A SMALL town with a big heart and a big name, locals says there's something very special about life in Korweinguboora.
Located in the heart of the Wombat State Forest just down the road from Daylesford, Korweinguboora is a place unwind and enjoy the quiet and serenity of nature.
Known for its clean air, clean water and rich soil, Korweinguboora boasts a proud farming community.
The Korweinguboora Recreation Reserve was opened in 1963 and remains a popular meeting place for local sporting and community groups.
Cattle and wood chopping are the major industries, but go for a drive and you'll find a plethora of roadside stalls selling seasonal local produce, from berries in summer to potatoes in winter.
Richard and Lia Dobson arrived in the town in 1991 looking for a more relaxed pace of life.
"When I turn into the road I live in, which is called Back Settlement Road, all of the stress and pressure of modern life in the city is lifted off you," Mr Dobson said.
They established Organic Sunrise Farm and, teaming up with horticulturalist Sandor Istella, grow a large variety of organic produce, from vegetables to fruit and herbs.
They combine seasonal produce with a cooking business and their food van is a popular site at farmers markets around the region and in Melbourne.
"We've probably got 40 different vegetables and herbs," Mr Dobson said
Municipality: Moorabool Shire
First settled: Europeans first came to the area in the 1860s to cut timber for the large gold mines.
Main Industries: Cattle and wood cutting.
Claim to Fame: The Korweinguboora Cricket Club has a proud history in the town and created a minor publicity scoop in 1963/64. The entire team consisted of left-handed batsmen and won the premiership that season.
Five fast facts
1. The Australian Truffle Growers Association 2012 Conference took over Korweinguboora Recreation Reserve in August. It brought together some of Australia’s most recognised truffle industry experts.
2. Korweinguboora is renowned for its rich red soil and rainfall and when European settlers arrived in the region they found it perfect for mixed farming and potato growing.
3. In 1963, 10 acres were set aside to build a recreation reserve at Korweinguboora and by 1967 it was being used for football and cricket. It remains a meeting space for the community and the town’s annual Christmas party is staged there.
4. There are about 40 houses within the township of Korweinguboora and a further 178 properties in the outlying district.
5. Korweinguboora often gets snow in winter while summers can get very hot.
Five things to do
1. Korweinguboora Reaction Reserve is a beautiful spot for a picnic or a lazy afternoon game of cricket.
2. Wildlife watching. Look for koalas, wombats and possums.
3. Get active. Make the most the region’s bushwalking and horse riding trails.
4. Keep your eyes peeled for roadside stalls selling fresh, seasonal produce from berries in summer to potatoes in winter.
5. Not far down the road is the regional centre of Daylesford where you’ll find gourmet food and coffee, spas, shops and the famous Lake Daylesford.