Invigorate body and mind, and reignite your imagination amid the spectacular forests, natural mineral waters and historic villages of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. Find balance and harmony at mineral spas and wellness retreats, sample exquisite food and wine at restaurants, wineries and country pubs, and be inspired by the vibrant artist community. Pack a picnic and visit the mysterious Hanging Rock or cruise around historic streetscapes, local markets and boutiques brimming with art, craft and antique treasures.
Things to do
Restore the balance and find a new sense of wellbeing on your journey through the Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges region. Rest and rejuvenate in spas and natural mineral springs, stroll through historic gardens and quaint villages, and uncover a region brimming with history, art and creativity.
Leave behind the stresses of everyday life and begin your journey the right way. Bathe in the region’s restorative mineral springs and treat yourself to a range of wellness therapies and spa treatments. Rested and invigorated, you’re ready to explore this fascinating region and uncover its myriad attractions.
Visit quaint villages and cosy hamlets offering country-style hospitality and streetscapes bursting with character, from the bluestones of early Swiss-Italian migrants to the historic remnants of the gold rush. Browse art galleries, studios and cultural heritage sights, stopping for coffee and locally-sourced treats along the way.
Fresh from the farm
Blessed with crisp mountain air, rich fertile soils and purifying mineral springs, the region has long embraced ‘la dolce vita’. Work up an appetite on a long hike through rugged bushland or just wander through meticulously tended gardens. Enjoy fine dining at some of Australia’s best restaurants, meet local winemakers at rustic cellar doors and taste fresh produce at farm gates and roadside stalls as you make your way around the region.
Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm
Ten minutes north of Daylesford, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is an iconic property nestled among the rolling hills of Shepherds Flat. The 100 acre property was once farmed by Swiss-Italians, who came to Australia in the 1850’s looking for new opportunities.In the late 1980’s, Carol White and her family restored and re-imagined the old dairy farm and it has become one of Victoria’s most important rural properties.
Australian Tourism Award Winner, the Convent Gallery in Daylesford offers a wide range of experiences. This 19th Century Victorian mansion was built in the 1860’s as the private residence for the Gold Commissioner, the building was purchased by the Catholic Church in the 1880’s and was a convent and boarding school for nearly 100 years. Left in disrepair, the site was purchased by artist Tina Banitska in 1989.
The Lake House team deliver beautiful, cutting edge, seasonal food matched with an internationally acclaimed wine list. Culinary Director Alla Wolf Tasker, Executive Chef David Green and team work from the ground up producing virtually everything onsite, from house baked breads to an extensive charcuterie range. Regular guests tell of their favourite season and dishes. Butter poached pheasant with chestnuts and Farrow in autumn or spring lamb, asparagus and morels. The duck with orange braised witlof; the golden roasted free range chicken of summer with corn and yabbies, or the truffled Pecorino tart with artichokes Barigoule, eel, Murray Cod and trout; rabbit and hare, speak of local waterways and fields.
Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa
Since 1895, ‘taking the waters’ at Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa has been a must-do when visiting Australia’s premier spa destination. After a $13 million redevelopment in 2008, the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and visitors can enjoy traditional communal bathing in the Bathhouse and Sanctuary, or book into The Spa for a more private experience.
Unwind and forget the city stress in the natural mineral waters of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. Enjoy an enriching meal made from the finest local produce, or rejuvenate with a relaxation massage or holistic therapy before heading back to your cozy B&B or modern apartment. All this is just an easy 45 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
More than just a view
The Lake House in Daylesford has every detail covered, from heated bathroom floors and pamper packs to balconies with views over the lake. With the added bonus of Daylesford’s finest restaurant and the state-of-the-art Salus Spa on site, there’s almost no reason to ever leave. From rooms in the restored art deco mansion to contemporary spa villas and the self-contained Villa Parma (originally built in 1864), there are a variety of options at the Mineral Springs Hotel. The hotel facilities include the Argus Dining Room and the health and wellness treatments of the Mineral Spa.
If you’re after a unique experience, the award-winning Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa and Wellness Retreat in Hepburn Springs could be just what your tired body needs. Choose from a range of offerings including traditional accommodation, gourmet cuisine, spa treatments, as well as holistic wellness and health treatments. Hepburn at Hepburn is the ultimate sanctuary. Picture lounging in your private villa set in the natural surrounds of gardens and bushland located directly opposite the renowned Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.