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Overview

Daylesford

From the Dja Dja Wurrung people, who first inhabited the land thousands of years ago, to the Swiss Italian migrants of the gold rush and Melbourne's turn-of-the-century holidaymakers, Daylesford has long been considered a special place of healing.

Wellness and vitality

Find balance and invigorate your body and mind in Daylesford's famous mineral waters. Enjoy the region's natural mineral springs with a rejuvenating spa experience at Hepburn Bathhouse, Salus or Peppers Mineral Springs. Book in for relaxing massages and silky, skin-renewing rituals. Emerge refreshed from your mud wrap and finish with a cleansing mineral spa.

Gettin' around

Slow down, unwind and be sure to take in the natural surroundings of Victoria's spa centre. Watch native wildlife at play and fill up a bottle with the local mineral water down at Lake Daylesford, paddle around in a kayak on Jubilee Lake, or get the blood flowing with a walk to the top of Wombat Hill.

Browse arty collectables and homewares at boutiques, such as Bromley & Co., Arte Deco and Harry & Me, or climb aboard the Spa Country Railway for a trip with the kids to the popular Sunday Market.

Gathering together

Time your visit to coincide with one of the town's many community celebrations. A regional mecca for the gay community, Daylesford comes alive each March for the annual Chill Out Festival, the largest country queer pride event in Australia.

From the fields

Save your seat at some of Victoria's best restaurants. Wine and dine at Daylesford's renowned Lake House Restaurant, winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide or try out the Argus Dining Room. Enjoy a Japanese banquet at hatted Kazuki's or be tempted by tapas at Perfect Drop. Make a reservation for fine pub dining at the Farmers Arms, or supper at Mercato, where style and seasonal produce meet.

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Things to do

Daylesford

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Art galleries

Red Pepper Gallery

Admire the edgy layout and eclectic range of contemporary jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and paintings, at this gallery in the heart of Daylesford.

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.

Hotels

Lake House

Stay in luxurious waterfront suites, choose from a range of spa treatments in the manicured gardens, or take an afternoon stroll in Wombat Forest.

Walking & hiking

Tipperary Walking Track

Trace the route of the old water races cut by miners last century, pass gold fields, mineral springs and deciduous trees ablaze with colour in autumn.

Produce markets

Daylesford Farmers Market

Get fresh produce and products from Daylesford's local farmers, producers and vignerons at Daylesford Primary School on the first Saturday of the month.

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Art galleries

Bokeh Gallery

A modern, minimalist gallery showcasing a range of artwork, with a focus photographic art, as well as ceramics and jewellery from local designers.

Lakes & waterways

Lake Daylesford

Relax by the water with a picnic or barbecue, head to the jetty and make a splash with a paddleboat or stroll the gentle tree-lined path around the lake.

Parks & gardens

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Perch on the hill for uninterrupted views, take in the floral charms of Begonia House, or get a taste for Alla Wolf-Tasker's cuisine at Wombat Hill House.

Shopping

Daylesford Bazaar

Revel in vintage haberdashery, furniture, fabrics and other hard-to-find bits and bobs. With helpful staff, this little bazaar is worth seeking out.

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Food & wine

Daylesford

Captains Creek Organic Wines

Buy certified organic wines, organic platters and fresh produce from the cellar door and farm store.

Daylesford Hotel

Choose from an excellent menu featuring local seasonal produce and an impressive wine and beer list.

Larder

Taste house-made goodness and the region's excellent local produce in every dish on the menu at Larder.

Wombat Hill House

Make time to visit this garden, cafe and store in Daylesford's beautiful Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

Kazuki's Restaurant

Delight in chef Kazuki's skilful fusion of Japanese understatement and modern Australian cuisine.

Cliffy's Emporium

While away hours over simple, seasonal food or get great stuff, from local cheese to charcuterie, to go.

Sweet Decadence at Locantro

Savour decadent specialty handmade chocolates along with fine brews, signature scones and light meals.

Daylesford Cider Company

A warm welcome awaits at Daylesford Cider Company. Here you will find a beautiful tavern that not...

The Perfect Drop

Drop in for perfect tapas-style plates and indulgent mains and desserts at this wine and food lounge.

Captains Creek Restaurant

An inviting cellar door restaurant offering delicious lunches served from 12:00 on weekends,...

Lake House Restaurant

The well-trod path to the Lake House is worth travelling for innovative food in an inspiring space.

Mercato

Enjoy authentic Daylesford dining with understated style in this beautiful 1860s timber building.

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