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Food & Wine


Farmers’ Markets


Festivals and Events


The region’s art


Shopping & Retail


Spa & Wellness


Great Outdoors


Sunbury & Surrounds


Gisborne to Lancefield, Woodend to Mt Macedon


Malmsbury to Kyneton & so much more


Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Trentham & other delights


Creswick, Clunes & the area beyond


Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood & surrounds


Visitor Information

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Take some quality time out of your busy life and make sure to visit this exceptional region. Here you will discover the quirky, the interesting, and the unique experiences only found in our part of the world. The road ahead – where your incredible journey begins – will wind you through historic villages, artist communities and spectacular forests that open across sweeping hills. Drink-in the sparkling mineral water gifted from the land and set-off on a picnic, packed with local produce and wine, to the famous Hanging Rock with a llama or two; or you may like to get practical, even hands-on, and craft a chair, or a wooden spoon. These are just a few of the many original encounters you will find and

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explore further in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. Travel down unfamiliar roads and explore a brave new world. Less than an hour by car from Melbourne’s CBD, Melbourne Airport or short train journey from Southern Cross, you’ll soon be opening the window and touching the leaves of the trees nestled in the spectacular bush setting. Reignite your imagination – Daylesford and Macedon Ranges – a region that spells ‘discovery’.

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Food & Wine

Life is really about food and wine and our region has a bountiful collection of tasty morsels, rare breeds, full-bodied wines, award winning produce and more. Explore farm gates, farmers’ markets, cellar doors, meet farmers, vignerons and restaurateurs who are dedicated to growing, producing and serving the very best that the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region has to offer.


The chocolate brown, metre deep topsoil that surrounds our old volcanoes grows some of the best potatoes on the planet and lambs so plump they almost roll around the paddocks. The historic villages in the region are home to some of the best restaurants in the State from fine dining establishments to family friendly cafes and wineries. This superbly fertile farmland gives way to the granite country of the ranges, where massive boulders are strewn like giants’ marbles. This hard but beautiful country makes the grapevines concentrate their aroma into fewer intensely flavoured grapes, hence our award winning cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and 6 | VISITOR GUIDE

sparkling Blanc de Noir. We don’t have big businesses dominating our wine industry, just families making wine in old woolsheds, 18th century bluestone buildings and brand spanking new architect designed cellar doors. With such great produce it is no wonder that some of the nation’s best artisan bakers, cheesemakers, charcutiers and even boutique vegetable growers have planted roots and opened their doors across Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. Pack a picnic rug, bring a few glasses and come and spend some time with us exploring the glorious countryside and making a few new friends.

Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition featured many of our local wineries – here are James’ best wineries of the Macedon Ranges and Sunbury region.

Granite Hills Achieved 5 star ‘Exceptional’ status for wines rated between 94 – 96 out of a possible 100.

Bindi Wine Growers Achieved 5 star ‘Exceptional’ rating – rated 95 and above out of a possible 100.

Hanging Rock Winery Lane’s End Vineyard, Passing Clouds and Silent Way Achieved a 5 star ‘Outstanding’ status for wines rated between 94 – 96 out of a possible 100.

Curly Flat Achieved 5 star ‘Exceptional’ status for wines rated between 94 and 96 out of a possible 100.

Craiglee and Galli Estate Achieved 5 star ‘Exceptional” status for wines between 94 – 95 out of a possible 100.

Age Good Food Guide 2016 Awards

Wine Tours

Lake House

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Daylesford Winery Tours


RedBeard is famous for its organic, sourdough bread, baked in a huge wood-fired,19th century masonry ‘scotch’ oven. Watch the artisan bakers at work. Enjoy delicious, contemporary Australian café food with excellent coffee, local wines, beers and ciders. Take home a loaf fresh out of the oven. RedBeard Historic Bakery is a year-round destination, open Friday to Monday, including most public holidays, with a warm interior for winter and shady courtyard for summer. RedBeard is fully licensed, with a menu featuring local organic produce in season.

RedBeard is committed to supporting small local farmers and producers. RedBeard is proud to be part of the growing Fair Food movement in Australia, working to create a sustainable, fair and resilient agricultural sector for our future. Few bakeries in Australia create handmade, organic, sourdough bread. Even fewer use a 140-year-old scotch oven. RedBeard’s simple doughs of organic flours, salt and water are handshaped using traditional techniques, and transformed by the alchemy of natural wild fermentation and wood fired baking into a range of loaves of outstanding colour, texture and flavour.

“The best bakery in the world. This is all about heart, passion and a love for making great bread.” George Calombaris MasterChef

Extend your experience by taking a fascinating, behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the historic bakery. Large groups must book ahead. Sunday workshops - where you can mix, shape and bake your own sourdough. Home baking equipment is available to purchase. Midweek workshops for groups larger than four. Bookings are essential. Regular Sunday sourdough baking workshops or special weekday group baking workshops - contact Trentham Neighbourhood Centre: 03 5424 1354

Group inquiries for weekday tours contact John Reid Bakery/café telephone 03 5424 1002 We can take cafe table bookings for weekdays but not for weekends. Tel 0400 101 596 or 03 5424 1107 38A High Street Trentham Victoria

Opposite Trentham’s town square, follow the laneway off High St to the red ‘Bakery’ bollards.

Fresh is best

Visiting the local farmers’ market has become the cornerstone of a foodie’s weekend and generally a far more interactive and entertaining way to purchase your weekly provisions. Have a coffee and sample before you buy. Our farmers’ markets connect communities and give visitors a chance to shop as a local. Buy directly from the people who grow and make their produce; taste some of the regional specialities or talk to the growers and producers–if you’re looking for authentic, handmade and regional, or are just after a bargain then we certainly have a market for you.

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Ballan Farmers’ Market 96 Inglis Street, Ballan 2nd Saturday each month 9am–1pm Creswick Market Victoria Street, Creswick 3rd Saturday each month 9am–1pm Clunes Farmers' Market Collins Place, Clunes 2nd Sunday each month 9am–2pm

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Daylesford Farmers’ Market Vincent Street, Daylesford 1st Saturday each month 9am–1pm

Lancefield Farmers’ Market High Street, Lancefield 4th Saturday each month 8am–1pm

Trentham Farmers’ Market High Street, Trentham 3rd Saturday each month 9am–1pm

Eynesbury Farmers’ Market 487 Eynesbury Road, Eynesbury Every Sunday 9.30–2pm

Riddells Creek Farmers’ Market Main Road, Riddells Creek 3rd Saturday each month 9am–1pm

Woodend Farmers’ Market High Street, Woodend 1st Saturday each month 9am–1pm

Kyneton Farmers’ Market Piper Street, Kyneton 2nd Saturday each month 8am–1pm

Tallarook Farmers’ Market 1st Sunday each month 8.30am–1pm

For more information visit

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Who doesn’t love a great festival? Arts, culture, food, wine and music - this region has an abundance of ingredients for a fabulous calendar of festivals and events all year round, rich in diversity and full of passion. Our festivals and events provide experiences to be relished and enjoyed with families and friends. Radio Springs, Lyonville 12 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

Discover the magic of international concerts at Hanging Rock, or a love of books at Clunes Booktown. Be part of ChillOut, Australia’s biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event. Find inspiration, craftsmanship, skill and passion at the Lost Trades Fair or enjoy stunning program of concerts, exhibitions and more at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Tag us #wellbeingregion

And if you’re after something a little quirky, there’s the Trentham Spudfest, celebrating all things potato; or perhaps the iconic Australia Day Hanging Rock Races is more your style. Whatever the season and whatever your interest, this is a region with a reputation that delivers.

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Events Calendar 2016 For more information visit –



New Year’s Day Hanging Rock Races

Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Australia Day Hanging Rock Races Lavandula’s Harvest Festival

February Hanging Rock Annual Picnic & Vintage Car Display

August Words in Winter

September Kyneton Antique & Vintage Fair

Picnic at Hanging Rock Film Night

Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival

Seymour Alternative Farming Expo

Mt Macedon Garden Lovers’ Fair

Taste of Kyneton



Legendary Wine & Food Festival

Feast of March Moorabool

Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festa


Garden of St Erth Spring Festival

Lost Trades Fair

Kyneton Music Festival

Garden of St Erth Autumn Festival


Bacchus Marsh Harvest Festival

Viva la Dulce Sweet Wine & Food Festival

SunFest Glenlyon Food and Wine Fayre

April GREAT Macedon Ranges Grand Tour Artanica Andersons Mill Festival Regional Producers’ Day Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Week Festival


November DMR Open Studios Kyneton Cup Macedon Ranges Wine & Food Festival Strawberries & Cherries Festival The Malmsbury Village Fayre Koorie Night Market

December Daylesford Highland Gathering

Clunes Booktown Festival Trentham Spudfest

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Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Woodend Winter Arts Festival

ChillOut Lost Trades

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The Convent Daylesford Open 10am-4pm Daily 7 Daly Street, Daylesford 3460 t 03 5348 3211 e

Daylesford’s award-winning art gallery, restaurant and function centre.

Gallery Cafe Museum Cocktail Lounge Bar Retail Chapel Six acres of gardens

It’s all about art "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." Thomas Merton

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Enjoy the pleasure of a mini break and discovering art around every corner during a spontaneous trip to Daylesford and Macedon Ranges. A truly distinctive region where Victoria’s largest number of creative businesses (per capita) are thriving. Painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers and artisans, you name it, are continually drawing inspiration from the world around them – and you will too. Step into the art zone by visiting the many independent galleries and artist-run spaces and soon you’ll be chatting to the makers and getting the inside story on the local burgeoning arts scene. Challenge your inner creative self by taking one of the many workshops, or classes throughout the area and guaranteed you won’t feel like just an observer, you will instantly feel part of the thriving artistic zone. Go on, make something you never have before. Try your hand at chair or bucket-making at Rundell & Rundell; hat making at The Dressing Table, or book in for an ‘art of food and wine’ class at the Lake House, or with Annie Smithers in her home in Malmsbury, or the Piper Street Food Company, you will feel completely satisfied from learning something completely new.

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Suggested Artlights to explore Bromley & Co – Daylesford The Convent Gallery – Daylesford Stockroom – Kyneton Macedon Art Trail DMR Open Studios MAD Gallery, Lancefield

How about that? The Stokes Museum, located in the heart of Mt Macedon’s wonderful Forest Glade Gardens, houses one of the finest private art collections of 18th and 19th century decorative art (porcelain, marble and bronze) in the Southern Hemisphere. Pieces created by Flynn Silver’s Designs can be found in Buckingham Palace, the White House, the Vatican and in the offices of an esteemed corporate clientele, including Ferrari, Qantas, BHP Billiton and ANZ. They have also graced international events including both the Commonwealth Games and the Formula One World Championships. They’re found in Kyneton. True! Find a Rembrandt, a Rodin and a Warhol at the Duneira Historic Homestead, Mount Macedon Built in 1889 in Riddells Creek, Dromkeen was once the country estate of Judge Arthur Chomley and later became home to the world famous Dromkeen Picture Book Art Collection. For more information

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Time to go shopping

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Do you, your home or garden need a make-over? We challenge you to visit Daylesford and Macedon Ranges and not find what you are looking for. Lovers of all things fine are drawn to this part of Victoria to explore the many stalls, bazaars and emporiums looking for quality, unique, luxurious, handcrafted, limited edition all that is new and shiny. For that ‘wow’ factor, you will find normally hard to source, stylish items like tartan carpets, highland cattle rugs, original lead lights and even antique milliners’ blocks. Visitors to your home won’t believe their eyes! Any living or dining area will benefit from a visit to the variety of local retail shops where you will fall in love with locally-made exquisite ceramics, pottery and glassware on show. Simply gorgeous! Or maybe your garden is looking or smelling very ordinary? If that’s the case, cruise to the selection of nurseries selling exotic, rare and definitely not-your-average plants. For those true foodies that view cooking and gardening as a true marriage, go on take the plunge, meet the growers and makers of the delicious local produce and quality food items. Tag us #wellbeingregion

Vintage will always be in! Where can you peruse all things Vintage at once? At a true superstar of the region of course– Mill Markets– selling vintage clothes, furniture, memorabilia, antiques and collectables. Or how about Marnie at Epoch Co. who tracks down beautiful vintage and industrial wares in regional Victoria? Look online, but keep true to the old school way and visit the owner at her quirky historic post office studio in Riddells Creek, by appointment.

Create your own grand design Let some of our region’s most inspiring designers help you on your journey of discovery. Macedon Ranges Interiors, Kyneton Mollisons, Kyneton Kim Clifford Interiors, Daylesford Argyle & Mason Homewares, Daylesford Manteau Noir, Daylesford The Persian Room, Kyneton

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“There’s a sense of peace here that slows time, relaxes shoulders and makes re-entering the real world something of a wrench.” - Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide

Tatler’s 101 Best Hotels in the World Two Chefs Hats The Australian Wine List Hall of Fame Australia’s Top 50 Hotels Australasia’s Best Spa Experience Australia’s Best Regional Property Australia’s Best Food & Wine Experience

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The road to wellness A land fed by natural mineral water is a very special land. It’s called mineral water for a reason. Sourced from nature, the abundance of mineral springs in this region possess naturally occurring essential minerals that have been lauded for their health benefits for centuries. There are more than 140 natural mineral springs in Central Victoria, and most of these are located in the area surrounding Kyneton, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, making this the largest concentration of natural mineral springs in Australia. Many of these springs are to be found on public land where the water can be tasted and pumped directly from the ground. This abundance of natural mineral water is why this has long been regarded as a special place of healing, making it the perfect destination for experiences that relax the mind, soothe the body and nurture the soul. The region is a haven for health and wellbeing, where you can indulge in more than 200 types of wellness therapies and treatments. Follow the signs for massages and spa treatments, as well as more alternative therapies – reiki, shiatsu, Bowen therapy, reflexology to name a few.

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Or perhaps you’re looking for yoga, meditation, tai chi, or maybe some direction from a tarot card or astrology reading, or even burlesque. This area caters for all interests, boasting the highest concentration of massage therapists in the Southern Hemisphere.

Seek these out DAYLESFORD DAY SPA 25 Albert Street, Daylesford EKO SKIN CARE SPA 1 Camp Street, Daylesford ENDOTA DAYLESFORD Cnr Vincent Street & Central Springs Road, Daylesford HEPBURN BATHHOUSE & SPA Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs MINERAL SPA AT PEPPERS MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs SALUS SPA AT LAKE HOUSE 4 King Street, Daylesford SHIZUKA RYOKAN 7 Lakeside Drive, Hepburn Springs MAIAVEDA HOLISTIC DAY SPA 18 Piper Street, Kyneton ELLENIS SPA 48 High Street, Kyneton PEPPERMINT SPRINGS RETREAT & DAY SPA 614 Daylesford Trentham Road, Musk Tag us #wellbeingregion

Tasting the waters for yourself at: Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve features a number different tasting springs including Soda Spring, Locarno Spring, Sulphur Spring, Wyuna Spring and Argyle Spring. (Mineral Springs Crescent, Hepburn Springs) Kyneton Mineral Springs Reserve-Burton Avenue, Kyneton Wombat Flat Mineral Spring-Lake Daylesford, access via King Street Glenlyon Mineral Springs Reserve-Malmsbury-Daylesford Road, Glenlyon Central Springs Reserve-Lake Daylesford, access via Fulcher Street

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From the rolling hills of Yandoit, to the mountainous areas of Macedon Ranges, this is a land shaped by a volcanic history that has given us Hanging Rock, Mt Franklin, Lerderderg Gorge, volcanic plains and flowing mineral springs that run deep. Explore the region and challenge yourself in the great outdoors, whether it’s walking, hiking, fishing, golfing, horse riding, mountain biking or just sitting and enjoying the surrounds of one of our lush forests or pristine lakes or glorious gardens. FISHING

Known for boasting the largest concentration of natural springs in Australia, this tranquil region is also a sanctuary for anglers seeking a place with plenty of fish and beautiful natural surrounds. The Lederderg River located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne is carved into a gorge through sandstone and slate. Enclosed by rugged landscapes, lush vegetation and thriving wildlife;

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the river itself is flowing with trout and blackfish. Due to the rough surroundings, access to the water is limited. The best points of entrance to the river are McKenzie’s Flat, Blackwood and O’Brien’s Crossing. Werribee River and Werribee Gorge State Park, only half an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s city centre, are lined with towering gum trees and hidden pathways not to mention a plethora of fish including trout, black fish and red fin. Other nearby fishing sites include Newlyn Reservoir near Creswick, the Hepburn Lagoon near Hepburn Springs and the Malmsbury, Lauriston and Upper Coliban Reservoirs where the waters are deep and clear and are great for redfin and trout. Everyone needs a fishing license unless you are under 18, over 70 or you have a seniors card or other pension/disability cards. Recreational Fishing Licences can be purchased online through or purchased at local Visitor Information Centres. Tag your photos #wellbeingregion

Walking & Hiking

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.” Aristotle


Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or a strenuous hike, this region provides many options. Trek through the region’s spectacular surrounds, from the magnificent Trentham Falls to Mount Franklin’s awesome volcanic crater to the iconic Hanging Rock. Scale rugged rockfaces in Wombat State Forest or the 300-metre gorge in Lerderderg State Park. Make your way up to the Memorial Cross pinnacle in the Macedon Regional Park. MACEDON REGIONAL PARK Over 400 species of native plants have been recorded in the Macedon Regional Park and more than 200 species of birds and a wide variety of mammals can be found here including koalas, kangaroos, swamp wallabies, wombats, possums and gliders. There is ample opportunity to explore the Park on foot via a series of walks that make up the Macedon Ranges Walking Track. macedon-r.p./things-to-do/walking HEPBURN REGIONAL PARK Located around the famous mineral springs townships of Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs. Here you will find natural mineral springs and relics of the gold mining era set in delightful bush surroundings. hepburn-r.p SECRET FOREST WALKS Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Wombat Forest, assisted by GPS technology. No clubs or tours, just you and the company

of your choice, or solo if you wish. Choose from a selection of carefully mapped bushwalks in the Wombat Forest according to your tastes and abilities. MT PIPER, BROADFORD A haven for local fauna, take the challenging climb to the peak. It is worth the effort for the breath-taking views. On the way look for the endangered Blue Ant butterfly and Golden Sun moth, majestic wedge tail eagles and smaller birds such as fairy martins and spotted pardalotes. Access from Piper Lane, Broadford. A DIVERSE RANGE OF WALKING TRAILS The Melton area has a diverse range of walking trails that are steeped in natural beauty, amazing flora, fauna and history. These trails range from well-established tracks to new pathways and are suitable for people for all ages and abilities. grounds_and_trails/ Walking V I S I T O R G U I D E | 29


No matter the type of riding you love, there is the perfect trail, track or quiet road awaiting your adventure. Lakeside meandering, technical single-trail, white knuckle downhill, peaceful rail trails and wide open roads with views abound in our region. Creswick Forest 30 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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GOLDFIELDS TRACK The Goldfields Track is a pointto-point 210km track stretching from Ballarat in the south to Bendigo in the north, through some of the region’s most historic towns and beautiful forests, including Creswick, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The track was constructed by gold settlers over 150 years ago and today is well known amongst cyclers and walkers. The Wallaby Track section will take you from Mt Buninyong through to Daylesford. This 90km track is for fit and confident riders and can be done in one day. Or for a more leisurely approach, the track has been broken into four sections: Mt Buninyong to Ballarat (20km), Ballarat to Creswick (25km), Creswick to Wombat Station (29km), Wombat Station to Daylesford (19km). THE WOMBAT TRACK The now famous Wombat Loop is 18km of well signposted, well maintained, flowing cycling goodness. Nothing too difficult, constantly undulating, no big hills. MACEDON REGIONAL PARK The fire tracks on the side of Mt Macedon range from flat trails that are gentle enough to allow you to teach little kids to

ride bikes (say in the Macedon Scout Camp area) to rocky, white-knuckle descents (such as Barber’s Chute Track). These tracks are well drained and are a good option when it’s wet. FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRAIL Romsey to Lancefield and return A leisurely 1 hour ride, this trail mostly travels along a dedicated shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy expanses of rolling farmland, classic Australian architecture and treat yourself at one of Lancefield or Romsey’s cafes or restaurants. Start and finish at the Lions Park Reserve, Romsey. ROAD RIDE Three Town Scenic Route (Woodend, Trentham, Kyneton) This ride is a great opportunity to explore a large part of the region in a single loop that joins Woodend, Trentham and Kyneton. Great from either direction, this ride gives you open farmland, tree lined country lanes and undulating leafy roads. Suggested start and finish Woodend Train Station. For more information visit strava or call into a local Visitor Information Centre.

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Campaspe River

Forest Glade

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Tieve Tara

Gardens There’s a major obsession with gardens in this region. With a climate that gives us four distinct seasons, along with ample rain, fertile soils, it’s the dedication of local green thumbs that has resulted in the many historic gardens that flourish throughout the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. And they love to show them off. Visit the immaculate gardens dotted around and get a taste of life for Melbourne’s elite in the nineteenth century. Secret gardens Behind the walls of the impressive Mount Macedon mansions hide some of Victoria’s finest gardens, many National Trust-listed. Time your visit for the occasional open days in spring and autumn and delight in classic landscaping, as well as quaint cottage gardens. Be sure to check out specialist nurseries like The Garden of St Erth in Blackwood and the Mount Macedon Horticultural Society’s Rare Plant Fair in September. Public spaces In the 1850s, every Victorian town wanted a botanic garden to elevate its status, educate its residents about plants of the region and provide a tranquil haven away from the growing and bustling cities. The botanic gardens in this region are historic, varied and great spots to visit if you are a keen gardener, outdoor enthusiast or with family and friends.

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The region’s botanic gardens Kyneton Botanic Gardens (est 1858). Plant collections include Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) and Quercus (Oak). Gisborne Botanic Gardens (est 1992). Features many New Zealand plant types with Hebe and Pittosporum to name a few. Malmsbury Botanic Gardens (est 1850). The focal point of the gardens is the Ornamental Lake with the formed island at its centre. Melton Botanic Gardens (est 2004). The country’s newest Botanic Garden features a Dryland Eucalyptus Arboretum and an Indigenous People’s Bushfoods garden. Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens (est 1860). An outstanding collection of rare and notable specimens, many of which are included in the National Trust Register of Significant Trees.

Some of the oldest gardens Duneira, Mt Macedon Forest Glade, Mt Macedon Tieve Tara, Mt Macedon Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Frogmore, Newbury

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ESCAPE to hidden gardens DINE on fresh organic produce UNCOVER garden treasures at the Diggers Garden Shop and nursery

Sunbury & Surrounds

Sunbury, Tullamarine, Diggers Rest, Bulla, Greenvale, Craigieburn, Oakland Junction, Mickleham, Melton, Toolern Vale, Bullengarook A remarkable part of Victoria, sure to knock you for six! Even though it’s within close proximity to Melbourne, Sunbury will transport you to another world, full of secrets to be unearthed and discoveries to be made. Sample award-winning wines at the cellar doors of the Sunbury Wine Region’s historic wineries; or get up close and personal with retired racehorse champions at Living Legends.

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For animal lovers, the abundance of popular Aussie wildlife continues to excite people worldwide. Spot kookaburras, galahs, waterbirds and frogs and catch a glimpse of the cherished kangaroo by visiting Albert Road Nature Reserve, Woodlands Historic Park or Mount Holden. Spiny echidnas and the duck-billed, semiaquatic platypus are natural inhabitants of Jacksons Creek, with Melbourne’s largest ever platypus (weighing in at 2.7kg) recently encountered during Melbourne Water’s Urban Platypus Program twice yearly count.



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Oakland Junction Diggers Rest




Melton Tullamarine


Wurundjeri & Wathaurong Country


See the planes fly to the airport due west. Smell the saddle soap where the diggers rest.

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Stroll down O’Shanassy Street – fast becoming the ‘eat street’ in Sunbury and taste delicious treats at the ever expanding array of new eateries and stylish alfresco dining set along breezy tree-lined paths. Make sure to pop into Just Planet Café for a meal and some seriously good coffee!

Other heritage beauties include the bluestone cellar door at Goona Warra Vineyard (1858), the bluestone homestead and winery at Craiglee Vineyard (1866), the Victoria University site built as an orphanage from 1864-1866, the old Sunbury Courthouse (now the Sunbury Visitor Information Centre) and the chilling remains of Aitken’s Gap Gaol, all wonderfully intact and visible links to the past.

And if you revel in historic architecture, the region’s bluestone bridges, railway viaducts and churches will not disappoint. Home to the celebrated Emu Bottom Homestead, Victoria’s oldest homestead built in 1836, this district will definitely keep your interest.

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Apache Cat Sprinting legend, retired 2009 What’s new in the area that you’d like other people to know about? Even though I’m a racing legend and mainly hang out with Melbourne Cup winners, I often get to travel and say hello to people. I love to get out and see the people in the local area. Sunbury’s O’Shannassy Street is a great spot with some funky places to eat and drink. My favourites are District 3429 and The Spotted Owl but there are many more to try. If you could paint a picture of any place in the region, what would you paint? That’s an easy one - Living Legends with me in the picture of course! I’m very pretty! OK, some might say unique or unusual but I’m fine with that. I was very fast on the track and won lots of races but being unique and different is how I won everyone’s hearts. What do you think is the best kept secret about your backyard? Some say the best kept secret is that I would have beaten Black Caviar if I had of kept racing. Now I’m not one to boast, but would this face lie? We’re so close to the airport yet you can also see kangaroos and other animals here at Living Legends, and they don’t mind the planes flying over either. We also have some great events and markets in the area. I really love the Legendary Wine & Food Festival in October and the Sunbury Streetlife Festival in November.

What is your favourite time of year in the region and why? Well it’s Spring of course. All horses get excited by Spring. You know what happens in Spring don’t you? The property here at Living Legends comes to life and looks a treat in Spring, so it’s a great time to come and visit us. What word do you think best describes the Region? Unique.

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Out & About


Animal Land Children’s Farm


Take a guided tour and meet all types of farm animals. Pat cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, chooks, ponies, alpacas, donkeys, deer, turkeys, peacocks, cockatoos, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.

Enjoy a day out with a challenging round of golf

200 Duncans Lane, Diggers Rest

Eynesbury Golf Club Eynesbury Road, Eynesbury

Fishing in the Melton Reservoir

Goonawarra Public Golf Course 2 Francis Boulevard, Sunbury

Melton Reservoir (also known as Exford Weir) is located on the Werribee River approximately 6km South of Melton. The Melton recreational area is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily. 1195 Exford Road, Melton Galaxy Land Adventure Playground Extensive state-of-the-art super playground for children of all ages, all abilities and the young at heart. Galaxy Land has bbq and picnic facilities, walking paths amongst landscaped gardens and natural wetlands. Belleview Drive (Jacksons Hill), Sunbury

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Craigieburn Public Golf Course Craigieburn Road (west), Craigieburn

Melbourne Airport Golf Club Operations Road, Tullamarine Melton Valley Golf Club 2-30 Melton Valley Road, Melton


Living Legends at Woodlands Historic Park The home of famous retired racehorses such as Rogan Josh, Might and Power and Brew, Woodlands Historic Park offers the opportunity to see large mobs of wild kangaroos in their natural habitat. Visit the Homestead (1843) which overlooks the grassy woodlands of Gellibrand Hill. Enjoy city views, picnics in the park or walking, cycling and super fun horseriding trails. Oaklands Road, Greenvale. Melton City Art Trail Explore the public art in and around Melton, art that will move, enrich, enrage, stimulate, provoke and inspire. For more information Plane Spotting Watch the exhilarating jumbo jets as they fly overhead and onto the runway.


Sunbury Paintball It offers twelve acres of fun in four action packed fields to get the blood pumping (suitable for ages 16+). 295 Settlement Road, Sunbury Sunbury Wine Region The Sunbury Wine Region is the closest wine region to Melbourne’s CBD. It has been producing cool climate wines since the 1860s and today produces unforgettable Shirazs and remarkable Chardonnay varieties that are more terroir driven than the New World. There are many wineries to be discovered and some still feature heritage bluestone homesteads. Many of the region’s boutique wineries have cellar doors open for tasting and sales and some have cafes and restaurants open for lunch and dinner. For more information

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Animal Land Squeezing a teat, getting milk on your feet, giving animals cuddles, jumping in puddles, picking up poo, things you can do, life is grand, when you visit Animal Land. 200 Duncans Lane (Gate 2) Diggers Rest 3427 03 9740 1345 |

Eynesbury Farmers’ Market The magnificently restored Eynesbury Homestead is hosting a rural weekly farmers’ market in Victoria. Every Sunday, all year round! A vibrant local place to shop for essentials. 487 Eynesbury Road Eynesbury 3338 0400 520 042 |

Roquette Bar & Grill With its warm timber floors, exposed brick wall, beautiful oversized pendant lights and open kitchen producing fresh, clean flavours, Roquette provides an atmosphere hard to find. 59 O’Shanassy Street Sunbury 3429 03 9740 3965 |

The Valley Cellar Door Sunbury A casual and relaxed winebar with a 275+ bottle wine list, craft beer and ciders to consume on premise or take away, small food menu on offer plus BYO food! 56-60 Macedon Street Sunbury 3429 03 9744 2998 |

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Gisborne to Lancefield, Woodend to Mt Macedon

Gisborne, Gisborne South, New Gisborne, Clarkefield, Riddells Creek, Monegeetta, Daraweit Guim, Macedon, Mt Macedon, Cherokee, Kerrie, Hesket, Romsey, Woodend, Newham, Lancefield, Rochford Mount Macedon

Mount Macedon’s greatness is visible from all parts of this region. Known as Geburrh in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, Mount Macedon was named in 1836 by Major Thomas Mitchell. Today, Mount Macedon is home to some of the country’s most magnificent historic and private gardens. It has also been crowned by the Memorial Cross, which each ANZAC Day plays host to one of the largest and moving Dawn Services in Victoria.

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Major Mitchell also gave the ethereal Hanging Rock its less well known official name, Mount Diogenes. This icon was made famous in the classic Australian film Picnic at Hanging Rock adapted from the novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay. The nearby village of Woodend is a perfect staging post to explore this area further with its enticing mix of cafes, stores and a Visitor Information Centre that has the latest information on all things worth discovering.

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A short drive to the village of Macedon brings you to the spectacular Honour Avenue, with its magnificent oaks that honour the 154 local men and women of Macedon and Mount Macedon who enlisted for service during the First World War. After a good wander around, why not choose a few of the many stunning wineries to visit, or spoil yourself with Sunday High Tea in the Macedon Ranges? Terrific spots include Baringo Food & Wine Co in New Gisborne. Lancefield is at the geographic heart of Victoria, and whilst modern day fossicking is encouraged in the local galleries, antique 48 | V I S I T O R G U I D E


stores and more, it’s also the place for anyone with an interest in something a tad older. Did you know that a wealth of important paleontological finds have been unearthed here from extinct megafauna including Macropus titan (a kangaroo-like animal twice the size of today’s largest relative) and Diprotodon (a rhinoceros-sized wombat lookalike)? Outdoor pursuits are in abundance here, with a rousing round of golf at the Gisborne Golf Course under the gaze of the grazing kangaroos highly recommended.

Stephen Ryan Horticulturalist and owner Dicksonia Rare Plants What are your top five must do’s in your backyard when visitors come? I truly feel like I hardly have to leave my backyard to show people the best of the local area. First off, a walk up Camels Hump, the highest point in the Macedon Ranges, and dogs are allowed too. Then a visit to one of Mt Macedon’s historic gardens, followed by a cup of coffee at the Trading Post. I make sure we fit in a meal at local café Mr Macedon, and then to work it all off, it’s a walk up and over nearby Mt. Towrong.

What do you love about where you live? I’ve lived in the beautiful surrounds of Mount Macedon for most of my life and can’t really imagine living anywhere else. It’s so close to Melbourne with all its culture, and yet far enough away to be in the quiet of the country. With its naturally cool climate it’s majestic and serene in equal measures, a real world unto itself.

What couldn’t you live without in the region? As someone obsessed with horticulture, it’s no surprise that I couldn’t live without the fabulous soil and climate in which I can grow a garden of wonderful rare plants. When did you officially become a local? When the Ryans first came to the area in 1960 we were told it took 20 years, I guess I’ve made it.

What is your favourite secret location in the region? There are lots of special places to discover in the region, but my all-time favourite secret location is Sanatorium Lake, especially on a misty winter’s day. You’ll need to make sure you’re rugged up if you visit in winter, but it’s well worth it. It is truly beautiful looking at the reflection of the manna gum trunks in the water. Tag us #wellbeingregion

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Out & About Camels Hump The Camels Hump is the highest point in the Macedon Ranges (1,001 metres), with a lookout offering visitors spectacular views. This is one of three local rocky outcrops formed by volcanic action millions of years ago. Generally quieter than Hanging Rock and your dog is welcome too. Start of Cameron Drive, Mt Macedon Conglomerate Gully Walk Riddells Creek’s best kept secret. Conglomerate Gully is a magnificent rocky gorge, estimated to be about 440 million years old. The 2.8 kilometre walk will weave you through a hilly eucalypt forest with native grasslands and orchids in the spring time. The track is steep and rocky in parts. Wheelwrights Road, Riddells Creek Gisborne Olde Time Market Glorious food and wine, fresh produce, quality handmade items, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, books, plants and fresh flowers. 1st Sunday of the month 9am-2pm Hamilton and Aitken Street, Gisborne Hanging Rock Llamas Come and experience first-hand the joy of hiking through incredible landscapes with llamas as your companions.

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Hanging Rock Reserve Hanging Rock, formed six million years ago, is said to be one of the best examples in the world of a volcanic feature known as a mamelon. The reserve offers many great experiences such as walks up the rock, Australian native wildlife, picnic areas, an annual film night under the stars, horse racing and concerts. South Rock Road, Newham daily 9am-5pm, entry $10 a car, 1800 244 711 Memorial Cross Travel 4km along Cameron Drive from the summit of Mount Macedon Road. The 21m high Memorial Cross is located 200m from the carpark.  This imposing, iconic structure commemorates those who bravely served in the World Wars. There are outstanding views of the surrounding country from the Reserve. Cameron Drive, Mt Macedon Romsey Village A pretty spot to visit with an eclectic mix of food, wine, shopping, history and heritage. Its historic red brick buildings line a spacious main street giving it an English village feel. Surrounding fertile countryside is ideal for cattle and sheep grazing and other agricultural pursuits. Pop into Black Range Business Group for coffee, Soltan and Pepper for a quick bite to eat or Cuttings, Culinary & Botanica. Main Street, Romsey Sanatorium Lake Eco-Tourism Trail Perfect for a family stroll, with many natural features to see on the way. Signs along the walk and a display board at the lake provide information on the forest environment. The walk is about 2.5km and includes tall eucalypt forests and a wet fern gully. Lions Head Road, Mt Macedon Woodend Children’s Park Woodend Children’s Park covers one hectare on the banks of Five Mile Creek. It has an eight metre climbing wall, a breathtaking flying fox, sheltered areas, barbecues, fenced playground for toddlers and space for children to run. The park fits beautifully into the landscape and uses native hardwood and stone. 12 Nicholson Street, Woodend

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Sit on the wide verandas, in front of the fireplace, on the open air deck over the water or in the marquee. Taster’s Platters, light lunches, espresso coffee and desserts served daily. Wood-fired pizzas and more served on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all Public Holidays. Wine should be fun and the casual and relaxed atmosphere at Gisborne Peak lets you enjoy the wine, the company, the views and the food in a cozy and hassle-free setting. Take a walk through the vineyard on the Vineyard Trail, a 6 stop selfguided walk of the vineyard and property. Sit on the deck and watch the trout make ripples in the water. Learn about wine through a free wine-tasting session. Discover interesting varietals of wines including Semillon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. There is also Shiraz, Sparkling Wine and a gorgeous Muscat to try. All wines are sold by the glass for you to enjoy with some tasty cellar door snacks. Groups are most welcome and a call in advance is appreciated. Group Packages can be found on the website. The marquee is perfect for families and friends to gather for birthdays, anniversaries or any celebration. Ask about the ‘Adopt-a-Vine’ program. Learn more about the vine-to-wine process, receive discounts off your wine purchases, get involved in vineyard activities and become part of the winery family. This is a great gift for the wine-lover in your life. Go to for more details. One of our many TripAdvisor reviews: “Don’t miss it!! Love this place! Great food, gorgeous wine and friendly owners. Best way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon! ” Rated in the Top 10 Cellar Doors in Victoria – The Age Good Food Guide 2014

Colenso A place where sustainability, luxury, relaxation and is savvy and deservedly fine wine allColenso come together in one location.

popular. It can be tricky to find us. Set in a picturesque vineyard overlooking the vines and If you have trouble, just ask lake, the self-contained cottages each sleeps two adults. in the or shops. A little Powered by the windstreet and sun, the cottages use sustainable, gem resources. that, once found, is shared renewable energy amongst friends cherished. Combine the romance of the vineyard withand the influence of the earth, wind and sun. Throw in Australian native gardens and landscaping and you have the Anslow Street framework of the42D eco-cottages at Gisborne Peak Winery. These same elements also nurture the vines to produce grapes Woodend 3442that make exceptional wines – wines of limited edition. On the doorstep of the beautiful Macedon Ranges. 03 5427 2007

Each of the cosy and quiet cottages sleep two adults. All provisions for a cooked and a continental breakfast are in your room on arrival. Each cottage has its own outdoor deck overlooking the vines and the lake. Sleep in, go for a walk through the vineyard or just sit and read a book. You’re in charge. Join in the seasonal vineyard activities if you wish! The cellar door is a short walk away. So close to Melbourne (45 minutes) and Daylesford (50 minutes).

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Gisborne Peak Winery You’re on the deck - summer. You’re next to the fire – winter. You love the Chardonnay, he loves the Pinot.  Which wood-fired pizza do you order, or should it be the Taster’s Platter instead?  Spend the night in a winery cottage overlooking the vines.  Perfect.  69 Short Road Gisborne South 3437 | 03 5428 2228 or 0432 185 009 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 54 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Mt Macedon Hotel Character abound, craft-beermecca, outstanding locally fed kitchen and one of the region’s famed beer gardens. Live music weekends, special events, function areas and open 7 days a week, lunch and dinner. 694 Mount Macedon Road Mount Macedon 3441 03 5426 1888

Holgate Brewhouse Full-flavoured authentic craft beer brewed on site in our family owned microbrewery. Sample the beer, enjoy a meal and stay a night or two in one of the beautifully refurbished guestrooms. 79 High Street Woodend 3442 | 03 5427 2510 |



Grange Bellinzona

Daylesford / Hepburn Springs is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Western Victoria boasting many natural mineral springs in an idyllic country setting featuring the Wombat State Forest as its backdrop. Only 40 mins from Ballarat and just over an hour from Melbourne the area is teeming with native wildlife, history and local attractions. Bellinzona oozes old world charm combined with modern convenience. Relax by an open fire or enjoy a sumptuous High Tea in the splendour of the Heritage Restaurant, feed the local Kookaburras who have been lovingly spoiled for over a decade. Relaxation is a way of life at Bellinzona, lay back in our beautiful indoor spa and swimming pool or be pampered by our team of professional in -house masseurs and beauty therapists. The 43 beautifully appointed accommodation rooms and 6 x 2 bedroom cottages will ensure your stay is memorable.

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Lancefield is the most convenient gateway to the Daylesford / Macedon Ranges region. Located just 30 minutes from the airport and under an hour from the city, this quaint country town sits in the heart of the Macedon Ranges wine country. Cleveland Winery offers an idyllic winery and farm stay, with amazing views of the surrounding ranges; it is just the perfect way to start off a true Australian country experience. Relax amongst the vines, feed the farm animals or just enjoy reading a book within our private cottage garden or by the lake. Do some wine tasting and order a bottle of wine, or enjoy a rustic country meal at our in house restaurant, The Carriagehouse, while you soak in all of its natural beauty. The retreat features 52 modern guest suites nestled alongside our historic 1880s Homestead, which has 6 private spa suites, lounge, club room and dining. Cleveland Winery, provides a refreshing and rejuvenating short break, the best way to start a holiday. 55 Shannons Road, Lancefield 03 5429 9000 Facebook: -/clevelandwinery

Baringo Food & Wine A regional food & wine haven; discover our Provedore/ CafĂŠ, Banquet Room, Wine Bar, Bistro, Wine Store and Theatre all under the one roof. 283 Station Road New Gisborne 3438 03 5428 2144 | |

Baringo Food & Wine Our Banquet Room is a stunning space to host Weddings, Wine Dinners, Functions as well as our classic High Tea every Sunday afternoon. 283 Station Road New Gisborne 3438 03 5428 2144 |

Cammeray Waters Our picturesque lakeside marquee provides the perfect wedding setting. Along with our conference facilities and on-site accommodation, Cammeray Waters is Woodend’s hidden gem.

140 Taylor Road Woodend 3442 03 5427 2866 |

Cleveland Winery At Cleveland Winery you will discover our beautiful cottage gardens, lake and views of the vineyard, our generous packages boasts exquisite food, gorgeous accommodation and exceptional service.

55 Shannons Road Lancefield 3435 03 5429 9000 |

Hanging Rock Winery Established in 1983, Hanging Rock is the largest winery in the region. Our specialty is local wines, however we have over 20 wines for tasting. 88 Jim Road Newham 3442 03 5427 0542 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 58 | V I S I T O R G U I D E


Hanging Rock Beef Estate grown, Grass fed, sustainable, Speckle Park meat grown up to 24 months. The fresh and locally cured meat is available through the winery’s cellar door exclusively. 88 Jim Road Newham 3442 03 5427 0542 |

Lawson Lodge Unrivalled group accommodation with your own golf course, movie cinema, spa and much more. Perfect for a getaway with friends, family celebrations, weddings or conferences. 227 Lawson Road Macedon 3440 03 5426 1551 |

Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa The Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa is an exclusive boutique hotel offering 36 accommodation rooms, Macedon Wine Room, Conference Centre, Swimming Pool and Day Spa. 652 Black Forest Drive Macedon 3440 03 5426 4044 |

Woodend Wine Store Hidden inside our Wine Store is The Lounge, come enjoy our eclectic selection of wines, craft beers and cheeses. Experience our friendly service and knowledge. 42 Anslow Street Woodend 3442 03 5427 2228 |

Verdure – Opening April 2016 A smart casual bistro with a fresh, simple, seasonal menu. Gather, recharge and collect your thoughts in our relaxing yet vibrant space. Main Street Romsey 3434 0427 317 388 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP Tag us #wellbeingregion


Australia’s Finest Hanging Rock Winery is located 3km from the iconic local landmark, Hanging Rock. It was established in 1983 by John & Ann Ellis, who between them came to the region with a wealth of experience and a dream to make Australia’s first traditional method, cool climate sparkling wine.

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John and Ann discovered that the Macedon Ranges was perfect, it is now known to be Australia’s coolest mainland growing region and is just1 hour from Melbourne. During the early 80’s they became some of the contemporary pioneers of both the Macedon Ranges and the Heathcote Grape Growing regions. They settled on a beautiful property in the hamlet of Newham which looked over both Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon. At the time it was a bare block of land but over the last 30 years they have developed it into the largest winery in the region.

... Australia’s first traditional method, cool climate sparkling wine. Today there are over 20 wines on tasting, Today the winery is run by John & Ann’s daughter and son, Ruth & Robert. Having literally grown up in the same building as the winery they have a deep-rooted knowledge and passion for the winery and the industry. Although the focus of the winery has always been wines from the Macedon Ranges and Heathcote, the family also brings in some fruit from other regions so that they can offer a wide range of wines covering most styles

including many that are exclusive to cellar door and mail order customers. Recently their focus was widened to include Hanging Rock Beef and a Speckle Park Stud. John has taken on breeding Speckle Park cattle on the property, both for stud cattle and cross breeds to supply high quality meat in cellar door. The animals grown for meat and sold in cellar door are 24 months or older, grass fed and sustainably grown.

and price points. Hanging Rock Winery and Hanging Rock Beef 88 Jim Rd, Newham Vicotria 3442 03 54 270 542

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Provedore I Wine Bar I Bistro I Banquet Room I Wine Shop I Theatre Located on the foothill of the beautiful Macedon Ranges in the picturesque village of New Gisborne – gateway to the cold country wineries and only a 40 minute easy drive from Melbourne. Open 7 days.

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Malmsbury to Kyneton and so much more


Tylden, Springhill, Denver, Carlsruhe, Kyneton, Malmsbury, Taradale, Cobaw, Pipers Creek, Sidonia, Barfold, Glenhope, Baynton, Tooborac, Kilmore, Seymour, Tallarook, Broadford, Clonbinaine Whether history, shopping or eating thrills you, this part of the countryside offers all the fun stuff and more. In fact, we dare you to uncover even more surprises on the roads from Kyneton to Malmsbury and beyond. Today, this area is an epicentre for foodies and shopaholics alike, all beating a path to Kyneton’s Piper Street. But

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it wasn’t always like this. Established in 1850 and named after the English village of Kineton in Warwickshire, Kyneton was once a major resting hub for those on their way to find gold in Mount Alexander and Bendigo. Incredibly Kyneton Courthouse, famous for trying that Aussie bad boy Ned Kelly in 1870, continues to function as a Magistrates’ Court.




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Provedores and artisans galore. Vintage, retro, amazing art in store. Adore and explore it all (around the bend there’s even more...)

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Tallarook, another small town gem, provides a starting point to the longest rail trail in Australia–‘the Great Victorian Rail Trail’; a shared walking, cycling and horse riding track. The town is believed to date back to the Great Depression when unemployed travellers sought work. The famous phrase even became the basis of Jack O’Hagan’s song - Things Is Crook in Tallarook.

place for a great coffee from Moto Bean Coffee Roasters, or a loaf of heavenly bread from the Malmsbury Bakery and the place to purchase unique, local art from Tin Shed Arts.

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Further travel around this area will bring you to wineries, farm gates, or the opportunity to appreciate the strong connection to the land of the original inhabitants, the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung people.

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Dan & John Flynn Designers, Flynn Silver What are your top five must do’s in your backyard when visitors come? We love showing people around this area, particularly if they’re first time visitors. First we’ll drive them into Trentham under those soaring majestic gums, back via the Glenlyon Reserve showing how a small community shines, and then home to Kyneton to visit the Racecourse and the Botanic Gardens, ending with a stroll down Piper Street to finish the day. What do you love about where you live? Kyneton has been the home of Flynn Silver for decades, and there’s lots to love about this town but the standout for us is the way it welcomes new talent and takes pride in its success. What are your five favourite food or wine spots? As residents of Kyneton who love great food and wine, we’re spoilt for choice. For us, it’s Banks Fine Wines, Granite Hills Winery and Curly Flat for beautiful wine; the whole of Piper Street with its outstanding restaurants; and of course du Fermier in Trentham run by the legendary Annie Smithers, is still setting the bar.

If you could paint a picture of any scenery in the region, what would you paint? It’s the different landscapes and views that you see around every bend in the road, particularly the beautiful rolling hills on the Glenlyon to Daylesford road. What is the best part of waking up in the region? It’s the clean, crisp quality of the air that we really love – there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else! What is your favourite time of year in the region and why? Every season has something special, but it’s Spring that really brings us to life.

What is your favourite secret location in the region? (Which you may or may not want to share!) Bullarto Reservoir – it’s a great secret spot, but we’re happy to share the secret. It’s a bit like having your own private lake in the middle of the forest. Great for walks and picnics. V I S I T O R G U I D E | 67

Out & About

Black Hill Reserve With 260 acres of natural peace and serenity, Black Hill Reserve offers signed walking tracks, magnificent views, great rock formations, wild flowers, Australian wildlife, natural and revegetated bushland to rejuvenate the soul. Plenty of opportunities for walking, jogging, orienteering, rock climbing, picnicking, and all the fresh air you can handle! Black Hill Reserve, Kyneton Broadford State Motorcycle Sports Complex


The State Motorcycle Sports Complex at Broadford is the only comprehensive motorcycle sport facility of its kind in Australia. It was first purchased by Motorcycling Victoria in 1972 and is currently approx. 420 acres in size. It has circuits suitable for Road Race, Motocross, Supercross, Speedway, Dirt Track, Enduro and Trials. A specialised pee wee circuit is also available at the complex. Strath Creek Road, Broadford Campaspe River Walk Running alongside the Kyneton Botanical Gardens is the historic Campaspe River Walk which stretches from the Gardens to the bottom of Piper Street and beyond to the Racecourse. It provides a stimulating walk along the River and passes through the wonderful Sculpture Park near Quarry Reserve and features information on the river’s heritage. Ideal starting point from the Kyneton Botanical Gardens

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Great Victorian Rail Trail Spanning 134 kilometres from Tallarook, this is Australia’s Longest Rail Trail, an easily accessible, varied and unique rail trail offering close proximity to flowing heritage classified rivers, majestic valleys, unspoiled lakes and mountains. For more information


Goulburn River Explore the longest river in Victoria. Take a quiet walk along any of the many tracks and trails or sit still on the banks of the river and it’s quite likely you’ll see a platypus, koala, wallaby, lizard or one of the more than 100 species of native birds. Boating, swimming, camping, fishing are just some of the activities the river offers. For more information


Kyneton Museum This collection reflects the life and times of Kyneton and wider district from around the 1850s to the 1930s and is housed in an authentic National Trust bluestone building that was the former Bank of New South Wales built in 1856. There are changing exhibitions in the original banking chamber, and upstairs the bank manager’s residence is preserved in time. Outdoor exhibits include original bluestone stables, a servant’s kitchen, laundry and Theaden Cottage. The Museum is also home to a wide variety of carriages and historical agricultural equipment so that you can expand your knowledge of Victorian farming history. 67 Piper Street, Kyneton Fri-Sun 11am-4pm, entry fee applies, 03 5422 1228 or 03 5422 0319 Kyneton Tag us #wellbeingregion

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Malmsbury Viaduct The Malmsbury Viaduct is a feat of incredible stone engineering, built in 1859 using thousands of labourers to carry the Bendigo railway line over the Coliban River. It is one of Victoria’s largest nineteenth century engineering structures, consisting of five-arched spans reaching 152 metres from end-to-end. Best access point is found along the walking track from the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. Malmsbury Seymour Railway Heritage Centre The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre (SRHC) was formed in 1983 by a group of railwaymen from the former Seymour Locomotive Depot which was closed under rationalisation of rail services in Victoria. The Centre operates special passenger services throughout Victoria and Interstate utilising its extensive fleet of preserved diesel locomotives and air-conditioned steel and heritage wooden passenger carriages. For more information | Tooborac Hotel and Brewery A heritage-listed Pub that is renowned for being family friendly with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Located just one hour from Melbourne along the Northern Highway you will find an onsite working brewery producing award winning tasty craft beer and a kitchen producing delicious and comforting country style pub meals. 5115 Northern Highway, Tooborac Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk Take time to reflect. The Commemorative Wall is the only one of its kind in Australia dedicated to all Vietnam Veterans. The walk has been created to commemorate the heroic 60,000 service men and women who devoted their energies to the service and protection of Australia. High Street, Seymour

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Macedon Ranges Wines We started small, we remain boutique. The path to our wineries is the road less travelled.

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Our cellar doors are extensions to the shed, wooden floors, rustic corrugated iron and well-worn timbers. Our wineries are family owned. We grow the finest cool-climate grapes in the land and make exceptional wines; scarce and diverse in nature. We are Macedon Ranges Wines. Visit our cellar doors, discover our obsession and find yours.



Gisborne Peak 69 Short Road Gisborne South 03 5428 2228

Cobaw Ridge (Thurs-Mon) 31 Perc Boyers Lane East Pastoria 03 5425 5227

Granite Hills 1481 Burke & Wills Track Baynton 03 5423 7273

Cloud 9 Farm (Thurs – Sun) 204 Gooch’s Lane Pipers Creek 03 5423 5284

Hanging Rock 88 Jim Road Newham 03 5427 0542

Mount Charlie (Thurs – Sun) 228 Mount Charlie Road Riddells Creek 03 5428 6946

Passing Clouds 30 Roddas Lane Musk 03 5348 5550

Zig Zag Road (Thus – Mon) 201 Zig Zag Road Malmsbury 03 5423 9390

Rowanston on the Track 2710 Burke & Wills Track Glenhope 03 5425 5492

OPEN WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAY Birthday Villa 101 Mollison Street Malmsbury 03 5423 2789

Hesket Estate (first weekend of the month) 856 Romsey Road Hesket 03 5427 0707

Cope-Williams 160 Glenfern Road Romsey 03 5429 5595

Kyneton Ridge Estate 517 Blackhill Road Kyneton (via Hallorans Lane) 03 5422 7377

Curly Flat 263 Collivers Road Lancefield 03 5429 1956

Limestone Track Vineyard 48 Limestone Track Guildford 03 5476 4266

Ellender Estate 260 Green Gully Road Glenlyon 03 5348 7785 Fontanella Wines 1225 Daylesford-Malmsbury Road Denver 0408 388 118 Glen Erin at Lancefield 200 Rochford Road Lancefield 03 5429 1041 Guildford Vineyard & Cellar 6720 Midland Hwy Guildford 03 5476 4457

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Mount Towrong Vineyard 4 Taylors Road Mount Macedon 0419 542 630 Sailors Falls Estate 1073 Telegraph Road Sailors Falls 03 5348 6626 Wombat Forest Vineyard 189 Springhill Road Denver (via Daylesford) 0427 239 334

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Piper Street, Kyneton



66f Piper Street, Kyneton | 0417 506 440 | Wednesday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.30pm or by appointment

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Kate’s Kitchen of Kyneton A bright open atmosphere offering home baking, Devonshire Tea and light lunches. Now serving High Tea by booking. Pop in and say “Hi” to Kate! Shop 3, 12-14 Piper Street Kyneton 3444 03 5422 7169 |

Isabella at Kyneton Isabella at Kyneton - 4 star accredited fully self contained accommodation including breakfast provisions. A home away from home for one to six persons. 10 Bowen Street Kyneton 3444 0413 536 303 |

La Bonta Modern Italian dining with a focus on local produce, regional and Italain wines and great hospitality. 12-14 Piper Street Kyneton 3444 03 5422 3683 |

Moto Bean Specialty roasted coffee, all-day breakfast & lunch and Smoke Out dinners: smoked-barbequed local meats, surrounded by classic motorcycles and overlooking the lush botanic gardens. 50 Clowes Street Malmsbury 3446 03 5423 2327 |

Piper Street Food Company We offer a range of award winning charcuterie items, picnics, retail space and all year round cooking classes in our cooking school. 89A Piper Street Kyneton 3444 03 5422 3553 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 76 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Royal George Hotel Kyneton’s craft beer and cider destination, the Royal George Hotel prides itself in selecting the best in both Australian and international craft beers and cider. Bar snacks, casual dining, functions and events. 24 Piper Street Kyneton 3444 03 5422 1390 |

No Town Outfitters No Town presents quality garments, and products for the working gent, with respect to a time when quality, craftsmanship and style informed a man’s attire. 98A Piper Street Kyneton 3444 03 5422 3215 |


An exciting rural arts hub located in Kyneton’s thriving style precinct. An ambitious and unique space showcasing contemporary artists, makers and designers who create jewellery, ceramics, homewares, furniture and fashion. 98 Piper Street Kyneton 3444 03 5422 3215 |

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Daylesford, Sailors Falls, Bullarto, Musk, Muskvale, Lyonville, Trentham, Newbury, East Trentham, Eganstown, Coomora, Hepburn Springs, Wheatsheaf, Little Hampton, Glenlyon, Shepherds Flat, Porcupine Ridge, Mt Franklin If you’re attracted to a locale with a long history, then this is the land for you. A wondrous region formed by volcanic activity more than five million years ago; volcanic plains that are the third largest in the world and are filled with 85 per cent of Australia’s natural mineral water springs.

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The Dja Dja Wurrung people, who occupied these lands for thousands of years, long-regarded these sites as a special place of healing. The promise and subsequent discovery of gold in 1851 brought new significance to the area where Lake Daylesford now runs deep.

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Bubbling springs. Villages that sing. Live like a King (or a Queen – we don’t mind)

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The well-preserved and restored buildings not only show the prosperity of the burgeoning towns, they also confirmed the lasting influence of the Swiss-Italian miners who came to work the tunnel mines in the surrounding hills but stayed to work the lands. One of the best vantage points to view the rolling landscape is Pioneer’s Memorial Tower, officially opened in 1938 and located at the peak of Wombat Hill, Daylesford. Make sure to gather up your energy and climb the 77 winding concrete steps to the top and breathe in the truly spectacular views and then retire to Wombat Hill House, an excellent café laden with yummy and fresh regional produce and drinks.

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Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are places often collectively referred to as the ‘spa centre of Victoria’ – real favourites for weekend getaways – even if you don’t indulge in a spa treatment, there are plenty of beautiful walks, a fabulous foodie scene and a relaxed and irresistible arty vibe. With so much on offer and such a long history, it seems only natural that the Daylesford area draws such diverse visitors. It’s proud to be the hub for the Gay and Lesbian community, celebrated each year during the ChillOut Festival, the biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event in regional Australia.

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John Reid Founder and principal baker, RedBeard Historic Bakery What are you favourite food and wine spots? You must eat at Annie Smithers joint in Trentham - undeniably exquisite local seasonal food, most of it out of her own garden. What are your top five must do’s in your backyard when visitors come?

What do you love about where you live? RedBeard has been at the heart of the village of Trentham for more than 10 years. Trentham is spud-growing country. Deep red volcanic soil, so rich you could almost eat it! Farmers here have to work through a long, cold wet winter – I know because they traipse that gloriously rich mud through the bakery. What is your favourite secret location in the region? Trentham Falls are without a doubt the most spectacular, accessible and picturesque in Victoria, and yet not many people now about them. They’re located just 2 minutes drive from the bakery into the bush on the edge of Trentham township. Follow the signs, you won’t be disappointed!

This is a great region to treat yourself to a dirty weekend away, staying at one of the many stunningly beautiful accommodation possibilities in and around Daylesford, and best of all you can wash away all your sins in one of the sumptuous spa and massage establishments. The Lake House is hard to go past for fabulous food, shelter and relaxation, but I also recommend people check out Peppers with its stunning spa and always friendly staff, and then of course there’s the famous historical Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. For the perfect winter escape with friends the Radio Springs Hotel in Lyonville is the best. Food and accommodation are spot on, but it’s the ambience and charm of the place and the warmth and good old-fashioned congeniality of its hosts that puts the icing on this delightful cake of a place. What is your favourite time of the year in the region? Spring and Autumn here are long and beautiful, full of colour. Summer is short and sweet, with the local kids barely in the Trentham swimming pool before it’s closed again for the year. V I S I T O R G U I D E | 83


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Lake House, Daylesford Daylesford is my home. I spent much of my childhood here, learning from my mother where and which wild mushrooms to gather, picking damsons in old orchards and harvesting elderflowers. For the past three decades I’ve helped our guests unearth many of the hidden food and wine gems of our region. If they’re leaving Daylesford, and wanting some produce or a bite to eat, the decision is easy. The Daylesford Cider Company – just out of town, offers tastings and sales of beautiful cider produced from their organic Somerset cider apple varieties. Istra – Take a turn off just before Musk and pick up some traditionally made European smallgoods.

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Passing Clouds – Just up the road is the cellar door where you can taste some of the regions’ delicious iconic wines /drops. RedBeard Historic Bakery – Further on down the road take a right into the village of Trentham where you will find beautiful wood fired sourdough bread, be sure to take a loaf home. The Cosmopolitan Hotel – Lean on the bar of the restored hotel, enjoy some local produce.

Trentham Collective – enjoy the rustic cool environment with a coffee or snack. From there, travel to Kyneton, Woodend and onto Melbourne. But remember, you have only scratched the surface. Be sure to check out The Tasty Little Touring Map for more great food and wine spots to explore.

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Out & About Cricket Willow

Hepburn Springs Golf

The hamlet of Shepherds Flat, several hilly kilometres past Hepburn Springs, has been home to five generations of the Tinetti family. This small township has a unique connection with Australian cricket. Willow trees for cricket bats have been growing at Shepherds Flat for over a century. They were introduced by Test Umpire R.M. Crockett in 1902 and became the primary source for the renowned Crockett cricket bats. As a tribute to this unique part of Australian history, the Tinetti family have created Cricket Willow – the only facility in the world where visitors can witness the fascinating process of cricket bat manufacture from start to finish.

Enjoy an undulating 18-hole course with manicured fairways and grass greens in peaceful bushland with a layout that is both challenging and inviting for a novice. Fine-looking surrounding valleys, forests and hills with abundant wildlife also sharing the course.

355 Hepburn - Newstead Rd, Shepherds Flat Daylesford Sunday Market and Heritage Train Rides (Daylesford Spa Country Railway) Every Sunday from 8am – 3pm you will find this iconic and bustling market in full swing at the Daylesford Station. Filled with an intriguing treasure trove of new, used, fresh and unique items and more; rain, hail, snow or shine you are bound to find something to cherish. From the Station, the one hour return trip to Bullarto on an elegantly-restored heritage train traverses open farmland and thick forest, passing the sites of ancient volcanos and delightful little communities established in the gold rush era. Daylesford Train Station, Ragland Street, Daylesford 86 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

Golf Links Road, Hepburn Springs Jubilee Lake This lake is a stunning natural setting to be experienced from the bank or by paddleboat or canoe, which are both available for hire. This is a great location for walking, wildlife spotting, taking photos, fishing, or tickling your tastebuds with the fresh local mineral water. Stay overnight camping or caravanning and make the most of the facilities and stretch out your weekend. Jubilee Lake Road, Daylesford Lake Daylesford Perfect for a stroll around the lake to take in the beautiful surrounds. Home to an abundance of popular wildlife, bring your bottles and fill them with mineral water. Look for the new and permanent art installation ‘Cottage’, a highly-decorative wrought iron sculpture, inspired by the gates at the Convent in Daylesford in the form of a scaled-down miners’ cottage, a moving homage to the miners, workers and farmers on whose backs the riches of Daylesford were built. Daylesford

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Mineral Springs Reserve Located at the northern end of town, these natural springs are home to the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, an extensive network of bush walking tracks and BBQ facilities. The park has a collection of mineral springs, some flowing continuously, and others operated with a hand pump. Visitors are able to freely bottle their own bubbling mineral water from the springs which include Locarno, Soda, Sulphur and Wyuna. Hepburn Springs Mount Franklin Reserve Mount Franklin, or Lalgambook, as it is known by the Dja Dja Wurrung people, is an extinct volcano offering fine views on the approach to the summit. The sheltered crater is a superb place for a picnic or simple camping set amongst huge and pretty conifers and deciduous trees creating an exotic atmosphere. Mount Franklin is a fine example of a breached scoria cone. The breach, through which the road now enters the crater, is thought to have been caused by a flow of lava breaking through the crater rim. Lava from Mount Franklin and other volcanoes in the area filled valleys and buried the gold bearing streams renowned today as the ‘deep leads’ of the gold mining era.

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The Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, dramatically plunging some 32 metres over basalt columns. Trentham Falls was formed five million years ago from molten lava rapidly cooling as it flowed along the old Coliban River valley. The Trentham Cascades are a short walk further north from the Falls Reserve carpark. Falls Road, Trentham V I S I T O R G U I D E | 87

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Daylesford Store 45A Vincent St. Daylesford 3460 +61 3 5348 3979

East St. Gallery 39 East St. Daylesford 3460 +61 3 5348 2052 Tag us #wellbeingregion

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Sault One of the Spa country’s best restaurants. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Wombat State Forest Sault’s picturesque lavender fields stretch across the 125 acre property along with our very own lake. Enjoy Spanish inspired cuisine and the freshest of regional produce. Sault’s menu is lovingly prepared by one of Spain’s greatest exports Santiago Nine-Fernandez. 2349 Ballan-Daylesford Road Sailors Falls 3461 03 5348 6555

Boathouse Enjoy a seasonally inspired casual café menu on the shore of beautiful Lake Daylesford. Available for celebrations and events. 2 Leggatt Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2199



Hotel Frangos & Café Koukla Experience pure relaxation at Hotel Frangos’ boutique accommodation. Recharge in Café Koukla with the rich local offering from our casual dining menu. Open 7 days. 82 Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 03 5438 2363

Harry & Me A collection of high end fashion, homewares and clothing that are of European and Australian design. Beautiful, gentle, alluring and ever evolving. 57D Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 | 03 5348 1172 | harryandmedaylesford DOWNLOAD OUR APP Tag us #wellbeingregion


Daylesford Accommodation Escapes Daylesford Accommodation escapes offer an amazing collection of properties throughout Spa Country with over 100 to choose from. Accommodation from 2 to 17 guests, luxury villas to period homes and pet-friendly. Locally owned and operated, 24 hours online bookings and office open 7 days. 94 Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1448

Lavandula Summer fields of lavender. Autumn glorious European colour. Winter bare-bones garden. Spring bulbs and blossom. Lunch and brunch al fresco. 1850s Italian stone buildings. Entry $4. 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road Shepherds Flat 3461 03 5476 4393 | | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 92 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Creswick Mill Australia’s last coloured woollen spinning mill, located in the nearby town of Creswick. Our boutique store in Vincent Street specialises in natural fibre knitwear in Alpaca, Cashmere, Possum and Merino for ladies, men and children. There’s a great range of gifts and accessories as well. 79 Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2936 Railway Parade Creswick 3363 03 5345 2202

Dayget Offering 160+ hand chosen properties with an easy to use website and welcoming check in, Dayget is Daylesford and the region’s premier accommodation booking agency. 14 Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 4422



Artedeco An ever-changing collection of Original pieces from 1920 onwards. Furniture, lighting, posters, Art, vintage fashion, jewellery and designer couture from all over the world. Shop 3/27 Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 | 0407 321865 |

Mercato at Daylesford Award winning Chef/Owner Richard Mee creates contemporary dishes inspired by the richness of local produce. The arrays of flavours are easily matched by a generous wine list. 32 Raglan Street Daylesford 3460 | 03 5348 4488 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 94 | V I S I T O R G U I D E






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Delicious all day grazing in the enchanted Botanic Gardens on Wombat Hill, Daylesford..

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Daylesford Hands on classes, demonstrations or workshops with some of Australia’s best chefs, producers and winemakers. For full calendar and to book visit

Chefs presenting in 2016 include: Shane Delia, Ross Lusted, Adriano Zumbo, Scott Pickett, Frank Camorra & Rosa Mitchell

Lake House. Hotel – Restaurant – Spa. King Street, Daylesford, VIC 3460 Australia T +61 3 5348 3329 E LakeHouseDaylesford Tag us #wellbeingregion


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Belvedere Social Contemporary bar and bistro in central Daylesford, inspired by the seasons and local producers. Beautiful spaces and vine-covered courtyard perfect for boutique events and groups. 82b Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2088 |

Bokeh Bokeh proudly stocks the work of over 40 independent Australian artists, makers and designers. Our range features handmade ceramics, jewellery, wood, metal, textiles and glass. 66 Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3936 |

Bromley & Co A unique combination of art gallery, fashion boutique and homewares, David and Yuge Bromley have created a visual feast to reflect their own lives and passion. 45A Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3979 |

Bromley & Co - The East Street Gallery Housed is part of the historically rich, large scale East Street buildings, Bromley & Co presents unique art, sculpture and events from our warehouse gallery. 39 East Street Daylesford 3460 03 534 82052 |

Central Springs Inn Enjoy a friendly welcome at Central Springs Inn, centrally located and heritage listed. Room options include spas, fireplaces and unique family rooms. Book at 6 Camp Street Daylesford 3460 | 03 5348 3134 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 98 | V I S I T O R G U I D E


Chocolate Mill Over 100 Belgian chocolate varieties hand-made before your eyes. Café serves award-winning hot chocolate and ice-cream sundaes to die for! 5451 Midland Highway Mount Franklin 3461 03 5476 4208 |

Cliffy's Emporium An iconic food store and menu of seasonal, local and fresh produce; that is the heart of the philosophy of Cliffy’s Emporium. Under new ownership! 30 Raglan Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3279 |

Convent Gallery The gallery is more than a three level haven of fine art in an historic 19th century mansion. With retail, restaurants, restored chapel, nuns museum, penthouse and function rooms. 7 Daly Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3211 |

Convent Gallery - Bad Habbits Café In an atmosphere enhanced by the high atrium ceiling, peaceful palms filtering light, art-filled walls and pleasant aromas you can enjoy a light morning or afternoon tea, or a substantial breakfast or lunch. 7 Daly Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3211 |

Daylesford Ballooning Fly with us over the vibrant Daylesford region. This is hot air ballooning at its purest, as close to nature as you can get. 03 9429 0277 DOWNLOAD OUR APP Tag us #wellbeingregion


Daylesford Bowling Club We are not just a bowling club! We offer excellent meals, friendly relaxing atmosphere and fantastic views of Daylesford. Why not come and see for yourself? 8 Camp Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2130 |

Daylesford Cider Company The Tavern cellar-door serves up Daylesford Cider’s multiaward winning range Wednesday to Sunday. Weekend menu, live music, lawn games, private functions, Orchard/ Cidery Tours (bookings essential). 155 Dairy Flat Road Musk 3461 03 5348 2275 |

Daylesford Cottage Directory Selection of affordable self-contained properties around Daylesford/Hepburn. From 1-5 bedrooms, sleep up to 18. Romantic, cozy, rustic, trendy, country style, wood fires, air-con, acreage, pets. 8 Park Lane, Daylesford, VIC 3460 0438 662 201 | bookings@daylesfordcottagedirectory.

Daylesford Day Spa & Beauty A full range of pampering and beauty treatments, including relaxation massage, deep tissue, stone, bamboo, wraps, scrubs, facials and all your beauty needs. 25 Albert Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2331 |

Daylesford Hotel Daylesford’s most iconic restored hotel. Seasonal menu celebrating regional produce. Exceptional beer & wine list. Magnificent balcony, large beer garden, pub-style accommodation. Lunch Friday-Monday. Dinner 7 Nights. 2 Burke Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2335 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 100 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Daylesford Massage Healing Centre A beautiful, restful, nurturing space to retreat and indulge. Enjoy our wide range of massage, facials, body treatments and energy healings to restore balance naturally. 5/11 Howe Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1099 |

Daylesford Massage Healing Centre Retail Indulge in a great range of high quality crystals, jewellery, books, CD’s, tarot/oracle cards, singing bowls, soaps, body products, essential oils and much more. 5/11 Howe Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1099 |

Daylesford Royal Hotel Located in the centre of Historic Daylesford, the Heart of Spa Country. Award winning service and facilities. A truly unique getaway. Boutique accommodation, bistro and café featuring local produce and wines 27 Vincent Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2205 | |

Daylesford Spa Country Railway Travel on our heritage trains then visit our famous market every Sunday. For something different try our ‘Silver Streak’ food and wine train on the 1st Saturday of every month. 18 Raglan Street Daylesford 3460 0421 780 100 or 03 53483503 (Sunday only) |

Glenlyon Estate Glenlyon Estate is the home of the premium Ellender Wines grown on the beautiful and secluded vineyards in the village of Glenlyon, near Daylesford. The Estate is the perfect spot to host proposals, engagements, weddings or special occasions overlooking the picturesque lake and gardens. 260 Green Gully Road Glenlyon 3461 | 03 5348 7785 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP


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Grange Bellinzona At Grange Bellinzona discover intimate garden settings, pool, spa facilities and gorgeous accommodation, perfect for short breaks or special celebrations. 77 Main Road Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5348 2271 |

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa The Bathhouse and Sanctuary provide relaxing bathing options while The Spa offers an array of spa therapies. 20 Mineral Springs Reserve Road Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5321 6000 |

Hepburn Pavilion The Hepburn Pavilion’s historic tea room is open daily for delicious morning and afternoon tea, serving freshly baked scones, a selection of fine cakes and light lunches. 20 Mineral Springs Reserve Road Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5321 6000 |

Herbal Lore Experience the full flavour of masterfully blended, distilled, organic herbs in liqueurs designed to awaken the senses, fuel your zest for life and bring harmony to your world. Lot 2 Railway Crescent Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1920 |

Lake House Restaurant Two Chefs Hats. The Financial Review Top 30 Restaurants. Wine List of the Year. Iconic contemporary restaurant nestled on the shores of Lake Daylesford. King Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3329 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 104 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Passing Clouds Winery A 2nd generation family run winery, producing handcrafted wines since 1974. We produce stellar sparkling, white and reds, specialising in our estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 30 Roddas Lane Musk 3461 03 5348 5550 |

Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel Established in 1935, this elegant boutique hotel, restaurant and spa set amidst stunning sculpted gardens is located in the heart of the village of Hepburn Springs. 124 Main Road Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5348 2202 |

Radio Springs Hotel A comfortable, cosy, atmospheric boutique hotel, with a quaint bar offering regional wines and seven beers on tap. Indoor and outdoor dining, accommodation, live music, films and rambling garden. 1 High Street Lyonville 3461 03 5348 5562 |

RedBeard Historic Bakery RedBeard is famous for handmade, organic sourdough, baked in a huge, 19th century oven. Enjoy an indulgent breakfast, a lovely lunch, or scrumptious coffee and cake, in RedBeard’s licensed café. 38A High Street Trentham 3458 03 5424 1002 |

RedBeard Historic Bakery Baking Workshops A comprehensive hands-on full day of traditional wild ferment sourdough bread making - leaven creation, kneading, shaping, proving & baking. “It was the best cooking-based workshop I have ever attended!” Astrid 2015 38A High Street Trentham 3458 | 03 5424 1002 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP


Salus Spa Australasia’s Best Spa Experience – on Lake Daylesford at the Lake House Hotel. The focus is hydrotherapy, rejuvenating massage & premium beauty treatments. Open 7 days. King Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3329 |

Shakti Massage Shakti Massage specialise in Remedial, Relaxation, Rejuvenation, Pregnancy/prenatal, Deep Tissue and Ayurveda. Be energised, renewed and transformed with a personalised and tailored treatment. 1 Rosella Lane Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1629 | |

Shizuka Ryokan Japanese country spa & wellness retreat Victorian Tourism Award winner, Australia’s renowned Japanese guesthouse is an indulgent retreat featuring traditional comfortable accommodation, lovingly-prepared cuisine, luxurious spa treats and holistic wellness services. 7 Lakeside Drive Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5348 2030 | |

Amazing Mill Market The Amazing Mill Markets. Simply that - AMAZING! With Australia’s largets mix of collectables, home decor, fashion (new & vintage), jewellery, boys toys, and everything in between. 105 Central Springs Road Daylesford 3460 03 5348 4332 |

Peppermill Café Local Dani Dwyer has taken the reigns of Peppermill Cafe at The Amazing Mill Market, with ‘all day’ breakfast and fresh juices and smoothies. 105 Central Springs Road Daylesford 3460 03 5348 4332 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 106 | V I S I T O R G U I D E


The Argus Dining Room The Argus chefs expertly weave their very own farm produce into an imaginative menu supported by a highly awarded wine list (Gourmet Traveller – 3 glasses). 124 Main Road Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5348 4199 |

The Cosmopolitan Hotel Enjoy the best regional food, wine, craft beer and cider at the iconic Cosmopolitan Hotel. Relax in the magnificent beer garden shaded by century old elms. Cnr High Street & Cosmo Road Trentham 3458 03 5424 1516 |

The Farmers Arms Cozy and friendly, The Farmers Arms offers the perfect blend of country charm combined with a sophisticated menu, extensive wine list and down-to-earth service. 1 East Street Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2091 |

The Mineral Spa A beautiful, idyllic sanctuary in the heart of Hepburn Springs offering exclusive natural mineral water bathing, massage and luxurious treatments designed to reinvigorate and restore. 124 Main Road Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5348 2100 |

Wombat Hill House Enchanting cafĂŠ in the Botanic Gardens offering simple, fresh seasonal menus with a focus on local produce. Outdoor seating in the kitchen garden. Puppies welcome. Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, entry off Central Springs Road at Stanhope Street Daylesford 3460 03 4373 0099 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP Tag us #wellbeingregion


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Creswick, Clunes & the area beyond Clunes

Dean, Creswick, Rocklyn, Coghills Creek, Newlyn, Allendale, Blampied, Smeaton, Clunes, Campbelltown, Glengower, Yandoit, Guildford, Clydesdale, Newstead Travelling through the exceptionally picturesque hills of Yandoit, this land steeped in SwissItalian heritage will suddenly become familiar if you watched the ABC program Restoration Australia. The labour of love to restore the historically significant Gervasoni Homestead (1852) has re-energised this significant landmark. Continuing your adventure of discovery through this rich tapestry, you will eventually reach Creswick. Built on the proceeds of rich gold deposits mined from the 1850s, today this township displays fine examples of the grand architecture so reminiscent of a bygone era. Far from being ‘just’ a mining town, Creswick is the birthplace of reforestation and is the continuing home of the School of Forestry, which first opened its doors to students over 100 years ago evolving its focus from axes to ecology. It is also the birthplace of one of Australia’s most notable artistic families, the Lindsay Family, with artist Norman Lindsay perhaps the most famous of Creswick’s artistic sons.

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Newstead Clydesdale Guildford Yandoit Glengower Campbelltown

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Eating, drinking and shopping are activities that Creswick does fabulously – sample an irresistible cake from French patisserie Le Peche Gourmand, or purchase the impeccable local produce from Creswick Country Fresh. The goldfields town of Clunes also has claims to fame beyond being the place of Victoria’s first gold strike in 1851. It is one of the most intact 19th century towns in the Central Goldfields, boasting original shop fronts and buildings. The widely acclaimed annual Clunes Booktown Festival is a must do, as Clunes is one of only 15 internationally recognised Booktowns, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Get lost in an astonishing array of bookshops offering the whole gamut from collectables to bargains. And don’t miss the opportunity to drop into Blampied’s Swiss Mountain Hotel, Victoria’s oldest weatherboard hotel now lovingly restored, for a local craft beer or other refreshments. |


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Smeaton Hotel

Chris Maldon & Wayne Cross Owners, Spa Country What is your favourite secret location in the region? (Which you may or may not want to share!) We have a couple of secrets that we’re happy to share. On Friday evenings Neil Newitt hosts a wine bar at his photography shop in Clunes, a great way to end the week! Mt Beckworth Wines cellar door in Clunes is another great secret spot, they offer drinks and nibbles from 5pm on Sunday.

What do you love about where you live? We love the diversity of the region; Daylesford and surrounds are not your typical country towns. There is a very cosmopolitan feel but in a natural bush setting. We also love the landscape, particularly the volcanic plains that surround our farm at Smeaton. We live in an historic stone farm house that we restored, growing fruits and vegetables for our restaurant and raising rare breed sheep and cattle. What are your five favourite food or wine spots? We have a few favourite places for food and wine. Annie Smithers’ du Fermier in nearby Trentham, The Farmers Arms in Daylesford, Small Holdings in Malmsbury, Le Peche Gourmand in Creswick and of course the wonderfully restored Swiss Mount Hotel in Blampied.

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What are your top five must do’s in your backyard when visitors come? It’s a challenge to limit the list to just five, but here they are: Take a drive through the surrounding villages! Horse riding at Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides. Experience the region’s famous mineral water and spa therapies. Visit a Farmers’ Market. Visit a gallery. What is your favourite time of year in the region and why? Every season of the year has its own beauty so it’s hard to pick one! Autumn is a favourite for a lot of locals because the town becomes ablaze with colour but we particularly like winter.

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Out & About

Clunes Anderson’s Mill

Creswick Golf

Anderson’s Mill is an important part of Victoria’s Goldfield’s heritage. Located in a truly-postcard setting on the banks of Birch’s Creek at Smeaton, Anderson’s Mill stands as a reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850s. Standing much like it was over 100 years ago, the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificently-crafted iron water wheel are still in place.

The RACV Goldfields Resort Golf Course was designed by internationally-renowned golf course architect, Tony Cashmore. This legendary course designer’s magnificent vision resulted in a golf course of forest framed greens, fairways set in exclusive cathedral-like passages, sweeping slopes and cooling creek systems invoking a unique forest experience between Ballarat and Daylesford.

Smeaton. For more information

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Eastern Peake Winery

Loddon River

Eastern Peake is a leader in boutique wines, selling exclusively to restaurants and niche retailers nationally. With a brand new function/tasting room at the Vineyard, visitors are welcome to experience Eastern Peake wines in the stunning surrounds.

The Loddon was named by Major Mitchell after a river near his birthplace in Hampshire, England. It is home to a variety of native fish species such as River Blackfish, Murray cod, Silver Perch and Golden Perch and a very popular fishing camping, walking, hiking, rock climbing, water sports and relaxation spot. The Loddon River formed the lively homelands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

67 Pickfords Rd, Coghills Creek Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides Set amongst the rolling hills of the Mount Prospect district, you will delight in the fun country horse riding experience provided by the Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides, located 10 minutes from Creswick. 60 Telegraph Road, Mount Prospect Historical Clunes The site of Victoria’s first gold strike, Clunes is located in a steep valley surrounded by smooth hills, which are actually extinct volcanoes. Clunes is one of the most intact nineteenth century towns in the Central Goldfields, home to numerous authentic bluestone and brick buildings. Fraser Street, the commercial centre, is wide and elegant, full of nineteenth century shops with original storefronts and distinctive verandas. Walk the streets of this wondrous historical town and transport yourself to yesteryear. For more information Lambley Garden & Nursery Set in and around a robust, old farmhouse in the hot dry wind-swept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields. Lambley’s complex of gardens are an inspiration to visitors from around the world and a mustsee for anyone planning a garden in the Australian climate.

Loddon River Road, Newstead Magic Pudding Playground The Lindsays, one of Australia’s best known artistic families, are synonymous with Creswick. Here you’ll find a Playground based around the characters and events from the much-loved Norman Lindsay book The Magic Pudding. So much fun for all the family. Raglan Street, Creswick Newlyn Reservoir Located about 11 km from Creswick on the road to Daylesford; follow the signs just past the Newlyn Hotel on the right. Regarded as the number one fishing location in the area, reports of fish taken from Newlyn Reservoir are often found in local and Melbourne papers. There are Redfin of all sizes, Brown and Rainbow Trout up to about 3kg in size. There are great BBQ facilities (take your own wood) and a playground for children. Newlyn Reservoir is a fabulous spot for the entire family to enjoy. Newlyn Reservoir Road, Newlyn

395 Lester Road, Ascot

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RACV Goldfields Resort RACV Goldfields Resort is a countryside retreat perfectly situated to soak up the region’s beauty, history, arts and culture. RACV Members receive 25% off accommodation. 1500 Midland Highway Creswick 3363 03 5345 9600 | |

Tuki Tuki offers you a unique rural experience, with the opportunity to dine on your catch or enjoy other products grown on the farm, our native grass fed lamb and beef. A warm fire welcomes you over winter or dine alfresco over summer. 60 Stoney Rises Road Smeaton 3364 | 03 5345 6233 | | DOWNLOAD OUR APP 116 | V I S I T O R G U I D E


Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides conducts rides for beginners up to experienced riders. The rides are taken into picturesque Wombat Forest. Call Kieran on 0408 059 125 to book your ride. 60 Telegraph Road Mount Prospect 3364 0408 059 125 |

Overwrought Overwrought offer the visitor a sculpture garden, which features a range of uniquley Australian garden art, made onsite, and a gallery which showcases local artists. 3409 Midland Highway Blampied 3364 0403 675 170 |

Swiss Mountain Hotel The Swiss Mountain Hotel, established in 1865, is one of regional Victoria’s oldest licensed hotels. Open 7 days a week serving beer, wine, coffee & cakes & Frangos style comfort food. 3454 Midland Highway Blampied 3364 03 5345 7006 |

Tangled Maze “Getting lost is only half the fun!” Tangled Maze, Mini Golf, Indoor Synthetic Ice Skating & Laser Tag, New Café. Mistydowns Nursery- Roses, Peonies & Perennials. 2301 Midland Highway Springmount 3364 03 5345 2847 |

The American Creswick Award winning hotel, renowned for intimate, casual dinner parties, lunch with friends, catered functions in private spaces, great meals, selection of tap beers, eclectic wine selection and B & B. 90 Albert Street Creswick 3363 03 5345 2510 | DOWNLOAD OUR APP Tag us #wellbeingregion


Last remaining Mill of its kind... The Creswick Woollen Mills has over 68 years of history to draw upon, and is now the only remaining coloured woollen spinning Mill of its type left in Australia. It is the Mill’s high quality of its products that has allowed it to survive in this now dying Australian industry.

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The Creswick Woollen Mills tourism exhibit “A Very Fine Yarn” showcases the journey of fibre; all the way from its source on the alpaca, through the manufacturing process and how it ends up on the shop shelf. The exhibit gives a great insight into natural fibre, how luxurious fibres are processed and gives visitors a chance to see Australian

Conveniently located between Ballarat and Daylesford, the Mill is a perfect destination for day-trippers, holiday makers and tour groups, both large and small. A typical visit to the Mill can include an information and history tour of the working

manufacturing as it happens. Creswick offers luxurious,high quality natural fibre products designed with Australian conditions in mind. Unique products created at the Mill include Alpaca blankets, throws, scarves and much more.

machinery and a chance to have your photograph taken while feeding our friendly alpacas. Why not take home an Australian made alpaca product made at the Mill?

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Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood & Surrounds

Bacchus Marsh

Bullarook, Wallace, Bungaree, Dunstown, Millbrook, Gordon, Ballan, Myrniong, Lerderderg, Greendale, Blackwood, Korweinguboora, Bacchus Marsh Visitors are instinctively drawn to the scenic parks and cool, relatively undisturbed forests of this part of the region. The Wombat State Forest and Lerderderg State Park are some of the most ideal natural locations for spotting Australia’s much-loved furry creatures – fluffy – eared koalas, velvety kangaroos and chubby wombats. Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood proudly owns a rich history worth exploring. Originally inhabited by the Kutung, the Wathaurong, the Wurundjeri, the Jaara

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and the Ngurelban Indigenous tribes, this connection can still be seen through place names such as Myrniong, which was named with the murrnong plant in mind, the Aboriginal word for ‘yam daisy’ – a popular food source. Successive waves of farmers, goldminers and timber workers have all shaped the personality of this land with the legacy still on show in the small towns of Blackwood, Bacchus Marsh and beyond. One of Victoria’s famous bushrangers, Captain

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Korweinguboora Blackwood

Bullarook Bungaree








Myrniong NORTH

Wurundjeri & Wathaurong Country


If the deep dark forests and old pubs don’t excite, then the sweet orchards dripping with fruit will delight.

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Moonlight, has even been tied to this area. Today you can go for a drive and uncover all the new features of this place, such as quaint roadside stalls selling seasonal local produce from berries in summer to potatoes in winter. Or you can eat your way around the newest cafes, restaurants and check out the provedores focussing on the rich pickings from local producers. Even Hollywood recognised the beauty of this part of the world, with Greendale’s

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scenic rolling hills and lush country landscapes featuring in Paramount Pictures’ $100 million remake of the children’s 1952 classic tale, Charlotte’s Web. As you enter Bacchus Marsh, it’s hard not to miss the famous Avenue of Honour, a truly grand road lined by hundreds of elm, oaks and plane trees, planted to honour those who served during World War One.

Sheina & Bob Petch Gordon Hat Shoppe What do you think is the best kept secret about your backyard/area? The best kept secret in Gordon is that it is a small and compact village but with so much to do. People love to visit our two shoppes where we sell unique and intriguing hats, capes and berets. There’s also the charming Billy Boils Café which features a musical flavour, with local musicians regularly dropping by to perform. It also serves up fine food and Devonshire tea. Or for lovers of arts, antiques and collectables there’s The Shambles, a treasure trove worth exploring.

What do you love about where you live? We love living in the village of Gordon. It’s so well situated, whether you’re coming from Ballarat, Daylesford, Ballan or Melbourne, and has a beautiful historic streetscape with some quite quirky attractions. We particularly love the country atmosphere and the local community which is so supportive. What is the best part of waking up in the region? This is a really beautiful place to call home. We’re surrounded by farming land so we feel like we’re a world away from the city. In the cooler months we have to remember to keep warm when we go for crisp walks with our beautiful Golden Retriever Cloe, and then we have the joy of coming back to a roaring wood fire.

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When did you officially become a local? Not sure we are yet! We’ve both been living in Gordon for 10 years and really feel like we’re now part of the community. We renovated the Hat Shoppe, which was originally the Gordon Anglican Church. We also renovated The Shambles which is next door. We love living in this country area and would never move back to city life where we came from. Bob and I have taken great pride in creating our shoppes, and we know they are quite unique. What is your favourite time of year in the region and why? It’s impossible to choose a favourite time of the year as we love them all. What we do love is that every season is different. We only have to look out the window to know what time of the year we’re in!

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Allen’s Emporium is Blackwood’s antique and bookshop set in a beautiful heritage garden. Its aim is to make bargain hunters happy and content, and quite smug about their treasures.

15 Martin Street, Blackwood

Bacchus Marsh

The Blackwood Hotel was built in 1868, and is the oldest weatherboard pub with a continuous licence. Worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere or choose a meal from the enticing menu sourced from local produce.

Pick your own in Bacchus Marsh

22 Martin St, Blackwood

Recreational fruit picking, otherwise known as ‘pick your own’, is an extremely popular family friendly pastime in the Bacchus Marsh vicinity.

Lerderderg River

Naturipe 638 Bacchus Marsh Road (Avenue of Honour), Bacchus Marsh Blackwood – historic goldmining village In 1855, the goldmining village of Blackwood had 13,000 prospectors on the hunt for instant wealth. Today, those golden days are gone but this historic village remains, situated amidst the tall timbers and lush greenery of the Wombat State Forest. Discover a whole new world of riches by paying this quaint town a visit. The Garden of St Erth is a must-stop destination for visitors to Blackwood. Enjoy its expansive gardens, historic sandstone homestead, abundant orchards, rare perennials, Diggers Garden Shop, nursery and café.

189 Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood The Blackwood Merchant is a local café and fine provedore, where you can take joy in tasty food sourced from the region, with breathtaking views thrown in for free.

This river is known for the Lerderderg Gorge Picnic Ground, camping, bushwalking and fishing activities. In earlier days, gold was mined in the upper reaches, and some of the old mines (considered dangerous to enter) can be seen as you travel along the sluice on the east bank, which previously fed into those mines.

Lerderderg State Forest Soda Mineral Water When gold was discovered in Blackwood, it was a dark, wet forest with rainfall exceeding one metre yearly. Chinese miners panning in the Lerderderg River found springs on either side; one is now known as Soda Spring. In 1887, a government analyst described the springs as an equal of Apollinaris, a German mineral water selling for two shillings and sixpence a bottle. Today you can sample and bottle the spring water for free! How awesome?

Huggett Lane, Blackwood

21 Martin Street, Blackwood

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Garden of St Erth Explore secret gardens full of flowers and a modern food forest filled with heriloom vegetables. Ask about the special events and workshops that we hold all year. 189 Simmons Reef Road Blackwood 3458 03 5368 6514 |

Garden of St Erth Store & Café After a stroll around the garden, pick up all of your gardening needs from the Diggers Garden Shop and nursery or dine on our fresh organic produce picked fresh daily and used on our menu in the café. 189 Simmons Reef Road Blackwood 3458 03 5368 6514 |

Greendale Hotel Its 150 years old and still going strong. Locals come from far and wide, patrons who pass by on the Trentham Tourist Route. 3 Greendale-Myrniong Road Greendale 3341 03 5368 1355

The Wallace Hotel A fabulous place to MEET - EAT - DRINK. A charming hotel worth the journey as a destination. You will love the atmosphere, the eclectic décor, the amazing gardens and friendliness. 741 Bungaree-Wallace Road Wallace 3352 03 5334 0322 DOWNLOAD OUR APP Tag us #wellbeingregion


This is the Victorian Visitor information symbol. You’ll find this yellow “i” on roads all over Victoria and it means you’re not far from one of our accredited Visitor Information Centres. They are your guarantee of up to date quality information and expert advice about every piece of Victoria and they are open from 9am – 5pm, seven days a week (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) For train information visit Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre 215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh | Tel 03 5367 7488 Daylesford Regional Visitor information Centre 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford | Tel 03 5321 6123 or 1800 454891 Kyneton Visitor Information Centre High Street, Kyneton | Tel 03 5422 6110 or 1800 244 711 Melton Visitor Information Centre 323 High Street, Melton | Tel 03 9747 7300 Seymour Visitor Information Centre 47 Emily Street, Seymour | Tel 03 5799 0233 Sunbury Visitor Information Centre 43 Macedon Street, Sunbury | Tel 03 9744 2291 or 1800 677 995 Woodend Visitor Information Centre High Street, Woodend | Tel 03 5427 2033 or 1800 244 711 Mobility Access - TrailRider The TrailRider is an all-terrain access wheelchair which allows community members and tourists with physical and mobility issues to explore the great outdoors and experience parks, reserves, tracks and trails. Available free from the following locations Hepburn Shire, Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre at 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford. Bookings essential phone 5348 6123 or email Moorabool Shire, Lerderderg Library, 215 Main St, Bacchus Marsh. Bookings essential – phone 5366 7100 or email Published in Jan 2016 by Daylesford Macedon Ranges Regional Tourism Board Inc, 1/57 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460 (A005185P) DMR Tourism is committed to improving the quality of service in tourism and enhancing the visitor experience. If you have any feedback or comments on this guide, please contact us. or 03 5309 2770. Information in this booklet was correct at time of printing and is provided in good faith, however no responsibility will be taken for any inaccuracies, changes, errors or misconceptions of any kind. Some of the photography contained in this guide has been taken by local photographers, Marnie Hawson, Kim Selby, Alina Golovachenko, Bruce Hedge, David Hannah and David Kirkland. Created by Seventyfour Design

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Daylesford Macedon - Visitor Guide 2016  

Take some quality time out of your busy life and make sure you visit this exceptional region. Here you’ll discover the quirky, the interesti...

Daylesford Macedon - Visitor Guide 2016  

Take some quality time out of your busy life and make sure you visit this exceptional region. Here you’ll discover the quirky, the interesti...