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 and around to Mercato for fine locally sourced food, wine.

Mosey along Vincent Street, Daylesford's main shopping strip, where fine stops include coffee-centric Larder, a champion of local produce, and Sweet Decadence for exquisite handmade chocolates.

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 Boatshed is a wonderful place for brunch. 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. 4.4km

  1. 1. Wombat Hill House
  2. 2. Mercato
  3. 3. Larder
  4. 4. Sweet Decadence
  5. 5. Daylesford Farmers Market
  6. 6. Boathouse Daylesford
  7. 7. Lake House