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History & heritage

You'll feel a deep connection to history in almost all that you do in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, whether you're collecting seasonal produce from generations-old farms; sampling wines made from gnarled vines at colonial wineries, or luxuriating in spas filled with mineral waters discovered during the gold rush.

Historic buildings with modern twists

The opulence you'll enjoy around 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 imposing Hepburn Mineral Springs Bathhouse, which has been the place to go for wellbeing and pampering since 1895.

Wander around the tiny villages, especially Clunes, Creswick and Trentham, and observe 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.

The Swiss-Italian twist

The region's distinct European vibe comes courtesy of post-war Swiss Italian migrants. 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.


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.

Many villages have museums and heritage walks of key historical attractions – ask at the local visitor information centres.

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History & heritage

History & heritage

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre

The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre operates special passenger services throughout Victoria and interstate utilising its extensive fleet of preserved...

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.

History & heritage

Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area

In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Anderson's Mill stands as a powerful reminder of an industry that flourished after...

History & heritage

Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk

Seven years in the making, the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk was opened in March 2013. The Wall includes both the names of all Australian...





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