After an incredibly busy three months working flat out, we needed to get out of Melbourne and recharge our batteries. We wanted a place where the pace of life was slow, the quality of food excellent, and above all somewhere we could relax. The answer? Daylesford.
As one of the few spa regions in Australia, everything about Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, and the surrounds is rejuvenating; natural mineral springs, fresh local produce, and 1850’s cottages converted into luxurious accommodation.
Located an hour out of Melbourne, Daylesford seems built for that golden hour of sunlight at each end of the day in Autumn. Driving in, we were struck by just how gorgeous it was and pulled over straightaway, camera at the ready, to capture as much as we could. The stone and red brick cottages of the main street are illuminated by rich light coming over the valley, and earthy autumnal tones everywhere create a feast for the eyes – reflecting its past as one of Victoria’s most successful gold-rush towns.
Looking for the perfect relaxing weekend getaway like us? This might just be your place.
Best Day Trips From Melbourne: Daylesford
Daylesford’s Main Street
The Convent Gallery
Nestled on a hill overlooking Daylesford, the Convent Gallery is a 19th century mansion with previous lives as a private residence, convent, and boarding school for girls, before it’s 1988 purchase and conversion into a gallery, cafe, store, and museum. The gallery is a must-visit, with all types of fantastic artwork, as are the immaculate grounds, beautiful architecture and stunning views of Daylesford!
The Farmers Arms
We’d heard the Farmer’s Arms was the best meal in town, and can now confirm that this is true. We enjoyed a fantastic meal there on our final night; cosy, brilliant food (try the Pork Belly & Fillet Mignon!), and the kind of warm hospitality only a country pub can provide.
Image credit: Farmer’s Arms
Image credit: Farmer’s Arms
‘Man-made’ doesn’t stop Daylesford Lake being outrageously pretty! This is the perfect spot to unwind, have a picnic, or take a scenic walk and work off that morning chocolate milkshake. If you’re after something more challenging, there are also many hiking trails, including the Goldfields track, which snakes its way from Ballarat to Bendigo, via Daylesford and Castlemaine.
Fancy a hearty, quality breakfast? The Larder on Daylesford’s main street is your place – fresh, delicious food, great coffee, and friendly staff!
Lavandula Swiss-Italian Farm
Venture 10 minutes north of Daylesford and step straight into the heart of rustic Europe at this beautiful Lavender and Olive Farm. We could tell you all about it right now, but we thought it was so gorgeous it deserved it’s own post – look out for our recap coming up later this week!
About half an hour from Daylesford, nestled between the Macedon Ranges, Spa Country, and the base of the Wombat State Forest lies the historic township of Trentham. Quaint little stores and cafes line the street, hiking tracks abound nearby, and the Trentham Falls are definitely worth checking out. Be sure to indulge in a refreshment at the historic Cosmopolitan Pub too – voted 3AW’s joint runner-up ‘Pub of the Year’ in 2013!
Milo, and Butterscotch Popcorn ice-cream from Cafe Royal… need we say more?!