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French bakehouse charm in the Australian goldfields

It was not what we expected, to be sitting in a delightful courtyard eating gourmet pies and black forest cake in an area better known for bluestone and miners.  A french accent accompanied the personal and professional warm service of the lovely lady bustling around the tables.  Malmsbury Bakery

Sometimes it can become a challenge to find a day trip just the right length, scenic enough, not taxing, good to drive, and with a lovely place to eat in between.  And we found it in Malmsbury!

Sometimes it can become a challenge to find a day trip just the right length, scenic enough, not taxing, good to drive, and with a lovely place to eat in between.  And we found it in Malmsbury!

The town of Malmsbury emerged during the gold rush years as a travellers stop, but eventually with gold found in the district, became a gold town in its own right.  The area is marked by all manner of beautiful buildings, some in photographic states of repair, the widespread use of bluestone, and a magnificient viaduct (that unfortunately we didnt realise was there until we returned to Melbourne)

There were 3 antique shops in the street, all with quite different vibes, and a vintage english car club had set up across the road.

Our favourite though was the beautiful courtyard off the bakery, which just begged to be sat in all day.  With sunshine but a biting cold wind, I found comfort indoors, content to look out on an area I would sit in, another day.

Our day trip not yet over, we mosied up the road in a big loop to the Daylesford area, our car packed with large containers to fill with the local spring water.

The wonder of the springs district is the distinct difference in taste and mineral compositions of each spring.  The wombat flat spring is basically in the centre of Daylesford town on the lake, and one can drive the car right up to the tap.  Sailors falls lies on the drive in to Daylesford from Melbourne from the Ballan direction, and is accompanied by a restored walkway to the falls there (I know small, but in full force being early spring).  Quite a crowd of day trippers were here today, all eager to get out of the house after a long winter I imagine.



 

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