A GENTLE VILLAGE ATMOSPHERE HAS HELPED THIS HISTORIC TOWN BLOSSOM.
WHILE NEIGHBOURING TOWNS in Victoria’s central highlands reaped the spoils of visitor popularity over the past couple of decades, Trentham was quietly biding its time in the misty forest at the top of the Great Dividing Range. But not anymore. Trentham might still be a small, albeit rapidly growing village, with a population of about 1400, but it happens to have an abundance of successful businesses, from restaurants such as Du Fermier, owned by chef Annie Smithers, to boutiques, an iconic bakery, great pubs and cafés. Nearby, there are also cool-climate nurseries with stunning display gardens. Fringed by the tall timbers of the Wombat State Forest, Trentham has plenty of beautiful scenery, fresh air and a down-to-earth country feel. All this and it’s only 93 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. Trentham’s location is part of the reason why the town is now a popular day-trip destination and weekend escape from the city, but is also increasingly becoming a place to put down roots. From the 1850s, the town was built on gold, timber and — thanks to the fertile volcanic soils of the region — agriculture, particularly potato growing. Trentham proudly celebrates that heritage with the Great Trentham Spudfest held annually in May, however these days the region is also known for berry growing, wine, orchard fruits and honey, not to mention numerous boutique produce enterprises. The town has the Trentham District Primary School, with secondary school options available in nearby Daylesford, Kyneton and Castlemaine, plus a co-ed private secondary college at Woodend. For more information, go to visittrentham.com.au