Daylesford

Convent Gallery, Tourism Victoria

Population 3071

Daylesford is at the centre of Victoria's spa country. The area developed with the discovery of gold, which lured many Swiss–Italian settlers, but it was the discovery of natural mineral springs that proved a more lasting attraction. Of the 72 documented springs in the area, the most famous are nearby Hepburn Springs. The water is rich with minerals that dissolve into it as it flows from the crest of the Great Dividing Range through underground rocks, and it is known for its rejuvenating and healing qualities. Daylesford has grown as a destination in itself, complete with beautiful gardens, interesting shopping, great eating and a huge range of accommodation. The streets are lined with trees that blaze with colour in autumn, and inside the attractive old buildings are restaurants, cafes, galleries, bookshops, bakeries and chocolate shops. Overlooking the lake is one of regional Victoria's most highly regarded restaurants, the Lake House.

Visitor Information

98 Vincent St; (03) 5321 6123 or 1800 454 891

www.visitdaylesford.com

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In Town

Convent Gallery A magnificent building surrounded by delightful cottage gardens, this former convent and girls school has been restored and features an impressive collection of artwork, sculptures and jewellery. A cafe serves local produce and Devonshire tea. Open 10am–5pm; Cnr Hill and Daly sts; (03) 5348 3211.

Historical Museum: features a collection of photographs from the region's past and artefacts from the local Djadja Wurrung people; open Sat–Sun and public and school holidays; Vincent St; (03) 5348 1453.

Lake Daylesford: a lovely spot for picnics, with paddleboats and rowboats for hire in the warmer months. The Tipperary walking track starts here and ends at the Mineral Springs Reserve. Access to lake is from Bleakly Rd.

Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens: established in 1861, these lovely gardens are situated on the hill overlooking town; Central Springs Rd.

Daylesford Spa Country Train: leaves railway station for Bullarto (11 km SE) each Sun; Raglan St; (03) 5348 1759.

Nearby

Hepburn Springs spas The Hepburn Spa and Bathhouse Wellness Retreat offers an extensive range of relaxation, health and beauty treatments. Read More

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm A sprawling estate featuring fields of lavender, cottage gardens and sales of lavender-based products. The Lavandula Harvest Festival is a popular event, held in Jan. Open Mon–Sun, winter months Sat–Sun only; Shepherds Flat; (03) 5476 4393; 10 km N.

Hepburn Regional Park: located around Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, this park features goldmining relics, mineral springs and the impressive Mt Franklin, an extinct volcano, with panoramic views from the summit and picnic, barbecue and camping facilities around the base. There are good walking tracks.

Waterfalls: several in area, including Sailors Falls, 5 km S; Loddon Falls, 10 km NE; Trentham Falls, 21 km SE.

Breakneck Gorge: early goldmining site; 5 km N.

Glenlyon: small town that hosts the popular Glenlyon Sports Day on New Year’s Day, and the Fine Food and Wine Fayre in July; 8 km NE.

Lyonville Mineral Springs: picnic and barbecue facilities; 15 km SE.

Yandoit: historic Swiss–Italian settlement; 18 km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours, Ballarat 35 km

This carbon-neutral business in Ballarat runs small, personalised tours of no more than six people in the Goldfields region, with three themes – wild nature, gold history and heritage, and food and wine.... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Farmers Arms Hotel

This award-winning restaurant nestled in an old-fashioned pub has a great atmosphere. The robust menu boasts sublime comfort food using superior Daylesford and Macedon produce. In summer, you might find rosemary and... Find out more


Frangos & Frangos

Among a number of exceptional dining experiences in Daylesford, Frangos & Frangos offers a taste of sophisticated Melbourne in the heart of Victoria’s spa country. This celebrated emporium is divided into two... Find out more


Lake House

Alla Wolf-Tasker is the woman behind Daylesford’s beloved Lake House, regarded as one of regional Victoria’s best restaurants, if not the best. The light-filled restaurant ranges over several levels... Find out more


Mercato @ Daylesford

This 1864 timber building radiates warmth and comfort, the glowing dining room accentuated by polished floorboards, high ceilings and a soothing cream colour scheme. The Italian menu is gaining a loyal following, with... Find out more


Cosy Corner

As the name suggests, Cosy Corner is a quaint restaurant tucked away in one of Hepburn Springs’ few side streets. The atmosphere is especially charming in winter when the fireplace is roaring. Menu items feature... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Holgate Brewhouse 34 km

Paul and Natasha Holgate have travelled a decidedly different path to most other craft-brewery operators over the past decade or so. They started brewing ales from a shed adjacent to their family home in Woodend in the... Find out more


Campsites around town

Mount Franklin Reserve camping area 9 km

The crater of the extinct Mt Franklin volcano makes a wonderful setting for an overnight camp. Separated from Hepburn Regional Park proper by the Midlands Hwy, the reserve is an enclave of large conifers that makes a... Find out more


Bush camping 14 km

Permitted within the forest. Contact ranger for details.... Find out more


Vaughan Springs camping area 21 km

There’s only space at Vaughan Springs for a few caravans and a half-dozen tents, so get there early if you want to stay during holiday periods. To the north are the old Spring Gully Junction Mine and a walk along... Find out more


Warburtons Bridge camping area 21 km

This basic campground is accessed off the Vaughan–Drummond Rd. It’s in the same part of the park as the Vaughan Springs camping area, which may prove useful if Warburtons Bridge is full. Up in the north of... Find out more


Blackwood Mineral Springs Caravan Park 21 km

Blackwood struck it big (albeit briefly) as a goldmining area in the 1850s and visitors can still pan for gold here. They can also take numerous walks in the area, including to the springs, along the Lerderderg River and... Find out more


Slaty Creek camping area 25 km

There are actually 3 camping areas spread around Slaty Creek in the south of the park: Number 1, Number 2 and Number 3 camping areas. After you’ve taken a nap under a manna gum and panned for gold in the creek,... Find out more


Firth Park camping area 26 km

Firth Park is an old sawmill site in the northern section of Wombat State Forest; there are visible remnants of the logging that was done here. There’s plenty of room for tents, but the space available for caravans... Find out more


O’Briens Crossing camping area 26 km

O’Briens Crossing is a lovely picnic spot in the north of the park. From here you can walk west to Shaws Lake and Sweets Lookout. Experienced bushwalkers should consider shadowing the Lerderderg River across the... Find out more


Upper Chadwick Campground 27 km

The camping area at Upper Chadwick is on the border between Lerderderg State Park and Wombat State Forest, close to O’Briens Crossing – continue east from the crossing on O’Briens Rd and then head north... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

A Welcome Stranger Holiday Park 33 km

Located 2.5 km east of Ballarat, this is a good quality park in a quiet, easily accessible area. The park has a large number of sites, a heated pool, a spa, minigolf, an adventure playground and a tennis court. We... Find out more


Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park 35 km

Centrally located (2 km from the city centre) and easily accessible, this quality park has a wide range of accommodation and very good facilities, including a heated pool and spa, and bathrooms for children and families.... Find out more


BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park 39 km

This well-established, quality park is in a quiet rural area 6 km west of the city on the old Western Highway. It has a great range of facilities including a spa, sauna and tennis court. Bookings are required at Easter... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Lake Daylesford Lodge

This architect-designed accommodation complex on the shores of pretty Lake Daylesford comprises seven luxurious two- and three-bedroom villas with uninterrupted views over the lake and surrounding bushland setting.... Find out more


Lake House

This multi-award-winning country house with outstanding restaurant lures guests locally and internationally with its unique style of hospitality. Located on several hectares of waterfront gardens overlooking Lake... Find out more


Latte Cottage

Coffee lovers will love contemporary Latte Cottage, which offers stylish self-contained accommodation in the very heart of Daylesford. Accommodation is in two queen-size bedrooms finished in warm coffee-coloured bed... Find out more


Peppers Springs Retreat 
& Spa

This luxury complex, part of the renowned Peppers group, encompasses a 1930s 13-room hotel (nine are spa rooms), the separate Villa Palma, seven Mineral Spa Villas and the acclaimed Deco restaurant. Villa Palma is a... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Mount Franklin rest area 8 km

26km S of Castlemaine (L) or 10km N of Daylesford (R)

Secluded area 1km off the highway in a shady forest setting.


Vaughan Springs camping area 21 km

T/O 9km S of Castlemaine (L) or 27km N of Daylesford (R)

Small campground 6km east of the highway via Vaughan Springs Rd in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Facilities at nearby picnic area.


Slaty Creek camping area 25 km

T/O at Creswick

Small secluded campground located 6km (partly unsealed) south-east of Creswick via Bungaree, Slaty Creek and Petticoat rds.


Creswick South rest area 25 km

16km N of Ballarat (L)

Very small area adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.


Jessie Kennedy rest area 26 km

6km S of Castlemaine (R) or 30km N of Daylesford (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Clarendon rest area 43 km

26km S of Ballarat (R) or 60km N of Geelong (L)

Large secluded area just off the highway behind some shady trees.


What's on around town

Market: for arts, crafts and local produce; Sun morning; Raglan St, near railway station.

Silver Streak Champagne Train: train journey with gourmet food; 1st Sat each month; bookings 0421 780 100.

Hepburn Swiss–Italian Festival: Apr/May.

Highland Gathering: Dec.

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