Whether you’d like to celebrate a special occasion with friends, indulge in a few days of pampering, take the family away for holidays or sneak away with your partner, you will not be disappointed. The Daylesford/Hepburn region offers you several annual festivals, the ever-changing colours in the Botanic Gardens, bush walks, spa and massage treatments, chocolate outlets, a lavender farm, golf, fishing, swimming, mineral spring walks, mini golf, a maze house, two nurseries and a large array of restaurants and cafes … and we’ve barely scratched the surface!
The Hepburn Shire website for visitors: has information about walks; where to eat, what to do
Where to eat Locally
Follow your appetite to a region that takes good food, very seriously. The Daylesford-Hepburn Region is a food lovers heaven and most chefs prefer to buy their produce locally, ensuring the freshest of ingredients are used. Locals and visitors are spoilt for dining options, with 50+ places to choose from. Everything from fine dining at the Lake House, Australia’s most lauded regional restaurant to gourmet cafes, family friendly restaurants, clubs and bakeries.
There are a multitude of galleries and small studios both within and just outside Daylesford township. Several include Stoney Creek, Overwrought, Michael Parker, Bromley, and of course, the most well-known is Convent Gallery. These galleries display pottery, artwork, sculptures, contemporary metalwork, glassblowing and other artisan creations.
You’ll find a large array to choose from at the Daylesford market, every Sunday from 9am-1pm, located next to the railway station. The Farmers Market is held at the Daylesford Primary School on the 1st Saturday in the month and often attracts small local wine and cider makers, as well as cheese and produce farmers… perfect for purchasing food with the idea of a picnic later. There are regional markets scattered in Glenlyon, Trentham, Castlemaine, Woodend and Kyneton; with the furthest afield being Talbot. The Local Daylesford Magazine or Tourist Office will advise you as to which day a particular market is on.
Daylesford Visitors Information Centre can provide a Tasty Little Touring Map to guide you around the local cideries and vineyards. We can highly recommend Daylesford Cidery, Captains Creek Organic Wines, Passing Clouds Winery and Glenlyon Estate… just to name a few.
Daylesford boasts an extraordinary amount of award-winning wines, ciders, liqueurs and spirits, so why not take the chance to sample a variety, without the worry of driving from one place to another. Let Clay from Daylesford Wine Tours take you on one of several boutique cellar door experiences.