Start at Wombat Hill House, a pretty cafe among the trees in the Botanic Gardens' old caretaker cottage: sit in the garden in summer, by the fire in winter. Wind your way down to the charming The Perfect Drop for fine food, wine and whisky. Mosey along Vincent Street, Daylesford's main shopping strip, where fine stops include coffee-centric Larder, a champion of local produce, and old stager Koukla for relaxed all-day dining. Continue over Central Springs Road to the Daylesford Farmers Market (first Saturday of the month on the primary school oval) and onward to the lake. The Bookbarn is an excellent trove for secondhand reads of all sorts and cookbooks particularly. Stroll around the water (mind the geese!) to fetch up at Lake House, the town's jewel, for elegant produce-centred meals, spa treatments and luxurious accommodation. 3km

  1. 1. Wombat Hill House
  2. 2. The Perfect Drop
  3. 3. Larder
  4. 4. Koukla
  5. 5. Daylesford Farmers Market
  6. 6. Bookbarn
  7. 7. Lake House