Bendigo Lost Trades Fair Regional Itinerary
So, you’re heading to the Lost Trades Fair in Bendigo to meet the makers and be inspired by lost arts and amazing rare trades?
Why not make a weekend of it?
There are many fabulous places that will blow your hair back, food to devour and experiences which will create lifelong memories – all between Bendigo and Melbourne.
Here’s an itinerary where you will discover the quirky, the interesting and the unique experiences only found in our part of the world.
1. Lost Trades Fair - Bendigo
Bendigo Racecourse Strathdale-White Hills Rd, Ascot, VIC 3551, Bendigo
March Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th 10am – 5pm
This regional gold-rush-era town is now a hub of produce makers, artists, markets, fine food and drink. Not only is it home to Victoria’s oldest botanical gardens, but you can also view major Australian and international works at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum. This is a mind-blowing town with a vibrant bohemian undertone – So cool!
1-9 Walker Street, Castlemaine, VIC 3450.
Open 8am – 5pm most days
Drop-in and experience the unique vibrancy of Castlemaine at The Mill.
This a place for foodies, art admirers and seekers of the collectable and curious. From metal sculptors, furniture makers, winemakers, a coffee roaster, a micro-brewery, hospitality outlets and other amazing small businesses, you will leave the re-invigorated woollen mill with a full belly and an air of coolness - a cheeky discovery in regional Victoria!
Coffee Basics – Das Kaffeehaus
1 – 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine, VIC 3450.
OPEN 8am – 4pm 7 days
Das Kaffeehaus is in The Mill and presents the flavours, odours and ambience of a grand Viennese coffeehouse in Castlemaine. From the moment you waltz through the doors you are taken to an alternate reality. There is so much to see, taste and enjoy. Old fashioned friendly and professional service – this is a destination that you cannot miss if you are travelling through central Victoria.
3. Hepburn Springs - Daylesford
Australia’s Spa Country – discover wellness, authenticity and Instagrammable locations at every turn. Art galleries, unique foodie destinations, designer clothes, natural fibres, homewares and an ambience of eccentricity. A destination you will return to again and again.
Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa
Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs VIC 3461
9am – 6.30pm Monday – Thursday
9am – 9pm Friday
8am – 9pm Saturday
8am – 6.30pm Sunday
Nestled in the valley of the Mineral Springs Reserve is the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Take your tastebuds on a tour of discovery throughout the reserve where natural sparkling mineral water gurgles from the ground.
Experience true peace with a relaxing soak in the natural mineral water, drawn straight from the source at the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. For a truly memorable experience, we recommend the Sanctuary Retreat where you’ll have exclusive access to the luxurious healing and wellness facilities.
Recline, relax & submerge.
The Convent Gallery
Corner of Hill and Daly Streets, Daylesford, Victoria 3460
Open 10am – 4pm 7 days
Described as 'the most beautiful gallery in Australia', the Convent Gallery presents local, national and international artists working in a variety of media and styles. Built on a hill with spectacular views overlooking Daylesford and beyond this award-winning art gallery boasts decadent retail areas, restaurant, bar and lounge, a restored chapel, nuns museum, all surrounded by six acres of stunning gardens. Hidden treasures around every corner for your discovery.
The hamlet of Glenlyon is well known for its main street of old European trees lending an "Englishness" to the village and authentic beauty.
Glenlyon General Store
63 Barkly St, Glenlyon VIC 3461
Wednesday 11am – 3pm
Thursday 8am – 3pm
Friday 8am – 8pm
Saturday 8am – 3pm
Sunday 8am – 3pm
Drop into the Glenlyon Store for a local wine tasting, breakfast and lunch. This go-to destination was built in the 1860s and has worn many different hats over its long history from a hotel to butcher shop, brothel to the general store. Today the store is a café, bar and providore with very delectable chocolate brownies!
Whether history, shopping or eating thrills you, we dare you to explore and experience the regional town of Kyneton. This large town is an epicentre for foodies and shopaholics alike and Piper Street Kyneton is the destination where the Lost Trades Fair originated. Wander Piper Street and drop into art galleries, historic museums, clothes and homeware stores to satiate your retail therapy.
Piper St Food Co.
2/89A Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444
Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 2pm
Visit Bryanna and Damien’s little shop and create your own picnic or supper from their range of quality handmade pates and terrines, local cheeses and traditional English Pork Pies. Or learn some old school cooking techniques and classic recipes at their cooking school.
1/889A Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444
Wednesday: 12pm - 9pm
Thursday: 12pm - 9pm
Friday: 12pm - 11pm
Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 8pm
Animus Distillery Cellar Door and Cocktail Lounge are located next door to Piper St Food Co. where you can watch the team prepare the botanicals, charge the boiler and collect the precious distillate as it pours fresh from the still. Every step is on display as you sink into a chesterfield lounge, kicking back with an espresso G & T or perhaps a slow gin sour.