Local area attractions

Galwiji Homestead is on the doorstep of a wide range of local attractions:

Buninyong WineryMt 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

Sovereign HillThe 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)

TorquayGeelong (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).

Shopping

Supermarket

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.

Pharmacy

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.

Bakery

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.

Sewing shop

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

Petrol Station

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

Cafe

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.

Local markets

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.

Local produce

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

  • We loved the privacy and lots of room for everyone. Three bathrooms was fantastic for 8 females.

    Ann GreenWonthaggi, Vic (Mar 2015)
  • Our stay was like being at home with the bonus of new surroundings. What a wonderful part of the world.

    Esther IngramBonang, Vic (Feb 2015)
  • It’s a great house, great location and the service is fantastic. We bring children with special needs and they love the place.

    Merita WhelanFootscray, Vic
  • We enjoyed the peaceful surroundings and a great fireplace on a cold summer night!

    Sarkunan SubrananiamKuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Dec 2014)
  • My family and I stayed here for 5 days and we loved everything about it. We had plenty of room, kids could play inside and outside. We will be bring more people with us cause there was that much room 4 a whole other family 2 stay there with us.

    Greg DakinBroadmeadows, Vic (Sep 2013)
  • 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.

    Nick QuestedUK (Feb 2016)
  • Oh! The serenity of the homestead. The sheep provided entertainment. We enjoyed the beautiful gardens, and the private and relaxed setting.

    Lindy DarleyMelton, Vic (Oct 2015)
  • I loved the cow milking, open fires, kangaroos, electric blankets, comfy beds and pillows.

    Rachel HailstoneBrighton, Vic (May 2014)
  • We enjoyed the cosy feeling. Loved the fireplace, plenty of room for the whole family. Heating great. I enjoyed running up to the highway for a nice peaceful jog.

    Kristy BartlettBeaumaris, Vic (July 2015)
  • Loved the large house. So quiet in the bedrooms while people are in the living space. The family which owns Galwiji Homestead are lovely to deal with.

    Fern VuongClayton, Vic (June 2014)