The Secrets of Talbot

To the untrained eye, Talbot may seem like a ghost village. But delve a little deeper and you’ll see there’s more to this elusive town than you might think.

Located a leisurely 40-minute drive north of Ballarat, the charming goldfields village is filled with unexpected treasures just begging to be discovered.  A thriving hamlet in the days of the goldrush, Talbot’s Scandinavian Crescent is lined with historic buildings which hearken back to the 19th century. Once a month, this street comes alive as part of the renowned Talbot Farmers Market, celebrating the fine local produce of the surrounding region.  Talbot Provedore and Eatery owner Jayne Newgreen says the town has become a vibrant, culinary village over the last few years, accentuated by charming heritage buildings and cultural flair.

“It’s really special that the streets are closed to make way for the market and simply charming to see the usually quiet streetscape turn into a bustling market place once a month.” Jayne said, adding “The enduring success of the Talbot Farmers Market, that sees 1000s of visitors flock to our town each month, is a testament to the passion and commitment of the people that started the market all those years ago and the wonderful volunteers that continue to bring it to life today.” Jayne and her partner Christopher decided to open up the Talbot Provedore and Eatery in order to build on the town’s reputation as a food hub and to share their culinary passion with all those who seek a unique, gastronomical experience.

While the duo lives in nearby Evansford, Jayne says they love the community spirit which Talbot evokes.  “It’s the people we love most,” Jayne says. “There are so many interesting, passionate and community-spirited people and there is a real sense of pride within them. “We love where we live and enjoy sharing our little town in the Goldfields with visitors.”

Talbot’s Top 10:

  • The bustling Talbot Farmers Market and Town Hall Market on the third Sunday of every month
  • The heritage buildings that evoke images of the days of the gold rush
  • The local shops including Slightly Bent Books, Talbot Bazaar and the Fyffe Street Emporium
  • The award winning Talbot Provedore and Eatery – you will need to book.
  • The Railway Station Nursery and Gallery with its quaint bits and bobs for sale.
  • Paddy’s Ranges State Park and the ironbark forest dotted with relics of an industrious past.
  • The elegant, cool climate wines at Amherst Winery, winner of a 5-star winery rating in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.
  • Take the kids to Pioneer Park – perfect for a picnic.
  • Talbot Arts and historical Museum with artefacts from the goldfields region.
  • On the weekend gaze to the stars at the Talbot Observatory