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Be assured of a good read in Clunes, one of the most original and intact gold towns in Australia and annual hub for the country's literary heavyweights.

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Travel to Clunes in early May for a weekend of book browsing, book talks, author interactions, and like-minded literature lovers at Back to Booktown festival.

You'll find collectable, rare, second-hand, new, and small press books on sale, street theatre, wine, food, live music, and a special children's section.

Meet local artists, authors, historians and photographers in the village's charming cafés, galleries, boutiques, bookstores and wineries, like Mount Beckworth Wines' Enoteca cellar door restaurant.

For more culture, you can follow in the footsteps of film stars to the location for films like Ned Kelly (2002) and Mad Max.

Historic gold rush
Relive the discovery of gold in the area in 1851, signalling the beginning of the gold rush in Victoria. In its heyday Clunes was the fifth largest town in the colony. Take a walking tour and discover notable architecture and history, including the former London Chartered Bank (1871) and Italianate Post Office (1878), now home to a second hand bookshop.

The Clunes Visitor Information Centre housed in the 1870s schoolhouse also incorporates the Clunes Bottle Museum displaying over 6,000 rare and unusual bottles dating back to the gold rush.

Things to do

Clunes Booktown Festival

Clunes Booktown Festival

30 Apr - 1 May 2016

Indulge in a weekend of book browsing when Clunes becomes a European-styled Booktown, complete with collectable titles, writers talks, and workshops.

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Mountain bikers tackling a rocky part of the Goldfields Track, Goldfields region, Victoria, Australia

The Goldfields Track

Walk or ride this 200-kilometre trail that connects Ballarat and Bendigo via the scenic villages of Castlemaine, Hepburn, Daylesford and Creswick.

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