Kyneton is referred to as a 'peri-urban' environment. It is a place that feels like a small country town and a highly connected international location. It is a fully self-functioning regional centre that is also home to a large commuter community. The tourism department of the state government declares that Kyneton "offers the best of country living with the sophistication of the city", which is pretty much how it is. The town has well-renowned restaurants and cafes, wineries close by, musk lorikeets in some of the trees, and great shopping. There are terrific examples of bluestone architecture and it is home to an historic botanic gardens, that was established in 1858. Kyneton sits on the Campaspe River and is part of central Victoria’s natural mineral spring network. People have been living in the area for well over 40,000 years.
A series of different community festivals run throughout the year including the Kyneton Music Festival, the Lost Trades Fair and the Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival. Kyneton is a town of friendly and hard-working people that produce an atmosphere of energetic activity and enjoyment of life. The Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial (KCAT) is the newest offering in this culturally active town.