Nillumbik Shire is located 25 kms north-east of Melbourne and is home to iconic Australian artists, family-friendly wineries, wonderful heritage-listed sites and much, much more!

Nillumbik's Artisan Hills includes the iconic Montsalvat, the oldest artists' colony in Australia with names such as Albert Tucker, Cliton Pugh, Jock Frater and Max Meldrum who have painted the picturesque landscapes in Eltham and surrounding areas. The twice-yearly Artists Open Studios is a must-see event where you may discover a hidden gem!

The wineries are nestled among the green, rolling hills in this pretty part of the world, among country Australian hamlets oozing history and charm. To get to Nillumbik's Artisan Hills region (only 45 minutes from the Melbourne) head north of Melbourne, towards Eltham or Greensborough – from there just follow the directions.

Make a weekend of visiting the region and stay at one of the cosy bed and breakfasts found in the region. For example, visit the famous St Andrews country market then plan your own wine itinerary, making sure to enjoy the views and some tasty country fare for lunch at the wineries.


Arthurs Creek, Bend of Islands, Briar Hill, Christmas Hills, Cottles Bridge, Diamond Creek, Doreen, Eltham, Eltham North, Greensborough, Hurstbridge, Kangaroo Ground, Kinglake, Kinglake Central, Kinglake West, Nutfield, Panton Hill, Plenty, Research, Smiths Gully, St Andrews, Strathewen, Warrandyte North, Watsons Creek, Wattle Glen, Yan Yean and Yarrambat.

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General Stores of Nillumbik

Today’s General Stores in Nillumbik carry the hallmarks of service that we grew up with, and they have retained the charm of laden shelves, and at least one of everything. The general store/milk bar is alive and thriving in Nillumbik and an essential part of daily life.