Rest and rejuvenate in the enriching natural waters of Hepburn Springs, on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, and sample the bounty of the early Swiss Italian migrants to discover a vibrant community of artists, healers, gardeners, writers and musicians.
Historic Hepburn Springs is in the middle of Australia's largest concentration of mineral springs, which are full of health-giving minerals. Taste the different mineral formulations at old-fashioned pumps and pipes in Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Reserve.
Your mind and body will also experience the benefits of these health-giving minerals at a local spa and wellness centre. Indulge in hydrotherapy, massage and beauty therapy at the beautifully restored Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, established in 1895. Stay a little longer and keep your wellness retreat going with visits to The Mineral Spa and the Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa.
The Sweet Life
Revel in La Dolce Vita thanks to the hard work of the Swiss Italian migrants who established Hepburn Springs during the 1850s gold rush. Enjoy a coffee at a cafe, sample the season's best at the Argus Dining Room, or grab a beer and bar snack at The Old Hepburn Hotel.
Roam the elegant grounds of the Bellinzona boutique hotel then while away an afternoon at Tastings, an onsite regional wine hub showcasing local wine and produce in a casual dining setting.
Local rambles and sporting goals
Pick up a map from the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre and take the Historic Village Walk. Visit the Old Macaroni Factory (1859), Villa Parma (1864) and restored Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco guesthouses, shops, hotels, and miners' cottages.
Follow the waters and walk through Hepburn Regional Park in spring and see colourful wildflowers and myriad animals and birds. Venture along the 16-kilometre Tipperary Track and explore Sailors Falls, Mount Franklin Reserve, the Blowhole and the Hepburn Pool.
Hit the fairways of Hepburn Springs' 18-hole golf course (watch for the resident wild kangaroos) and visit Cricket Willow, home of the cricket bat and cricket and sporting memorabilia.