Clunes is a crossroads town that is ‘midway’ between a number of the old ‘goldfields towns’. Clunes is one of those places that have taken heritage protection to the ‘be very serious about this’ stage. Clunes is a very pretty town that has lots of ‘old’ character. Be prepared for an ‘early days’ look main street.

From the 1850s through to 1893, when gold mining eventually came to an end, Clunes was an important gold production location in Victoria. During this period gold in excess of 1.2 million ounces was produced at Clunes. Surrounded by grassland, meadows and pastures, the town has preserved many of its elegant historic buildings until today and is recognised as one of the architecturally most intact gold towns in Victoria and for that reason, Clunes was used in the production of the most recent of Ned Kelly movies.

The town was home to Victoria's first registered gold discovery made by James Esmond. His discovery, first published in the Geelong Advertiser on 7 July 1851 triggered the first gold rush in Victoria. The township was established a few years later and subsequent gold mining, predominantly driven by the Port Phillip and Colonial Mining Company saw the town's population rising to well over 6,000 residents in the late 1880s.

Clunes today, is also home to a number of heritage buildings.

The Clunes Anglican Church is on the hill overlooking the town. The Catholic Church is a grand structure. Both well over 100 years old. The Uniteda shadow of its earlier era

There is only the single pub that survives in the town. The Club Royal is now unlicensed.and Keublus

The Clunes War Memorial is at the eastern entry to the cbd.

The Clunes Museum is in the main street.

The Bottle Museum is creating much interest and is becoming quite a draw card. Be sure to check this unique display out.

Clunes is more than a just visit town and an overnight should be a consideration.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course