Lakes, waterfalls, pristine bush and Australia's largest concentration of naturally occuring mineral springs combine with a colourful and rich history to offer a myriad of possible experiences for the traveller.

Daylesford, only 80 minutes from Melbourne, is a place of breathtaking scenery. Fertile agricultural land is home to many acclaimed artisan food and wine producers. The village itself is an eclectic mix of cafes, quaint stores and galleries. Nearby villages of 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, the region boasts the largest number of natural mineral water springs in Australia and the largest concentration of holistic therapists in the southern hemisphere. Whatever the latest in natural therapies, it is already here and probably being practiced by the very best.

Rolfing, the Alexander technique, reiki, shiatsu, ear candling, bipolar therapy, chakra realignment, traditional Chinese therapies and acupuncture sit alongside more mainstream sports medicine, massage, chiropractic and physiotherapy.

Shopping & Art

A mecca for generations of artists drawn by the region’s luscious light, locations and seasonal ambience; Daylesford continues to attract many well know contemporary artists and residents. The main street environs of the village offer a plethora of quirky shops, great bookshops, cafes, pubs and art galleries. Keep an eye out for some of our favourite places to shop:

Harry & Me, E Casa, Creswick Woolen Mill, Alpacca Passion, Manteau Noir, Buster McGee, Bromley Gallery, Clayfire Gallery, Found and so many more.

Food & Wine

Food and wine are consuming passions here, and with good reason. A quirk of sunlight, soil and rain means anything in the ground almost grows itself.

There’s an undisguised pride amongst local producers, winemakers and restauranteurs. So expect to wine and dine very well in Daylesford and surrounds. With such a wide range of experiences from farm gates, markets, cellar doors, provodores, country pubs, wine bars to world class fine dining – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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.