A day in Daylesford

Less than two hours from Melbourne, Daylesford is the perfect destination for a day trip.

A day in Daylesford

Less than two hours from Melbourne, Daylesford is the perfect destination for a day trip. Far enough away to escape the hustle of the CBD, the picturesque town is renowned as Melbourne’s favourite place to pamper yourself and unwind. Just down the road is Hepburn Springs, and two spa towns world famous for their 72 health-giving mineral springs and more than 30 spas, wellness retreats and healing centres.

So how should you spend your day? With the keyword here being ‘spend’, it’s possible to make the most of Daylesford regardless of your budget.

Counting coins

If you’re on a tight budget start by having breakfast, lunch or brunch, depending on what time you arrive, at Red Star Café on the main street of Hepburn Springs. Featuring a wall of books, it has the casual, laid back vibe which you would expect in the countryside. Sit outside in the garden and soak up the sun as you enjoy an organic coffee, or even better, a glass of local wine starting at a pleasantly surprising $6. With servings big enough to share, I can highly recommend the calamari salad and chips, which came in at around $20 per head – glass of wine included!


After refuelling, it’s time to unwind. And thankfully in Hepburn Springs visiting a spa doesn’t necessarily mean spending a fortune. Head to the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa where packages start at $32.50 per person, Tuesday and Thursday. As well as access to the Relaxation and Spa pool, Devonshire Tea is included, so indulge your tastebuds with fresh house-baked scones, jam and cream and, of course, your choice of tea or coffee.


End your day by making the most of Macedon Range’s award winning wine region and stocking up at the local Cellarbration’s in Daylesford’s main street. With specials almost too good to be true, don’t be shocked if you’re able to pick up two bottles of pinot noir for $20.


Cash to splash

Enjoy breakfast at the aptly named Breakfast and Beer on the main street of Daylesford. With innovative breakfast options, great coffee and, you guessed it, a wide selection of local and international beers this isn’t your run of the mill café.

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Spend the day wine tasting at Passing Clouds cellar door in nearby Musk. Open seven days a week, it features acclaimed Bendigo reds along with cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wines.

Relax before taking dinner at the celebrated Lake House’s Salus Spa. Just outside Daylesford, the state-of-the-art spa is set in grounds overlooking Lake Daylesford. Surrounded by waterfall fed streams, treat yourself to a massage, facial or spa with prices starting at $95.

Stick around and indulge in dinner at the multi-award-winning Lake House restaurant with produce sourced locally. The seasonal menu offers dinner options from $80 for between two and four courses, a la carte. Featuring Australia’s Wine List of the Year, you won’t leave disappointed.


Just out of Daylesford lies another dinner option, Sault. Set against the backdrop of Wombat State Forest and overlooking its own lake amidst fields of lavender, it also makes the most of local produce. With a seasonally inspired menu of modern Australian dishes, mains start at $35. Food is accompanied by an extensive wine list which showcases Australian and New Zealand labels alongside local wines such as Curly Flat. Having had the privilege of dining here during my visit, I can highly recommend splurging on a dinner at Sault.



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    27th Sep 2014
    I love Daylesford. If you're in the area take a run up the Midland Hwy about 10klms to Mount Franklin. A great place to cool off on a warm day inside the crater for lunch or camp the night. Great walks, some wildlife, beautiful exotic trees in this extinct volcano with some interesting history. I apologise in advance to Melbournians but I reckon the best thing about Melbourne is the many small towns within a short drive.
    27th Sep 2014
    No need to apologise Frank I agree that Melbourne itself although it has many lovely Restaurants some of them can be very pricey to say the least !
    I have been to Hepburn and Daylsford and enjoyed the weekend staying at the Caravan Park in Daylsford and doing all the lovely things that is on offer! there!
    So for anyone that has never been there do try and make this trip as you wont regret it!

    30th Sep 2014
    I haven't stayed at the van park but did drop by and had a wonderful chat with the owners. Great people!!
    29th Sep 2014
    I LIVED in Daylesford, and it was great lots of fresh air not to many the food produce was great/but highly expensive.
    But still nice to visit, OUt of the POllution of Melbourne.
    I was born in melbourne, and sad to say the Pollution from builders, and those that pull older housing down to rebuild town houses, really make it worse. NO wonder i can't breathe in melbourne and want to run away :( TAX the builders they obviously have too much money, and don't care whose lungs they hurt!!
    30th Sep 2014
    buby, do you think the main road should be diverted around Daylesford? Some of the bigger trucks only just make it around the roundabouts.
    30th Sep 2014
    no i don't Frank 1. it would be too hard to do that without demolishing lots of places.
    2. how would they do that frank......do you have any suggestions?
    The roads aren't that narrow there? they been coping for some time now. :)

    27th Dec 2014
    Visited recently nice place enjoyed the markets the only thing that is really affordable for the average person. The prices that you have quoted in you newsletter are not reasonably. This is differently an upmarket place for well to do tourist .

    The surrounding areas are great and well worth a visit but pack a picnics lunch
    and buy your wine from Dan Murphy or similar outlets before you go .

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