The Healing Waters and Spa Delights of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges
For relaxation, rejuvenation and a touch of luxury in spectacular natural surrounds, there’s nowhere quite like Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Located in central Victoria, this is a region of undulating lush, green hills, trickling streams and the area’s famed natural springs. Immerse yourself at one of the fine spas in the area, wine and dine or indulge your cultural bent with a visit to one of the many wonderful museums and galleries.
Daylesford is just 90 minutes from Melbourne and is a destination famed for its mineral springs and wonderful food and wine. Relax with a spa treatment at one of the many luxury retreats here. Rejuvenate in the mineral springs and indulge at one of the many fine local restaurants. The Lake House Restaurant & Cellar is just one award-winning favourite. For those looking to picnic in spectacular surrounds, pay a visit to Lavendula Swiss/Italian farm just north of town. There are beautiful gardens, a cluster of Italian-style terracotta farm buildings, and a bevy of farm animals for the children to meet. If you haven’t packed a picnic, the café will refuel your belly with delicious flavours and the freshest of produce straight from the garden.
Hepburn Springs is a charismatic village that was established by Italian migrants during the gold rush years. In town there are abundant cafes, restaurants and produce stores. Drop by the Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Reserve to discover the health-giving properties of the local waters. Then treat your body to its own reward with a visit to Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa which is just one of the several luxury spas in the region.
Kyneton is a historic village and a gourmand paradise. Lined with beautiful heritage architecture, Piper Street is the place to pick up some local produce, relax over a jovial café lunch, or enjoy a long, leisurely dinner at one of the many fine restaurants or the popular Royal George Hotel. Discover the town’s gold rush history at the Kyneton Museum, or relax with a riverside picnic in the lovely botanic gardens. Be sure to fill your flask at the Kyneton mineral springs to taste the famed water for yourself.
Clunes is yet another town with a golden history. It flourished after gold was discovered there in 1851 and is now a picturesque village with beautiful heritage homes and public buildings, antique stores, cafes and galleries. It’s surrounded by lush green hills dotted with wineries and it’s even made the silver screen, as a setting for notable films including Mad Max. Book lovers should be sure to visit in May for the annual Booktown Festival, a literary celebration.
Farmers markets, wineries, cheese makers and of course, the mineral springs, are just some of the attractions of the wonderful region. Add five-star accommodation, superb spas and incredibly beautiful surrounds, and you have a dream holiday in waiting. Book your travel today and come and discover the magical Macedon Ranges!