The Djadja Wurrung people were the first inhabitants of the region including the settlement which later became Clunes. The idea of transforming Clunes into a European-style book town was first conceived and developed by Councillor Tim Hayes, Linda Newitt, Graeme Johnston and Tess Brady. Clunes held its first 'Booktown for a Day' event on 20 May 2007. Over 50 booksellers from around Australia set up shop for the day in the town's heritage buildings. Renamed to 'Back to Booktown' a year later and to 'Clunes Booktown Festival' in 2012, the township now holds the event each year on the first weekend in May. It has become the largest collection of books in any regional centre of Australia and the major Victorian regional book event.

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Around Clunes VIC 3370

Our Picks on what to Do in Clunes VIC

Mount Beckworth S.R.

Esmond Park

Clunes Field & Game

Clunes Museum - VIC

Clunes Pool

Clunes Bottle Museum - VIC

Our Picks on where to Stay in Clunes VIC

Clunes Caravan Park

Madam Saddler | Corset Cottage

Clunes Motel

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Our Picks on what to Eat in Clunes VIC

O'Haras Café- Bakery

Bread & Circus Provedore

Quigley and Clarke

Shopping in Clunes VIC

Community Services  

Clunes Tourist and Development Association VIC
36 Fraser Street,

Hepburn Shire Council VIC
1 Duke Street,

Clunes Police Station VIC
2 Hannah Street,

Free Library Clunes VIC
6 Templeton Street,

Clunes Pool
Ligar Street,

Location Information 

  • Elevation: 310 m (1,017 ft)
  • Population: 1,728
  • State electorate(s): Ripon
  • Federal Division(s): Ballarat
  • Established (yr): 1850
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Avoca VIC 3467 (42.5 km, 32 mins)
Creswick VIC 3363 (18.4 km, 15 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Clunes VIC is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s. acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.