I DAYLES­FORD & MACE­DON RANGES Vic­to­ria’s se­crets

Dis­cover an eclec­tic as­sort­ment of trea­sures an hour’s drive from Mel­bourne

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

STOCK­ROOM, KYNE­TON

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

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