INTRODUCING DAYLESFORD

With its wealth of mineral-rich natural springs and beautiful countryside, Daylesford has attracted those in search of a luxury break for almost 150 years. This is the place to indulge in some serious ‘me time’, with plenty of spas to choose from. Not to mention a mouth-watering array of restaurants. The only tricky decision you’ll face on a country retreat in Daylesford is what to try first.

A rich heritage and vibrant present in this buzzing Victoria spa town.

Things to do

SPA

Daylesford’s mineral springs were first discovered during the Australian gold rush. From 1870 onwards the fashionable elite from nearby Melbourne came to take the health-giving waters. Today, you can still visit the very first spa to open in 1895, which is now part of the ultra-modern Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve. Take a long, relaxing soak, or soothe mind and body with a massage.

FOOD & DRINK

The rolling, fertile countryside around Daylesford has sparked a strong gourmet scene based on fresh, seasonal produce. Try lakeside landmarks serving creative cuisine made from local ingredients. Or savour contemporary Australian dishes with a European twist. The region is also home to many family-run vineyards. Look out for tasting sessions to sample award-winning chardonnays and Macedon sparkling wines.

NATURE

A short journey from Daylesford takes you to Hanging Rock Reserve, the setting for Joan Lindsay’s famous novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock. The rock itself is actually a small volcano, carved into intriguing shapes by millions of years of wind and rain. Join a guided tour of the reserve to spot colourful plants and Australian wildlife, including koalas, echidna and wallabies.

Daylesford is home to a thriving creative community. Drop by the Convent Gallery to see fine art, ceramics and glassware from local and international artists.

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