Daylesford Holidays & Travel Guide

Located just over an hour north-west of Melbourne, Daylesford is one of Victoria’s favourite pamper places and are spa towns situated in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Close enough for a day trip, Daylesford feels like a whole world away from the bustle of Melbourne city and its alluring promise of pamper and indulgence sees many visitors choose to stay for much longer. A romantic and relaxing holiday destination, Daylesford is home to more than 30 healing centres, spas and wellness retreats as well as a range of natural attractions. However, the region is most famous for its 72 health-giving mineral springs.


Daylesford accommodation offers a relaxing and indulgent range of hotels, resorts and retreats, all firmly focused on maintaining the region’s reputation as ‘spa country’. Particularly popular with couples wanting a romantic escape, Daylesford accommodation offers the very best range of rooms and facilities including, of course, onsite day spas and massage services. Offering a relaxing and intimate atmosphere, these accommodation options offer a gourmet range of wining and dining and are surrounded by breathtaking hinterland and natural attractions.

Daylesford Holiday Packages

Daylesford holiday packages are the ultimate way to enjoy a relaxing holiday in ‘spa country’. A great way to save yourself both time and money when planning and booking your holiday to Daylesford, these holiday packages take care of everything before you leave ensuring all you need to do is sit back and relax while you are pampered. Combining all the essentials like accommodation with optional extras like flights or car hire, transfers, tours, meals, activities and travel insurance, you not only benefit from significant savings but you also enjoy access to a range of bonus inclusions such as free nights, complimentary room upgrades, breakfast daily, tours, massages and more.


By far the most popular attractions in Daylesford are the health retreats and day spas however the region itself is also home to a range of natural attractions, art galleries, boutique shops, antique dealers, gourmet cafes and fine dining restaurants. Within the region, you’ll also find the beautiful Macedon Ranges and wine growing region of Sunbury. Offering amazing views of Port Phillip Bay, the Macedon Ranges are known for fine wine, fine homes, fine English-style gardens and a monument to Australia’s WWI soldiers. Sunbury offers Victoria’s oldest homestead and was the birthplace of the iconic cricket trophy the ‘Ashes’, however is perhaps best known for its music festival. A little further northeast, you’ll also find Hanging Rock, the famous picnic ground and natural attraction that is the subject of the 1975 Joan Lindsay novel and Peter Weir directed film, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Getting to Daylesford

From Melbourne, it would appear that all roads lead to Daylesford. Located just over an hour north-west of the city, getting to Daylesford is easy whether you plan on travelling by car or public transport. The Hume, Calder and Western Highways and Tullamarine Freeway all lead from Melbourne to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. There are also an extensive network of tranquil back roads that weave through the region’s art galleries, wineries, cafes, country pubs and secluded retreats. The V/line rail service also has a number of train lines that service Daylesford and there are a number of local bus companies that operate between the major towns, stopping at these train stations.