The Shire of Hepburn is around 110 km north-west of Melbourne, with easy access to Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo. It is home to approximately 15,000 people. The region has a rich indigenous heritage.

The population increased greatly thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Many impressive buildings were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings. Many of these buildings remain today. Many areas and buildings within the shire are also heritage listed.

The Shire of Hepburn is the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’. Mineral springs have attracted retreats for relaxation and treatments. There are also many areas of natural beauty with abundant forests, parks and reserves.

Clunes as a township has one of the best collections of historic buildings in Victoria, and has regularly been used as a setting for film and television series. The first gold in Victoria was found in Clunes in the mid 1800’s, and many of the buildings were built during this time.

The town is now popular for the Clunes Booktown Festival, held every May.


The University of Melbourne at Creswick has accommodation to support health professional student clinical placements within this region. The accommodation is available to both undergraduate and post graduate health professional students. Residents are allocated a bedroom, while the kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities are shared.

Rural health students also have access to accommodation managed by health service partners.

To make an accommodation enquiry for the Clunes region, please visit the following link for Creswick, or contact the local health service directly.


Useful Links

Tourist information: and search for Clunes.

Hepburn Shire Council:

Visit Clunes:

Clunes website:


Health Service website:


going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Clunes. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



General enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791




Thanks to Mattinbgn at Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.