The Wolf-Tasker family and the team at Lake House would like to formally acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we live and work on, the Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognise their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Daylesford, only 80 minutes from Melbourne, is a place of breathtaking scenery. Our beautiful region is rich in history and culture and for thousands of years, is where First Nations people have known and utilised the healing powers of this native flora and fauna and our world-renowned mineral springs. The village itself is an eclectic mix of cafes, quaint stores and galleries. Nearby villages of Hepburn, Kyneton, Trentham and Woodend speak of similar interesting vibrant communities. Country roads in between are peppered with farm gates, cellar doors and much more. 

A two-day stay will barely scratch the surface of what’s on offer in this vibrant region.

Exploring Daylesford and surrounds with Alla Wolf-Tasker

Explore Daylesford Australia

Mineral Water & Wellness

Known as a place of healing, our region boasts the largest number of natural mineral water springs in Australia and the largest concentration of holistic therapists in the southern hemisphere. For thousands of years, First Nations people have known and utilised the healing powers of this native flora and fauna and our world-renowned mineral springs. The Dja Dja Wurrung People were part of established trade networks which allowed goods such as food and medicines to carry over substantial distances including the use of local plants like lomandra, saltbush, nardoo, cumbuji, wattle, red gum and chocolate lilies which still abound today. Whatever the latest in natural therapies, it is already here and probably being practiced by the very best.

Shopping & Art

The history and culture of our First Nations people, the Gold Rush and our early European settlers has paved the way for our region’s strong affiliation with art, sculpture and artisanal offerings. Our region has attracted artists and creatives for many decades and visitors can find classes and workshops and enjoy many art galleries and installations dotted around the region. Keep an eye out for some of our favourite places to shop: Harry & Me, E Casa, Creswick Woollen Mill, Alpaca Passion, Manteau Noir, Buster McGee, Bromley Gallery, Clayfire Gallery, Found and so many more.

Food & Wine

Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges is now one of the fastest-growing tourism regions of Australia and its popularity is partly due to our ‘compact diversity’; there is a huge amount to do in what is one of the smallest regions per capita. In the food and drink space, we punch well above our weight with more awards per capita than any other region in Australia, whether that’s chef’s hats or wine gold medals. Our regenerative farm at Dairy Flat provides much of what we serve at our Restaurant and sister café at Wombat Hill, while neighbouring producers and farmers embrace the rich soil and pure mineral spring water to also grow and nurture some extraordinary produce that is readily available in local restaurants, providores and farmer’s markets.

Nature & Outdoor Activities

The village itself is surrounded by several thousand hectares of state forest. Walking tracks through the forest alongside rivers, lakes and waterfalls yield frequent encounters with an abundance of Australian animals including wallabies, wombats and koalas.

For those wanting a little more activity in the fresh air there is horse riding, guided walks, golf, fishing, cricket and more.

Wombat Hill House

Walk down the magical tree lined pathways, following the scent of wood fires & the sound of soft music until you spot the carefully renovated caretaker’s cottage. The café sits amongst 10.4 hectares of gardens atop Wombat Hill – the site of an extinct volcano.

If you have heard of Dairy Flat – the new project by the team at Lake House – you may be interested in the slow fermented sourdough baguettes, loaves, rye, croissants, fruit danish and doughnuts that are baked and delivered to Wombat Hill House each morning from Dairy Flat’s on site bake house. Get in quick to secure a selection of the daily bake. Grab a great coffee, gourmet toastie or homemade pie to enjoy in the gardens whilst you’re there.

There are several beautiful areas with limited seating including the main room – decorated with communal tables & open fire. A mural by artist Allan Wolf-Tasker holds centre stage – depicting the wild and magical creatures of the Wombat State Forest.

Visit Wombat Hill House