31 Awesome Things To Do In Daylesford (2024 Guide)

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By Audrey Chalmers

A street scene in Daylesford, Victoria showcasing pedestrians walking past local shops like 'The Farmer's Wife' under a veranda adorned with hanging fern baskets.

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Some of the best things to do in Daylesford include taking in its Victorian charm, exploring the Central Highlands food scene, and getting into the great outdoors.

This wealthy gold-rush town was founded during the 1850s but remained popular with holidaymakers due to the Hepburn Mineral Springs.

The Daylesford hot spring remains one of the top things to do near Daylesford, the mineral-rich waters are said to revitalise and rejuvenate visitors and improve health.

Many Swiss-Italian migrants settled here during the wealthy gold rush era, giving the town a unique vibe with interesting architecture and a diverse gastronomy.

Ready to discover all the amazing things to do in Daylesford, Victoria? Let’s get to it!

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31 Best Things To Do In Daylesford

Below you’ll find our guide to the best attractions in Daylesford. At the end of the article, we’ve included our top picks for the best places to stay and answer frequently asked questions.

1) Refresh At Daylesford Mineral Springs

Man testing the water at Hepburn Mineral Springs. The water fountain is surrounded by shady trees. Visiting the mineral springs is one of the top things to do in Daylesford.
Andrew testing the mineral springs in Daylesford.

Search for things to do in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs will come pretty high up on the list. As the Spa Centre of Australia, the Daylesford hot springs are well-known as the perfect place to spend a day in total relaxation.

Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

First created in 1865, Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve is Australia’s first mineral reserve.

Here you can sip water straight from the spring. There are many different ones to choose from including Soda, Sulphur, Locarno, Wyuna and Argyle.

There’s also a picnic and barbecue area, kids playground, and the Pavilion Cafe making it one of the top things to do in Daylesford for families.

You can also explore graded walking trails, and visit the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa (see below) to enjoy a dip in the Daylesford hot springs.

Wombat Flat Mineral Springs

Another Daylesford hot spring that you can visit is the Wombat Flat Mineral Spring, located on the shore of Lake Daylesford. The area is quieter with lovely shaded areas, grassy banks for picnics, and lots of curious wildfowl.

The Wombat Flat Daylesford Mineral Springs are just a short 15 minute walk from the town centre.

When it comes to hot springs, Daylesford is widely known for its ‘healing’ mineral water, so make sure to try a sip.

2) Relax On A Daylesford Wine Tour

A smiling group of friends toasting with red wine on a Daylesford Winery Tour, surrounded by the lush vineyards under the golden light of sunset. A winery tour is one of the popular things to do in Daylesford.
You’ll see more than just wineries when you take a Daylesford winery tour.

Daylesford Wine Tours are renowned for their boutique cellar doors, allowing you to try some amazing wines, ciders, and gin.

Get local recommendations and come away with a much better understanding of the Daylesford region.

When you book a Daylesford Wine Tour you can expect to meet the local makers, sample ample tastings, and due to the fact the tours are kept small you don’t need to rush or compete with large crowds.

Experience the best drops the region has to offer with visits to the best Daylesford wineries including Passing Clouds Winery, Red Hare Winery, and Wombat Forest Vineyard.

The comprehensive tour also includes lunch, dinner, and stops at many Daylesford attractions including; Daylesford Lake, the Chocolate Mill Daylesford, the Daylesford Spa Country Railway, and the Mineral Springs.

This winery tour is one of the most popular things to do in Daylesford. So it’s a good idea to book in advance to avoid missing out.

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3) Relax At Daylesford Day Spa

Woman lying on her stomach with a white flower in her hair enjoying a hot oil massage at a day spa. One of the most popular things to do Daylesford.

Located right in the heart of town, the Daylesford Spa offers a range of therapies in four treatment rooms, set within a beautiful historic building.

Choose between Jurlique Facials, Ania Organics body treatments, Body Wraps, Hand and Foot treatments, or an Aromatherapy Spa. Or book in for a hot stone massage to completely de-stress and unwind.

One of the many spas in Daylesford, it’s part of the Victorian wellness region renowned for its mineral water springs.

People have been coming to soak in these waters for generations, and the Day Spa, Daylesford, is one of the best spots to do it.

Daylesford Day Spa

Where: 25 Albert Street, Daylesford 3460

When: Thu: 9 .00 a.m – 6.00 p.m, Fri – Mon: 9.00 a.m – 7.00 p.m

Phone: (03) 5348 2331

4) Spend A Day At Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

Man walking along a dirt path leading to a cottage with a person standing in the open doorway at Lavendulah Farm. The path is shaded by lush green trees and there are lavender bushes beside the path. Visiting the lavender farm is one of the most relaxing things to do in Daylesford Victoria.
So much greenery!

The Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is one of the best Daylesford attractions (and one of my favourites) especially if you’re visiting during the summer months.

The property offers a hint of Europe with architectural styles that can be traced back to Ticino in Switzerland.

The Daylesford lavender farm has over 100 acres of stunning purple fields alongside olive and chestnut groves.

There are also beautiful gardens, and historic buildings, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Daylesford.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their families, a picnic, and even their dogs and explore the enchanting grounds.

For those who prefer dining out, the Lavendula Farm La Trattoria Eatery & Bar serves a variety of treats from lavender scones to lavender champagne. I recommend the lavender-infused gin and tonic – it’s divine!

The lavender farm is at its best during summer, you can see it in full bloom in January but the flowers last well into autumn.

Lavendula Farm’s essential oils are 100% pure and natural, certified organic, and made as environmentally friendly as possible without animal testing.

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

Where: 350 Hepburn – Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat 3461

When: Fri – Tues: 10.30 – 5.00 p.m, Closed Wednesday & Thursday

Entry: Adults: $5.00, Children (school age): $1.00

Phone: (03) 5476 4393

5) Explore The Daylesford Markets

People browsing the stalls under big beautiful trees at the Daylesford Sunday Market.

Whatever time of year you’re visiting, make sure to stop by one of the fantastic Daylesford markets.

The Daylesford Sunday Market is on every weekend, throughout the year, bringing together the finest local produce as well as a selection of antiques, clothing, and local crafts.

We were surprised by the size of this market and the quality of goods sold the first time we visited. It’s now one of our favourite markets in the region.

On the fourth Saturday of the month, the Daylesford Farmers Market offers fresh fruit and veg, and other produce from local farms.

Take home family-recipe chutneys, pick freshly cut flowers, and sample some award-winning wine, spirits, and liquors from the best farm gates and cellar doors in the region.

Daylesford Sunday Market

Where: 18 Raglan Street, Daylesford 3461

When: Every Sunday 8.00 a.m – 3 p.m

Entry: Gold coin donation

Daylesford Farmers Market

Where: Daylesford Primary School, 102 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3461

When: Fourth Saturday of the month 9.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m

6) Visit The Amazing Mill Markets Daylesford

Shopper browsing at the Mill Markets in Daylesford. There is a large wall mural with red velvet drapes at the end of the aisle.
You never know what you might find at the Daylesford Mill Markets.

Visiting The Mill Markets is one of the best things to do in Daylesford when it rains or for a spot of shopping.

Get lost inside the halls, exploring the endless stalls from collectors, hobbyists, and artists.

The huge site can keep shoppers entertained for hours with vintage furniture, antiques, records, and clothing.

Those with a keen eye might find rare books, bargain homewares, and memorabilia to treasure, they don’t call it the Amazing Mill Markets for no reason!

When you need a break from rummaging, the Mill Markets Cafe offers refreshing coffees and cakes.

The Amazing Mill Markets Daylesford

Where: 105 Central Springs Road, Daylesford 3460

When: 7 Days: 10.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m

Phone: (03) 5348 4332

7) Stretch Your Legs On A Daylesford Walking Tour

Walking through Daylesford, Victoria, is like entering a living museum. Discover all of the best things to see in Daylesford with a knowledgeable local guide on a walking tour.

Alice’s Journeys Walking Tours of Daylesford starts inside the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

The walking tour lasts for around 1.5 hours, delving into the untold history of the towns’ people and stories of the past.

The price includes access to many Daylesford attractions, including the Daylesford Museum. Tours cost $29.50 for adults, $25 for students, and $20 for children (free for under 10’s).

Alice’s Journeys

Meet: Daylesford Information Centre, 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460

When: Friday: 1.45 p.m, Saturday: 9.45 a.m

Tickets: Adults: $29.50, Concession: $25.00, Child: $20.00 (Free 10 and under)

Phone: 0455 519 111

8) Visit The Daylesford and District Museum

Room filled with historical artefacts at the Daylesford & District Musem there is a large framed painting of a goldfields campsite on the wall.
I quite liked the painting of the goldfields that’s hanging in the museum.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the town, visit the Daylesford Museum & Historical Society.

Located on the main road in town, the volunteer-run museum features lots of interesting exhibits and artefacts from the town’s gold mining past.

But be aware that the museum is only open on Saturdays between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Daylesford & District Museum & Historical Society

Where: 100 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460

When: Saturday 11.00 a.m – 3.00 p.m or by appointment

Entry: Adults: $5.00 Children: Free

Phone: (03) 5348 1453

9) Book A Treatment At Hepburn Bathhouse And Spa

Feet adorned with colorful flower petals relax in a bath filled with a scattering of pink and purple petals, at the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

No trip to Daylesford is complete without a visit to the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Located just a 6 minute drive away from town in Hepburn, the Hepburn Bathhouse is one of the top day spas Daylesford offers.

Built in the late 1800s, the Hepburn Spa now has two areas, the historic Bathhouse and the more modern ‘Sanctuary’. They incorporate balneotherapy with ancient cultural spa bathing traditions.

The Hepburn Springs Bathhouse offers a steam room, hammam, spa couches, and an outdoor bathing area.

It’s the perfect place to take it down a notch, also as it’s a Daylesford day spa, you will benefit from the mineral-rich waters.

The Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa isn’t just a popular day spa, Daylesford visitors can also choose to stay overnight.

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

Where: Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Daylesford 3460

When: Sun – Thu: 9.00 a.m – 7.00 p.m, Fri – Sat: 9.00 a.m – 9.00 p.m

Cost: Various packages

Phone: (03) 8727 8901

10) Walk Around Lake Daylesford

A paddleboarder on Lake Daylesford surrounded by trees and shrubs. One of the beautiful attractions in Daylesford.

The man-made Lake Daylesford was built in 1929, not that you can tell now – the Daylesford Lake looks like it’s always been here.

Take the Daylesford Lake walk, a flat 45-minute walk around the perimeter of the lake, jump on a stand-up paddleboard, or rent a paddle boat to get out onto the water.

Stop for a picnic by the jetty, or grab a bite to eat at the Boathouse cafe, and enjoy an afternoon relaxing by the lake.

11) Book A Table At The Lake House Daylesford

The Lake House, Daylesford, is a well-known hotel and restaurant right on Lake Daylesford. You will need to book a table in advance to eat here as it’s popular with locals and visitors.

The Lake House Daylesford Restaurant has two ‘Chefs Hats’ from the National Good Food Guide and has won multiple awards for its cellar.

It’s open for lunch from Friday to Monday and is open for dinner 7 days a week. A four-course à la carte menu starts at $210 per person.

The Daylesford Lake House Hotel is also a stunning place to stay, surrounded by gardens and walking trails that lead into the Wombat State Forest.

The Lake House Spa (Daylesford) is another reason to visit, with treatments, mineral soaks & massages.

Lake House Restaurant Daylesford

Where: King Street, Daylesford 3460

When: Dinner: 7 Days, Lunch: Fri – Mon

Book: Click Here

Phone: (03) 5348 3329

12) See Local Art At The Convent Daylesford

View of The Convent Art Gallery and Cafe in Daylesford. There are 3 old buildings including an old convent and a historic two storey house with verandahs  and decorative fretwork. There is a driveway and garden in the foreground.

The Convent, Daylesford, is often described as the ‘most beautiful art gallery in Australia’, so a visit here is a must if you’re in the area.

With views over Daylesford and the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, the Daylesford Convent has a lofty location on top of a hill.

Its name stems from when the private mansion was turned into a girls’ convent and boarding school.

In 1988, the Daylesford Convent Gallery was created, with a cafe, store, and museum all being added since then.

Explore the eight exhibition spaces, featuring local and international artists, grab brunch with a view at the onsite cafe ‘Bad Habits’, or take a stroll around the grounds and admire the beautiful 19th-century architecture.

The Convent Daylesford Gallery

Where: Cnr Hill and Daly Streets, Daylesford 3460

When: Thu – Mon: 10.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m, Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Entry: Adult: $10.00, Concession: $8.00, Child U12: $5.00, Child U5: Free

Phone: (03) 5348 3211

13) Climb Mount Franklin

People walking through a pine plantation at Mt Franklin near Daylesford Victoria.  This is an easy walk if you're looking for outdoor things to do in Daylesford.

Take a walk around the scenic crater of an extinct volcano at Mount Franklin – the mountain was created by a volcanic eruption about 470,000 years ago.

Wander through shaded conifer forest, and take the 45-minute (1.7km) walking track up around the rim of the volcano to a fire lookout at the top of Mt Franklin. From here you can enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding area.

There’s also a small campground where you can stay overnight.

Mount Franklin Reserve

Where: 4 Powells Lane, Mount Franklin 3461

When: Always open

14) Book A Spot At Shakti Massage

For a more relaxing stop, visit the boutique studio nestled in the heart of beautiful Daylesford. Shakti Massage Daylesford is conveniently located opposite the Sunday Market and the Historic Tourist Railway.

Shakti Massage offers all sorts of complementary therapies including their signature “Relax with Remedial Combo Massage”. 

A popular treatment that promises to alleviate tension, tightness and more, with a remedial and effective but gentle approach.

Shakti Massage

Where: 1 Rosella Lane, Daylesford 3460

When: 7 Days 9.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m

Cost: Various packages

Phone: (03) 5348 1629

15) Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth At Daylesford Chocolate Mill

Customer buying some chocolates at the Daylesford Chocolate Mill. The old fashioned timber display cabinet is full of fresh handmade chocolates.

Close to Mt Franklin, the Chocolate Mill is another must-visit on your Daylesford itinerary.

If you have never visited a chocolate factory, Daylesford is the place to start. The chocolate is handmade on-site daily and is free from artificial colours and preservatives.

The environmentally friendly business sells 100% European chocolate made with only the very best quality ingredients, so you know what you are tasting is of the finest quality.

You can also have a hot beverage at the onsite Hot Chocolate Cafe. Visit the Daylesford Chocolate Mill website to find out more.

The Chocolate Mill

Where: 5451 Midland Hwy, Mount Franklin 3461

When: Thu – Tues: 10.00 a.m – 4.45 p.m, Closed Wednesdays

Entry: Free

Phone: (03) 5476 4208

16) Wander Around Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens

Couple sitting on the grass enjoying a picnic surrounded by trees at Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, one of the beautiful attractions in Daylesford.
Enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens.

The lovely Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens were first planted in the 1860s using rare and unusual plants.

Explore the gardens and get stunning views of surrounding landmarks such as Mount Franklin, Mount Kooroocheang, and the Convent Gallery.

The Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens sit on an extinct volcano that can be seen from miles around. It’s a great place to get views of the surrounding area with its very own lookout tower.

The Wombat Hill House is the small head gardener’s house built in 1948, it has recently been converted to a trendy cafe.

The Wombat Hill Cafe offers a simple, seasonal menu with regional produce, including food grown on the Dairy Flat Farm.

Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens

Where: Central Springs Road, Daylesford 3460

When: Always open

Phone: (03) 5348 2306

17) Be Blown Away By Trentham Falls

The cascading Trentham Falls in Victoria Australia. Trentham Falls is one of the beautiful attractions in Daylesford and can easily be seen from its viewing platform.

The Daylesford waterfalls are as much of a reason to visit as the mineral springs, and Trentham Falls is the most impressive of them all.

In fact, it’s the highest single-drop waterfall in Central Victoria.

The Trentham waterfall is at the point where the Coliban River meets a large basalt cliff, resulting in an impressive 32-metre cascade of water surrounded by huge hexagonal columns.

The falls are best seen from the viewing area that overlooks the waterfall and gorge, just a 70-metre walk from the car park, or you can spend the day exploring on the Trentham Falls walk.

The falls are a 20-minute drive east of Daylesford in the small town of Trentham.

Trentham Falls

Where: Trentham Falls Scenic Park, Trentham Falls Road, Trentham 3458

When: Always open

Entry: Free

18) Visit The Easily Accessible Sailors Falls

View of Sailors Falls as it drops into a fern-lined gully. This is one of the easily accessible Daylesford waterfalls.

Another Daylesford waterfall to add to your list, Sailors Falls is the most easily accessed waterfall Daylesford has to offer.

Located close to the roadside, the top lookout is both wheelchair and pram friendly.

Sailors Falls is one of the best waterfalls near Daylesford to visit on a hot day. The lush, fern-lined gully remains cool with a series of small rock pools.

Take the 1.4 kilometre loop to the waterfall and mineral springs from the car park. Those who want to explore further can choose to continue on through Hepburn Regional Park.

Located just a few minutes from Daylesford, there are undercover picnic tables, facilities, and interesting information displays.

Sailors Falls

Where: Ballan – Daylesford Road, Daylesford, 3460

When: Always open

Entry: Free

19) Taste English Cider At Daylesford Cider Co.

At the Daylesford Cider Company you will find craft cider produced from English heritage-listed cider apples.

There are 17 different English heritage varieties that are all Australian Certified Organic – the Daylesford cidery has won many awards and accolades for its authenticity and quality.

Visit the Daylesford Cider Co. English-style tavern cellar door, relax in the charming garden in summer, or cosy up by the fireplace with a mulled cider in winter.

You can enjoy a Daylesford Cider tasting paddle or a bite to eat from the cellar door. Try a wood-fired pizza or homemade apple crumble. Yum!

Daylesford Cider

Where: 155 Dairyflat Road, Musk 3461

When: 7 Days 10.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m

Phone: (03) 5348 2275

20) Grab A Local Ale At Daylesford Brewery

View of Daylesford Brewery outdoor seating area and verandah with green vines.
Enjoying a quiet moment at Daylesford Brewery.

If you’re looking for what to do in Daylesford on a Friday night, look no further than Daylesford Brewing Co.

Known for ‘putting the Ale back in Daylesford’, the Daylesford Brewery is a locally loved taproom and restaurant with infamous lamb ribs.

After being founded in 2015, it has become the place to head out for a beer on the weekend.

Join the locals and grab a beer paddle to sample the different beers on offer including the Pale Ale and Golden Ale varieties.

Daylesford Brewery

Where: 97 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460

When: Fri – Sat: 12.00 p.m – Late, Sun: 11.00 a.m – 7.00 p.m, Mon: 12.00 p.m – Late, Tues: 3.00 p.m – Late, Closed Wednesday & Thursday

Phone: (03) 7037 5015

21) Try Aboriginal Remedies At A Daylesford Distillery

Close to Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens is the Daylesford Distillery. If you are looking for some truly unique gifts, or just want to try some fantastic gins, vodkas, and herbal liquors, a visit to Terra Australis Gin Distillery Daylesford is a must.

The Daylesford gin distillery embraces the ancient wisdom of the Australian Aboriginals.

Founder and master blender Roger McLean has spent years studying herbal lore, enabling him to produce the finest and purest ethanol to blend with Aboriginal medicinal herbs that have been used for thousands of years.

The Terra Australis Distillery & Herbal Lore Liqueurs is located on Railway Crescent, in Daylesford VIC, Australia.

Terra Australis Distillery Herbal Lore Liqueurs

Where: Lot 2 Railway Crescent, Daylesford 3460

When: 7 Days 10.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m

Phone: (03) 5348 1920

22) Discover Unique Objects At Stony Creek Gallery

Stony Creek Gallery verandah with sculptures and old furnishings and a view into the gallery through an open door.

Another way to explore the local culture is by visiting one of the Daylesford art galleries. Stony Creek Gallery is a 400 square metre space that’s full of art from over 200 artists and designers.

You can find original resin paintings by local artist, Michael Parker, inspired by natural elements and the Australian landscape.

The gallery also contains a fantastic range of ceramics, blown glass, timberworks, jewellery, and sculptures by local Australian artists.

Stony Creek Gallery

Where: 10 Stony Creek Road, Daylesford 3460

When: Thu – Mon: 10.30 a.m – 5.00 p.m, Closed Tuesday – Wednesday

Phone: (03) 5348 1884

23) Go Walking In Hepburn Regional Park

Man walking along a track surrounded by beautiful green trees at Hepburn Regional Park in Victoria Australia.

Although we’ve already mentioned Sailors Falls, Hepburn Regional Park has many other waterfalls, spectacular views, and natural springs to discover.

Some of the best Daylesford walks are here too, like the Mineral Springs Loop Walk, the walk from Breakneck Falls to Golden Springs, and the Blowhole.

One of the most popular Daylesford hikes, the 210 kilometre Goldfields Track, runs right through Hepburn Regional Park.

Whether you walk a part of it or choose to do the whole thing by mountain bike, it’s a fantastic way to experience the most scenic parts of the region.

Hepburn Regional Park

Where: Ballan – Daylesford Road, Daylesford 3460

When: Always Open

Entry: Free

24) Hire A Paddle Boat At Jubilee Lake

A couple sitting on a park bench in the shade of a tree on the banks of Lake Jubilee in Daylesford.
Lake Jubilee is much quieter than Lake Daylesford.

For somewhere a bit quieter than Daylesford Lake, Jubilee Lake is a hidden gem where you can also rent canoes and paddle boats or go for a refreshing swim.

Jubilee Lake is also a great spot for birdwatchers. There are plenty of ducks and peacocks roaming around, but those with a set of binoculars may spot some more unusual birdlife.

Lake Jubilee is just a 5 minute drive south of town, it has ample parking, a picnic area, and public facilities.

Jubilee Lake

Where: Jubilee Lake Road, Daylesford 3460

When: Always open

Entry: Free

25) Go All Out On A Daylesford Hot Air Balloon

A vibrant yellow and red striped hot air balloon floats in a clear blue sky, with the sun casting rays and lens flare, suggesting a peaceful summer day high above the clouds.

One of the more luxurious things to do around Daylesford is treating yourself or a loved one to a ride in a hot air balloon.

Daylesford really is a fantastic place for this experience with rolling hills, striking blue waterways & lush green forests.

You can also add a 5-star champagne breakfast after your flight to make the experience even more magical.

The one hour flight includes a champagne breakfast. Check out the Daylesford Hot Air Balloon website for more information.

26) Climb To The Top Of Jacksons Lookout

A large metal platform offers views over the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve and the surrounding Hepburn Regional Park at Jacksons Lookout.

You will need a 4×4 to reach the parking area off Back Hepburn Road, as the road is quite bumpy. But if you can make it here, it’s also an access point to several walks including the 1.3 km track to Hepburn Mineral Springs, and the Goldfields Track. 

Check with the most up to date reviews before you visit, as there have been large trees blocking the views recently.

27) Buy Local Pottery At Clayfire Art Gallery

Display room with a couch and coffee table at Clayfire Gallery in Daylesford

Another Daylesford art gallery to add to your list, Clayfire Art is located on Vincent Street – right in the heart of town.

Clayfire Gallery was founded in 2004 as a gallery for pottery and artisans of the local area, it has since been focusing on launching the careers of emerging local artists.

You can visit the Clayfire Gallery in Daylesford from Wednesday to Monday between the hours of 10:30am and 4:30pm.

Clayfire Gallery

Where: 63 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460

When: Wed – Mon: 10.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m, Closed Tuesdays

Phone: (03) 5348 3733

28) Ride On The Daylesford Spa Country Railway

Historic steam train running on Maldon – Castlemaine route in the goldfields of Victoria, Australia.

You will have probably already heard of the Daylesford Spa Country Railway as it runs together with the Daylesford Sunday Market.

It’s a popular tourist attraction, but many locals love to ride the train too.

It’s a great way to spend time with the little ones as you ride on restored vintage trains through the lush forest between Daylesford, Musk and Bullarto.

Daylesford Spa Country Railway

Where: 16 – 18 Raglan Street, Daylesford 3460

When: Sunday 10.30 a.m, 11.45 a.m, 1.15 p.m, 2.30 p.m

Tickets: Adult: $22.00, Concession/Child: $18.00, Family: $50.00

Phone: (03) 5348 3503

29) Take A Day Trip To Castlemaine

Castlemaine street and hotel on a winter's day. One of the best things to do in Castlemaine is stroll the streets admiring the traditional architecture.

If you’re spending a long time in Daylesford, what to do when you’ve finished exploring the town?

Around a 30-minute drive north of Daylesford is the small city of Castlemaine a hidden gem in the Goldfields region of Victoria.

There are lots of reasons to make the drive like the Castlemaine Artists Market, the Victorian Goldfields Railway, the art museum, the botanical gardens, and the biennial Castlemaine State Festival.

30) Book A Daylesford Horse Riding Trek

For those with a love of equine sports and horse riding, Daylesford has a couple of options to choose from.

Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides operate from a family owned and run farm called Quirindi Stables just a 10 minute drive from Daylesford.

They will carefully match a horse with the rider based on experience and take you out on a two-hour ride through the beautiful countryside.

Another popular option is the Boomerang Ranch located just minutes away from the town centre. Boomerang Ranch horse riding offers a one hour trail ride catering to all horse riding abilities.

31)  Explore The Daylesford Macedon Flower Farm Trail

A woman in a sunhat and casual attire stands facing a vibrant orange flower farm trail, the blossoms basking in the brilliant sunlight with mountains faintly adorning the horizon, a serene scene capturing the beauty of nature walks.

One of the most unique things to do in Daylesford for families is to follow the Flower Farm Trail through Daylesford.

The peak flower season runs from spring right through until autumn, and the trail links sustainable bee-friendly flower farmers in the area.

Teach the kids about the local flora, pick fresh flowers, and learn about nature’s cycles from the people who depend on them to make a living.

Where To Stay In Daylesford

The Dudley Boutique Hotel – Luxury

A tastefully decorated room at The Dudley Boutique Hotel in Daylesford, featuring a cozy queen bed with crisp white linens, accented by vibrant floral pillows, set against a dark teal wall with a sophisticated painting of a suit. A classic black lamp stands on the bedside table, while an orchid in the foreground completes the scene of luxury and comfort.
The Dudley Boutique Hotel is the ultimate in luxury in Daylesford.

The Dudley Boutique Hotel, set amidst beautiful gardens, provides luxury accommodation at its best. There is a choice of Queen, King, and Deluxe King rooms as well Studios with a spa bath.

Complimentary tea and coffee is available all day, and in the afternoon cheese and wine is served in the guest lounge beside the cosy fireplace.

The lavish breakfast is a real highlight here and includes fresh baked bread, muffins, bacon and eggs, as well as the usual Aussie favourites.

This adults-only accommodation is best suited to couples looking for a luxury experience.

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Daylesford Spa Accommodation: Mid-Range

Modern and cozy guest room at Daylesford Spa Accommodation featuring a plush queen-sized bed with accent pillows, a neatly arranged kitchenette, and a comfortable living area with grey sofas and a shaggy rug, all illuminated by warm ambient lighting.
Daylesford Spa Accommodation offers luxury at an affordable price.

Daylesford Spa Accommodation is the perfect blend of contemporary comfort and convenience, located just a 5-minute walk from the town centre.

Each room is stylishly decorated and features a small kitchenette while a relaxing double spa bath adds a touch of luxury to your stay.

Coffee enthusiasts will enjoy the inclusion of a Nespresso coffee machine for their morning caffeine hit. Complimentary Wi-Fi and free parking are also available.

This accommodation is a great choice for travellers looking for comfort and luxury at an affordable price.

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Central Springs Inn – Budget Option

A cozy and well-appointed room at Central Springs Inn in Daylesford, featuring a plush queen-size bed with white linens and a tan comforter, flanked by wooden bedside tables and classic red-shaded lamps. A small desk and chair sit by the curtained window, under a vintage-style painting on the white wall.
Central Springs Inn is ideal for the budget traveller.

The Central Springs Inn is made up of two historic buildings. These include the 1875 Howe’s Provender Store and the 1865 Gentleman’s Guesthouse, which houses the reception, dining area, and conference facilities.

Guests can choose from grand heritage rooms or twin share and spa accommodation in the modern motel building.

Situated just 500 metres from the main thoroughfare, this budget accommodation is equipped with air-conditioning, a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

A satisfying breakfast is served daily in the motel dining room. Free onsite parking is available.

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Daylesford Things To Do Map

You can find all the best things to do in Daylesford listed here on the map below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth going to Daylesford?

Yes, it is worth going to Daylesford, it’s a beautiful spa town with a lot to offer. From great food to wine tasting, scented lavender farms, scenic walks, and rejuvenating day spas, it’s a magical place to visit.

When should I go to Daylesford?

You should go to Daylesford at any time of year. Warm summer days are ideal for al fresco dining and outdoor activities. While the chilly winter weather gives you the chance to cosy up by a roaring fire. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit when the leaves turn and the mornings are crisp and fresh.

What to do on a rainy day in Daylesford?

On a rainy day in Daylesford, explore the town’s amazing art galleries and boutique shops, or unwind in one of the luxurious day spas for which the town is renowned. Take the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of a local café, savouring locally sourced food and drinks, or delve into the area’s history at the Daylesford Museum.

What is the main street in Daylesford called?

The main street of Daylesford is called Vincent Street. This bustling artery is lined with historical buildings like the Daylesford Town Hall, art galleries, the Daylesford Brewery, cafes and restaurants, boutique shops, and the Daylesford Historical Society Museum.

Is Daylesford in the Grampians?

Yes, Daylesford is in the Grampians. Located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Daylesford is in the municipality of Hepburn Shire, part of Victoria’s Grampians Region.

Final Word

Daylesford is a destination that effortlessly combines natural beauty with a rich history and diverse culture.

Whether you’re drawn to the rejuvenating properties of the mineral springs, intrigued by the Victorian charm and architecture, or looking to indulge in the amazing food scene, Daylesford offers a whole host of experiences.

This guide has explored all the best things to do in Daylesford ensuring your visit is as enjoyable as possible.

Have any questions? Ask them below!

By Audrey Chalmers

Audrey grew up in Victoria and travelled the world but she always called Victoria home. She loves nothing more than exploring her home state and sharing it here.