Approximately 115 kilometers north-west of Melbourne lies Daylesford, a small spa town at the base of the Great Dividing Range. The area, including nearby Hepburn Springs, is famous for its mineral springs, restaurants, galleries and wellness retreats. There is plenty to do in the area, from picnicking by the picturesque Lake Daylesford, wandering the botanic gardens at Wombat Hill, getting pampered at the Hepburn Springs Bathhouse or simply enjoying a glass of wine curled up by an open fire at one of the numerous hotels or bed and breakfasts in the area.
We like to visit in autumn or winter when the leaves have changed and the natural mineral springs soothe away the winter cold.
ELE tip: The area can get busy over holidays and long weekends so book in advance or consider a mid-week escape.
Kazuki’s – impeccible service and stunning food, this Japanese influenced restaurant well deserves the Age Good Food Guide chef’s hat is has been awarded www.kazukis.com.au
Wombat Hill House Cafe – nestled in the botanic gardens there is no better place to sit among the vegetable garden or inside by the roaring fire with a plate full of gorgeous food www.wombathillhouse.com.au/
The Farmer’s Arms – country charm, great food and a pretty beer garden www.thefarmersarms.com.au
Bromley and Co – gallery and retail space of acclaimed artist David Bromley www.bromleyandco.com
Lake Daylesford – Take a wander around the pretty lake or stop for a picnic by the shore
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens – Wander through the gardens and catch some great views across town
Hepburn Bathhouse – soothe away the aches and pains at this historic bathhouse www.hepburnbathhouse.com
Lakehouse – a restaurant, hotel and spa perched on the edge of the lake www.lakehouse.com.au
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