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Overview

Daylesford

From the Dja Dja Wurrung people, who first inhabited the land thousands of years ago, to the Swiss Italian migrants of the gold rush and Melbourne's turn-of-the-century holidaymakers, Daylesford has long been considered a special place of healing.

Wellness and vitality

Find balance and invigorate your body and mind in Daylesford's famous mineral waters. Enjoy the region's natural mineral springs with a rejuvenating spa experience at Daylesford Day Spa or Salus Spa at the Lake House or book in for relaxing massages and silky, skin-renewing rituals at Daylesford Healing Massage. Neighbouring Hepburn Springs offers more opportunities for R&R at Hepburn Bathhouse and Peppers Mineral Springs.

Daylesford alfresco

Slow down, unwind and be sure to take in the natural surroundings of Victoria's spa centre. Watch native wildlife at play and fill up a bottle with the local mineral water down at Lake Daylesford, paddle around in a kayak on Jubilee Lake, or get the blood flowing with a walk to the top of Wombat Hill.

Once there, look out over the township before entering the striking Convent Gallery, housed in a historic 19th century mansion. Peruse three levels of local, national and international art, then take the time for reflection in the onsite cafe, surrounding art and sculpture park or deeper into the botanic gardens.

Browse arty collectables and homewares at boutiques, such as Bromley & Co., Arte Deco and Harry & Me, pick up statement fashion pieces at Alpaca Passion and Manteau Noir or climb aboard the Spa Country Railway for a trip with the kids to the popular Sunday Market.

Gather together

Time your visit to coincide with one of the town's many community celebrations. A regional mecca for the gay community, Daylesford comes alive each March for the annual Chill Out Festival, the largest country queer pride event in Australia.

From the fields

Save your seat at some of Victoria's best restaurants. Wine and dine at Daylesford's renowned Lake House Restaurant, winner of two hats from the Good Food Guide 2018 or try out the Argus Dining Room. Enjoy a Japanese banquet at hatted Kazuki's or be tempted by tapas at Perfect Drop. Make a reservation for fine pub dining at the Farmers Arms, or supper at Mercato, where style and seasonal produce meet.

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Things to do

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History & heritage

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

Stroll the stunning grounds of this Swiss-Italian lavender haven, play petanque, and enjoy a glass of lavender sparkling wine at the trattoria.

Lakes & waterways

Lake Daylesford

Relax by the water with a picnic or barbecue, head to the jetty and make a splash with a paddleboat or stroll the gentle tree-lined path around the lake.

Hotels

Lake House

Stay in luxurious waterfront suites, choose from a range of spa treatments in the manicured gardens, or take an afternoon stroll in Wombat Forest.

From $598 - $1,804

Spa & wellbeing

Daylesford Day Spa and Beauty

Experience the true art of relaxation and choose from a range of treatments including natural rose milk baths and the specialty hot stone therapy.

Tours

Daylesford Hot Air Balloon Flight

Picture This Ballooning

A hot air balloon flight over the Daylesford Spa Country is a must when exploring Victoria's famous spa region. It is a region full of vibrant...

Spa & wellbeing

Daylesford Healing Massage

Come to Daylesford Healing Massage to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life and emerge relaxed, rejuvenated and at peace. Whether you’re...

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Food & wine

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Koukla Cafe

Discover the casual bohemian cafe vibe of Koukla. Take a seat by the fireside or peek into the...

Kazuki's Restaurant

Delight in chef Kazuki's skilful fusion of Japanese understatement and modern Australian cuisine.

Larder

Taste house-made goodness and the region's excellent local produce in every dish on the menu at Larder.

Lake House Restaurant

The well-trod path to the Lake House is worth travelling for innovative food in an inspiring space.

Wombat Hill House Cafe

Make time to visit this garden, cafe and store in Daylesford's beautiful Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

Mercato

Enjoy authentic Daylesford dining with understated style in this beautiful 1860s timber building.

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