About Daylesford | Things to Do
The Daylesford-Hepburn Region is famous for its mineral waters and is known as the Spa Centre of Australia. Our beautiful scenery includes the famous Lake Daylesford, the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens and the Wombat State Forest. There are historic buildings in the main street of Daylesford and the region’s history lies in the rush for gold. Lake Daylesford now covers land upon which gold was first discovered and offers lakeside picnic spots, abundant waterfowl, a children’s playground, walking tracks, fishing and pedal boating. The internationally known Lake House sits on its shores and there are public BBQ facilities and amenities adjacent to the main parking area.
Lake Jubilee is located south of Daylesford (about a 10-15 minute drive) and is ideal for fishing, boating and swimming. If you are looking for a waterfall, visit Sailor’s Falls, less than 30 minutes south from the Daylesford Town Centre. If you are into the outdoors, Daylesford sits at the junction of three walking trails that are part of the Great Dividing Trail – the Lerderderg Track, the Dry Diggings Track and the Wallaby Track. The Hepburn Regional Park is a liitle less challenging and contains mineral springs and relics of the bygone gold era.
There is much to do in Daylesford and Hepburn and the region hosts a variety of festivals through-out the year, including Chill Out, Harvest and the Swiss Italian Festival. For those looking for art, visit the Convent Gallery or a host of smaller studios. If you want to wander, the local Daylesford Market is held each Sunday next to the Daylesford railway station. The monthly market is hosted at the Daylesford Primary School grounds. There are local wineries all around us and great restaurants and cafes to choose from in both Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, whether you are looking for a light lunch or a dinner boasting regional produce.
Escape to Daylesford and spoil yourself.
WHERE TO EAT in Daylesford & Hepburn Springs
RESTAURANTS & CAFES
The Daylesford-Hepburn Springs Region is a slice of foodie paradise, home to award-winning restaurants, cafes, wineries and bakeries. We are also fortunate to have a fantastic range of local producers in our region who ensure a steady supply of fresh, seasonal ingredients that are prepared by many of our region’s chefs and cooks.
Fine dining, casual cafe, or family friendly restaurant – whatever your foodie pleasure – the region will serve it up. If a DIY hamper is more appealing, find a picnic spot and tempt your palette with some of the State’s best local fare and drink.
Each week, we’ll feature an eatery or producer so you can discover them all.
WHAT TO SEE in Daylesford & Hepburn Springs
GALLERIES, MARKETS & WINERIES
There is a long list of attractions in Dayleford, Hepburn Springs and the surrounding villages of our region. From well-known and popular galleries to small wineries off the beaten track to studios that host recognised and emerging talents. The “lane culture” of our region is alive with hidden treasures.
Artists of all genres, from sculptors and painters to writers and musicians, call our region home. Discover the other side of the Daylesford-Hepburn Springs Region – you’d be surprised what you find.
Each week we’ll feature an artist or attraction from the region.
THINGS TO DO in Daylesford & Hepburn Springs
PICNIC SPOTS, TOURS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES
The Spa Centre of Australia has a host of activities to keep you busy, once you have taken in the Day Spas, In House Treatments and mineral waters for which our region is so well regarded. The night life is more robust than you might imagine, children’s activities are plentiful and quiet, romantic picnic spots take in the scenic delights of our region.
Whether you’d like to hear a local musician, entertain the family, celebrate your hen’s party or sneak away with your soul mate, you will not be disappointed. Guided bush walking tours, horse back riding, sour dough baking classes, or even a maze – we’ve barely scratched the surface!
Each week we’ll feature something from our list of 101 Things to Do in Spa Country.