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Goldfields Region of Victoria

 

St George's Lake near Creswick
St George's Lake near Creswick

This area includes Ballarat, Bendigo, Maryborough, Castlemaine and Maldon.

Locals  and vistors to the Goldfields region can also take advantage of the free wifi in Ballarat and Bendigo.

See also our entries under these places of particular interest:

Ballarat
Bendigo
Ararat & Stawell
Spa Country

Victorian Goldfields Railway

An impressive range of big steam engines. From 27 December to mid January, trains run every day on the Sunday times below.

Every Sunday (& public holidays) 11.30 am, 1 pm & 2.30 pm
Every Wednesday 11.30 am & 1 pm
Saturdays and Wednesdays during school holidays, Sunday timetable applies
From 27 December to mid January trains run every day on Sunday timetable
No trains Christmas & Boxing Day
Maldon (in the Goldfields area of Central Victoria)
Enquiries: (03) 5470 6658 or (03) 5475 2966

Clunes
Clunes
Talbot Observatory
Talbot Observatory

Some places of interest in the Goldfields region:

Bleak House gardens were established by rosarian Susan Irvine in the early 1980's. The gardens have now grown to fifteen acres, including groves, orchards, various water features and in roads of hedging roses . Refreshments are available in the garden conservatory. Irish donkeys love the attention of visiting children. Entrance fee $5.

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Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Australia's oldest regional gallery. and home of  the original Eureka Flag. A particularly impressive collection of Heidelberg School and Colonial paintings.

Purchase a Smartvisit Card to obtain free entry to this attraction.


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Bendigo Art Gallery
In White Hat's opinion, the Bendigo Art Gallery is one of regional Victoria's finest art galleries set in a historic building and delightful surrounds. more info >>

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Bringalbit
Bringalbit is a country property near Mt. Macedon retaining some of its original remnant Peppermint Gums, Yellow Box and Manna Gums fail to break the winds. These have been supplemented  confers, oaks, willow and poplar thickets, Monterey pines and Osage trees, nearly all planted in the 19th century. The large trees, together with a small creek feeding a couple of dams and the garden lake before cascading down it’s rocky falls below the spillway forms a peaceful retreat in country Victoria. There is a 60metre Quince Walk that delights in Spring and Autumn. Elsewhere in the garden swathes of roses, lavender, dianthus and gaura soak up the sun on the north facing terraces with their silver foliage context of snow-in-summer edging. There is a small entry charge per person (children free). More info >>

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Bulla Hill Miniature Railway
A ride-on model railway. Enclosed footwear must be worn. More information at Bulla Steam Railway.

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Campaspe House
Campaspe Country House has a wonderful example of an early Edna Walling garden which changes character with the seasons.

  • Spring features the colours of rhododendrons, azaleas, crab apple trees, camellias,  jonquils, daffodils, Grandmother's bonnets and iris.
  • Autumn features the colours the region with 80 year old liquidambars and maples
  • Summer reveals the shades of greens a long established garden can produce.
  • Winter allows the large feature trees like red cedars and the rare Macedon oak (which stays evergreen) become the chief attraction.

In addition there is a kitchen garden featuring espaliered olive and pear trees and an excellent selection of herbs and vegetables.

Please note: Campaspe House is a privately owned Country House Hotel and restaurant. This means that the gardens are not generally accessible to the general public. However White Hat recommends that house guests and restaurant patrons should take at least some time to wander through these special gardens. Restaurant bookings are essential and you can find details at the Campaspe House website. More info >>


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Forest Glade Gardens
Forest Glade Gardens is one of Australia's finest private gardens. It is short trip from Melbourne and is open to the public from September to May. It features large exotic trees, a bonsai house, a woodland section, a fern gully a blue bell patch and an impressive daffodil lawn during spring; a topiary garden, two aviaries, a laburnum arch, a peony walk highlighted with climbing roses, as well as numerous pergolas, ponds, fountains and statues. Entry $8 per head (children free); More info >>

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Learmonth and District Historical Society
Visit the newly restored and conserved Former Ballarat Shire Offices, Learmonth.

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The Golden Dragon Museum
This museum records and celebrates the presence of Chinese in Bendigo since their arrival with the gold rushes. The museum is also home to Sun Loong, the world's oldest and longest Chinese dragon. Entry fees apply.

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Tieve Tara
A large garden covering over 7 hectares. It reopens to the public on 8th September 2012.

Full details at Tieve Tara



Some markets in the Goldfields region:

Ballarat Trash & Trivia Market

Over 400 stalls selling secondhand goods, crafts,etc.

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Bendigo Prince of Wales Showground Market

A large indoor/otdoor market with fresh produce, hardware, trash or treasure and bric-a-brac.Free admission and free parking with a family atmosphere.

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Darley Market

A general outdoor market with new and second hand goods.

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Naturipe Fruits - Pick Your Own and Farm Gate Sales

Naturipe Fruits has both pick your own and farm gate sales. (please note - cash only).

Pick your own
Fruit Season Typical price
(Jan 2016)
Strawberries Mid Oct to end of May $10/kg*
Cherries Mid Nov to Jan $10/kg
Peaches Dec & Jan $3.50/kg
Nectarines Dec & Jan $3.50/kg
Apples Feb to May $3.50/kg
*Entry is free except for cherry picking where there is a small entry charge per person.
Apple seasons are Royal Gala (Feb); Golden Delicious (March); Early Fuji (late-Feb); Late Fuji (April); Pink Lady (late-April to May); Granny Smith (April)

Farm Gate Sales
Fruits for sale are fresh-picked daily and and are not waxed or stored or use any chemicals. As well as the fruits listed above, garlic is also available.

For current details consult the Naturipe Fruits website.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Trentham Farmers' Market

Trentham's authentic Farmers Market has a selection of dairy and goats cheeses, fresh honey, eggs and live poultry, preserves, local potatoes and sourdough breads, organic and conventional produce, olive products, plants and fresh flowers, organic and conventional wines and an assortment of natural farm products.

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Avoca Riverside Market
Come and visit our market on the picturesque Riverflat at Avoca, you can taste our local wines and enjoy a stroll amongst our variety of stalls including craft, plants, lollies, cakes German sausage, candles, soaps, baby clothes, jewellery, alpaca rugs and so much more.

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Bacchus Marsh Village Country Craft Market
An indoor market with over 60 stalls featuring a wide range of handcrafted goods.

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Ballan & District Farmers' Market

Victoria Farmer's Market Association Accreditation LogoBallan is just a short detour off the Western Highway near Ballarat, and White Hat suggests that if you are in the area on the second Saturday of the month that you call in a buy some of the produce grown in the rich chocolate soil of the Ballarat/Ballan Area. Melburnians might even consider taking a V/Line train for a pleasant break in the country.

This market has been accredited by the VFMA.


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Ballan Community Market
Local crafts and secondhand goods.

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Ballarat Antique Market
This large antique market with a wide range of items is located on two floors of an old school building and also contains a museum with a small entry charge.It is morein the nature of a very large antique store and does not appear to have the space to cater for casual stallholders. When White Hat last visited (in April 2008) there was also a specialist coins area.

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Ballarat Bridge Mall Farmers Market
Situated in the Ballarat's city shopping strip between Grenville Street and Peel Street, White Hat suggests that this farmers' market is well worth a visit. You can talk to local growers and producers and there are live cooking demonstrations as well as entertainment for the kids.

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Ballarat Computer Swap Meet
A large number of stalls selling new and second hand computer equipment and related goods. A small entry fee applies. (Note - the dates and venue of this event can vary. Click here to confirm the current information on this event.

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Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Arts Market
With original fine arts, acoustic musicians and artists at work.

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Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market
A true Farmers Market. Situated on beautiful Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Lakeside Market dishes up some of Victoria's freshest produce. While enjoying the live music you can sample & buy from up to 50 specialist boutique stalls featuring fresh fruit, herbs & vegetables, free range poultry and meat, deli style foods, regional wine, coffee, sausage sizzle and much much more. The Lake has never tasted so good.

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Beaufort Market
Craft and Produce Market. 1st Saturday of the month, 9:00am - 1:00pm in Memorial Park, Western Highway, Beaufort. Market operates from September to April. Local Gourmet food & produce, Jewellery & fashion, Art & craft, Sculpture, Plants, grain & feed, coffee & cakes, musical instruments, some secondhand & antiques, bricabrac and more

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Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market

Victoria Farmer's Market Association Accreditation LogoA farmers' market featuring seasonal produce. White Hat suggests you make a morning of it and take in the cooking demonstrations and talks which take place every hour.

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Buninyong Farmers Market
Fresh local produce direct from the producer together with live music and entertainment.

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Caledonian Art, Craft & Produce Market
Ballarat's art, craft & produce market, held in the grounds of Caledonian Primary School, Brown Hill. From 9am-1pm. Quality hand made, home grown products. Entry is Free. Special twilight Market - Friday 11 November 2011.

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Carisbrook Market
Craft, second hand goods & groceries.

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Castlemaine Farmers Market
The Castlemaine Farmers' Market that is located in the centre of the Historic Township has more than 40 quality stallholders showcasing produce from Central Victoria. The Market sells locally grown and made produce.

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Clunes Farmers' Market
Held In the historic main street of Clunes you can shop fro your local and organic produce at the Farmers' Market as well as browsing your way along the local bookstores and antique stores

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Computer Swap Meet
Featuring local and Victorian traders.

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Creswick Craft / Car Boot Market
Selection of new and used items. Hand made goods, plants, clothing, soy candles, soaps and quality second hand books. Timber crafts. Food and drinks available.No entry fee, ample parking, disabled access.Stalls inside and out.

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Daylesford Farmers Market
Over 40 stalls selling the best in Regional Produce. The region has the best in both organic and other fresh produce as well as all the value added produce in the Hepburn Shire. White Hat can particularly recommend the winter vegetables from Spring Creek Organics. Full details at Regional Farmers Markets.

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Daylesford Mill Markets

A large indoor market with an emphasis on antiques, retro fashion and collectables. New stallholders are welcome. White Hat recommends that the serious browser for retro and memorabilia sets aside plenty of time because there are a large amount of goods on display. More information at Daylesford Mill Markets >>



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Daylesford Sunday Market
Brought to you by the Daylesford Spa Country Railway, the Daylesford Sunday Market is one of the largest outdoor markets in Victoria with something for everyone. Also on offer are Vintage Train rides to the sleepy town of Bullarto on vechiles from the early to mid 20th Century Set in the historic Daylesford Railway Station, entry and car parking is free.

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Gisborne Olde Time Market
An outdoor market with 220 stalls selling arts and crafts with no second hand goods.

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Gisborne Village All Seasons Market
An indoor market with plants, crafts and bric a brac. It is run by volunteers to support The Elms and The Oaks Aged Care Facilities for Macedon Ranges Health Services.

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Glenlyon Village Market
The Glenlyon Village Market is held at the historic Glenlyon Shire Hall in picturesque Glenlyon, only minutes from Daylesford, Kyneton,Malmsbury or Woodend on the Daylesford-Malmsbury Rd. We are a friendly, local country market with lots of beautiful fresh local produce, crafts and vintage goods. For stall enquiries contact Dan Harris on (03) 5348 7662

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Golden Plains Farmers' Market - Smythesdale
A farmers' market featuring seasonal local produce, live music, flowers and gourmet products.

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Hanging Rock Craft Market
An occasional craft market held in the beautiful suooundings of Hanging Rock. An entry fee applies

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Inverleigh Market
A general market selling a wide range of goods.

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Kyneton Farmers' Market
A monthly farmers' market that showcases the wine and produce of the great central province - right in the heart of Piper Street Kyneton.

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Lancefield & District Farmers Market
Community owned - authentic - farmers market. Fresh local produce - veg - fruit - meat - cheese & other provisions for a more sustainable shopping experience. Free face-painting & music from local buskers.Come down with your bags, baskets and trolleys and support local producers.

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Maldon Market: Hand Made, Home Grown
The Maldon Market is a monthly farmers and makers market that brings together the very best hand made products and home grown produce from independent designers, artisans, craftspeople, gourmet food makers, growers and farmers.

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Malmsbury Village Market
An indoor/outdoor market in a pleasant lakeside setting selling quality goods and produce.

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Maryborough Old Wares & Collectables Market
This market, held at the historic railway station, attracts large crowds. A wide range of antiques and collectables. The last market for 2010 is 8.30am to 4pm on 19th September 2010. 2011 dates yet to be announce

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Maryborough Sunday Tourist Market
Bric-a-brac and other goods. This market is operated by the Lions Club who over ten years have donated an impressive amount of money raised by the running of this market to various charities and community projects.

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Melton Community Twilight Market
White Hat suggests for those who live or work out west that you might want to give this newly established market run by the scouts a try. There are a variety of stalls and food is available. In addition there is a live DJ and affordable activities for the kids.

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Mundy Market on Mondays
Mundy Market has been designed to celebrate and provide an avenue for aspiring and creative young people known to the orgaisers. Mundy Market is a community event that is operated by the partnerships of BCentral and an amazing army of volunteers. Taking place at BCentral on Monday 10 December 2007 from 11:00am until 2:00pm, with the aim of running the market every three months in 2008.

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Newstead Market
Car boot sales.

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Riddells Creek Farmers Market
An authenic community farmers market featuring locally grown gourmet food, seasonal produce, wine, olives, honey, eggs, bread, compost, grain, plants, woolen products and much more. Free face painter for young and old and music from local buskers.

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Skipton Indoor Craft Market
Held at the Mechanic Hall in the heart of Skipton (54kms west of Ballarat on the Glenelg Hwy). Hand crafted jewellery, concrete garden ornaments, natural soy candles, knitted clothing and quilts, crystals, hobby craft and wooden toys, plants and home baked goodies. New stall holders welcome.

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St Anne's Winery Craft Market
Craft market and wine tasting.

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Sunbury Computer Swap Meet
A large number of stalls selling new and second hand computer equipment and related goods. A small entry fee applies.

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Sunbury Family Market
Over 50 indoor and outdoor stalls including jewellery, knitware, toys, scrapbooking,Asian handicrafts, aromatherapy, ceramics, soy candles, books, collectables, clothing, plants, produce, picture framing, hot food, speciality cakes, confectionary and children's activities. Proceeds to the Rotary Club of Sunbury's community projects

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Talbot Farmers' Market
A community farmers market featuring local wineries, fresh fruit and vegies, and a large variety of stalls to reflect the diversity of the region from Ballarat to the Grampians to Hepburn, Mt Alexander and the Central Goldfields. Including live music, locally grown produce, tastings, food, wine and more. Talbot is between Clunes and Maryborough.

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The Square - Bendigo's Handmade Market
A boutique handmade market featuring crafters and makers from the region and further afield. White Hat can recommend this market to those who prefer the comfort of an indoor venue. It is also in the middle of Bendigo's downtown shopping precinct so you can combine your craft market browsing with other shopping. Further information at The Square

2011 dates
  • Autumn - 26th March
  • Winter - 18th June
  • Spring - 17th September (10am - 3pm only)
  • Summer / Christmas - 10th and 11th December.

 

2012 dates
  • Autumn - 17th March
  • Winter - 16th June
  • Spring - 15th September
  • Summer / Christmas - 8th and 9th December.

 



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Trentham Sunday Market
Local produce and other goods.

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Trenthamade
Trenthamade a recently commenced market is an initiave of the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre. Intending stallholders must make the goods that they intend to sell there. Items available are Jewellery, Knitted and crocheted goods, handsewn babies and children's clothes. Gumboot socks, soy candles, greeting cards, garden ornaments, porcelain dolls and much more.

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Wesley Hill Market
Locally grown produce, plants, flowers, books, antiques & bric-a-brac, etc

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Woodend Market
An outdoor market selling craft and other goods.


What's on and things to do in the Goldfields region:

Clunes Booktown Festival
Indulge in a weekend of book browsing amid the historic streetscape of Clunes - Australia's first International Booktown. Thousands of rare second-hand new, small press publications and collectable books on sale. Talks from visiting writers including Hazel Edwards, Tim Fisher, Geoffrey Blainey, Peter Goldsworthy, Alice Pung, Anna Goldsworthy, Gina Perry, Nicholas Jose and Scottish poet Ryan Van Winkle. Workshops on reviewing, with Peter Rose, writing poetry, writing science and publishing. Meet the publisher sessions. Begin your own book collection workshops, book road show evaluations, street theatre, the Australia Fair Grand Concert Street Organ, wine, food, live music, silent movie show on Saturday night with piano accompaniment. A special Children's Booktown creates the world of Narnia with visiting writers Hazel Edwards and John Nicholson. A unique opportunity to see rare books from the State Library collection - a 15th century illuminated manuscript, a book printed by William Caxton the first English printer and dated 1490, The Voyage of Governor Phillips, 1798 and an artists book with a very special connection to Clunes.Full details at Clunes Booktown Festival


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Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally
This years theme is Transport. All the usual attractions: steam and oil engines, operational 90 ton steam shovel, steam fired powerhouse, blacksmith, Furphy tank rebarrelling, tractors, motorcycles, cars and trucks. Grand parade 2:15pm daily. Wood bending, radio controlled model boats, steam ploughing, chaff cutting, threshing and straw baling, regular dragline, farm machinery & dairy demo's. Attractions for ladies and children. Mothers' facilities, stalls, crafts and food available. Free non powered camping for exhibitors.

Lake Goldsmith is unique on the Australian Rally scene in that it has permanent sheds owned by club members which house their magnificent toys. There is a large collection of

  • restored steam engines
  • traction engines
  • steam rollers
  • internal combustion engines
  • farm tractors
  • a restored farm cottage displaying old wares.

See the working 90 tonne steam shovel and working steam powered 'power' generating display. Coach parties welcome. Parking for Coaches onsite Food and refreshments available all weekend Grand parade 2:15pm daily on our all weather arena Australia’s largest, (90 tons) fully operational steam shovel Vintage cars and Motorcycles A great family outing just kilometres from Ballarat Historic Machinery Camping facilities Large display of oil engines and tractors Site opens at 10 am Pioneer cottage and crafts . Full details at Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally



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Hanging Rock Races
The traditional New Years Day races at the atmospheric racecourse at Hanging Rock.


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Ballarat International Foto Biennale

With photographs from across Australia and around the world together with a host of exhibitions and events the Ballarat Foto Biennale is the largest photography event in the Southern Hemisphere. Full information at Ballarat Foto Biennale




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La Primavera Swiss Italian Festival

Lavandula's La Primavera festival honours the original Swiss-Italian migrants who celebrated the coming of spring with song and dance.

Rosa Voto and her troupe from the Melbourne School of Tarantella will be performing their intoxicating songs and dances. Salvatore, will share the stories of his homeland through song. Lina and Tony of Rose Creek Estate will be showcasing their quality range of Italian-style wines, olive oil and preserved olives. Mara Ripani of Village Dreaming will be putting on a special performance called Kitchen Songs. Descendants of the original Swiss-Italian family who once farmed the property, Faye and Boyd Thompson will give an authentic tour of the original farmhouse.

In addition, good regional fare will be available from La Trattoria and its wood-fired oven. Several stallholders will be showcasing their wares and handicrafts.




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Australia Day Races
The popular annual horse racing event.


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Harcourt Applefest

Harcourt Applefest The Harcourt Applefest is a community festival celebrating everything apple related.


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Ballarat Antique Fair
The Ballarat Antique Fair claims to be the largest and longest running fair in Australia and White Hat has no reason to doubt them.


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Stawell Easter Gift Festival

This carnival includes one of Australia's most famous foot races and has been held every Easter for over 120 years with the running of the Stawell Gift on the Easter Monday.


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Heritage Apple Festival

Join the Diggers Club team for a weekend of heritage apple festivities and celebrations.

Taste test and choose the best heritage apples and pears, sample freshly pressed apple juice and cider, taste and buy delicious baked apple pies and strudels.

For the green thumbs join garden tours and learn about the history and making of this beautiful garden and pick-up gardening tips at the free gardening workshops.

Book into an Apple Masterclass with the heritage apple experts, Pete the Permie and David Key and sample cider from local makers. Learn all about cider making at the demonstrations.

Listen to live music at the Fork to Fork Café while you enjoy a menu inspired by the autumn harvest and complimented by wine.

Children activities on Sunday between 11am-2pm




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Woodend Winter Arts Festival
The Woodend Winter Arts Festival showcases music, literature and the visual arts in intimate historical venues over three pleasurable days.



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You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.