Dispatches from Australia - Kyneton

Posted by Janis Nicolay of Pinecone Camp.

Hello from lovely Kyneton Australia! I'm happy to be spending Christmas in Kyneton and Melbourne this year. The perfect country town and big city combo and some much needed vitamin D.

Kyneton is just an hour train journey from Melbourne and well worth the trip. An easy walk into town over a  bluestone bridge (built in 1861), crossing the Campaspe River, and you're there. This town is filled with great shops, cafes, restaurants and gardens.


Prunella is owned by two talented floral designers, Caris and Vanessa. Their shop is filled with vintage finds, flowers and all things beautiful. I loved the butterfly still life under the glass dome. So pretty. Bought some of our table decorations for Christmas lunch. More on that another day!

Mr. Carsisi is a fantastic place to go for breakfast or lunch. Their Turkish lunch menu is pretty much perfect. I love the old pieces of coloured wood planks mixed with the copper ceramic tiles at the bar too.


A couple of years back, I did a post about Stockroom (pictured above) here at Poppytalk. I loved it then and I think I love it even more now. They've created an art gallery in the back area of the shop featuring Australian and international artists. They really do "love people who make stuff". Stop by and say hi to the owners Magali and Jason (who, by the way, makes a perfect coffee).

If you stop by Rundell & Rundell, you'll probably be greeted by Millie the jack russell. The owners of this shop are Lisa and Glen Rundell. Glen is a highly skilled wood worker, making incredibly beautiful chairs and boxes. They offer workshops where you'll walk out with your own chair or a trio of the beautiful boxes pictured above. Lisa creates leather carry bags using old school tools and methods. Everything they sell, at the shop, is a labour of love.


I think Dhaba at the Mill just might be my new favourite restaurant. Delicious Indian food and a fantastic atmosphere, with bollywood films being shown on the painted bluestone wall. We sat on the front veranda for a drink and papadams and chutney, then headed inside for dinner. Can't wait to go back.

Other places to visit while you're here...
Little Swallow Cafe - great for brunch
Mollison's - homewares, vintage and gifts
Monsieur Pierre - deli, and gourmet food products
No. 2 Sweetheart - eco friendly clothing, gifts and accessories

That's it for my little tour of Kyneton. Hope to see you here!

Janis
Pinecone Camp.

Jan Halvarson

12 comments:

mareike said...

wow, this place looks fantastic! thank you for all the recommendations. i am living in melbourne at the moment and will definitely do a day trip to kyneton!

dustjacket said...

I keep meaning to go to Kyneton...you have convinced me!
xxx

Nicole Scott said...

Lucky! Looks amazing great weather, restaurants & shopping. It snowed last night here in Victoria, BC. We are doing opposite. staying in, keeping warm and reading blogs :)

Gillian Northcott said...

Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Well... what an original post...

DaffodilAngel said...

Well, this is a place we know well, having lived in Blackwood for 17+ years (we are now living in Tasmania). Its a lovely country town with lots to see and do and these places to visit are all new to me. We will definitely visit there on a trip to Melbourne... hopefully in the not too distant future.

Fiona Cartolina said...

I loved this post - the pictures are lovely and, on a snowy day like today, it took me away to somewhere different for a few minutes. Thanks!
Fiona

*ouistitne said...

such a lovely place! I wish I could visit!

Birch + Bird said...

Australia's really got it goin' on in the style department...love all of your stops so far! Can't wait to see more of your trip :)
~Lily

Vanessa said...

This post made me want to travel around the other side of the world. Beautiful images...thank you so much for awakening a dream.

Sonya said...

Hi Poppies,
I am a bookbinder in Napoleons, about 30 minutes from Kyneton. Thank you for your kind words. Kyneton is also known for it's rare trades, which includes Lisa (leatherworker) and Glen (chairmaker) Rundell. There are also letterpress printers, book conservators, etch-printers, etc. It is a hotspot of the ancient skilled craftspeeps. You can see them 9and me) on Facebook at RareTradesAustralia.

Thanks,
Sonya Macdonald
Sago on Tuesdays bindery.

Sonya said...

Hi Poppies,
I am a bookbinder in Napoleons, about 30 minutes from Kyneton. Thank you for your kind words. Kyneton is also known for it's rare trades, which includes Lisa (leatherworker) and Glen (chairmaker) Rundell. There are also letterpress printers, book conservators, etch-printers, etc. It is a hotspot of the ancient skilled craftspeeps. You can see them 9and me) on Facebook at RareTradesAustralia.

Thanks,
Sonya Macdonald
Sago on Tuesdays bindery.

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