Regional Victoria

Guide to Daylesford, Victoria

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 nicely situated on a hill overlooking a lake, walking…

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Lake Daylesford

Daylesford is my absolute favourite Australian country town. It has everything I look for in a weekend escape destination with quality food, interesting independent retail and a variety of activities in which to partake; you…

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Model railway, Daylesford

Barrie’s model railway has been lovingly created over the years by an owner who is willing to share his passion. Dressed in a blue terry towelling hat, he is the very picture of a man…

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Grampains National Park, Victoria

The Grampians Mountain Range comprise a series of five spectacular sandstone ridges running north-to-south in Regional Victoria. Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the area offers a network of walking tracks allowing you to explore cascading…

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Summer in regional Victoria

These images were taken along the road from Ballarat to Mt Abrupt in the southern Grampian mountain range. This year saw bumper crops in regional Victoria due to the additional rain late in the season. It…

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Farmers Arms, Daylesford

The Farmers Arms serves sophisticated country fare in a relaxed pub setting. On the same site since 1857, it is the oldest pub in Daylesford and was built before the town’s Post Office (1858), Telegraph Office (1859) and the Railway…

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Kyneton, Regional Victoria

Kyneton has undergone an amazing transformation over the past decade years. Located 85km north-west of Melbourne, it has become a smart shopping strip and utter foodie heaven. Craft beers and good cooking are on offer at the…

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Larder Daylesford

Larder Daylesford’s causal atmosphere, good coffee and tasty food continues to strike the right note. The interior fit out features the work of local Kyneton designer and sculptor Jason Waterhouse. The ethos here is ‘re-claimed, re-cycled and re-made’ with…

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Phillip & Lea, Trentham

The Victorian town of Trentham is home to one of the most charming garden and cooking implement retail establishments I have ever seen. Beautifully presented, Phillip & Lea is full of well-healed customers choosing from a wide variety of brands including Far Holland oven…

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Creswick Forest

Creswick forest, 18 kilometres north of Ballarat, features a number of short-walk options including a self guided trek through the plantations surrounding the old Creswick Landcare Centre and La Gerches’ original plantings. The trees, planted over one hundred years…

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Lavandula, Hepburn Springs

Lavandula is a sprawling lavender farm located around ten minutes outside Hepburn Springs in regional Victoria. It grows lavender, olives and grapes in a charming rural setting dotted with stone farm buildings, a shop and café. The…

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Bogong mountain ranges, Victoria

Seven hours south of Sydney is Victoria’s spectacular Bogong mountain range. This area provides an activity based holiday with winding mountain roads (Harrietville to Mt Hotham is 45 minutes of perfection), great observation points, some…

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Ballarat, Victoria

Ballarat, 80 minutes North West of Melbourne, is a charming town built on the money of the mid-nineteenth century gold rush. Broad tree lined streets, cultivated gardens, elegant architecture and a well maintained lake make…

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The Argus, Hepburn Springs

The Argus, located in the dining room of the 1930’s Mineral Springs Hotel, is exactly how I imagine my perfect country restaurant to be with locally grown food, a sophisticated fit-out and a talented chef in…

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Middle Park Hotel, Melbourne

Middle Park Hotel is a charming, modernised version of a public bar and hotel located in the a quiet part of town just 0.6km from the waters of Port Philip Bay. The rooms . The rooms are…

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