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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 Daylesford Day Spa or Salus Spa at the Lake House or book in for relaxing massages and silky, skin-renewing rituals at Daylesford Healing Massage. Neighbouring Hepburn Springs offers more opportunities for R&R at Hepburn Bathhouse and Peppers Mineral Springs.

Daylesford alfresco

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.

Once there, look out over the township before entering the striking Convent Gallery, housed in a historic 19th century mansion. Peruse three levels of local, national and international art, then take the time for reflection in the onsite cafe, surrounding art and sculpture park or deeper into the botanic gardens.

Browse arty collectables and homewares at boutiques, such as Bromley & Co., Arte Deco and Harry & Me, pick up statement fashion pieces at Alpaca Passion and Manteau Noir or climb aboard the Spa Country Railway for a trip with the kids to the popular Sunday Market.

Gather 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 Good Food Guide 2018 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

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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.

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.

From $598 - $1,804

Art galleries

Convent Gallery

Head to this grand Victorian manor and delve into the diverse arts program, grab a quiet brew in the cafe, or find something special in the gift shop.

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.

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.

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

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Mercato

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

The Perfect Drop

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

Lake House Restaurant

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

Daylesford Hotel

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

Cliffy's Emporium

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

Larder

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

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