The Daylesford and Hepburn Springs area has a variety of things to do. Whether it’s relaxation, getting outdoors or enjoying a lovely glass of wine, there are options to explore throughout the area.
If there’s one thing the Daylesford area is known for, it’s relaxation. Filled with luxury options to relax and rejuvenate, the area is home to the largest concentration of mineral springs in Australia. It’s all about restoring your body’s balance, slowing down and enjoying the tranquillity. At most of the spas, you can opt for a day visit or if the spa incorporates a hotel as well, you can make a whole weekend of it. Most of the boutique accommodation options that not only offer exceptional spa treatments but also fabulous local food and wine.
Nature and Outdoor Adventures
Of course, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs isn’t only known for mineral spas and luxury treatments. It’s also a wonderful area to explore the great outdoors. The region has been shaped by its volcanic history, with rolling hills, lush valleys and rocky outcrops. Attractions include Mt Franklin, Hanging Rock. Lerderderg Gorg and Trentham Falls. The great thing about the area is that it doesn’t all have to be done on foot either. Why not follow one of the trails on horseback or mountain bike so you can enjoy the view another way? If you’re really adventurous, you can also scale the rock-faces in the Wombat State Forest or the Lerderderg State Park 300-metre gorge.
There are also plenty of bush trails through the region, as well as fishing opportunities and loads of golf courses if you want to hit a ball or two. If you’re in the mood for camping, you can stay pitch your own tent in one of the national parks, or choose a holiday site with facilities of which there are ample.
Wineries and Farm Gate Dining
As one of Australia’s premier paddock to plate dining regions, Daylesford has a long legacy as the gourmet heart of the region. In saying this, however, the nearby areas of Kyneton, Trentham, Hepburn Springs and Woodend aren’t that far behind. Top food and delectable wines are in abundance in the region.
Take an afternoon to savour the vineyard views and enjoy the delectable local produce throughout the area. Of note are Curly Flat with their signature pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay, and Hanging Rock Winery where you can enjoy a light Macedon sparkling and pinot. Of course, you’ll also be able to enjoy stunning views of Hanging Rock. If you’re after a genuine paddock to plate experience though, you can’t go passed Cloud 9 Farm. Whether it’s merlot or shiraz, the winery offers delicious and fresh wines, and the farm produces homemade cheese.
If you’re not into wine, and prefer cider instead, consider a visit to Daylesford Cider Company. The traditional ciders are made from heritage estate-grown apples and in the winter, you can even warm up with mulled cider by the fire.