I DAYLESFORD & MACEDON RANGES Victoria’s secrets
Discover an eclectic assortment of treasures an hour’s drive from Melbourne
KYNETON, 85km northwest of Melbourne, is a paradise for shoppers, with an emphasis on class, not kitsch. The holy grail is bustling Piper Street, where designer stores and artists’ studios punctuate a thriving restaurant scene. One of the hottest tickets on the strip is Stockroom, a former factory and woolshed reimagined as an expansive artists’ showroom. Established by local creatives Jason Waterhouse and Magali Gentric, the design emporium offers a well-curated mix of paintings and prints, collectables and fashion from more than 100 predominantly Victorian artists. Pick up Peter O’Connor leather satchels and wallets, pretty ceramics by Anne Ronjat or staghead lampshades from Valentin Design. More: stockroomkyneton.com. es and jewellery, accessories and books. There’s always something unique to be discovered here.
BODHIDHARMA BONSAI NURSERY & GALLERY
About 9km north of Daylesford, Bodhidharma is run by Diederik Haneveld, a martial arts expert and bonsai enthusiast. There are about 3000 plants on site and Haneveld, a font of botanical knowledge, can probably teach you something about each and every one. The nursery is open on weekends and by appointment midweek, and within the Bodhidharma complex you’ll also find guest cottages, a meditation centre and a martial arts studio. More: bodhidharma.com.au.
Clockwise from left, vintage collectables at Kabinett; pottery by Bridget Bodenham, part of the Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Open Studios event; Diederik Haneveld at Bodhidharma Bonsai Nursery & Gallery; Stockroom designer emporium; and Kyneton’s Piper Street