Published on 29th April 2016
by Linsey Rendell

Need a change of pace? With natural mineral springs and excellent farm-to-table fare, Daylesford has plenty to offer those looking to spend a weekend in low gear.

Once you’ve dipped your toe in the waters of Spa Country, it’s easy to see why the region draws so many tree-changers.

A strong cohort of Swiss-Italians migrated here during the 1852 gold rush, and a smattering of their architectural and gastronomic influences still remain. In the 150 years since, the idyllic landscape has inspired many potters, painters and producers.

The rich earth – Wombat Hill and Mt Franklin are both extinct volcanoes – is ideal for farming, and encourages a focus on local produce. Many menus have vegetarian and gluten-free options, and there’s plenty of local wine to test your palate. When asked, always say yes to sparkling water – 80 per cent of Australia’s mineral springs are situated here.

Welcome to Daylesford




3 hours by train and bus


1 hour and 30 mins from Melbourne


From farm gates and cellar doors, to country cafes and fine-dining restaurants, this region is ripe with opportunities to sample the red soil’s bounty.


Known for cool-climate wines, the Daylesford area is also home to locally brewed beers and clever cocktails. The best places to drink usually deliver good food options, too.

Daylesford Hotel


Linger over a relaxed pub meal and a Daylesford-brewed pint.

2 Burke Square Daylesford 3460
12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 8:30pm

Passing Clouds Winery


Rockpool and Attica have bought this winery out of entire vintages.

Cellar Door 30 Roddas Lane Musk 3461
10:00am - 5:00pm


Explore the natural terrain from the sky, or wander about on foot. There is also excellent shopping in town, or hop between the day spas – a wellness version of a pub-crawl.


From historic dwellings to modern villas, there is luxury and comfort in this pocket of the state.


A day of relaxation in the Daylesford area

From a soak in a historic bathhouse, to a private sauna at your hotel, this region is for relaxing and indulging. Punctuate soothing spa treatments and lazy nature strolls with nourishing meals and local wine.