Hurstbridge is a picturesque town on the outskirts of north-east Melbourne, and there's no better way to discover this historic cultural centre than at the annual Wattle Festival. Now in its 11th year, the festival's main street will be packed with roving entertainers, buskers, artists and stalls. Kids will love riding on steam trains, Thomas the trackless engine and double-decker buses (and hey, that sounds pretty fun to us, too!) as well as getting involving in treasure hunts and craft activities. Marvel at the famous crochet train art installation at the train station, and learn about the town all along the heritage trail. Did you know that the town was named after Henry Hurst, who built a log bridge across Diamond Creek back in the 19th century?
At night, the station will also be the location for the festival's night market, where there'll be over 30 stalls of locally-made goods and food.