How to spend a weekend in Meeniyan
From wineries to woodfired pizza, 48 hours will fly by in this South Gippsland stunner.
The Tarwin River winds its way around the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges that seem to fold into each other like a series of overlapping domes. By the banks of the river is a little town of weatherboard homes and mid-century shops straddling the main road. A median strip, planted out in petunias, kale and silverbeet, speaks volumes about the transformation of this traditional rural service town in the heart of Victoria’s dairy country into a tourist destination and arts hub.
At its centre is the Meeniyan Town Hall. This unassuming 1930s cement-sheet shed, complete with sprung hardwood floor and naturally excellent acoustics, has hosted some of the biggest names in music over the past 20 years.
Martha Wainwright, Billy Bragg, Paul Kelly, Vince Jones, The Waifs, have all played here, says Ian Bevington, president of the Lyrebird Arts Council, a team of music-loving locals who have been bringing world-class talent to South Gippsland since 1999.