A chilly Tuesday in Melbourne called for a trip to the country side.Ttaking the scenic route to Daylesford we drove through Woodend then along the Tylden Woodend road. We stopped to buy some fresh produce from local farmers along the way.
Arriving into Daylesford we visited the Botanical Gardens and wandered through the fernery, the gardens particularly beautiful on a wintry June day.
Following on to Vincent St, a stopover at The Food Gallery for a coffee and some warmth. The lovely waitress was friendly and made a delicious cappuccino. From here we walked to and around Lake Daylesford which takes about 30 minutes. Wildlife aplenty, this is a wonderful spot for young families or a romantic picnic location.
My favourite cafe in Daylesford is Cafe Koukla at Frangos & Frangos. I absolutely couldn't miss the opportunity to have lunch here. The wood fired pizzas are to die for rivalling that of 400 Gradi. They are fresh and simple with great flavour combinations. The bohemian Brunswick atmosphere draws me back every time. It is warm and cosy, complimented by great staff who are friendly and very knowledgable on the food and beverage menu.
A massage at the Endota spa was a necessity before the drive back to Melbourne.
There are many beautiful places to stay in Daylesford if you were looking to prolong your day trip into a romantic weekend away.