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 (a medium-sized supermarket with bottle shop, a pharmacy and a petrol station)
- a range of eating and drinking options including a take-away pizza shop, a bakery, several cafes and sit-down dining at the golf club (Thursdays) and at the 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.
We have personally attended the Pig and Goose restaurant in Warrenheip St. The meals are quite fancy and a little on the expensive side, but the service is good and the quality is excellent, so it’s the right place for a special occasion. They also serve coffee 🙂 Tel. 53418029. Open Mon. – Thu. 9-4 and Fri. – Sat. 9-late.
Closer still to the roundabout is Buninyong Bakehouse, offering a reasonable range of bread, cakes, pies and sit down light lunches. Open 7 days a week: Mon.- Fri. 7:30am-6pm, Sat. 7am-5pm, Sun. 7am-4pm. Ph: (03) 5341 2199.
Around the corner (501 Warrenheip St Buninyong) is a BP service station. While traditionally, the petrol prices are not great (though only slightly more than in Ballarat), it’s still handy to have the service station there if you’re running low.
And we all know that if you don’t support the little guys, they go out of business and all you’re left with is the big guys controlling the market 😛
The service station is a good place to pick up a range of newspapers and magazines and is open from 5am-9:30pm Mon-Sat and 6am-9:30pm on Sundays. Ph: (03) 5341 2154.
Bottle Shop / Pub
Across the road from the Petrol Station is the pub (402 Learmonth St). It offers good food (if a little pricey) in an historic but echoey environment (lots of wood floors and panelling). 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
There’s Espresso Depot which by reputation makes the best coffee in Buninyong. The Depot offers a range of snacks and sells sourdough bread. It’s on 5341 2677 and is open 7-5 daily.
Maggie and Kate (next to the Post Office) 5341 2208 is very small but serves very good coffee and light snacks. Open Mon.-Fri. 7-3, Sat. 8-3 Closed Sun.
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 (soon to be Woolworths), Coles, Aldi and numerous other shops. Head a further 10 min.s 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.
Ten out of ten for facilities, service, and value for money. We loved the relaxing atmosphere in the house with all its provisions. It’s perfect!
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.
Facilities are excellent for our requirements. Large room allows for band rehearsal. Outdoor areas are great for exploring during our breaks. Dinner table seats us all which is lovely. Warm house, lovely beds.
We loved the privacy and lots of room for everyone. Three bathrooms was fantastic for 8 females.
Enjoyed the peacefulness and serenity, the service provided and the beautiful setting.
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.
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 loved being able to spend the whole day here with plenty for everyone to explore (across kids aged 4 to 8). It had an incredibly-well stocked kitchen with everything we needed on hand to make meals.
10 out of 10 for the overall experience. The best part was having games and walks to entertain everyone.