Things to do around Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

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Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, nestled just over an hour’s drive northwest of Melbourne, offer a serene escape into picturesque countryside landscapes. Known for their natural beauty and therapeutic mineral springs, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are renowned spa destinations.

There are plenty of things to do here. Visitors can indulge in luxurious spa treatments, its therapeutic mineral springs, which have attracted visitors seeking health and wellness for centuries, explore tranquil gardens, and stroll around serene lakeshores. The region also boasts a vibrant arts scene, with galleries showcasing works by local artists. In the Macedon Ranges, visitors can explore historic towns like Kyneton and Woodend, each offering charming streets lined with boutique shops, gourmet eateries, and cosy cafes. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike through lush forests, discover cascading waterfalls, or enjoy scenic drives along winding country roads, all within easy reach of Melbourne’s bustling cityscape.

Moreover, the region’s charming towns and villages exude a welcoming atmosphere, with friendly locals, picturesque streetscapes, and a strong sense of community. Whether visitors are seeking a romantic getaway, a weekend of outdoor adventure, or simply a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges provide the perfect escape.

Wellness & Pampering

  • Attend a pottery class at the Clayfire Gallery in Kyneton, where you can learn to create your own ceramic masterpieces
  • Attend a pottery workshop at the Ballarat Pottery Studio, where you can learn to throw pots on a pottery wheel
  • Attend a yoga retreat at one of the region’s wellness retreats, where you can relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with nature
  • Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa – A historic bathhouse in Hepburn Springs offering mineral spa experiences, massages, and wellness treatments
  • The Mineral Spa – Located at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel in Hepburn Springs, this spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments and wellness packages
  • Salus Spa at Lake House – Nestled within Lake House Daylesford, Salus Spa offers luxurious treatments in a tranquil lakeside setting
  • Endota Spa Daylesford – A serene spa in Daylesford offering a variety of massages, facials, and body treatments using organic products
  • Pebble Spa Co – A boutique day spa in Daylesford offering a range of holistic treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps
  • Bodhi Tree Spa – Located in the heart of Daylesford, Bodhi Tree Spa offers a range of wellness treatments, including massage, acupuncture, and naturopathy
  • Ellenis Day Spa – A luxurious spa retreat in Macedon offering a range of pampering treatments, including massages, facials, and body scrubs
  • The Spa at Mansion Hotel & Spa – Located in Macedon, this spa offers a range of indulgent treatments, including massages, facials, and hydrotherapy experiences
  • Bamboo Day Spa – A tranquil day spa in Woodend offering a range of massage, beauty, and wellness treatments in a serene environment
  • Soma Massage & Wellness – Located in Kyneton, Soma Massage & Wellness offers therapeutic massages and holistic wellness services to promote relaxation and rejuvenation

Explore & Discover

  • Take a leisurely stroll through the stunning Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, where manicured lawns and colorful flower beds await
  • Discover the rich history of the region at the Daylesford Museum, showcasing artifacts and exhibits from the area’s past
  • Explore the mystical Trentham Falls, the highest single-drop waterfall in Victoria, and marvel at its natural beauty
  • Experience the magic of Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, a picturesque lavender farm where you can wander through fields of fragrant blooms
  • Embark on a scenic drive along the Macedon Ranges Wine Trail, stopping at cellar doors to taste the region’s best wines
  • Hike to the summit of Mount Macedon and be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside
  • Visit Hanging Rock, a unique geological formation made famous by Joan Lindsay’s novel “Picnic at Hanging Rock”
  • Explore the Macedon Regional Park, home to scenic walking trails, lush forests, and abundant wildlife
  • Attend a performance at the historic Kyneton Town Hall, where you can enjoy live music, theater, and cultural events
  • Join a guided tour of the historic Kyneton Botanic Gardens, established in 1858 and home to rare and exotic plants
  • Explore the charming town of Woodend, with its heritage buildings, boutique shops, and cosy cafes
  • Explore the picturesque town of Trentham, known for its historic streetscape, boutique shops, and vibrant arts scene
  • Wander through the scenic gardens of The Convent Gallery in Daylesford, where you can admire art exhibitions and sculptures
  • Join a guided bushwalk in the Lerderderg State Park, home to rugged gorges, cascading waterfalls, and ancient rock formations
  • Discover the region’s indigenous history at the Djadjawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung Cultural Centre, where you can learn about traditional customs and storytelling
  • Take a scenic bike ride along the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Trail, stopping to relax and rejuvenate in the healing mineral waters
  • Explore the historic streets of Clunes, a charming gold rush town with well-preserved heritage buildings and antique stores
  • Join a guided tour of the Daylesford Macedon Produce farm, where you can meet local farmers and learn about sustainable agriculture practices
  • Attend a performance at the Daylesford Town Hall, where you can enjoy live music, theater, and community events
  • Join a guided nature walk in the Wombat Forest, home to diverse flora and fauna, including kangaroos, koalas, and native bird species
  • Explore the vibrant arts scene of Daylesford, with galleries showcasing works by local and national artists
  • Attend a workshop at the Fibre Arts Australia Retreat, where you can learn new techniques in textile arts and crafts
  • Join a guided tour of the historic Castlemaine Market Building, built in 1862 and now home to boutique shops and eateries
  • Visit the historic railway station in Castlemaine, where you can learn about the region’s railway history and catch a steam train ride
  • Explore the historic gold mining town of Maldon, with its well-preserved heritage buildings and charming country atmosphere
  • Take a leisurely boat cruise on [Lake Daylesford](https://www.visitvictoria.com/regions/daylesford-macedon-ranges/see-and-do/outdoor-
  • Explore the scenic Macedon Ranges Walking Tracks, which wind through lush forests, past cascading waterfalls, and along picturesque creeks
  • Visit the Hanging Rock Discovery Centre, where you can learn about the geological history and cultural significance of Hanging Rock
  • Take a scenic hot air balloon flight over the Macedon Ranges, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the countryside from above
  • Take a scenic drive along the Avenue of Honour in Ballarat, where you can admire rows of majestic trees planted in honor of Australian soldiers

Good Eats

  • Book well in advance for the Norfolk Island’s legendary Progressive Dinner – great way to meet the locals their homes
  • Attend a cooking demonstration at the Lake House Cooking School, where you can learn to prepare gourmet dishes using local ingredients
  • Visit the historic Glenlyon Estate Winery, where you can enjoy tastings of their premium wines in a beautiful vineyard setting
  • Discover the region’s culinary delights at the Daylesford Farmers Market, where you can purchase fresh produce, gourmet foods, and artisanal products
  • Visit the Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Festival, held annually in November, where you can sample the region’s best wines and gourmet foods
  • Sault Restaurant Daylesford – Offers fine dining with stunning views overlooking a lavender field
  • Lake House Restaurant – A renowned restaurant in Daylesford known for its innovative seasonal menu and beautiful lakeside setting
  • Hogget Kitchen – A farm-to-table restaurant in the Macedon Ranges, focusing on locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce
  • The Convent Gallery Cafe – Located in Daylesford, this cafe offers delicious food in a historic setting within The Convent Gallery
  • Cliffy’s Emporium – A charming cafe in Daylesford serving gourmet breakfast and lunch dishes made from local ingredients
  • Mr Carsisi – A Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in Kyneton offering an array of delicious dishes and a vibrant atmosphere
  • Wombat Hill House Cafe – Located in Daylesford’s Botanic Gardens, this cafe offers a relaxed setting with outdoor seating and panoramic views
  • The Surly Goat – A cozy cafe in Hepburn Springs serving specialty coffee, homemade cakes, and hearty brunch options
  • Monsieur Pierre – A French-inspired bistro in Kyneton known for its rustic ambiance and delicious cuisine
  • Kuzu Izakaya – A Japanese-inspired restaurant in Daylesford offering an extensive menu of sushi, sashimi, and izakaya-style dishes.

Foodies

  • Indulge in a gourmet picnic hamper from Daylesford Deli and head to Lake Daylesford for a scenic lakeside feast
  • Join a cooking class at the iconic Lake House, where you can learn to create delicious dishes using fresh, local ingredients
  • Savor the flavors of the region at the Daylesford Sunday Market, where you can sample artisanal foods, handcrafted goods, and local produce
  • Join a guided wine tour of the Macedon Ranges wine region and sample award-winning cool-climate wines
  • Discover the art of cheese-making at the Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese, where you can taste artisanal cheeses made on-site
  • Sample delicious chocolates and sweet treats at the Chocolate Mill, a popular destination for chocolate lovers
  • Visit the Hanging Rock Winery and enjoy a tasting of their premium wines, paired with stunning views of the surrounding vineyards
  • Sample artisanal spirits at the Animus Distillery in Kyneton, where you can enjoy tastings and learn about the distillation process

Retail Escapes

  • Visit the Creswick Woollen Mills, Australia’s oldest and largest operating woollen mill, and shop for quality wool products and souvenirs
  • L’Atelier in Daylesford – Offering a curated collection of fashion, homewares, and gifts sourced from local and international designers
  • Manteau Noir – A boutique in Daylesford specializing in stylish clothing, accessories, and lifestyle products for men and women
  • Frock Me Out – A fashion-forward boutique in Daylesford offering a range of clothing, jewelry, and accessories for women
  • The Convent Gallery – Located in Daylesford, this gallery showcases a diverse range of artwork, ceramics, and artisanal products from local and regional artists
  • Minimax Daylesford – A homewares store in Daylesford offering a range of stylish and practical kitchenware, gadgets, and accessories
  • Mookah Studio – A lifestyle store in Daylesford offering a curated collection of fashion, homewares, and gifts from independent designers and makers
  • Hope & Co. – A boutique in Kyneton offering a range of clothing, accessories, and lifestyle products for men and women
  • Rustic Simplicity located at 74 Grant Street, Alexandra (Macedon), this boutique offers a range of homewares, gifts, and décor items with a rustic and natural aesthetic
  • Haven & Space – A lifestyle store in Woodend offering a curated selection of homewares, gifts, and accessories for modern living
  • Palm & Pine – A boutique in Trentham offering a range of clothing, accessories, and gifts inspired by nature and coastal living
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