Daylesford attractions things to do & see on holiday.
Take time out in Daylesford, and join a growing artistic community with a penchant for relaxing amongst the Hepburn Springs. Home to some 120 natural mineral springs, the town of Daylesford has drawn from the attraction of these healing properties and created a region of holistic health services and day spa treatments. Showcasing an array of dining options, unique galleries and outdoor activities in regional Victoria, a holiday package in Daylesford may just provide you with the pampering you deserve.
Have fun dabbling in the alternative lifestyles of the locals; perhaps try reiki healing, tarot readings or reflexology. The specialised massage group can even send a qualified therapist to your accommodation; providing deep tissue or relaxation massages, mud wraps and facials to indulge you and your partner during a romantic holiday.
Designate a day to be treated like royalty at one of Daylesford's well established spas. The Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, Mineral Spa at Peppers Springs retreat and Salus Spa at the Lake House are all strong contenders in offering the most relaxing day you will have during your holiday.
The 18 Hole Hepburn Springs golf course provides ample opportunity to exercise your skills, while the whole family will love the Australian themed mini golf course.
Established in the 1860s, the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens are a tribute to the natural beauty of the area, with the Pioneers Lookout Tower offering a panoramic view of the surrounding town. Take a scenic drive past the tall avenues of trees and rare plant species over this 10.4 hectare block.
Visit the Convent Gallery to discover the work of local and international artists spanning three storeys of a 19th century colonial mansion. Enjoy a drink at the bar within, and visit the Nun's Museum. The Woodshed Gallery showcases handmade furniture carved from local timbers, where visitors can buy gifts during their Daylesford holiday. There is also great shopping to be had at the Sister George Textiles Production Studio, where artists create unique hats and pieces of clothing, as well as demonstrating lead lighting techniques.
Spend a morning browsing the Mill Markets, a veritable gold mine for collectors composed of 4,000 square metres of antiques. Trawl through the wares for vintage clothing and memorabilia from the 1870s for a unique souvenir of your Daylesford package holiday.
Take time on your honeymoon or family break to visit the gardens at the inspiring Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. Celebrating the collection of olives, lavender and grapes with harvest festivals, the restored 1860s farmhouse offers a great day out amongst the European style gardens. Linger over romantic meals taken al fresco beneath the ash trees.
Walking tracks through nearby Wombat State Forest facilitate family strolls through to challenging hikes that wend their way through eucalypt forest and fern gullies. Feed the ducks at Lake Daylesford or hire a paddle boat and join them out on the water. Alternatively, get in touch with Victorian Quad bike tours to explore the surrounds from the back of a motorbike, sure to be a hit with outgoing families.
Early Chinese migrants to the region developed prosperous market gardens, and the region is still well known for its farming community. Treat your taste buds to a tour of the surrounding countryside, sampling the fresh produce on offer at some of Daylesford's best eateries. Budding master chef's can create their own concoctions with ingredients from the Daylesford Farmers and Sunday Markets.
Watch the scenery move past your window - slowly - as you ride in a restored train carriage from the heritage listed Daylesford Station; take the Premium Food and Wine Train to enjoy a glass of wine and seasonal food as you travel through farmland.
Sample the work of Western Victoria's viticulturalist's at Wine is a Four Letter Word, a romantic setting for those dining out with money saved on their Daylesford honeymoon package deal. The cellar door creates an intimate bar in which to try boutique drops and tapas, served alongside live piano. The Daylesford Cider Company manufactures organic ciders which can be enjoyed in their gardens with a cheese platter. Buy local jams and goat's cheese at the charmingly eclectic Cliffy's emporium produce, or put your feet up in their wine bar. Notable wineries in the area include the Sailors Falls Estate, Herbal Lore, Passing Clouds Winery and Ellender Estate.