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Geocaching in Daylesford

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Published October 10th 2013
Despite the prominence and popularity of the spas in the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs area, we decided to try something different and go on a treasure hunt.

Lake Daylesford
The pristine lake

How? We went geocaching around Lake Daylesford, courtesy of Secret Forest Walks. This entails a handheld GPS device that leads you around the lake to find hidden pink posts, as the GPS has the locations and journey stored. These posts have letters, which eventually need to be rearranged to form a "Mystery Place".

Lake Daylesford
With my handy GPS device

You also have a bit of an activity sheet to fill out along the way. It's almost like being on an excursion at school, yet at the same time it's quite fun and something different if you're not just after a plain walk.

It was also a glorious day, however a tad warm for the adventure (30 degrees). However, this ensured that the lake was in spectacular form, glistening in the sunlight and revealing it's lovely blue colour.

Lake Daylesford
Heading to the springs

Brendan, who runs Secret Forest Walks, met us at a small book shop/cafe by the lake to provide us with instructions. It was quite simple from thereon, and the excitement of a 'treasure hunt' made exploring Daylesford that much better. Towards the end, you reach various springs where you can taste some of the spring's water... It was definitely different to tap/bottled water but I can't say I found it tastier.

We also were able to take our time and merely give Brendan a call when we were close to coming back to the meeting point. We were able to stop by the lake and enjoy some lunch and soak in the Melbourne weather (actually we were probably searching for shade by this time).

Lake Daylesford
Admiring the lake's beauty

I definitely recommend Secret Forest Walks, and if you are up for a hike they have walks that are also GPS guided so I might try that next time.

We didn't end the day there though. On our way back to Melbourne, we stopped by Bacchus Marsh to make the most of the remaining fruit-picking season.

Bacchus Marsh
Can't resist photo opportunities at Naturipe Fruits

We dropped by Naturipe Fruits where we picked our own strawberries and also discovered some apples too.

Both these activities really leave you to enjoy things on your own, thus allowing you to feel quite accomplished by the end of the daytrip.

Naturipe Fruits
Eating all the apples
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Why? To experience a mini treasure hunt around Lake Daylesford
Phone: 0418301281
Where: Daylesford & Bacchus Marsh
Cost: $10 for geocaching, more for walks
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