Daylesford, Vic: Destination Guide

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Perfect for a day trip or long weekend away, prepare to be charmed by the many surprises Daylesford has in store for you.

Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Daylesford, or find and book accommodation in Daylesford today.

About Daylesford

Considering Daylesford is just a 70 minute drive from the heart of Melbourne, there really is no excuse to not have paid at least one visit to this old gold-mining town. Still surrounded by many of the original historical buildings, it would be easy to dismiss Daylesford as a town past its prime, yet it’s vibrant food scene, abundance of local natural wonders and bustling city centre tell a different story. Daylesford’s well known reputation of extending a genuine welcome to all visitors means there has never been a better time to stop by.

Things to do

Daylesford is a town of pure indulgence, and there is a seemingly never-ending array of ways to enjoy yourself when you’re in the area. The national parks and state forests that surround Daylesford, including Wombat State Forest and Hanging Rock Reserve, mean all your desires to get out and appreciate the great outdoors can be easily achieved.

If you want to stick a bit closer to civilisation, the food and dining options are expansive, with something to satisfy even the fussiest of diners. If retail therapy is your preferred vice, the shopping, which is a mix of boutiques, vintage and thrift stores are also a highlight, and may put a dent in your holiday budget.


Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa

The land on which Daylesford, and the neighbouring Hepburn Springs are built upon, comprise roughly 80% of Australia’s natural springs. So it comes as no surprise to find the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, one of the best places in the state to indulge in the healing and regenerative qualities of the natural springs. The Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa are minimalist luxury at its finest, offering a range of bathing, steam and massage treatments that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and purified.

Lake Daylesford

This man made creation opened with much celebration in 1930, and is an ideal place to appreciate the beauty that surrounds Daylesford. You can pack a picnic and poach prime position on the edge of the water, walk the entire way around the lake admiring the flourishing birdlife or even hire a paddleboat and take in the views from the water. Alternatively, treat yourself and eat at the Lake House, an acclaimed 2 ‘hatted’ restaurant that serves up a seasonal menu guaranteed to delight all lovers of food.

Trentham Falls

Only a short 20 minute drive from Daylesford is the impressive Trentham Falls, the longest single drop waterfall in Victoria. The bushland and parks surrounding the falls are ideal for picnics, hikes and mountain bike riding, but the main attraction is certainly the falls. Formed over five million years ago, the sight of the water flowing some 32 metres over the rocks and plunging into the river bed below is certainly something to behold.

Getting there

At the foot of the Great Dividing Range and around 112km from the centre of Melbourne, you’ll discover the quaint township of Daylesford.

By car

The two most direct routes to Daylesford are via the Western Freeway and then the Midland Highway, or straight up the Calder Freeway through Woodend.

By train

V/Line offer daily services to Daylesford via Castlemaine, Ballarat or Woodend, departing from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne. For the quickest route, choose the Woodend connection.

Where to stay

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