I don’t know where the saying ‘bounced back’ first originated, but it’s a term we now claim as our own, wholeheartedly.

Our region is alive with events, a growing list of fresh ideas and new things to discover. Press on, and find out what’s new across our accommodation, gardening, makers, artists, food and drink. You’ll be surprised to learn they’re only a hop, skip and a ‘bounce’ from your doorstep.

Miss M’s Lounge opens in Kyneton

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Miss M’s Lounge is not the first venture of owners Mike and Heather Allen. They were the masterminds behind ‘The Press Room Wine Bar’ in Beechworth. This same magical mix is what has Kyneton raving. Finely crafted cocktails, Victorian wines they love (you will too), and an everchanging selection of tapas. It’s the perfect spot to start or finish your evening with friends, or just pop in for a cheeky bottle of wine and dinner.

29 Piper Street, Kyneton

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Lockdown has helped us to re-evaluate what’s important in life. Many of us realised that this was our family and friends. Imagine arranging a weekend away with those nearest and dearest – a place with a private golf course, movie cinema, a lake for fishing, tennis courts, basketball, petanque, fire pit, outdoor entertaining area, sports bar and billiards. It seems too good to be true! Lawson Lodge has always been a spot for a great time with up to 20 guests, but it just got better; they’ve now expanded with the addition of 10 glamping tents. With a capacity of 44, there’s no need to invite only your favourites.

227 Lawson Road, Macedon

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We’ve all become accustomed to buying everything at the click of a button. And Macedon Ranges Produce has made it easier for you to tap into the many incredible producers here. Discover lesser-known regenerative small-scale farmers, boutique wines, sourdough crumpets from biodynamically grown wheat, heirloom vegetables and even seasonal delicacies such as spring lamb and wild mushrooms when they start popping up. Discover the tastes and terroirs of the Macedon Ranges all year round, with free delivery into Melbourne and the Macedon Ranges.


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Less than a year old and Hepburn Distillery are doing BIG things! They have just won Gold at the World Vodka Awards for their Organic Potato Vodka. We think the secret ingredient is their organic potatoes grown by Wombat Forest Organics in Bullarto. Unlike many distillers, Hepburn Distillery makes their vodka and gin from scratch rather than using a standard grape, rye or wheat alcohol – this brings a unique flavour, unlike anything else. Now you can taste this difference at their Lyonville cellar door, which is open Friday and Saturday afternoons by appointment only.


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For many years Spring Hill Nursery has been known for its quality plants and garden products. New owners, John and Georgie Kent are building on this reputation, and have added a café to make it easier for garden lovers enjoy their time with the hundreds of trees, shrubs, roses, seedlings and seeds. With the winter months ahead, now is the time to prepare your garden for spring growth. Stroll around the gardens, choose some plants or trees, meet friends in the café, bring your dog – or do all of these things!

1 Trentham Road, Tylden

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Interest in foraging is on the rise, and magnificent mushrooms are very much on the menu. But if you’re gathering your own, you’ve got to get it right. We’re thrilled to share with you this new book by Alison Pouliot and Tom May – Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers. This book will help readers find, identify, collect, and prepare sought-after edible fungus species using a ‘slow mushrooming’ approach. With spectacular images and extensively researched information, you’re sure to make use of the 29 mouth-watering recipes.

Available from all good bookstores or order online at: publish.csiro.au/book/7894 

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Celebrated Maldon artist, Catherine Abel, will exhibit with Australian Galleries in ‘STILL’ 13 April to 2 May. For over 60 years Australian Galleries has showcased contemporary artists and their work representing some significant names in the past like Brett Whiteley, Jeffrey Smart, Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan, and continues to be the most highly regarded gallery in Australia today. The STILL Exhibition will also feature the work of Andrea J. Smith and Pam Tippett. Each artist has a distinct style, capturing somewhat humble objects and elevating them to vibrant, enchanting masterpieces. We congratulate Catherine on this tremendous opportunity and encourage you to discover her talents by visiting this exhibition and her Maldon gallery any given weekend.

28 Main Street, Maldon

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Handmade ceramics is one of the crafts revived since the many months of lockdown. Cosying up to a pottery wheel fills us with romance and acts as a mental release during this anxiety-inducing time. For potter Ian McColl and partner Leanne Manniche, it has been a time to establish a permanent OxArt Pottery studio and shop at Taradale’s community ‘Roadhouse’. The couple now teaches regular pottery classes, children’s classes and have a holiday program over Easter. And all this while they continue to make pots available through the studio shop.

128 High Street, Taradale

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Narenna Bloomfield
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Narenna is a country girl at heart, growing up on a dairy farm north of Bendigo. Now living in Kyneton, (her husband’s hometown) she is a busy mum of three littlies. She loves gardening, baking, photography and getting out and about in the area. A favourite day in the region would be a weekly shop at a farmers’ market, meandering through an open garden and finishing with a dinner in one of the acclaimed restaurants along Piper Street, Kyneton.