaine Gaol, Buda Historic Home and Garden and Castlemaine's Market Building
- If you decided against Bendigo earlier in the weekend or didn’t make it through everything, there’s always plenty on in the galleries and theatre
Extend Your Stay For June 20 to 23 for the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival and The Village Festival Castlemaine - a major large-scale performance event that will take over the Newstead Racecourse and will bring together pyrotechnics, archery, sculpture and music, along with two of Castlemaine's other great loves, hot rod cars and machinery.