A humble oasis of calm and natural goodness, Daylesford with its fields of lavender, mineral springs, charming boutique cottages and romantic rural landscapes, is a sanctuary from the every day. With local produce and chefs hailing from near and far, Daylesford delights just as much on the foodie front as it does with day spas – this rejuvenating countryside retreat has wellbeing at its very core.
Along the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, and just over an hour out from Melbourne, Daylesford is a place where time slows down and wholesome gardens shine bright. From fertile farms and rugged bushland to a picture-perfect town that has a healthy dose of good old fashioned country hospitality, Daylesford sure knows how to charm.
One of the town’s biggest pulls is the day spas and wellness retreats, which have sprung up around the natural mineral springs. Then there is a delectable foodie scene, which is rapidly growing as more and more cafés, eateries and fine-dining institutions take advantage of the fresh farm produce that the area is renowned for. Renowned restaurants and chefs have been forging their own paths and wineries are peppered throughout the region.
Vincent Street not only tantalises the taste buds, but galleries, antique dealers and boutiques fill the quaint storefronts including Paradise Bookshop, which is a rambling maze of fourteen rooms full of new and second-hand books. The Amazing Mill Markets sell everything vintage and antique, and the Sunday Market is a treasure trove for collectors. What’s more, Daylesford’s zest for life comes through in its events calendar, especially during the ChillOut Festival, Australia’s number one queer country pride festival.
The town itself is charming with its leafy streets, botanic gardens, a stunning lake and beautifully maintained historic buildings. The surrounding landscape of lush farmland, lavender fields and forests that are home to rare wildlife is what gives Daylesford a fairytale-like feel.