Book yourself into Clunes for the country town's annual book festival
Bibliophiles assemble! The wee goldfields town of Clunes less than two hours from Melbourne (otherwise known as 'booktown') has a huge number of bookshops for its 1,700 or so strong population, and they make the most of their literary reputation. Each year the town hosts the Clunes Booktown Festival to celebrate the written word in all its glory.
Since 2007 the festival has grown to attract around 18,000 visitors each year, with many well-known writers jumping on board. Previous years have featured Tim Fischer, Kate Grenville and Clementine Ford. Throughout the weekend festival guests can attend panel discussions, listen to author talks, feast at literary luncheons, see some of Australia's rarest books and try their luck in a scrabble tournament.
There's also all the regular festival fare like street performers, live music and horse and cart rides. Tickets to author events go on sale shortly before the festival each year.