Take a break from the city and visit Lancefield, on the lands of the Wurundjeri and the Taungurung peoples, to discover a vibrant arts scene, eclectic antiques, fresh produce, and award-winning regional wineries.
Artful gifts and antiques
Find something special for a loved one back home at a local bookstore, gift shop, or gallery. Tick off all three at MAD Gallery, which specialises in emerging artists and heart-warming coffee. Or while away an afternoon searching through three levels of antiques and art on weekends inside the striking 'Macedonia' building that dominates the main junction into town.
Time your visit to fill your shopping trolley with some of the region's best local produce at the monthly Lancefield Farmers Market. Stay for a lunch of old-fashioned pub grub and a chat with locals at the Lancefield Hotel.
Vintners and vineyards
Spend a weekend sampling wines at cellar doors around the Lancefield region with a drive on the historic Burke and Wills track and discover the depth of local winegrowing talent. Savour acclaimed pinots and chardonnays as you go or just settle in for an inspiring stay at Grange Cleveland Winery.
Lancefield lies at the geographic heart of Victoria. Archaeology enthusiasts will be interested to know that numerous important paleontological finds have been made in the region, including a Diprotodon (a rhinoceros-sized wombat lookalike).