Around 10 years ago, not many people knew about Kyneton. Maybe the Kyneton sign was spotted in a driver’s periphery on a drive to Bendigo from Melbourne but other than that, Kyneton was an unknown town to most of Australia.
In 2018, things look a lot different.
With the influx of young professionals with fresh business ideas moving to town, a vibrant food and wine scene, as well as surroundings that are brimming with natural attractions, Kyneton has become quite the hot spot.
While the demographic of people moving are professionals with young families, another group finding their way to Kyneton are retirees who wanted to set up their life close to Melbourne without the trappings (and costs!) of city living.
Domain Group data shows Kyneton’s median house price rose 27 per cent over the past five years. And it doesn’t seem to be slowing, either.
The one-hour proximity to Melbourne remains a massive drawcard for people moving to Kyneton. But the five minute lifestyle where access to high quality hospitals and healthcare, education and sporting facilities, as well as easy shopping seals the deal for many people seeking the convenient and relaxed lifestyle Kyneton offers.
On weekends, the town is alive and pumping with weekenders and day-trippers helping the restaurant and retail sector thrive. Galleries, festivals and art activations are common in Kyneton, bringing crowds both local and beyond.
But locals agree the strong sense of community remains unchanged despite a wave of new people moving into the area.
Many things have changed in Kyneton while some of the most important things remain the same. Community and lifestyle remain the prime reason people choose to live in Kyneton.