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.
Luxury relaxation & mineral springs
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.
The Daylesford Mineral Spa is one of the most acclaimed and awarded natural mineral spas in Australia. Enjoy the steam room, lavender sauna, detox box, outdoor sun deck, two mineral water spas and a plunge pool.
Alternatively, Hepburn Springs Bathhouse offers a mineral spring experience, meaning the water contains various natural minerals. The Bathhouse has various options for mineral bathing, including a public area for traditional social bathing, and private mineral bathing meaning you can truly relax without anyone around. In the private option, bath salts are customised which is an added bonus.
Nature and outdoor adventures
Of course, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs aren’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 Gorge 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.
The enchanting and outstanding Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens are built on top of an extinct volcano and can be seen from most locations around the area. There’s a lovely scenic drive around the edge of the garden, however, walking through it is really the best way to experience nature. There’s also a charming café, Wombat Hill House Café and Kitchen Garden to break up your exploration if you get hungry.
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.