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Clunes, a country town in Victoria

Updated on June 24, 2014

Step back into the past at Clunes

My favourite part of Victoria is the Central Goldfields region.

So much of who we are today was forged up here in the gold country,

Clunes population 900, is full of gold history, a vintage town and an idyllic destination for the weekend getaway, or just for a country drive day trip.

On the Goldfields

So much of who we are today was forged up here in the gold country.

The goldminers introduced male franchise and secret ballots based on Chartist principles and, as gold dwindled, pressures for land reform, protectionism and political reform grew and generated social struggles

Workers' History

In 1873 mine employers attempted to introduce Saturday afternoon and Sunday shifts. The miners refused to sign the new terms outlined in their contract renewals and went on strike.

Some days into the action the miners organised the Clunes Miners' Association and what were to become known as the Clunes Riots, successfully resisting the use of foreign labour as strikebreakers.

The Post Office in Clunes

Mt Beckworth Nature Reserve

Just 8 km out of Clunes is the scenic Nature Reserve at Mt Beckworth, home to the Dja Dja Wrung people before the Gold Rush.

The Nature Reserve is just beautiful, especially in Spring, when the native wildflowers are in bloom. There more than 250 species found in the Resrerve including 35 species of orchids. Please don't pick the wildflowers!

Grey Kangaroos, Black Wallabies, Echidnas, Possums, Sugar Gliders and Koalas live alongside of over 100 species of native birds. I've seen Wedge-tailed Eagles here, and the Peregrine Falcon too, the swiftest of the hunters in the skies.

There are several pincic areas reached by walking tracks. Be careful if you want to walking off the tracks - the protected native wildlife includes several snakes.

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Wedge Tailed Eagle

Where is Clunes?

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Little Country Towns I love

I've always wanted to live in a little country town on Victoria.

As a child I dreamed of large red gums to climb, the bush to explore and my own pony in a paddock. Now I imagine an acre of organic vegetables and a dam stocked with yabbies.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      Next time you visit Clunes keep driving for another 30 minutes and you can drop in here for a cuppa!!!

      And make sure you add Maryborough to your list of town above!!! "the railway station with a town attached" as Mark Twain said when he visited here.