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Destination relaxation: Unwind in Daylesford

Nestled in the Macedon Ranges, Daylesford is one of regional Victoria’s crowning jewels. Famous for being one of Australia’s only spa towns, Daylesford draws in visitors with its mineral springs, luxurious day spas, world class restaurants and boutique cellar doors.

You'll only need a short stay in Daylesford to feel rejuvenated. A weekend there is recommended, but by no means enough. Luckily, Daylesford is only a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne so you can keep this premium holiday destination on repeat.

Your journey to Daylesford sets the scene for your getaway with picture perfect nearby towns putting on a show all year round. Your senses will be in overdrive with fresh air, established forests and heritage gardens guiding your way. Sipping wines and sampling local artisan produce is a must do, and if time is on your side, exploring the backroads is a recommended treat.

To make this magical getaway even more relaxing, we’ve put together our pick of where to go and what to do in Daylesford.

Passing Clouds, 30 Roddas Lane, Musk
In 1974, electrical contractor Graeme Leith and journalist Sue MacKinnon planted their Bendigo vineyard by hand. Four decades later, son Cameron runs Passing Clouds Winery in Musk, a short drive from Daylesford. This gem is well worth a visit, especially for lovers of pinot noir and chardonnay, the wine varieties grown at this picturesque spot. Stay for a charcoal fire-roasted lunch or a premium wine tasting and start your weekend right.

Terra Australis Distillery, 2 Railway Crescent, Daylesford
Award winning Terra Australis Distillery will be sure to tick all boxes for gin and vodka lovers. It’s located in the elegant historic Old Butter Factory on the edge of Daylesford and is also home to Herbal Lore Liqueurs. Treat yourself to their range of tawny, and their herbal liqueurs will please your palate.

Farmers Arms Hotel Daylesford, 1 East Street, Daylesford
Farmers Arms Hotel has the quaint charm of a 165 year pub with the best of local produce on show. Enjoy a casual meal, or sip on drinks made form the region’s finest local brewers and distillers in the beer garden. A group of your friends can enjoy a private, six course meal in the historic Farmers Kitchen. A memorable, one of a kind experience.

Daylesford Sunday Market, 18 Raglan Street Daylesford
For more than 40 years, the Daylesford Sunday Market has been a popular attraction for locals and visitors. The market hosts more than 100 stalls offering local produce from farmers, wine makers, distillers, bakers and more. There’s plenty to do with the kids and it’s pooch friendly.

Lake Daylesford, Leggatt Street, Daylesford
Spending time at Lake Daylesford before heading home is a must. First a gold digging site, and later a Chinese market, Lake Daylesford became a lake in 1927 and has since been a popular recreation spot. Hire a paddleboat, or take a casual walk around the lake, stopping at the jetty to soak up the peaceful beauty. You’ll be spoilt for choice with many premium cafes and restaurants nearby, but if weather permits, take a picnic basket and watch the world go by.

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