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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 visit­tren­

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