Things To Do in
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs
The Hepburn Springs and Daylesford region dedicates itself to offering experiences that soothe, relax and rejuvenate. Here are our "Top 10" experiences to try during your stay at Hepburn at Hepburn.
Mineral Springs: Since 1895, people have been visiting Hepburn Springs and Daylesford for the healing properties of its mineral-rich waters. There are more than 60 natural mineral springs in the area. Walk through the bushland surronding the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa (just 5min walk from the villas) to discover mineral springs beside the pathways. Find more natural springs on your walk around the Daylesford lake.
Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa: Unique to Heprburn Springs is the original is Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa (www.hepburnbathhouse.com), just across the road from Hepburn at Hepburn. The Bathhouse & Spa is newly renovated and visitors are now spoiled for choice with several indoor heated pools, spas and a 30-room day spa offering treatments such as private mineral baths, water therapies, massages, facials and body treatments.
Retaurants & Wineries: Once you have nourished your body, it is time to nourish your tastebuds. Spa Country is also known for its fine restaurants, which use fresh local produce, and wineries. Try Daylesford's renowned Frangos & Frangos, the Farmers Arms Hotel, Mercato or multi-award-winning Lake House Restaurant, or venture further afield to Sailors Falls' Sault Restaurant. Nearby wineries specialising in cool and cold-climate wines include Kyneton Ridge Estate, the Italian farm at Tooborac's McIvor Estate, and Captain's Creek Organic Wines at Blampied.
Organic Farms: If you want to buy local produce close to the source, try Tuki Trout Farm, Lavandula Swiss/Italian Farm, Daylesford provedores Country Cuisine and Daylesford Organics, Trentham's Kyldara Park Heritage Herb Farm and fresh honey from Des and Debi O'Tooles Honey right in Daylesford. And don't miss Daylesford's chocolate haven, Sweet Decadence at Locantro.
Experience Unique Shopping and Galleries: One of the 'must do' things to do in Daylesford is to browse the shops! It is a delight as there are so many unique shops with beautiful, quirky, adorable products to indulge yourself. Find treasures ranging from antiques and secondhand books to stunning art and home decor. Visit the magnificent Convent Gallery for local arts and crafts and a spectacular view from the tower.
Outdoor Activities: If getting a little more active is part of your getaway, there are several options. Spot the kangaroo at Hepburn Springs Golf Club; explore the region on foot, bicycle or horse; hire a boat to row on picturesque Lake Daylesford; or climb famous dormant volcano Hanging Rock.
Fun Things for Children To Do: There are many activites for kids and families like picnics, pedal boating on Daylesford Lake, going to the markets, adventure things like bushwalking & fishing.
Majestic Historic Buildings: If you are interested in historic buildings you will love admiring the architecture that is everywhere in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. When you are walking and driving around the streets and towns take notice of the beautiful old buildings of all shapes and sizes in Daylesford and many other towns in the surrounding areas. Many of the buildings in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs were built with wealth from the gold rush in the mid 1800s. Some of the buildings were built by the Swiss-Italian immigrants that came here to find gold and succeeded.
Markets, Festivals and Shows: Markets, festivals and shows are always favourite things to do in any town. Daylesford and the local area has regular markets including a farmers market and the weekly Sunday market, annual festivals that celebrate the local history, lifestyles and seasons. There are also popular monthly and annual shows.
Fishing Locations in the Local Area: There are many lakes, creeks and reservoirs in the Daylesford area and nearby towns like Creswick, Clunes, Newstead, Castlemaine and Mamsbury that you can go fishing at and catch that 'big' fish. Brown and rainbow trout and redfin are the main fish caught along a variety of others.