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Published December 28th 2014
Visit the Town of Yesteryear, this year
If you're looking for a great day trip or perhaps a spot to escape to for a couple of days, then read on and start planning! The beauty of this destination is that you don't have to spend hours in the car to get there. Just a 45 minutes drive will see you entering the historic township of Dayboro. We travelled through Samford and along Mt Samson Road to Dayboro but there are other ways to get here, depending on where you begin your trip.
If antiques and collectables are your thing, then your first stop should be the Dayboro Antique Shed on Mt Samson Road, just before you reach the township. Here you'll find all sorts of interesting items, from beautiful china and silver to hurricane lamps and bone handled cutlery. This business is open from Wednesday to Sunday and on public holidays between 10am and 4pm but a phone call to confirm this would be a good idea (3425 2479).
With a bit of clever planning you can arrive in town just in time for lunch at the historic Crown Hotel. Relax with a cool drink and a meal under the weeping fig trees on the verandah and watch the comings and goings of this quaint country town. It's advisable to book if you're planning to visit for a meal on a weekend - phone 3425 1101.
Be sure to pack an esky for this trip as no trip to Dayboro is complete without picking up some snags from the Dayboro Butcher, home of the famous Sausage Man. You're spoilt for choice here, with the butcher selling an amazing range of sausages. A selection of 10 - 12 varieties is sold each day, along with a great range of quality meats. The butcher is open 7 days a week, from 7am - 6pm on weekdays, 7am - 2pm on Saturdays and 8am - 3pm on Sundays.
The volunteers at the Dayboro District Historical Society (found in Dayboro Cottage at 27 Williams Street) will happily supply you with information and maps to ensure your Dayboro discovery is complete. There's such an interesting history in this "Town of Yesteryear" and many historic buildings are still being used to this day. Take the time to call in and speak to the volunteers here as they are an invaluable source of information! Be sure to pick up a copy of the "Historical Town Walk" and "Out and About in the Dayboro and Ocean View Region".
Just next door you'll find Hay Cottage Arts and Crafts where you can browse the handmade art and crafts for sale and maybe pick up a few gifts for future birthdays. On the corner of Williams Street and Mt Mee Road you'll find the Dayboro Art Gallery which is definitely worth a look. A wide variety of art is on display and for sale here with pieces in various mediums including photography, sculpture, oils and water colours. The gallery is open 7 days a week from 10am - 3pm.
Call in to the Dayboro Community Art Gallery and enjoy a leisurely browse
How about a fantastic massage? Ring ahead (0418 725 908) and book a time with Valerie King, of Massage Connections in Williams Street - you won't be disappointed! Nearby, at Smith and Barton you'll find hand-crafted furniture, bespoke pieces and leatherwork. The Dayboro Bakery has shelves of very tempting goodies if you've worked up an appetite or Rendezvous at Dayboro serves great coffee, tea, Devonshire Teas, light meals and sweet treats. They stock an interesting range of books and giftware, another spot to pick up a gift or two!
There's so much more to discover in Dayboro, not least of all a very interesting history. If you think you'd like to do all of this at a more leisurely pace, why not spend a night or two here. Both the Blue Ridge Lavender Farm and Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks offer lovely accommodation that will make your discovery trip even more special. If you can find the time, it's well worth extending your drive up to beautiful Mt Mee - but that's a story for another day! This really is a beautiful part of the world and the countryside is lovely and green right now after recent rain. Check it out for yourself!