Affectionately known as ‘spa country’, day spas and health retreats are by far the most popular Dalyesford attractions however there is much more to this picturesque region than massages. Surrounded by fern gullies, gum trees and farming area, the region is also home to boutique shops, antique dealers, art galleries, trendy cafes and fine dining as well as a range of natural attractions.
Daylesford and nearby Hepburn Springs are also home to a range of attractions like the Macedon Ranges and the town of Sunbury. Popular grape growing regions, Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges offer a range of premier wine and gourmet cuisine. Boasting breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay, the Macedon Ranges are also known for their fine homes and English-style gardens and the WWI monument to Australian soldiers. Sunbury is probably best known for its famous music festival however is also the birthplace of the iconic cricket trophy, the ‘Ashes’.
Heading further northeast you’ll arrive in Kyneton, home of the fantastic food and wine celebration of the Harvest Picnic Festival and the traditional country picnic races held annually. However, Kyneton is most famous as the home of Hanging Rock, a picnic ground and natural attraction made famous by the 1975 novel by Joan Lindsay and movie adaptation directed by Peter Weir of Picnic at Hanging Rock, a true Australian classic. However, if you’ve had enough of being pampered and lazing about in the lush hinterland, there are plenty of more active pursuits to enjoy in Daylesford.
Mountain bikers will love Wombat Forest which offers hundreds of downhill tracks and jumps along the old logging trails while Lake Jubilee is the ideal place to enjoy a picnic or throw a line in. If you’re serious about your fishing, you’ll love this designated location as its deep waters are spring-fed and are well-stocked throughout the year. There are also Sunday Markets which offer hourly train rides on heritage carriages and offer something for everyone.
Peace Mile Walk around Lake Daylesford is truly a sight to behold, particularly in the mornings when the serene waters are swirled with mist. Later in the day, you can hire a paddle boat and enjoy the water bathed in sunshine. Located in nearby Hepburn Springs, there is also an 18-hole golf course which is one of the prettiest courses in the whole of Victoria and is home to a population of resident kangaroos.