If the arts are your thing, there is plenty to satisfy you in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region this winter. Don’t let the upcoming cold weather stop you; it’s the perfect time to indulge your creative side and tee up a friend for a road trip.

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival kicks off on the 7th of June followed later in the year by the Words in Winter Festival which spans across the shire during the month of August.

Watch as Mount Macedon Gallery’s Artists at Work make you something on the spot or attend their Art to Wear parade. Contact The Macedon Ranges Arts Trail to organise a tour of a local artist’s studio.

For a unique shopping opportunity, make a pit stop in Kyneton’s Piper Street. Check out Lauriston Press Prints as well as Stockroom, a retail and gallery space with eclectic wares. Head up High Street to see The Golden Dog Gallery by Larissa Gray and to Mollison Street for The Old Auction House art precinct.

Trentham East’s Gold Street Studios offers a photographic art experience. In Daylesford, drop in at the historical Convent Gallery for a browse and a coffee. From there, it’s just a short journey to Blampied where Overwrought Art Gallery sells unique wrought iron metal work. Be sure to leave plenty of room in the boot for the spoils of your trip!