Hearty breakfast at our B&B and then to 10am Mass at Bendigo Cathedral.
We then headed off to Halls Gap. On the way we passed through the historic town of Clunes, the site of Victoria’s first registered gold discovery. This triggered the Victorian gold rush in 1851. The population of the town grew to about 6,000 in the 1880s, and is now about 1,600.
The main street is impressively wide, and has been nicely preserved. Move out the cars, spread some dirt over the bitumen, tie a few horses up to the hitching rails and you could be back 120 years or more.
Clunes is now know for Back to Booktown, a booksellers festival held every year in May.
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