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Local tips

Experience Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges like a local. Get insider tips from local chefs and winemakers, garden designers and business owners as they reveal their favourite places to go, the spots they always take their visitors and what they love most about the region.

From walking in Malmsbury, climbing Hanging Rock and lounging in botanic gardens to shopping in Kyneton, dining in Trentham and unwinding in Daylesford, these locals have the region covered. Follow their local advice on where to sample the best food and wine, where to explore the great outdoors and when to do it.

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Annie Smithers

Du Fermier chef Annie Smithers loves Malmsbury's bluestone bones, springtime in her garden and the walk from the Malmsbury viaduct to the reservoir.

Local tips

John and Annie Ellis

Hanging Rock Winery's John and Annie Ellis reveal their love for Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon: the climate, the markets, the colours – everything!

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Tonia Todman

The Stables at Highbank's Tonia Todman recommends exploring Piper Street in her home town Kyneton for a unique and exciting retail experience.

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Chris Humfrey

Wild Action man Chris Humfrey loves the cool weather, the picturesque scenery, the unspoilt forest and, of course, the wildlife of the Macedon Ranges.

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Food & wine

Restaurants and cafes

Dine on food so fresh it comes straight from the paddock to your plate at restaurants in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Nature & wildlife

Wildlife

Glimpse quirky Australian wildlife such as echidna, wombat, colourful rosellas and other birdlife plus the locals at Hanging Rock reserve.

Food & wine

Local produce

Taste food at its freshest in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, either at restaurants celebrating the best local produce or at farm gate stalls.

Things to do

Shopping

End your visit to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges with bounty from farm gates and provedores, vintage collectibles, or local art from a gallery.