Just an hour up the Calder Highway from Melbourne is the laid-back Macedon Ranges town of Kyneton – the perfect place for hungry road trippers to stop off for coffee and breakfast.
Saturday morning brunch was in full swing around us as we tucked into bircher muesli, tasty eggs and great coffee at the delightful Little Sparrow Café on historic Piper Street, a popular tourist destination in its own right.
Kyneton is an old gold rush town, once a resting place for miners on route to the Bendigo Goldfields. Today, Piper Street is a charming place to wander, gazing at the heritage bluestone buildings that line the street, with an eclectic array of gourmet restaurants and cafés to satiate any foodie, and plentiful antiques, arts and crafts to browse. Piper Street also plays host to a farmers’ market on the second Saturday of the month – unfortunately not the Saturday we visited.
Kyneton, along with nearby Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, is renowned for its natural mineral springs and there are plenty of options for washing away the stresses of daily life at one of the region’s health and wellness spas and retreats. To benefit from the healing properties of the mineral-filled and strong-tasting water, fill your water bottle directly from the source at the Kyneton Mineral Springs Reserve.
Kyneton is also an RV Friendly Town. A free short-term campsite (48 hours) is located at the leafy-green Kyneton Mineral Springs Reserve, right near the river off Burton Avenue, just outside of town. The reserve has a dump point, access to toilets and potable water, and pets on leads are allowed.
You can sample the mineral-filled water from the town’s renowned mineral springs directly from the source here, via the pump under the reserve’s rotunda.