Daylesford is all about organic, seasonal and delicious food. Visit our unique farm in the Cotswolds, our London farmshops & cafés or order online today. Re-energise in the natural mineral waters, sample gourmet food and wine and stay in luxurious accommodation in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Lead a double life in Daylesford, a village dedicated to wellbeing in the heart of Victoria's spa country just a stone's throw from Melbourne.
Explore the natural terrain from the sky, or wander about on foot. There is also excellent shopping in town, or hop between the day spas — a wellness version of a pub-crawl. The works of up to 15 artists also line the walls. This shop stocks a range of ceramics, jewellery, textiles and objects from small, independent Australian makers. You can indulge in a massage, try a steamer that looks like a cocoon, take a dip in the salt-therapy pool or opt for the private pure-mineral-water baths.
The bathhouse taps into an underground natural spring, with waters high in iron, calcium and magnesium. A picturesque spot for a stroll or a picnic anytime of the year, Daylesford Lake was built in on a former gold-rush site. There are jetties to pause at and barbeques for lunching. Picture This Ballooning operates hot-air balloon flights over the region — possibly the best way to take in the lush rolling hills and rich volcanic soil.
Reward your early start with a champagne breakfast after the flight. From historic dwellings to modern villas, there is luxury and comfort in this pocket of the state. From a soak in a historic bathhouse, to a private sauna at your hotel, this region is for relaxing and indulging.
Punctuate soothing spa treatments and lazy nature strolls with nourishing meals and local wine. Arrive in town the night before so you can wake up pre-sunrise to enjoy a hot-air balloon flight over the rolling hills of the region. Your voyage concludes with a champagne breakfast. Fast track those relaxed vibes with a Moroccan steam ritual, a massage and a few hours soaking in the warm, healing waters of the communal mineral spas.
From smooth sparkling and buttery chardonnay, to bold pinot noir, this winery delivers a top drop. Stay for a hearty lunch paired with your new favourite grape. Walk off lunch with a stroll around the lake. Pause to soak up some sunshine while dangling your feet off the jetty. Or opt for a kip beneath the pine trees.
Watch out for the geese. Lounge about in a white fluffy robe before dinner. Make use of the in-room spa and the sauna in your private garden. The menu at Mercato is inspired by the fruits of the surrounding terroir. Save room for dessert. Perhaps the whole poached pear in spiced mulled wine with saffron custard, lemon balm and candied citrus peel, or a deconstructed lemon meringue pie. To explore the Daylesford area in further detail, visit the Visit Victoria website at wandervictoria.
The broader area around the town, including Hepburn Springs to the north, is known for its natural spring mineral spas and is the location of over 80 per cent of Australia's effervescent mineral water reserve.
Prior to European settlement the area is thought to have been occupied by the Djadja Wurrung Aborigines. Pastoralists occupied the Jim Crow and Upper Loddon districts following white settlement in He and a party of searchers found alluvial gold in on ground now covered by Lake Daylesford initiating the local gold rush. Other finds quickly followed. With the finding of alluvial gold a town site was surveyed and founded in Initially called Wombat, it was renamed Daylesford.
In around diggers were on the local diggings. The post office opened on 1 February  and a telegraph office was opened in August By the s the alluvial gold was exhausted and a shift to quartz reef mining began.
This continued on and off into the s. In later years Daylesford became associated as being a fashionable spa resort, but fell out of favour in the Great Depression.
The town is also known for hosting a number of annual events, including the ChillOut Festival held during the Victorian Labour Day long weekend in March each year, the largest gay and lesbian festival in rural and regional Australia; the Harvest Week Festival; the Lavandula's Festivals; and the Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festival celebrating the town's Swiss-Italian heritage.
Major industries in the economy of Daylesford today are healthcare, accommodation and food, and retail trade respectively. The town is served by a number of primary schools and one public secondary school, Daylesford Secondary College.
The town's Secondary College was originally established as a mining school, in In the college was established as the sole provider of secondary education in the Shire of Hepburn and has just over pupils. Daylesford Primary School is host to an annual book fair which first started in and has since begun operating as an annual book fair, where used and unwanted books are donated to raise funds that go towards improving children's literacy.
The Midland Highway runs directly through the town linking it with Castlemaine in the north and Ballarat in the south-west. The Western Freeway is the main route linking Daylesford to the state capital. The railway to the town closed in The Saints have won four league titles in their year history along with two cup finals. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Town in Victoria, Australia.
Top 10 things to do in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs
Daylesford is a spa town located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, within the Shire of Hepburn, Victoria, Australia, approximately kilometres. Mention the word 'Daylesford' to people who've been there and you're likely to notice a dreamy, faraway look in their eyes. That's the remembrance of time spent . Book your tickets online for the top things to do in Daylesford, Australia on TripAdvisor: See traveler reviews and photos of Daylesford tourist attractions.