Picturesquely located on the banks of the Barwon River, Winchelsea is a rural town steeped in history and surrounded by the fertile farmland of Victoria's Western District.
Fishing is popular in this section of the Barwon River, with brown trout, redfin and eels commonly caught nearby. There are also lakes and reservoirs close by that are popular with anglers.
Winchelsea's historic origins are clearly visible in town, with some grand buildings including the National Trust property Barwon Park, which was built in 1871. The magnificent building and grounds are on the town heritage trail, as is the Winchelsea Railway Station which houses a steam-hauled passenger train.
As you'd expect in an area steeped in such history, there are a collection of antique, gift, art and craft stores in town, and traditional fare can be found in tea houses and cafes in town.
Spending an hour to explore the Winchelsea Heritage Trail is well worth it. The trail commences at the Winchelsea visitor centre and includes landmarks such as the Globe Theatre, Barwon Park Mansion, the Barwon River and the triple-arched bluestone bridge. Don't forget to bring your camera!
If you're visiting during March and April the Country Dahlia Flower Farm is an absolute must do.
Just a short drive from Winchelsea is the award winning Dinny Goonan Winery, with a vineyard and cellar door open to the public. Visitors are welcome to taste their wines and relax in the peaceful vineyard setting. You can find out more about the wines by talking to Dinny the winemaker, or stroll around the vineyard and winery.