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Overview

Daylesford

From the Dja Dja Wurrung people, who first inhabited the land thousands of years ago, to the Swiss Italian migrants of the gold rush and Melbourne's turn-of-the-century holidaymakers, Daylesford has long been considered a special place of healing.

Wellness and vitality

Find balance and invigorate your body and mind in Daylesford's famous mineral waters. Enjoy the region's natural mineral springs with a rejuvenating spa experience at Hepburn Bathhouse, Salus or Peppers Mineral Springs. Book in for relaxing massages and silky, skin-renewing rituals. Emerge refreshed from your mud wrap and finish with a cleansing mineral spa.

Gettin' around

Slow down, unwind and be sure to take in the natural surroundings of Victoria's spa centre. Watch native wildlife at play and fill up a bottle with the local mineral water down at Lake Daylesford, paddle around in a kayak on Jubilee Lake, or get the blood flowing with a walk to the top of Wombat Hill.

Browse arty collectables and homewares at boutiques, such as Bromley & Co., Arte Deco and Harry & Me, or climb aboard the Spa Country Railway for a trip with the kids to the popular Sunday Market.

Gathering together

Time your visit to coincide with one of the town's many community celebrations. A regional mecca for the gay community, Daylesford comes alive each March for the annual Chill Out Festival, the largest country queer pride event in Australia.

From the fields

Save your seat at some of Victoria's best restaurants. Wine and dine at Daylesford's renowned Lake House Restaurant, winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide or try out the Argus Dining Room. Enjoy a Japanese banquet at hatted Kazuki's or be tempted by tapas at Perfect Drop. Make a reservation for fine pub dining at the Farmers Arms, or supper at Mercato, where style and seasonal produce meet.

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Things to do

Daylesford

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Lakes & waterways

Lake Daylesford

Relax by the water with a picnic or barbecue, head to the jetty and make a splash with a paddleboat or stroll the gentle tree-lined path around the lake.

Tours

Daylesford Hot Air Balloon Flight

Picture This Ballooning

A hot air balloon flight over the Daylesford Spa Country is a must when exploring Victoria's famous spa region. It is a region full of vibrant...

From $420 - $460

Craft breweries

Daylesford Cider Company

A warm welcome awaits you at Daylesford Cider Company. Here you will find a beautiful tavern that not only acts as a cellar door but also offers a...

Restaurants

The Perfect Drop

Drop in for perfect tapas-style plates and indulgent mains and desserts at this romantic, eclectic wine and food lounge offering casual and fine dining.

History & heritage

Lavandula Swiss/Italian Farm

Stroll the stunning grounds of this Swiss-Italian lavender haven, play petanque, and enjoy a glass of lavender sparkling wine at the trattoria.

Art galleries

Bokeh Gallery

A modern, minimalist gallery showcasing a range of artwork, with a focus photographic art, as well as ceramics and jewellery from local designers.

Restaurants

Mercato

Enjoy an authentic Daylesford dining experience in this beautiful 1860s building, which, along with the food, exudes understated style and good taste.

Cafes

Larder

Taste delicious house-made goodness and the region's excellent local produce in every dish on Larder's fabulous breakfast, lunch and share plate menus.

Cafes

Cliffy's Emporium

While away hours over simple, seasonal food from the daily menu or get goods to go, from cheese to charcuterie, at this emporium for fine food lovers.

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