Daylesford’s little sister Trentham has a gourmet treasure trail all of its own, number 76 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Paul Bangay, landscape designer.
The alluring Macedon Ranges and high-profile spa country of Daylesford-Hepburn Springs are the obvious stars of garden design maestro Paul Bangay’s favourite region, but it’s the somewhat sleepy town of Trentham, tucked away between the two locations, that Bangay likes most.
“I just love that area,” he says. “Trentham is an old mining and timber-logging town where you get these freezing winters and beautiful mild summers. There are some terrific antique shops to browse around and there is a shop that sells new cooking wares and beautiful European gardening tools, such as copper spades.”
One of the more unique things to do in the area, he continues, is visit Frogmore Gardens nursery. “It’s about a 10-minute drive from Trentham in Newbury. It’s not an old-fashioned nursery – it’s really right up to date with current planting trends in Europe and America, so we go there to buy rare perennials. It’s quite inspirational. There’s the garden to visit and you can buy plants.”
The town has also recently attracted chef, restaurateur, gardener and local food legend Annie Smithers. “I think she is one of the best cooks in Australia. I love her new restaurant here, du Fermier – everything on the menu is delicious, but the duck is amazing.”
It’s also worthwhile visiting her nearby vegetable garden in Malmsbury on one of its open days, he adds – and you must take a trip to the monthly farmers’ market in Trentham Town Square.
“There’s a woman in Trentham who grows beautiful truffles, and in season she sells at the market. Her stall in particular, and the potato stall are great – up this way is a big potato growing area, there’s even a potato festival!” (The Great Trentham Spudfest takes place on 2 May this year)
“And if you feel like going for a picnic, the Trentham Falls are beautiful and it’s a perfect picnic spot. It’s about a 10- or 15-minute walk from the car park and it’s very pretty. It flows nearly all year round but it’s usually at its best in spring.
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