Distance: 227 kilometres Melbourne to Hepburn Springs return
Duration: 2-3 days
Head north-west out of Melbourne on the Ballarat Road (also known as the Western Freeway), then follow the signs to Daylesford. Head along the main street of Daylesford, following the signs to nearby Hepburn Springs.
With Australia's largest concentration of naturally occurring mineral springs, a visit to the heart of spa country refreshes both body and soul. You can discover the natural waters straight from the spring in and around many of the townships including Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Kyneton. Make time for some soothing and pampering treatments at one of the many day spas. The twin towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs offer myriad options, but it is a good idea to book ahead.
Feeling relaxed and pampered, it must be time to eat. A stroll along the main street of Daylesford reveals a good choice of cafe, restaurant, pub, and takeway fare. The restaurants and local produce in the area are so good that the area has become a favourite weekend retreat for Melburnians.
For a leisurely afternoon consider a browse through the many antique stores and galleries in the area, such as the stylish Convent Gallery at Daylesford. Set in a historic building that was a convent and boarding school for nearly 100 years, the gallery houses sculpture, fine art, pottery, antiques, local fare and jewellery all under the one roof.