Kyneton is a suburb of cosmopolitan sophistication infused with a distinctive pastoral charm. Situated in the Macedon Ranges region in Victoria and an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD, Kyneton was a major supply town during the Gold Rush era in the mid-1800s. Today, the suburb prides itself for its culinary diversity, fine bluestone architecture, and aesthetic shopping precincts; thus becoming the chosen suburb for city-dwellers seeking a suburban lifestyle.
Image: Visit Macedon Ranges
The age distribution of the suburb is much higher than the national average, with recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics listing the median age of residents as 45 years. Of the approximate 6,951 people living in the suburb, children aged 0-14 comprise 17.5%, while people aged over 65 accounts for 23.5% of the population.
The most common method of transport for commuting to work is via car, with 60.1% people driving to work, while 6.6% of the total population working from home. A small percentage of the population used trains from Kyneton station to surrounding regions like Malmsbury, Elphinstone, Harcourt, and Bendigo. Alternatively, public transport also includes bus and taxi services for travel within and outside the suburb.
Image: Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival – Visit Melbourne
Shopping for the family
A quirky blend of medieval and modern, Piper Street in Kyneton is the destination shopping street for residents and tourists. From vintage fashion and the iconic farmer’s market to grand old art galleries, Piper Street is a kid-friendly shopping retreat with broad choices in dining. Here, Parkland Kyneton is renowned for its classy European feel, while Source Dining is a local favourite for its innovative menu.
The School Run
Kyneton has several educational institutions for primary and secondary schooling and TAFE centres. Among these, Kyneton Primary School and Kyneton High School are the two most favoured public schools in the area. Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Primary School on High St and Sacred Heart College in Kyneton are the two private schools in the suburb. The two TAFE institutes – Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE – have their campuses in Kyneton.
Image: Visit Macedon Ranges
What’s going on?
Kyneton’s plush heritage makes it a delightful centre for traditional festivals and historic sites. Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival that takes place in September is one such flagship event that invites visitors to indulge in flower shows and performing arts events among other festivities. Other events include The Kyneton Music Festival and Lost Trades Fair that take place in the summer. For a day out with the kids, Kyneton Community Park in Botanic Gardens by the Campaspe River offers fine picnic spots overlooking exotic flora and fauna.
Amongst the endless tourist spots, the historic walk from Piper to Powlett Street remains a personal favourite for local residents and visitors. Lined with nineteenth-century granite, the bluestone architecture seen on churches, railway stations, and schools is one to watch for in the suburb.
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