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History & heritage

Feel the deep connection to the region's heritage in all that you do in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. History here is written by the land, from the volcanic events that created Hanging Rock and the Macedon ranges, to the veins of gold that ushered in the gold rush and the fertile soils that brought first wave of Swiss Italian migrants to the region.

So slow down and experience a living history. Collect seasonal produce from generations-old farms, sample wines made from hundred year-old vines, or rest and rejuvenate in mineral springs that were popular with holidaymakers from Victorian times.

Gold fever

The historic main streets and opulent architecture of the region dates back to the 1850s, when people from all over the world rushed to find gold. They left behind granite, bluestone and sandstone buildings that give these small country towns their touches of grandeur.

Lie back and soak in history at the Hepburn Mineral Springs Bathhouse, which has been the place to go for travellers in search of health and wellbeing since 1895.

Wander around the region's tiny villages, including Clunes, Creswick and Trentham. Walk through the historic train stations, courthouses and town halls. Explore the bluestone buildings of Kilmore, Victoria's oldest inland settled town, boasting more than 40 buildings listed on the Register of National Estate, and see more bluestone in Malmsbury and Kyneton, where cobblestone footpaths remain.

Swiss-Italian heritage

The region's distinct European atmosphere comes courtesy of post-war Swiss Italian migrants and the accompanying cool climate. See clusters of traditional stone farm buildings around Yandoit, Guildford and Franklinford, and striking buildings stand in Clunes and Creswick. Pay special attention to the stunning Lavandula lavender farm's Swiss-Italian farm at Shepherds Flat, and tour the Old Macaroni Factory in Hepburn Springs to discover magnificent frescoes.

Walking histories

Stretch the legs, get some sun and learn about the region's past on a self-guided walking tour. Many villages have museums and heritage walks of key historical attractions. For more information, ask at the local visitor information centres.

Howzat?

Get your cricket fix at the birthplace of The Ashes – international cricket's most coveted trophy at Emu Bottom, Victoria's oldest homestead, and the famous Rupertswood mansion. Cricket Willow, outside Hepburn Springs, is where you go to pay homage to cricket bats.

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Lavandula Swiss/Italian Farm

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Ard Choille Heritage Garden

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Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk

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Malmsbury Viaduct

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Seymour Railway Heritage Centre

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Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area

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Food and wine

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Spa and wellbeing

Take the waters in Victoria's spa country of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges and experience total relaxation and rejuvenation from a mineral bath.

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Nature and wildlife

Capture the essence of the mineral springs during your stay in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, wander regional gardens and visit Hanging Rock.

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Art and culture

Indulge your artistic side and immerse yourself in history at local galleries, artists' studios and museums in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.