Lake Daylesford, Daylesford, Macedone Ranges region, VIC © Visit Victoria

Guide to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, Hepburn Springs, VIC © Kit Haselden Photography

Soak in a mineral water bath

Start your day at the beautifully restored historic Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, where you can recline on underwater couches, swim in a salt therapy pool and be pampered with all manner of facials, scrubs and massages. Savour the private mineral bath (100 per cent mineral water) and soak up a sublime view of the Australian bush through the large glass windows of the relaxation pool.

Lake House, Daylesford, VIC © Visit Victoria

Stay in luxury resorts 

Dine, spa and stay at The Lake House, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia. Savour inspired preparations of seasonal food matched with an internationally acclaimed wine list. Chef and owner Alla Wolf-Tasker is an Australian culinary trailblazer and her restaurant has won every award in the book over its 30-year history. Enjoy a soak in a circular wooden tub perched in a stilt house high in the branches of the willow trees overlooking Lake Daylesford. Alternatively, stay at the Art Deco-style Peppers Springs Mineral Retreat, which offers water baths overlooking tranquil gardens. The soft-pack flotation beds are the only ones of their kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cliffy's Emporium, Daylesford, VIC © Visit Victoria

Follow the produce trail

Follow the Daylesford Macedon Produce Trail to pick up local gourmet treats from vineyards, cheesemakers, truffle hunters, trout farms, sausage makers, coffee roasters, provedores, lavender farms, egg layers, bakers and cattle farmers. Highlights include the Piper Street Food Company for charcuterie, RedBeard bakery for organic sourdough bread, Istra Smallgoods for sausages and more and Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for lavender products, olive oil, and a terrific trattoria. Don’t miss Cliffy's Emporium, Daylesford's retro-chic local produce store, café and wine bar. You can also visit the Daylesford, Trentham and Kyneton farmers markets, and enjoy local specialties at country pubs and gourmet restaurants.

Hanging Rock National Park, Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges, VIC © Macedon Ranges Tourism

Pack a picnic and visit mysterious Hanging Rock

Climb Hanging Rock, a 105-metre (344-foot) tall, steep-sided ancient volcano, which has eroded to create bizarre rock formations. The 1975 Australian movie classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock, was filmed here. See lots of Australian birds and maybe an echidna or wallaby as well as spectacular views of the surrounding farmland from the top. Country races take place on the horse track at the base of Hanging Rock. 

ChillOut Festival, Daylesford, VIC © Michelle Dunn

Chill out at ChillOut

Enjoy the relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere of the ChillOut festival, Australia's biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event. There are concerts, bush dances, street parades, carnivals, long lunches, roller derbies, trivia nights, garden parties and much more.

Sweet Decadence, Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges, VIC © Visit Victoria

Browse boutiques and galleries

In Daylesford you can buy handmade chocolates at Sweet Decadence at Locantro and discover Turkish kilims, carpets and linens at Nomadic Son. On historic Piper Street in Kyneton, browse the jewellery, ceramics, homewares, furniture and fashion of local artists, makers and designers at Stockroom, and search for vintage homewares at Kabinett.

Wombat Hill House, Daylesford, VIC © Visit Victoria

Explore gardens and wilderness areas

Wander around Daylesford's National Trust-listed Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, dotted with ancient pine, fir and cedar trees. Have lunch at the rustic-chic Wombat Hill House Café and visit the Victorian-era former convent that now houses the impressive Convent Gallery, showcasing the work of artists and artisans. On the scenic road up to Mount Macedon visit exquisite private gardens at Forest Glade and Tieve Tara. Walk around bucolic Lake Daylesford, which is especially beautiful in autumn when golden leaves are reflected in the tranquil water, or go for a walk to see the 32-metre (105-foot) Trentham Falls, the longest single-drop waterfall in Victoria.

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