Best Things To Do In Daylesford, Australia

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Tucked away somewhere in Australia, this quaint town has ‘romantic weekend getaway’ written all over it. Known as the spa center of Victoria, this town has a lot to offer in terms of what to do when you visit it. Below is a glimpse at some of the best things to do when you get your significant other to join you for a lovely weekend away.

1. Kazuki

How about a combination of the best of food from France and Japan? Well, you can get that at Kazuki Restaurant. Enjoy the best of Japan and France with an ambience set to Japan’s array of paper lanterns and a somewhat comforting image of a huge samurai mural protecting the dining room. You can opt to have up to an eight-course tasting menu and they all come with a fixed price. Considering they use the best, fresh produce Daylesford can offer at different seasons, their menu changes to suit the season. After putting a lot of thought and care when preparing the food, you are guaranteed an experience in your mouth.


Address: 1 Camp St, Daylesford VIC 3460, Australia

Website: Kazuki

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2. Surly Goat

Wishing everyone a safe and happy @chilloutfestival_daylesford weekend! We're open for lunch and dinner today, Saturday and Sunday! #surlygoat #hepburnsprings #visitvictoria

Posted by The Surly Goat on Thursday, 9 March 2017

An origination of Simon Bevanda, a veteran in the hospitality business, and his partner Vanessa Kalamistrakis, this café was taken and made into one of the go-to places to have great food enjoyed with drinks. The place has a bar, fireplace and dining areas that have created an atmosphere that rivals many. Their menu changes frequently but always has very delicious foods.

The Surly Goat

Address: 3 Tenth St, Hepburn Springs VIC 3461, Australia

Website: Surly Goat

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3. Argus Dining Room

Posted by The Argus Dining Room on Thursday, 16 August 2012

Enjoy your food surrounded by great air, thanks to the Argus’s garden setting. They have a fresh garden planted outside and when need arises for some fresh sprigs of vegetables, the chefs just step outside and pluck a few for themselves. Now if that does not impress you enough, then their rare-breed beef and lamb prepared with the same fresh vegetables and herbs will truly have you going back to this restaurant. With a world class chef who has the menu changing according to the season’s produce, you will be able to taste an array of different foods on a menu that will probably not be the same in three months or so.

Argus Dining Room

Address: The Mineral Spa, 124 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs VIC 3461, Australia

Website: Argus Dining Room

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4. Convent Gallery

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Found on the Wombat Hill, this architectural wonder is a 19th-century convent, transformed into an art gallery. With an ever changing exhibition that complements its high ceilings, impressive archways and a breathtakingly sculptured garden, the gallery also has quite the view of the town. Better still, you can enjoy coffee at the café or cocktails at their cocktail bar.

Convent Gallery

Address: 7 Daly St, Daylesford, VIC 3460, Australia

Website: Convent Gallery

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5. Bromley & Co

One of the many gallery branches in Melbourne, it exhibits art from David Bromley and other local artists who specialize in contemporary sculpting, murals and accessories.

Bromley & Co

Address: 93-95 Chapel Street, Windsor, VIC 3181, Australia

Website: Bromley & Co

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6. The Three Lost Children and Monument

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When three children got lost in 1867 and their bodies found about three months later at Musk Creek, Wombat Forest, the whole community who was involved in the search for the children were engulfed in deep grief. Their funeral was attended by over 1,000 people. The Daylesford Historical Society put up a monument in 1967 which marked the 100th anniversary of the three lost children.

The Three Lost Children and Monument

Address: Wheelers Hill Road, Musk, Daylesford, Victoria 3461, Australia

Facebook: The Three Lost Children and Monument

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7. Old Hepburn Hotel

With its outback country feel, this place offers the patrons live music, great pub food, flowing beer and people who have friendly smiles on. Seeing that it is outside of town, they offer free transportation, pick up and drop off from Hepburn town.

Old Hepburn Hotel

Address: 236 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461, Australia

Opening Hours: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Contact: +61 353482207

Website: Old Hepburn Hotel

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8. Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa

Two hours of hot spring

Posted by Bien Ho on Thursday, 24 April 2014

This spa has been around since 1895 and has had its visitors enjoying the benefits of the mineral waters from that area. Strategically placed between Hepburn Springs and Daylesford, they make use of the advantage they hold of getting mineral water right from the source. The spa provides a communal bathing area, relaxation pools, spa couches, aroma stream rooms and a salt therapy pool. It also offers a day spa that gives relaxing and reviving treatments.

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

Address: Mineral Springs Cres, Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461, Australia

Website: Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa

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9. Hepburn Pavilion Café

Posted by Hepburn Pavilion Cafe on Friday, 17 May 2013

If you opt to just go to the Mineral Springs Reserve and enjoy some good powwow with family or friends over coffee, then this is the place for you. Since its inception in 1908, people have been enjoying their meals here, whether they go for a spa treatment or not.

Hepburn Pavilion Café

Address: Mineral Springs Reserve Rd, Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461, Australia

Opening Hours: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Contact: +61 353481900

Website: Hepburn Pavilion Café

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10. Soma Massage

Famous for their treatments that are specified to your needs and that aim to relax you and rid you of any uneasiness, Soma massages’ purposes is to please.

Soma Massage

Address: 1/12 Albert St, Daylesford, VIC 3460, Australia

Website: Soma Massage

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11. Alchemy Therapies

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A 20 minute drive will get you to this spa, which requires you to make an appointment to have a session with one of their specialists. They also go out to see their clients at a place of the client’s convenience. Get ready to have a relaxing and pampering experience with Alchemy Therapies.

Alchemy Therapies

Address: 3 Lakeside Dr, Creswick, VIC 3363, Australia

Website: Alchemy Therapies

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12. Ellender Estate

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Posted by Wild for Beauty on Saturday, 16 May 2015

A winery that capitalizes on making your visit one to remember thanks to their friendly welcoming nature, eagerness to educate on their wines and the estate as a whole. They have a lot to offer including a space for weddings, team building, conferences and wine tastings. They also have food including pizzas and platters with their wine.

Ellender Estates

Address: 260 Green Gully Rd, Glenlyon, VIC 3461, Australia

Website: Ellender Estates

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13. Passing Clouds Winery

Posted by Passing Clouds on Thursday, 23 March 2017

For an all-rounded wine tour experience, visit Passing Clouds Winery. They have a viewing of how their wines get made on top of the usual tasting, dining and tour of the winery.

Passing Clouds Winery

Address: 30 Roddas Ln, Musk, VIC 3461, Australia

Website: Passing Clouds Winery

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14. Daylesford Sunday Market

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Daylesford Sunday Market @ the Station on Saturday, May 8, 2021

This is where everyone who has something to sell and everyone who wants to buy something meet every Sunday. One can get everything here, from street food to car parts; the Daylesford Sunday Market is the place to get whatever you need, as long as there is someone selling it.

Daylesford Sunday Market

Address: 18 Raglan St, Daylesford, VIC 3460, Australia

Opening Hours: Sunday 8:00am–3:00pm

Duration: around 6 hours required.

Contact: +61 476527999

Website: Daylesford Sunday Market

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15. The Mill Market

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Our Daylesford is literally packed to ceiling with suitcases. This great shot was taken by @kelly_golding_

Posted by The Mill Markets on Monday, April 19, 2021

Now, this market is where you are bound to collect hidden treasures. This market is Australia’s biggest one yet and it specializes in collectables and vintage products. They have furniture, vintage clothes, books, fine china, records, glassware, and jewelry, anything you can think of, you will find it at this market. It is famously known for its vintage collections, which go as far back as 1850.

The Mill Market

Address: 105 Central Springs Rd, Daylesford, VIC 3460, Australia

Website: The Mill Market

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16. Brick Lane Bazaar

Where ever I am I will always hunt down the vintage store @thebricklane #visitvictoria #daytrip #daylesford #vintage #vintageshopping

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The Brick Lane Bazaar is whereby people who have stalls in the market, are ardent second-hand business people who take their time to look for, clean, repair and sell the different items they get that is of value. They have items ranging from antiques, art deco, vintage clothes and so many other things that might be considered as collectables.

Brick Lane Bazaar

Address: 34 Vincent St, Daylesford, VIC 3460, Australia

Website: Brick Lane Bazaar

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17. ChillOut Festival

This is a festival that was started for the gay and lesbian pride festival held in Daylesford. It was created to engage, celebrate, advocate for, connect and ensure the future education and development of the LGBTI community as a whole in Daylesford.

ChillOut Festival

Address: 86 Vincent St, Daylesford, VIC 3460, Australia

Website: ChillOut Festival

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Romantic weekend getaway

Daylesford is that place you want to take your significant other away for a nice romantic time. With its many hot water springs and spas, it is a given that you will enjoy every minute there discovering the restaurants, its food, the little shops selling vintage things, the art galleries exhibiting and selling one of a kind art and so much more. So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and spend a weekend at Daylesford.

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