The golden silence will descend upon The Sup’ at 7am Monday morning and gates close at 1pm after a late checkout. There’s no camping Monday night, so if you want to prolong the pleasure, and the goldenness, there’s plenty to do in the Golden Plains Shire. There are pubs in most of the surrounding towns and Clyde Park Vineyard, on the Midland Highway just before Bannockburn, has some awe inspiring views over the Moorabool Valley, hearty country grub and wine tastings from 11am. There are a number of wonderful businesses in Meredith Town – drop in on your way through.
The Golden Plains Shire app, covering the whole region, has a page dedicated to Things To Do On Monday after the festival. Here are some suggestions…
There are two pubs in town, both open Monday. Rest your weary bones with Damien and Claire at the Royal Mail (the Bottom pub), or Hearn’s Meredith Hotel (the Top pub). Foxy’s, just on the way out of town towards Geelong, the Meredith Roadhouse, and the Corner Store, all sell a bunch of deep fried treats, as well as ice creams and various other items. There’s also the Back Creek Café, on the corner of Staughton Street and the Midland Highway, which will be trading at various times over the weekend.
A Ghostly Pick Me Up
Feel like death? Why not check out some of the local cemeteries to remind yourself it’s not as bad as you think. Some of Victoria’s earliest European cemeteries can be found in the Golden Plains Shire, giving you a glimpse into some of the lives once lived on the plains. There are historic cemeteries located in Teesdale, Bannockburn, Steiglitz and Meredith itself, as well as a few of the other small towns that dot the landscape.
Way Back Then
Feeling old? Why not visit an historic town for a pleasant reminder that you’re still an adolescent in the scheme of things. There are a number of largely preserved towns a short drive from Meredith, including the Smythesdale Historic Police Precinct, which was once the centre of law and order in the region. Ideal for bushwalkers, fossickers and bird-watchers, the town’s ancient gallows are also still intact so you can act out your favourite Scandinavian crime drama. There’s also the historic town of Steiglitz on the way to the Brisbane Ranges National Park (also worth a visit) that looks pretty much like it did in 1882.
Gold fever came to the area when an itinerant German struck it slightly rich in Monroe’s Gully, just out of Meredith. As a result of the pandemonium that followed there’s now over 300 disused mines within the bounds of the shire. This includes the Jubilee Mine, which dates back to 1887 and is one of Victoria’s best preserved original gold mines. It’s located on the other side of Mount Mercer and not too far from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, where you can gaze across the pastoral scene in all directions: to Bass Strait, the Otway Ranges and the Grampians.
The Golden Plains Shire app can help you ease your way home on Monday, via some great spots, back to wherever you have to go until you return to the Supernatural Amphitheatre.