Daylesford is my absolute favourite country town. Located 115 kilometres North West of Melbourne, it has everything I look for in a weekend escape destination. Quality food, a town pleasingly situated on a hill overlooking a lake, walking tracks, a sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere and a proliferation of mineral spas for when you feel like a good soak. Freshly back from my umpteenth trip to this charming town, I give you an updated list of the best Daylesford has to offer.
Food & drinks: Larder & L1, 57a Vincent Street, Cliffy’s Emporium, 30 Raglan Street, Wombat Hill Cafe, Botanic Gardens, The Farmers Arms, 1 East Street, Belvedere Social, 82 Vincent Street, Boathouse, 2 Leggatt Street, Liena’s Kitchen, 47 Vincent Street, Daylesford Chargrilled Chicken, 70 Vincent Street, Perfect Drop, 5 Howe Street, Galley Diner, 105 Vincent Street, Kazuki’s, 1 Camp Street, The Argus, 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
Best spas: Mineral Spa at Peppers or the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
Walks: take a stroll around the lake and up the steep hill to the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens or book one of the Secret Forest Walks, a GPS tour of the surrounding forest. There is so much nature to see all around Daylesford from the magnificent decidious trees to the striking rosellas and black cockatoos.
Live music: The Radio Springs Hotel in nearby Lyonville has live music Thursday to Sunday with good pub food and friendly service.
Sunday markets and vintage train ride or visit the model railway on Vincent Street North.
Accommodation: DayGet, a local accommodation booking service, manage most of the better accommodation options in Daylesford.
You can read about the history of the Daylesford area here.