Lake House, Daylesford, Victoria © Lake House
Guide to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges
- Getting to Daylesford
- When to visit
Explore the best of Victoria's spa country with its superb food and wine, pretty townships and natural mineral springs.
A trip to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges is all about relaxation. Reconnect with loved ones (or yourself!), indulge at regional restaurants and wander through quaint country towns where the pace is just a little bit slower. This region is also home to some of the country's best producers of pinot noir, so stop into a cellar door to discover it for yourself.
Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges are located north-west of Melbourne. The best way to reach this region is by driving from Melbourne, which takes between one and two hours depending on which towns you plan on visiting.
- Melbourne Airport (MEL) is 95km (59mi) from Daylesford and services international and domestic arrivals
- Avalon Airport (AVV) is 99km (62mi) from Daylesford and services international and domestic arrivals
- Car hire options are conveniently available at both airports
Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges enjoy four distinct seasons. Winter weather tends to be chilly, but this gives you the perfect opportunity to cosy up by a fire. During the summer, days are hot and visitors enjoy al fresco dining and outdoor activities. Autumn is a great time to visit, as the temperature drops slightly and the summer crowds ease.
- High season: Summer (December to February)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: The region’s delicious truffle season (June to August), where visitors can join truffle-foraging dogs to find (and taste) this sought-after ingredient