13 of Victoria's coolest and quirkiest small towns
Whether you’re a foraging foodie, history buff, or adventure junkie, these 13 quaint, quirky, and captivating Victorian towns are worth the drive.
Victoria might be known for its upmarket seaside towns, sprawling wine regions and luxurious spa country, but off the beaten track, there are some hidden gems in our midst.
From a gorgeous gold-rush era village with a population of just 20 residents, to an International Book Town and a lakeside destination that oozes serenity. Victoria's road-less-travelled is punctuated with must-see spots worthy of any road trip.
Whether you're looking for a quirky weekend away or a gourmet day trip, regional Victoria has something for everyone. Here's our guide to 13 of the most captivating small Victorian towns.
All bibliophiles should bookmark this pretty little Goldfields town north of Ballarat. It’s home to so many bookshops that it’s been declared an International Book Town – one of only 22 worldwide. Along with the beloved Booktown Festival each May, Clunes hosts Booktown on Sunday – every third Sunday of the month – featuring free author talks. But on any given day, visitors can fall into the peaceful rhythms of the well-read community, where some of the state’s best-preserved 19th-century buildings house cafes, bistros and, of course, bookshops.