Now famous for its Booktown event, this lovely old town was the site of the first registered gold discovery in Victoria in 1851. The ensuing goldrush put Clunes well and truly on the map for the next few years.
Clunes sits in a valley, surrounded by extinct volcanoes. We visited the old mining sites up on the hill by driving up the Scenic Drive above Esmond Park.
Relics remain from the gold and quartz mines which on which the town made its name and fame.Glimpses of the historic buidings in town can be seen through the leafy treetops.
Back in the Main St, we visited the Clunes Museum for a look into the town's past.
The double storey building, set in an old warehouse, holds a large collection of mining artefacts, agricultural items, art and the town's Information Centre.
The volunteer staff were friendly and helpful and we found the Museum to be the perfect place to while away an hour or two learning about this historic place, before setting off to see the movie set-like buildings of the Main Street.
What: Clunes Museum
Where: 36 Fraser St, Clunes
When:Daily from 10am. Closed Tues and Sun.
How Much: FREE