If youíve spent enough time in galleries and movie theatres, it might be time to look beyond the city. A relaxing weekend in Daylesford can be a welcome change of scenery and is a little over an hourís drive from Melbourne.
Accommodation can range from cosy self-contained cottages to comfortable guest retreats . Thereís an extensive list of accommodation on the Daylesford website for all budgets and tastes. Itís a good idea to book at least a few weeks in advance to avoid disappointment or even consider staying during a weekday for discounted prices.
Daylesford and the nearby Hepburn Springs is known as Ďspa countryí and for very good reason. The area has become well known for its therapeutic mineral waters and health spas where you can pamper and indulge yourself. From facials to massage, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs is home to some of the best natural therapists and masseurs in Australia. A list of some of the spas can be found here.
For shoppers, there are some unique markets, stores and bookstores to visit. Some of the best places can be found along the main road. Check out the Mill Markets for an amazing range of collectibles and vintage clothing spanning an entire warehouse. The Daylesford Sunday market also runs from 8am to 4pm where you can everything from find local produce to secondhand books.
Part of being in the country means going out and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. A walk around Lake Daylesford is a great way to see some of the scenery. You can even try horse riding at Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides and plan a ride best suited to your abilities.
With so much on offer, you might find one weekend isnít enough.