Daylesford and Hepburn Springs is located in Central Victoria, Australia. The town has seen many incarnations from it’s origin as home to the Dja Dja Warring people. It became a gold-mining town during the gold rush and hosted 25 pubs and 16 churches. It has now become arguably one of Australias’ most sort after wellness destinations. This is because of the town’s numerous spas, restaurants, wineries and galleries.
Daylesford attractions and things to do are many. You may need more than just a couple of days to fit it all in.
Whether you fancy a long indulgent lunch at one of the many restaurants or a stroll along the main street. An amble around Lake Daylesford or dozens of walking tracks.
Or you might prefer a horse ride, a hit of golf, wine tasting and a ride on the Spa Country Railway. The local markets are a must too. There really is something for everyone.
Daylesford plays home to a handful of diverse festivals each year. We have the biggest gay and lesbian festival in rural Australia. The ChillOut Festival is held in March each year.
There is the Words In Winter Writers Festival and the Harvest Week Festival. The Lavandula’s Festivals, and the Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festival celebrating it’s Swiss-Italian heritage. These are just some of Daylesford’s best things to do.
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Find balance and invigorate your body and mind in Daylesford’s famous mineral waters. Enjoy the region’s natural mineral springs with a rejuvenating experience at Renewal Massage. Book in for relaxing massages and silky, skin-renewing rituals at Daylesford Wine Tours partner. Neighbouring Hepburn Springs offers more opportunities for R&R at Hepburn Bathhouse and Peppers Mineral Springs.
Slow down, unwind and be sure to take in the natural surroundings of Victoria’s spa centre. Watch native wildlife at play and fill up a bottle with the local mineral water down at Lake Daylesford. Paddle around in a kayak on Jubilee Lake, or get the blood flowing with a walk to the top of Wombat Hill.
Once there, look out over the township before entering the striking Convent Gallery, housed in a historic 19th century mansion. Peruse three levels of local, national and international art. Take the time for reflection in the onsite cafe, surrounding art and sculpture park or deeper into the botanic gardens.
GALLERIES AND MORE
Browse arty collectables and homewares at boutiques, such as Bromley & Co., Arte Deco and Harry & Me. Pick up statement fashion pieces at Alpaca Passion and Manteau Noir or climb aboard the Spa Country Railway for a trip with the kids to the popular Sunday Market.
Time your visit to coincide with one of the town’s many community celebrations. A regional mecca for the gay community, Daylesford comes alive each March for the annual Chill Out Festival, the largest country queer pride event in Australia.
Save your seat at some of Victoria’s best restaurants. Wine and dine at Daylesford’s renowned Lake House Restaurant, winner of two hats from the Good Food Guide 2018 or try out the Argus Dining Room. Enjoy a Japanese banquet at hatted Kazuki’s or be tempted by tapas at Perfect Drop. Make a reservation for fine pub dining at the Farmers Arms, or supper at Mercato, where style and seasonal produce meet.
And of course – to best take advantage of your stay in Daylesford – book a Daylesford Wine Tour with Matrix star Clayton Watson and his labrador Maizy and team. Daylesford has a collection of some of the best boutique cellar doors in Australia and Daylesford Wine Tours frequents them all. Take advantage of the local knowledge and let Daylesford Wine Tours get you in front of the makers and even open cellar doors for you!
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