Nurture the soul and reconnect with nature among the towering oaks, ghostly eucalypts and myriad rare plants in the public and private gardens dotted around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.
Discover the beautiful work of local green thumbs that continue the long tradition of botany and horticulture in the region, making use of the rich soils, distinct seasons and ample rain. Read a book in the shade of a leafy elm, take drink from a natural mineral spring, or get a glimpse of what life was like for Melbourne's nineteenth-century elite.
Take a tour of the region's impressive botanic gardens, which you'll find even in the smaller towns thanks to Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller, designer of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens. Observe the examples in Malmsbury, Kyneton, Melton and Daylesford's Wombat Hill. See Gisborne's botanical garden's contemporary Maori theme, inspired by its New Zealand sister city.
Finding something to do with the kids has never been easier, with imaginative playgrounds and children's parks located across the region, including the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens and the Woodend Children's Park.