Daily deadlines and hectic schedules fade away as you take off up the Calder Freeway from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and arrive just an hour later in decadent Daylesford and Australia's luxurious spa country.
Prepare for unbridled relaxation and indulgence in the twin spa towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, with their myriad day spas and wellbeing options. The natural spring waters dotted around Daylesford and Hepburn Springs ensure the largest concentration of spa therapists per capita in Australia, and soaking in the restorative waters is a tradition dating back more than 100 years. Enjoy a soothing treatment at any of the quality operators, but keep your eye out for Daylesford Day Spa, Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, Salus Spa at Lake House or Shizuka Ryokan.
Continue the quest for utter indulgence by following your spa with a meal at one of the many fine restaurants, where some of the best local produce in Victoria is showcased. A heady array of gourmet markets, farmyard provedores, orchards, rare breed meats and bakeries all hint at the local, farm-fresh, seasonal food on offer at the award-winning restaurants.
The Convent Gallery features a Mediterranean restaurant, the eclectic Altar bar and lounge, an extensive collection of local art, and acres of gardens. Just down the hill, renowned Lake House restaurant with its views over Lake Daylesford will deliver an unforgettable epicurean experience. A decadent high tea seems right in the region's lush environs and you can enjoy petit fours, scones and delicate sandwiches at Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs.
The region's pristine environment, fertile volcanic plains and clear mineral springs lay the perfect foundations for cool-climate wines of exceptional quality. Wineries dot the landscape, many of which are owner-operated and offer the opportunity for you to meet and chat with the wine makers. The wine is as stunning as the views, and local beer and cider are worth sampling too.
A real rural escape is truly possible in Glenlyon, despite its close proximity to bustling Daylesford. Sip on a coffee at the general store before touring the nearby wineries. Stay in accommodation that gives you the chance to get up close to the resident wildlife, including kangaroos, local birds and farm animals.