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January, February, March
Barramul (Emu) and Milakuk (Lightning) Time. A Time of Reverence.

Barramul become pairs and after the eggs hatch, the male raises the young.

2018 kicks off with the annual Highland Gathering in Maryborough. Cool off in one of the many swimming pools or try  Expedition Pass or Cairn Curran Reservoirs! Markets abound across the region including every Sunday in Daylesford, second Sunday in Maldon and third Sunday in Talbot. Don’t miss  summer music festivals across the region including Newstead Live Music Festival. 

2018 is the Chinese year of the Dog. Bring in the Lunar New Year on February 16 in Bendigo then spend a weekend meandering towards Trentham. The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival, museums, shopping and lakeside fun in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs making the trip to Trentham Falls enjoyable for whoever is along for the ride.

From Scots Day Out in Bendigo's Rosalind Park to the Marimekko exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery – Bendigo is always good for a visit  before heading South to Lockwood and Maldon, ending up in Newstead for Waterhole – a celebration of pools, food, music, dive-in films and a submersive performance of In the Deep End by Clunes-based Asking For Trouble. 

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Murnong (Yam Daisy) and Ngaari (Black Duck) Time


Easter in Bendigo – what can we say? March 30-April 3.The place goes off! It’s THAT parade and THAT dragon – lead up View Street by the Dja Dja Wurrung People. Unmissable. Book your accommodation, settle in and don’t miss a thing.

And you’re going to be right back - right? There are plenty more Murnong Time mini-break options including mid-week opportunities to savour the RCC area....

Delight in one or both of the Sanguine Estate Music Festival weekends – chamber music festivals in Bendigo and in Heathcote. But wait get outta town – open artists studios in and around Daylesford; Big Dance in Bendigo, Castlemaine and Maryborough; and don’t DON’T miss  the Tiny Towns Art Trail across the Central Goldfields. Check out the Red Dog installations in the shop fronts of Dunolly and spend some time at the Carisbrook Town Hall Market. 

May, June
Datimdatim (Boomerang) and Wai-kalk (Wattle) Time

On May 5, 6 & 7 visit Trentham for the Great Trentham Spudfest, Clunes for Australia’s Booktown and Newstead for the Newstead Short Story Tattoo.  May also sees enormous crowds at The Festival of Light set in the grounds of Bendigo’s Great Stupa. Historic Anderson’s Mill is the site of the National Trust Heritage Weekend events by day and Now You See It by night. 

Ideas for June Meanders focus on a well-rounded cultural experience…a  red wine road trip starting in Heathcote, extending across to Dunolly for a Gilbert and Sullivan session on the Queens Birthday Weekend, and singing sessions curated into a Town Hall Crawl on June 2, 16 and 30 in 10 of the area’s rarely-open and super-charming town hallsDatimdatim and Wai-kalk Time also sees special Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival  sample screenings in Maryborough and elsewhere.

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July, August
Wanyarra (Water) and Gurri (Kangaroo) Time

Indicative characteristics of this Cold and Wet Time are the filling of creeks, streams and rock wells

Plan your time around NAIDOC Week events throughout the region, Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival screenings and how about the Australian Sheep and Wool Show? It’s the largest event of its type in the world, as the 'best of best' sheep breeders compete and some of the country's most passionate food, fashion and fibre lovers gather. For a contrast, Orchestra Victoria’s residency in the City of Greater Bendigo takes place in July and sees concerts in every nook and cranny of the municipality.

 Bendigo Writers Week  has well and truly set the literary festival bar high - only to be challenged by the many events of Words in Winter that stretch from  Maryborough to Trentham, Hepburn Springs and Daylesford. Emerse yourself in Enlighten - projections created by Bendigo's diverse communities.

September, October
Lawan (Mallee Fowl) and Boyn Grass Time

At this Time the Murnong Tuber is edible and seed becomes available

Take your pick where to start for music! We’d be thinking the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s residency in  Daylesford,  the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory MusicGuildford’s Banjo Jamboree and our very own  mass brass and pipes extravaganza Trumpit Up and Drone On. For a different angle on culture how about Carisbrook Town Hall Market on your way to Maryborough’s Wings and Wheels Festival with a stop at the Tren Du Bourg Hall for an exhibition investigating the history of the Central Goldfields through images featuring the work of Marilyne Nicholls, Nyrel Saunders and community participants.

Meandering at this Time has to include  Artlands, Australia’s the biennial regional arts conference from October 10-14.  October 14 is the day when conference goers are officially encouraged to head out into Victoria’s heartland.  Our suggestion for that day is to focus on Central Goldfields Shire – taking in exhibitions at Central Goldfields Art Gallery, a free performance by Australia’s very own Circus Oz and more. Do please make sure not to miss the Maldon Baringhup Agricultural Show … our favourite event is the Dog with the Waggliest Tail. Save some of your energy for Chopped, the Newstead festival that deserves its rugged reputation for three days of non-stop hot-rod dirt-drag action, accompanied by blues, country, hillbilly, rockabilly and rock music, and loads more.

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November, December
Giranul (Perch) and Wirrap (Cod) Time  

A Giranul and Wirrap Time Meander might include the monthly Daylesford Farmers Market followed by a Four Seasons Fine Music Festival performance.  It’s show time in the RCC area which means you can visit the annual Artober and Daylesford Art Show, over to the Castlemaine Agricultural Show for a look at the cakes and cattle. It’s also time for the annual Maldon Folk Festival and get to know one of the state’s most interesting historic townships.