Local area attractions
Galwiji Homestead is on the doorstep of a wide range of local attractions:
Mt Buninyong Winery Restaurant & Wood Fired Pizza is a near neighbour (210 Platts Rd Scotsburn) and offers, as the name suggests, a winery and cellar door experience (they boast Australia’s finest range of fortified wines) and tasty wood-fired pizza. Refer www.mbwinery.com.au for more information
The local township of Buninyong (population 3000) is an 8 minute drive from Galwiji Homestead and offers:
- a good range of the basic necessities (medium-sized supermarket, pharmacy, petrol station, bottle shop)
- a range of eating and drinking options including a take away shop, bakery, several cafes and sit-down dining at the golf club and Crown Hotel
The city of Ballarat (population 100,000, refer www.visitballarat.com.au) is a 25 minute drive from Galiwji Homestead and has a wide range of activities and shopping possibilities:
- the most popular tourist attractions in Ballarat include Sovereign Hill, Kryal Castle and Ballarat Wildlife Park
- shopping options are about as diverse as any other city this size with major department stores such as Target, Big W, K-Mart and Myer as well as an open air mall (Bridge Mall)
Geelong (population c.200,000) is less than an hour’s drive from Galwiji Homestead. Only a further 15 minutes onward is the start of a group of excellent beaches (the first being Torquay).
The closest supermarket is at Buninyong – an 8 min drive from Galwiji Homestead. Foodworks at Buninyong (320 Learmonth St, Buninyong) provides a good range of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, plus a well-stocked deli and bottle shop. It’s open 7 days a week, Mon-Sat 7.30am-7.30pm, Sun 9am-7.30pm. Ph: (03) 5341 3263.
Next door to the Foodworks (316 Learmonth St, Buninyong) is Buninyong’ pharmacy (branded ‘UFS Dispensary’) which is open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. Ph: (03) 5341 2121.
Closer still to the roundabout is Buninyong Bakehouse, offering a reasonable range of baked goods and sit down light meals. Open 7 days a week: Mon- Fri 7:30am-6pm, Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 7am-4pm. Ph: (03) 5341 2199.
Perhaps not high on everyone’s shopping list (but mum insisted we put it in) is Button Heaven (320 Learmonth St, Buninyong). Apparently, a very classy shop and no doubt offering all of your sewing needs. Call for opening hours. Ph: (03) 5341 3050
Around the corner (501 Warrenheip St Buninyong) is a BP service station. While traditionally, the petrol prices are not great (though not a lot more than in Ballarat), it’s still handy to have the service station there if you’re running low. The service station is a good place to pick up a range of newspapers and magazines and is open from 5am-10pm Mon-Sat and 6am-10pm on Sundays. Ph: (03) 5341 2154.
Bottle Shop / Pub
Across the road from the Petrol Station is the Bottle Mart bottle shop. Closer to the roundabout, the Crown Hotel (402 Learmonth St) offers good food in a nice environment. Established in 1842, the Crown Hotel was the first inland hotel in Victoria to be issued with a license and is the oldest continually licensed hotel in Regional Victoria. Ph: (03) 5341 3402
Opposite the sewing shop is ‘Espresso Depot’ which by reputation, makes the best coffee in Buninyong. The Depot offers a range of snacks and sells sour dough bread.
There is a craft market in Buninyong on the first Sunday of each month, and a farmers’ market on the third Saturday.
Other shopping options
If you’ve exhausted Buninyong for shopping options, the next place to head is into Ballarat. Head North-West on the Midland Highway for about 10 minutes until you hit Sebastopol which offers a Safeway (known as Woolworths outside Victoria), Coles, Aldi and numerous other shops. Head a further 10 mins into Ballarat and you’ll hit Sturt St, probably the main shopping street in Ballarat. At the Eastern end of Sturt street is Bridge Mall offering an outdoor mall experience with a large range of shops.
We’re pleased to offer for purchase the locally-produced items listed below.
Daylesford* and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co Drinks:
Organic Soft Drinks – $3.00/bottle
Hepburn Sparkling Mineral Water (500ml) – $3.00/bottle
You can pay for your purchases when you check out or alternatively, we are happy to deduct anything owing from your bond.
*Daylesford is a 50 min drive from Galwiji Homestead and boasts award-winning day spas. Refer to www.visitdaylesford.com.au
The owners live close by so it was especially thoughtful that they had a fire going for us (it was cold!) and had left lights on (given we arrived in the dark). The number of bedrooms (5) was great. The house was very suitable for a young family overall.
The best part of our stay was being with family in an environment that was almost like being at home. We loved the fireplace and sitting around and feeling relaxed. I can’t think of anything that could have made it better.
Quiet, beautiful views in the evening, comfortable and relaxed, plenty of space to spread out.
10 out of 10 for everything. We really enjoyed the visit to see the cows milking on a dairy farm. Everything was perfect. Well done.
We had 4 adults and 10 13 year old girls staying in this house. We stayed for a week for a basketball tournament in Ballarat. Fantastic place for a large group.
The peace and quiet and having everything at your fingertips was great. Don’t change.
Your house is amazing and we had a fantastic time. I even had some spare to time to complete a puzzle! The best part of our stay was the way we were greeted on arrival and the facilities.
Everything was great. We loved the games and the family time.
Loved the peace and quiet and great open spaces for the kids.
10 out of 10 for the overall experience. The best part was having games and walks to entertain everyone.