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

NEAREST CAPITAL CITY

Melbourne

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

3 hours by train and bus

DRIVE

1 hour and 30 mins from Melbourne

EAT

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.

Istra Smallgoods

Shop

Victorian pork meets traditional Croatian curing.

36 Wheelers Road Musk 3461
Thursday
8:00am - 4:00pm

Wombat Hill House

Cafe

Seasonal eating, in a garden, at the top of an extinct volcano.

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Central Spring Road Daylesford 3460
Thursday
9:00am - 4:00pm

DRINK

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.

DO

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.

STAY

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

Itinerary

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.