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D AY L E S F O R D & M AC E D O N R A N G E S Visitor Guide


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Clydesdale

Yandoit

Campelltown

Drummond Denver

Rocklyn

kyneton

Springhill Glenlyon Wheatsheaf

Carlesru

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Fern Hill

Lyonville

Newbury Korweinguboora

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Lauriston

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Porcupine Ridge Shepherds Flat

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Guildford

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W E LCO M E

Welcome to a region with abundance at your fingertips. Taste, sight, sound, touch and smell. Born from a plush, undulating land you will be able to taste artisan produce and drink full bodied wine, see and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, heritage gardens and majestic forests, hear and identify Australia’s darlings: wombats, kookaburras, colourful rosellas and spiny echidnas; feel the bubbly, fresh spring waters dance on your tongue and smell the fresh, clean air and soothing aromas of bread baking in traditionally restored wood fired bakeries. This intriguing place possesses the largest collection of natural mineral springs in Australia formed by its mountainous location and volcanic activity. Simultaneously vibrant and tranquil, your wellbeing will be rejuvenated by nature walks in the bush and by flowing creeks, streams and picturesque lakes, and then experience the unique and abundant spas, mineral springs and health treatments on offer. Attracting nationally and internationally acclaimed awards and accolades for its local, gourmet food and wine culture. An action packed year round calendar of festivals, events and happenings that reflects the region’s quirky, edgy personality as well as authentic country experiences. Tag us #wellbeingregion

So easy to get to from the heart of Melbourne; a simple 30-minutes by car, or if you wish by train. The broad range of quality accommodation effortlessly services the boutique crowd through to the more relaxed groups of family and friends. Bustling full of dynamic collections of home-grown immersive experiences, this exceptional location will immediately capture, enrich and rejuvenate your soul. Hard to forget and to not revisit time and again, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges inspires everyone.

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A LAND OF PLENTY

TA S TE ARTIS A N PRODUCE A N D DRINK FULL B ODIED WINE. T H E REGION STRETCHES FROM M E L B O URNE’S EDGES THROUGH THE RO L L ING HILLS AND VALL EYS OF D A YL ESFORD AND MA CEDON RANGES A S FA R A S THE GOULBURN RIVERS F ERT I L E PL AINS. A TREA SURE TROVE F I L L E D WITH SOME OF VICTORIA’S BEST FOOD AND WINE.

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E AT & D R I N K L O C A L Locality, sustainability, seasonality and unbridled passion for all year round environmental growing practices are attributes purely personified by the area’s small-scale orchards, vineyards, farmers and producers. Visit Bacchus Marsh, Seymour or Upper Plenty and weave your way through orchards and gardens growing a vast range of fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Many of the region’s vignerons are acknowledged as the core of Australia’s best, with some internationally recognised. Many receive accolades for their cool climate wines, sporting unique, distinct and robust flavours. This is home to some of Victoria’s most established growers; here wines of distinction emerge from the cold climate, as true winners. Sunbury, with its warmer & drier climate, claims some of the oldest vineyards, most with welcoming cellar doors offering tastings all year round. Crafted beers from numerous local breweries in - locations such as Tooboorac found in Tooboorac and Woodend, can also be visited. There you can sample these local brews, complementing the delectable wines made for all tables right across the region and beyond.

Organic, heirloom and everyday produce is what the region does best. Growers and producers located through the Daylesford Hepburn part of the region give thanks to the Swiss-Italian settlers who landed in the 1850s and 60s, bringing their passion for food and wine to the rich and fertile land they called home.

Undeniably Australia’s leading foodie territory; words fully supported by the recognition of the brilliant Age Good Food Guide two hatted gourmet restaurant Lake House, (Daylesford) and one hatted Annie Smithers’ Bistrot, (Kyneton), The Argus Dining Room, (Hepburn Springs), du Fermier, (Trentham) and Kazuki’s, (Daylesford).

Think cherries, zucchinis and beans in summer, rare varieties of mushrooms in autumn and up to 30 kinds of potatoes and root vegetables in winter. Biodynamic and organic practices are taken very seriously by the many local food businesses, with ever evolving techniques. Free-range meats, meat products and organic poultry hail from rare-breed farms, and lovingly handmade specialty cheeses made from cow, sheep and goat’s milk steadily receive countless awards. Let’s not forget the superior taste of the year-long supplies of trout, Murray River cod, eels and yabbies, plus the rich extra virgin olive oils and an array of specialty products fit for anyone’s pantry; king or peasant. 8 | Visitor Guide

Outstanding dishes, award winning wine lists and impeccable service are consistently praised and rewarded through the Chef’s Hats from quality publications including: The Age Good Food Guide, Delicious Produce Awards, and Gourmet Traveller, as well as the ongoing glowing reviews and features generated by local and global media channels.

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MEET SOME OF THE REGION’S PASSIONATE SUSTAINA BL E PRODUCERS Create your own food experience by grabbing a basket and plotting your journey to visit one of the many farmers markets that are on every weekend. Pop into one of our dedicated food providores, such as Cliffy’s Emporium, Daylesford, where the shelves and fridges are stocked with some of the region’s best food and wine. Pack your esky and take home a tasty collection of lovingly home grown and handmade delicacies to share with family or friends or perhaps just fill your pantry.

T H E AG E G O O D FOOD GUIDE 2015 Restaurants The Grande Hotel – Hepburn Springs Mercato - Daylesford Mr Carsisi – Kyneton Sault – Sailors Falls Cafes & Pub Dining Breakfast & Beer – Daylesford Captains Creek Café – Blampied Colenso – Woodend Daylesford Hotel – Daylesford Farmers Arms – Daylesford L’Osteria of Ellender Estate – Glenlyon Merindoc Café & Cellar Door – Tooborac The Perfect Drop – Daylesford Pizza Verde – Kyneton Small Holdings – Malmsbury Tuki – Smeaton The Village Larder – Woodend Wombat Hill House – Daylesford

Curly Flat achieved 5 star ‘Exceptional’ status for ‘wines rated between 97 and 99 out of a possible 100. Hanging Rock Winery, Eastern Peake and Passing Clouds achieved 5 star rating and Gisborne Peak 4 stars – both ‘Outstanding’ status for wines rated 95 -96 – gold medal standard with a great pedigree. Ellender Estate and Zig Zag Road were awarded 3 stars for ‘wines of good commercial quality’ rating 84 – 85.

DELICIOUS AWARDS 2014 – WINNERS & MEDALISTS F R O M T H E PA D D O C K

Warialda Belted Galloways, Grass-fed Heritage Beef, Vic “Their commitment to excellence and ethical production is obvious in the taste.” Christine Manfield H A L L O F FA M E Holy Goat Cheese La Luna, Vic “The Hall of Fame recognises the incredible achievement made in keeping these products at a consistently high level, while upholding standards of ethics and sustainability.” Lucy Allon M E DA L L I S T

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F E S T I VA L S & EVENTS

Feel like letting your hair down and celebrating life in a uniquely Country Victorian way? Look no further than our region with a reputable year-round calendar of events that is full of cultural experiences to be relished and enjoyed with family and friends. Tag us #wellbeingregion

Think arts, culture, food, wine and music and you have drawn a map of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. Reserve a seat at a world-class event or book a ticket to a home grown festival and live like a local, enjoying that ‘sense of place’. Indulge in the diversity and discover why it’s a fabulous place to live and work. International concerts at Hanging Rock, Clunes Booktown, ChillOut, Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Harvest Week Festival and Lost Trades Fair, are only a small sample of the long list available to you. Immerse yourself in the local festivities, engage with your heritage and inspire the communities to feel even more proud of their image and identity.

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JUNE

Glenlyon Sports Day

Woodend Winter Arts Festival

New Year’s Day Hanging Rock Races Australia Day Hanging Rock Races Lavandula’s Harvest Festival NMIT Woodend Cup

FEBRUARY Annual Picnic & Vintage Car Display Regional Producers Day Picnic at Hanging Rock Film Night Seymour Alternative Farming Expo Kyneton Music Festival

M ARCH Feast of March Moorabool ChillOut Bullarto Tractor Pull Garden of St Erth Autumn Festival Craft Market at the Rock Bacchus Marsh Harvest Festival Lost Trades Fair

APRIL GREAT Macedon Ranges Grand Tour Artanica Andersons Mill Festival Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Week Festival

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

MAY Clunes Booktown Festival Celebration of the Lindsays

JULY Glenlyon Food and Wine Fayre

AUGUST Words in Winter

S E PTE M BER Annual Plant lovers Market & Open Garden Kyneton Antique Fair Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival

O C T O B ER Sunbury Wine & Food Festival Craft Market at the Rock Clunes Booktown for Kids

N O V E M BER DMR Open Studios Djerriwarrh Festival Swiss Italia Festa NMIT Kyneton Cup Budburst Wine & Food Festival Strawberries & Cherries Festival The Malmsbury Village Fayre

D E C E M B ER Kyneton Christmas Race Meet Daylesford Highland Gathering Daylesford New Year’s Eve Gala

Trentham Spudfest

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THE ART OF MAKING ART ‘Art’ is a word synonymous with the rich heritage of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. Wander down one of the many enticing high streets in the district, and you will encounter all kinds of artistic creations lovingly put together by the many artists who live here. Indeed an eclectic bag of artistic goodness: textiles, public art, sculptures, paintings, printmaking, drawings and photography, will jump out at you from every corner, nook and cranny. You will find artists beavering away in niche shops, galleries, artists’ studios and bungalows, places giving shape to creative projects that fill the senses and feed the souls of all who decide to stop in and have a browse. The friendly local artist communities, with their flare and originality, consistently inspire and draw visitors to our area. And the lively streetscapes and classic architecture certainly generate repeat visits from those wanting yet another artistic fill. Pick any season to get out of your comfort zone, take a trip to explore the region’s artist trails and you will gain a new repertoire of artistic works to fill your mind and your home.

D I D YOU KNOW…? Per capita, the Macedon Ranges has more professional artists than anywhere else in Victoria. The Macedon Regional Park was the natural backdrop used by Frederick McCubbin when he painted his famous triptych The Pioneer (1904). Creswick is the birthplace of the Lindsays, perhaps Australia’s best known artistic family including: Percy Lindsay (landscape painter) and Norman Lindsay (painter, sculptor and writer), who immortalised the town in his novel Redheap. The heritage streetscapes of Clunes have featured in Australian films: Ned Kelly (starring Heath Ledger), Mad Max (starring Mel Gibson), whilst Hanging Rock was the backdrop for the classic Picnic at Hanging Rock (starring Anne Lambert).

K E Y EXPERI ENCES Bromley Gallery and Convent Gallery, Daylesford Piper Street, Kyneton. Home to some of the region’s most interesting small galleries and studios including Lauriston Press; John Lloyd Gallery; Gallery on Piper and many more. Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Open Studios MAD Gallery, Lancefield Workshops and classes throughout the region include chair or bucket making at Rundell & Rundell, hat making at the Dressing Table, the art of food & wine at Piper Street Food Company, Lake House, Red Beard Historic Bakery, Ellender Estate, Garden of St Erth, du Fermier The Argus Cooking Studio, Jonai Farms and Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese. For more information visitvictoria.com/dmr

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The Convent Daylesford Open 10am-4pm Daily 7 Daly Street, Daylesford 3460 t 03 5348 3211 e info@theconvent.com.au

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

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MARKETS

Our lively markets connect communities all year long, and give visitors a chance to shop with the locals. Buy directly from our resident farmers and producers, taste some of the regional specialities, or talk to artisan craftspeople. If you are looking for authentic, handmade, seasonal and regional food, or are just after a bargain, then we certainly have a market for you. 18 | Visitor Guide

Ballan Farmers Market

Daylesford Market

2nd Saturday each month 9am – 1pm

Every Sunday 8am – 3pm

Creswick Market

Gisborne Olde Time Market

96 Inglis Street, Ballan

Victoria Street, Creswick

Raglan Street, Daylesford

Hamilton & Aiken Streets, Gisborne

3rd Saturday each month 9am – 1pm

1st Sunday each month 9am – 2pm

Daylesford Farmers Market

Glenlyon Village Market

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

Barkly Street, Glenlyon

3rd Saturday each month 9am – 1pm


Kilmore Trackside Market

Malmsbury Village Market

3rd Saturday each month

2nd Sunday each month 8am – 3pm

East Street, Kilmore Race Track

Kyneton Farmers Market Piper Street, Kyneton

2nd Saturday each month 8am – 1pm

Lancefield Farmers Market High Street, Lancefield

4th Saturday each month 8am – 1pm

Mollison Street, Malmsbury

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

Sunbury Craft Market

Elizabeth Street, Sunbury 1st Saturday each month (excl Jan) 9am – 2pm

Tallarook Farmers Market Mechanics Institute Hall, Main Rd Tallarook 1st Sunday each month 8.30am – 1pm

Trentham Farmers Market High Street, Trentham

3rd Saturday each month 9am – 1pm

Woodend Farmers Market High Street, Woodend

1st Saturday each month 9am – 1pm

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R E TA I L T H E R A P Y Our region is well-known for its quality handcrafted artistry found in many unique boutique stores and quirky galleries. You will find the perfect present for yourself or loved ones within the vast array of spaces, each filled with exclusive creative pieces, collectables and must haves that you will not be able to resist. Stroll down the historic bluestone-paved Piper Street, Kyneton and find everything from leather bags, fashionable hats, Belgian linen, baskets, ceramics, glass, fragrances and so much more. Antique and modern Persian and oriental rugs and handcrafted jewellery can be found in charming old buildings, echoing of stories of our local history. Explore laneways, basements, courtyards and attics in Riddells Creek, Lancefield, Romsey, Clunes or Creswick for the classic through to the unusual pieces of past and present. For those with a green and sustainably-minded approach to retail therapy, garden rare species can be found in Gisborne, Macedon, Woodend, Tylden, Trentham and Blackwood. The high streets of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are filled with irresistible items from quirky and eclectic clothing stores, homewares shops and galleries, handmade chocolates and one-off Alpaca wool garments. In Sunbury, Bacchus Marsh, Kyneton, Daylesford, Creswick and Gisborne you will find all the craft elements you need to design a personal masterpiece. Get in touch with your inner bookworm by browsing the spines of rare editions and popular reads in the bookshops located in Clunes (internationally famous for the Booktown Festival), Daylesford, Kyneton, Woodend and Lancefield. Whenever you head in the region you will find exceptional shopping to be done, some great locals to meet and you will find yourself returning time after time to find more local and international products and hear about the next chapter of the tales already shared.

AWARD WINNING SPA RETREATS Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs The Mineral Spa at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs

JUNK & TR EA S U R E Someone’s junk could be your treasure when you decide to shop in our region. THE JUNK MAP Epoch Co Riddells Creek Junked Restoration Kyneton Wooden Duck Trentham Imperial Fox Daylesford Stalking Cat Macedon 2ndHand Shop Creswick ...are must stop offs for a diverse experience.

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D I S COV E R OUR SECRETS

In days gone by, it was the allure of gold that drew people to this verdant land. Today, it’s the elixir of life. Water. Or more specifically, the underground network of natural mineral aquifers that are more abundant here than anywhere else in Australia. In fact, 85% of the country’s natural mineral springs are found in this region. This very special asset gives the area unique qualities that are well known to those that live here and are increasingly being sought by those who have discovered the region’s promise of natural rejuvenation. Long regarded as a special place of healing by those who have called this place home, from the original custodians of the lands

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through to the waves of migrant settlers, to those who journeyed here to take the waters, and continuing in an unbroken line to today’s communities, here you will find experiences that relax your mind, soothe your body, and nurture your soul. The natural mineral springs bring life to this region, evident in the lushness of the landscapes and the very special tastiness of the produce grown in the mineral rich earth. It’s no co-incidence that the words ‘biodynamic’, ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ apply to so many of the area’s food and wine producers, and why their produce is sought after by anyone who cares about what they eat and drink. Experience these flavours in a local providore, on a local restaurant menu, or at Tag us #wellbeingregion

a local farmers’ market and gather your own basket full of delights. This life force continues to shape the region’s personality, resulting in an ever increasing diversity of therapies, treatments and experiences. Whole communities care about wellness and continue to attract leading practitioners of yoga, tai chi, meditation, reiki and so much more. Daylesford and surrounds have the highest concentration of massage therapists in the Southern Hemisphere. Your journey through this most special of regions will invite you to immerse yourself and find your balance. Naturally.

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Breakout box suggestions 1. One for vegetation you may see Ironbark heathland, gold dust wattle, grevilleas and orchids and so forth manna gum and box ironbark forests, and the large granite formation known as Dog Rocks 2. The story of the Sanatorium Lake Loop around the peaceful tree-fringed Sanatorium Lake, constructed to supply water to a tuberculosis sanatorium built nearby in 1899 but later destroyed by fire. You can see the nearby forest changing and evolving as it has sprung back to life after the devastating effects of the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. The trail also passes the site of an old plant nursery near the Sanatorium Picnic Ground. 3. Things you can do after your walks

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The pristine beauty of the region’s landscapes provides nature-loving visitors with a variety of rejuvenating walks, challenging mountain bike trails, horse riding, golfing, fishing, and so much more. Like moving through a series of postcards, the region offers lush forests, tranquil clear lakes, spectacular gardens, mammoth scenery and an abundance of natural springs which come in handy for when you need a drink after getting physical. 24 | Visitor Guide

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GARDENS Visit the immaculate gardens dotted around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges and get a taste of what life was like for Melbourne’s elite in the nineteenth century. In this green region you’ll also find lush tranquil forests, rolling farmland, and naturally, water – waterfalls, streams and mineral springs. 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. In the 1850s every Victorian town wanted a botanic garden to elevate its status, educate its residents about plants of the region and to provide a tranquil haven away from the growing and bustling cities. Ours are historic, varied and great spots to visit if you are a keen gardener, outdoor enthusiast or with family and friends.

Listings of botanic gardens Kyneton Botanic Gardens – Kyneton est 1858 Gisborne Botanic Gardens – Gisborne est 1992 Malmsbury Botanic Gardens – Malmsbury est 1850 Melton Botanic Gardens – Melton est 2004 Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens – Daylesford est 1860

And if all that wasn’t enough, you can… Horse racing, freaky rock formations, golf, fishing and camping, this district has it all in the outdoors to keep you interactively stimulated! Food and culture lovers Fill your basket with farm-fresh produce stopping in village to browse the delicatessens, then pack your picnic and reward your tastebuds nestling alongside a tranquil lake. For healthy fruit picking, Bacchus Marsh is your town. Indulge in a sumptuous meal and stay overnight in comfortable accommodation, then rise for morning coffee and a viewing at an elegant art gallery showcasing world-class exhibitions. Sport lovers If horse racing is a passion take a rug and champers and enjoy Kyneton Cup or Australia Day Races at Hanging Rock, Cup Day, or for awesome motorbike racing don’t miss out on the Southern Classic Historic Motorcycle Races in early November in Broadford, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Get sporty and take a stimulating horse trail ride through Manna Gum forest, or attempt the challenging golf courses of Woodend, Forest Resort golf course in Creswick or the Trentham golf course set against a gentle waterfall backdrop. Natural wonders Yes it has been there for a whopping six million years, the eternally-famous Hanging Rock. This rare volcanic formation is home of the Australia Day Races and the setting of internationally acclaimed novel and film Picnic at Hanging Rock. Get a light water spraying from the glorious five million year old Trentham Falls, Victoria’s highest single-drop waterfall. Deep in the Wombat State Forest, you won’t be able to stop ogling at this moss-covered wonderland, every sleek rock and fern frond dripping with fresh water. For deeper waters stop by Lake Daylesford - a haven for the local bird life, it’s a place for all to relax any time of year.

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WA L K I N G & H I K I N G

Walks and tracks traverse bush and cool alpine forests. Stroll amongst a variety of eucalypts and spring wildflowers. Popular wildlife like grey kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and 150 species of birds will invigorate you – that is, if you catch a sighting! Standout historic Goldfields track will take you from Ballarat to Bendigo through the old townships of, Hepburn, Daylesford and Creswick providing you with history and filling your heritage bag along the way. Choose the Wallaby Track, made up of six shorter walks, and wind through the Wombat Forest and across the Great Dividing Range,

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from Mt Buninyong to Daylesford, or branch off and take the Dry Diggings Track to link from Daylesford to Castlemaine. Together both walks total 58 kilometres. If you feel like a native forest extravaganza, check out the Forest Ecotourism Walking Trail. Feel your way through opulent ferns and catch a glimpse of gorgeous Aussieexclusive mammals. This path will lead you to the scenic Macedon Ranges Walking Trail (29 kilometres-long) where you will see the iconic Camels Hump and the Memorial Cross and superb rows of rolling hills and striking landscapes.

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C YC L I N G Welcome to the home of cycling adventures big and small, with a plethora of quiet road, cross country and casual jaunts to keep you coming back. Hop on your bike and lose yourself in the volcanic plains, country lanes and sweet single trails. For a slower paced experience, you can enjoy the country scenery while you ride and discover quality veg, fruit and artisan produce or shop at pretty niche boutiques in a variety of village town centres. Road cyclists who love long quiet roads with great coffee stops are definitely spoilt for choice.

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Grab your besties and enjoy journeying the various cycling pathways that take in creeks, lakes and botanical gardens to quaint towns like Daylesford, Clunes and Kyneton or Woodend. For a perfect car free family day the eightkilometre trail between Romsey and Lancefield has plenty of beautiful spots for a tasty picnic and much to explore in these historic towns. Take on the challenge of the Goldfields Track for an experience you’ll not forget. Originally created by gold seekers in the 1850’s the 210 kilometres of track takes you through natural bushland, pine forests and pastoral countryside with plenty of dynamic single trail, creek crossings and views. Historic townships pepper the route from Ballarat to Bendigo, allowing for a seasonal bite/

drink at one of the charming eateries found in Creswick or Daylesford. If mountain biking gets your adrenalin pumping, then this is the place for you, not just once but again and again. For some white-knuckle downhill Mt Macedon will not disappoint, remember to take in the views from the Memorial Cross and Camels Hump. If you’re riding up to the peak you can stop for a coffee at one of the cafes or pubs before the journey down. Wombat State Forest has made its mark with the mountain bike community with over 100km of single track covering a range of terrains to suit all skill levels with tons of thrills to be had. The Domino Trail travelling from Trentham to Lyonville is another awesome choice for mountain bikers and families. Adding a sprinkle of history, this popular route follows some of the notable Carlsruhe to Daylesford railway line.

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

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SUNBURY & SURROUNDS Do you have an urge to taste award winning wines, but not drive too far? Then pull into one of the nearest wineries to Melbourne only 4 kilometres from the airport. Wildwood Vineyard is located in central Oaklands Valley, Bulla in the immensely popular Sunbury wine region. Enjoy a delicious meal, or cheese platter in the atmospheric café, or simply sip a glass of wine and soak in the views spanning Melbourne’s majestic city skyline, through to stunning Port Phillip Bay and over to the bush-clad Macedon ranges. A whole day can very easily be spent relaxing and before you know it, it’s dinner time. The region has been producing cool climate wines since the 1860s and is well regarded for its award-winning Shiraz. Many of the region’s boutique wineries have a cellar door open for tasting and sales and some have cafes and restaurants open for lunch and dinner. Don’t forget to pop the last weekend in October in your diaries so you and your friends can go to the Sunbury Wine and Food Festival. Only 15 minutes further towards central Sunbury you will come across Roquette Bar and Grill serving contemporary cuisine meals within a warm and inviting ambiance. Choose from interesting tapas, or larger meals such as their famous twice-cooked pork belly. You’ll find every dish cooked to perfection and the restaurant interior small, inviting and upmarket. The Boilerhouse Art Gallery features the work of local and Melbourne-based artists. To learn more about the area’s history visit the free exhibits at George Evans Museum. There are many historic bluestone bridges, railway viaducts and churches. The area is also home to Emu Bottom Homestead, Victoria’s oldest homestead built by George Evans in 1836; the bluestone cellar door at Goona Warra Vineyard was built in 1858; and the bluestone homestead and winery at Craiglee Vineyard dates back to 1866. If you are planning on a simple day trip to nearby Diggers Rest to explore the spectacular flora and fauna, but you need to entertain the children, try dropping into Animal Land - a lively venue teeming full of energy and varieties of farm animals to view and pet. Cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, chooks, ponies, alpacas, donkeys, deer, turkeys, peacocks, cockatoos, rabbits, guinea pigs just waiting for a kid to cuddle. All family members will be able to get their hands dirty with this authentic farming experience including tractor and pony rides, milking cows, gardening and feeding all kinds of animals. If your friends and loved ones are thrilled by horse trotting and all things related to this very Victorian pastime, you can head to Tabcorp Park in neighbouring Melton. An amazing venue showcasing a world-class 1,040-metre harness racing track, four-star hotel, conference centre, function rooms, bistro and sports bars.

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M I G H T & P OW E R Melbourne Cup & Caulfield Cup winner 1997 What do you love about where you live?

What couldn’t you live without in the region?

I live here at Living Legends – an exclusive retirement village for Champion horses like myself. I won the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double in 1997 and share my golden years with other champions. I hang out with Doriemus, Better Loosen Up and Rogan Josh. Yes we are all legends. We live here in this world of horse & hoof luxury. Pampered to the point of perfection.

I put on my blinkers and gallop out to Sunbury where I can catch-up with my equine buddies in top notch café’s in O’Shannasy St. The feed out there is quality, the service is Cracker Jack and it won’t cost you big bickies.

What is your favourite secret location in the region? I’ll tell you about my special place. Odds are that most horses haven’t discovered my secret and it’s only 50 metres from my paddock. The spectacular power of the planes taking off and landing at the Tullamarine Airport. So many horses coming and going. I feel empowered when the planes roar in the air above me on take-off and when you watch them glide into land. It’s a favourite.

What is the best part of waking up in the region? The boys and I all love the hundreds of kangaroos here at Living Legends. Such unusual and awkward looking beasts. I’ll wake up in the morning with a sea of kangaroos surrounding me in my paddock. Little joeys hopping and wobbling around their mums and the big buxom bucks. It’s a beautiful way to start my day – but they are a little funny looking.

What word do you think best describes the region? Legendary

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TO D O Living Legends at Woodlands Historic Park The home of retired racehorses such as Rogan Josh, Might and Power and Brew, Living Legends at Woodlands Historic Park allows you to rub noses with legends of the racing turf, and enjoy the surrounding parklands. Visit the historic Homestead which overlooks the grassy woodlands of Gellibrand Hill. Enjoy city views, bike, hike, ride your horse and picnic in the park.

Heritage Trails and the Dry Stone Walls Self-guided walking and driving trails is a great way to explore the area’s past. Visit the local accredited visitor information centres to pick up trail and map information. Please refer to page 110 for details.

Nature, Outdoors and Family Fun

Take a ride on the Tullamarine Live Steam Train Society’s miniature railway.

The creeks and waterways in this area are home to old river red gums, native birds and even a platypus can be found. The wide variety of parks, reserves, trails and playgrounds allow everyone to enjoy these areas that are home to over 164 species of birdlife. Visit the local accredited visitor information centres to pick up more information.

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Sunbury Wine Region

Eynesbury Homestead

The Sunbury Wine Region is the closest wine region to Melbourne’s CBD. It has been producing cool climate wines since the 1860s and is well regarded for its awardwinning Shiraz. There are many wineries to be discovered and some still feature the original bluestone homesteads. The region hosts a number of events throughout the year including the Sunbury Wine and Food Festival on the last weekend of October.

The magnificent bluestone Eynesbury Homestead is an historic property dating back to the 1870s. Open throughout the year, you can dine in their restaurant and café and enjoy the homestead rooms.

For more information visit www.sunburywines.com

Craigieburn Public Golf Course Craigieburn Road (West), Craigieburn

Emu Bottom Wetlands

Eynesbury Golf Course 487 Eynesbury Road, Eynesbury

Oaklands Road, Greenvale.

Bulla Hill Miniature Railway

Fly a kite, walk the dog, ride a horse, count the water birds on the billabong and picnic or fish at Jackson’s Creek. Relax at one of the three Platypus Ponds viewing areas and see if you can spot a platypus. Racecourse Road, Sunbury.

Eynesbury Road, Eynesbury

Golf Enjoy a day out with a challenging round of golf.

Goonawarra Public Golf Course 2 Francis Blvd, Sunbury Melbourne Airport Golf Club Operations Road, Tullamarine

Jackson’s Creek

Melton Valley Golf Club 2-30 Melton Valley Drive, Melton

Walk the beautiful banks of the creek. Lined by walking paths and historic features.

Melton Mowbray Golf Club Thorpe Arnold, Melton Mowbray

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Animal Land

Squeezing a teet, 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 97401345 | joanne@animalland.com.au www.animalland.com.au

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…. O’Shanassy Street, Sunbury 3429 03 97403965 eat@roquettebarandgrill.com www.roquettebarandgrill.com

TABCORP Park Melton Tabcorp Park offers 41 spacious and modern accommodation rooms, large light filled event and function rooms with views over the racetrack, loads of entertainment, dining options and free car parking. 2 Ferris Road, Melton 3337 03 8746 0600 | enquiries@tabcorppark.com.au www.tabcorppark.com.au

Wildwood Cellar & Café Wildwood Vineyard is located in Bulla only 4k from the airport. Come in and try our award winning wines and enjoy a meal in our gorgeous cafe. 80 St Johns Road, Bulla 3428 03 93071118 | wildwoodwinery@outlook.com

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Get into your car and in 40 minutes you will arrive in the Macedon Ranges, where you’ll find your tastebuds and your busy city-self thoroughly catered for. There are more than 30 Macedon Ranges Wineries and Vineyards, that deserve to be first stop on your road trip to enjoyment and recovery. These cool climate vineyards are diverse as a result of the superb soil and weather conditions. Your palette will revel in the acidity and intense but subtle fruit nuances in the red wines. For a sparkling touch to your voyage of frivolity, drop into Hanging Rock Winery (established in 1983), you will not be able to go past their Macedon NV Brut and Macedon NV Brut L.D. Purchase a few bottles to add to your cellar, you will not be disappointed. Prefer a spot for more casual wine tasting and cellar door snacks? Do not miss out on Gisborne Peak Winery. Once there, you can choose to be wine-educated with a tour of their special labels, or you can adopt a vine, graze on woodfired pizza and more. Continuing your trip through this glorious area, you’ll be able to walk off any lunchtime excesses by taking to the easy 8km walking/cycling track that links the townships of Lancefield and Romsey. In Romsey, wander past magnificent Huntingdon elms lining the main street while admiring the historic buildings of the goldrush era. Nearby Clarkefield boasts the Coach and Horses Inn, a National Trust registered building that serves as the local pub and celebrated its 150th birthday in 2007 (rumour has it that the inn is haunted!). Spend time in Lancefield, located at the geographic heart of Victoria. Soak up the classic air of a pastoral working town with an arts, antiques and culinary edge that is bound to surprise. For a bit of modern day fossicking, visit the iconic Macedonia Antique Centre, an old colonial building which houses three floors of antiques, art, a café and winebar.

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Culture comes next at Duneira Estate. Bequeathed to the SR Stoneman Foundation in 2002, owned by Stuart Stoneman from Castlemaine, this 1875 Victorian homestead’s range of activities include: lectures, garden walks and educational courses that will fill your mind’s knowledge corner. Catering for all groups, visiting this property will stimulate the imagination of any heritage buff. Night time comes quickly and you wish to stay, so charge a night at lively Lawson Lodge, Macedon. Described as the ‘ultimate country retreat’ with tasteful décor, this golf resort offers diverse activities, including a challenging but smooth golf course. If you are lucky enough to stay yet another day, or perhaps you revisit another time, 15 minutes further and you land in Woodend – a terrific place to do a spot of beer tasting. Holgate Brewhouse will quench your beer cravings. Since 1999, owners Paul and Natasha Holgate have worked hard to produce tasty craft beer (bottled and kegged). Sip a few cold ones, and check out the microbrewery installed in the handsome 19th century red-brick hotel. Choose to spend that last precious night at Cammeray Waters – a spectacular 200-acre resort famous for not just one, but three picturesque lakes on the land. Don’t miss the opportunity to drive to the top of Mount Macedon and spend a quite moment at the Memorial Cross which commemorates Australia’s war fallen. The view from the cross takes in the entire southern plain towards Melbourne and Port Philip Bay beyond. www.visitvictoria.com/dmr

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JOHN & ANNE ELLIS Hanging Rock Winery What are your top five must do’s in your backyard when visitors come?

If you could paint a picture of any scenery in the region, what would you paint?

Climb Hanging Rock, stay a while, absorb the beauty of it. Relive the Peter Weir film, listen to the pipes. Imagine Miranda is about to materialise around the next corner. Take it slowly.

We see Hanging Rock all the time, from our lofty spot, just to the north. There it is poking through the swirling mists, pink in the early morning sun. Mount Macedon in the background. It typifies everything our region has to offer. A painting!

Visit the Memorial Cross. Take time to read the plaques, the history. Especially, be there on Anzac Day - at the dawn service. It can bring you to tears! The gardens of Mount Macedon are wonderful. Especially those attached to the old hill station properties - like Alton with its heritage listed trees over 100 years old. The open garden scheme gives you that chance - take it up every time you can. Markets - farmers markets, craft markets - there’s one on nearly every Saturday. Get to know the vendors - full of colour, information and enthusiasm. Have a meal with Annie Smithers. Our legend. At her restaurant, Du Fumier in Trentham, you can only eat what she wants you to. It’s seasonal, home grown produce. Unbelievably good.

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What is the best part of waking up in the region? When we were designing our wine labels, our designer introduced a horizontal red stripe. Instantly we knew it was the morning sun, bouncing off the clouds to the east, just before sunrise. Later, we found it was also the setting sun. Morning or evening, the colours are magnificent.

What is your favourite time of year in the region and why? There’s no doubt - it’s autumn. The colours, (Honour Avenue at Macedon is absolutely spectacular) the crisp mornings, beautiful days and balmy evenings. It’s also vintage, the grape pickers in the vineyard, the camaraderie during and after a hard day, the flavours and smells. It’s the culmination of of our year. We love it.

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TO D O Camels Hump

Five Mile Creek Walk

The Camels Hump is the highest point in the Macedon Ranges, 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 you can take your dog.

Easy, accessible and very picturesque town walk that anyone can do. (3km return)

Start of Cameron Drive, Mt Macedon

Hanging Rock Reserve Hanging Rock is said to be one of the best examples in the world of a volcanic feature known as a mamelon, and was formed six million years ago. The reserve offers many great experiences such as walks up the rock, Australian native wildlife, picnic areas, film nights 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 200m from the carpark. It is an imposing structure commemorating those who served in the world wars. There are outstanding views of the surrounding country from the Reserve. Mount Macedon Rd, Mt Macedon

Gardens April and November are Open Garden months in the Macedon Ranges with some of the region’s best gardens on show in an explosion of autumn and spring colours. Others such as Forest Glade, Duneira, Bringalbit, Tieve Tara and the Edna Walling garden at Campaspe Country House are open to the public during the entire year.

Near the Woodend Visitor Information Centre, High St, Woodend

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, 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

Food & Wine Trail You can make a complete meal from local ingredients and accompany it with wine or beer from the surrounding area. Explore the many farm gates, cellar doors and great provedores that sell the best of local produce. For more information visitmacedonranges.com

Ride Macedon Ranges It is the place for like minded individuals to explore and enjoy cycling in this great part of Victoria. Become part of the community that loves cycling in the Macedon Ranges. Grab a copy of the Ride Guide from Visitor Information Centres or online www.strava.com/clubs/ridemacedonranges

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Bolobeck “The Cottage” Adjacent to the renowned Bolobek garden and in the middle of a working farm, “The Cottage” provides comfortable, elegant accommodation for up to four people. 370 Mt Macedon Road, Macedon 3440 0418 126 086 | bolobekthecottage@bolobek.com.au www.bolobek.com.au

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 54272866 | email@cammeraywaters.com.au www.cammeraywaters.com.au

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 Shannon’s Road, Lancefield 3435 03 54292414 | cleveland@grangecc.com.au www.grangecc.com.au

Duneira Be inspired at Duneira, a heritage house and garden one hour from Melbourne. Visit us for garden and house tours, literary events, concerts and much more! Private tours, weddings and functions. Officer Lane Mt Macedon 3441 03 5426 1490 | admin@duneira.com.au www.duneira.com.au

Gisborne Peak Winery & Eco-Cottages A place where luxury, relaxation, sustainability and exceptional wines all come together! Enjoy the romance of the vineyard in your self-contained cottage for two overlooking the vines and the lake. 69 Short Road, Gisborne South 3437

03 5428 2228 or 0432 185 009 | barbara@gisbornepeakwines.com.au

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Hepburn Springs

Elegant Weddings

Relax in comfort

From intimate celebrations to grand affairs, all of your wedding dreams will come true at Grange Bellinzona.

Grange Bellinzona is the perfect place to relax and unwind. From the magnificent indoor pool, spa, sauna and in-room massages to our indulgent high teas or weekend dinners - we’re sure you’ll find something here for everyone.

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Lancefield

Memorable Celebrations Grange Clevelend Winery is the perfect location for a classic winery wedding.

Stroll amongst the vines Intimate and peaceful, Grange Cleveland Winery, is ideal for romantic weekends or group getaways. Take a stroll amongst the vines and gardens - enjoy regional produce with weekend dinners, fresh wood fire pizzas and relaxing Sunday brunches.

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Gisborne Peak Winery On the deck or next to the fire, sipping a wine, hot pizza or prawns, this is the place to be. Open everyday. Wood-fired pizza Fri-Sun & Public Holidays. Light lunches daily. Estate grown wines. 69 Short Road, Gisborne South 3437 03 5428 2228 or 0432 185 009 barbara@gisbornepeakwines.com.au www.gisbornepeakwines.com.au

Hanging Rock Winery The Hanging Rock Winery’s picturesque cellar door overlooks its name sake Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon. Established in 1983 by the Ellis Family and now the largest winery in the region. 88 Jim Road, Newham 3442 03 5427 0542 hrw@hangingrock.com.au www.hangingrock.com.au

Holgate Brewhouse Discover how fresh and full-flavoured authentic craft beer can be – brewed on site. Enjoy fine restaurant cuisine and stay a night or two in one of the beautifully refurbished guestrooms. 79 High Street, Woodend 3442 03 5427 2510 hotel@holgatebrewhouse.com www.holgatebrewhouse.com

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

Macedon Railway Hotel Enjoy friendly hospitality at our historic pub. We offer great food and local wines from our renowned bistro. Open fire, function room and accommodation available. 33 Smith Street, Macedon 3440 03 5426 3233 | macedonhotel@bigpond.com www.macedonrailwayhotel.com.au

Macedon Spa Hotel Macedon Spa Hotel lies at the foot of Mount Macedon, the gateway to the beautiful Macedon Ranges in central Victoria. We are just 25 minutes from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport and 40 minutes from Melbourne CBD. Views of the stunning surroundings can be enjoyed from every room. 652 Black Forest Drive, Macedon 3440 03 5426 4044 sales@macedonspa.com.au www.macedonspa.com.au

Top of the Range At the summit of Mount Macedon, 350m from the Memorial Cross. Cafe with lunches, giftshop & receptions for weddings and special occasions. 400 Cameron Road, Mount Macedon 3441 03 5427 3466 | topoftherange@mountmacedon.net www.topoftherange.net

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For the ale aficionados amongst us opt for an excursion to the Macedon Ranges for the very best in Australian and international craft beers and ciders at the Royal George Hotel, Kyneton. Established in 1852, this heritage bluestone-walled pub offers a large selection of noteworthy pints. Seasonal menus include signature dishes such as warm smoked tuki trout and potato salad and McIvor farm pork rillettes. For a totally exhilarating shopping and foodie experience navigate your way to the well-known Piper Street, Kyneton. Tired and in need of a good rest? Secure your comfy boudoir at Isabella. Built in 1890, guests find this lovely self-contained home authentic, charming and very comfortable with a four-star rating and within easy reach of the Macedon Ranges. Just ten minutes from Kyneton is Tylden for nurturing time with plants. The award-winning Springhill Nursery will offer visitors an extensive cool climate garden nursery. Featuring one of the best examples of espaliered fruit trees; take the Garden Walk and admire the display garden that will inspire the budding gardener in you. The nursery also contains a packed giftware shop and an art gallery showcasing works by a local artist which is open for viewing and sales.

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For grand flower-admiration time, the Springhill Peony Farm is also in the vicinity. Learn about the simply stunning multi-layered, often fragrant flowers. The farm, established in 2001, grows the peonies organically and sustainably for the flower market. The peony plants are for sale, but make sure you live in a cooler climate before you plant. Nearby Malmsbury is another historical town which has ties to the 1850s gold rush. It was the ‘hub of amenities’ for the diggers and travellers on track to Bendigo and Castlemaine. For an excellent coffee, of the same quality as you would get in the big smoke, make a pit-stop at Moto Bean Café. The Malmsbury Bakery is an institution and many have been and lived to tell the tale of the A-grade service and food, an absolute treat in the middle of Country Victoria. A household name in homemade pies, pastries and cakes. Get your art fix next door at Tin Shed Arts, an action packed stop in the main street of Malmsbury, not to be missed. Finally, if you haven’t had any luck seeing emus while touring Australia take a short drive further to Tooboorac and catch the elegant Emu sculptures in the main street. Like a suit of armour, their feathers cover their life-size bodies. OK, so you have completed your diverse weekend away from the city and on your way home you want to extend this time that bit further. Pull into Chanters Ridge Winery for a robust pinot noir. All the pinots found here have won medals. Located in the heart of the Macedon Ranges, wrap your lips around their 2004 Macedon Blanc de Noirs Sparkling White.

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ANNIE SMITHERS Chef du Fermier What do you love about where you live?

What is the best part of waking up in the region?

It’s hard to describe why I love Malmsbury. Something about its old grey bluestone bones, its quietness, its creativity and its community. It is a small village that whilst connected to the broader community, is also quietly apart. It’s impossible to escape history in Malmsbury, with its monumental works in bluestone and infrastructure from past centuries. A tiny little time piece town that lives and breathes in the modern world.

The best part of waking up in the region is that its home. Quiet, beautiful home in my lovely garden.

What is your favourite secret location in the region? (Which you may or may not want to share!)

What is your favourite time of year in the region and why? It’s a hard choice between spring and autumn. For me, the spring is perfect in my garden, but the region is so magnificent in autumn. But then there is deep, dark winter as well....

My favourite secret location of the region is the walk from the Malmsbury viaduct through to the reservoir. There are so many perfect little detours and sitting spots. Followed close second by my old stomping ground, Jubilee Lake in Daylesford.

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TO D O Macedon Ranges Wineries

Malmsbury Viaduct

The diversity of the Macedon Ranges small but many wineries and vineyards is a great strength. The region is cool to cold by world standards, and local vignerons grow outstanding grapes to make outstanding wine that can often only be sourced at cellar doors.

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 nineteenthcentury engineering structures, consisting of five arched spans reaching 152 metres from end to end. Best access is along the walking track from the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens.

For more information macedonrangeswine.com.au

Campaspe River Walk Running alongside the Kyneton Botanic Gardens is the Campaspe River Walk which stretches from the Gardens to the bottom of Piper Street and beyond to the Racecourse. It provides an interesting walk along the River and passes through the wonderful Sculpture Park near Quarry Reserve. Ideal starting point from the Kyneton Botanic Gardens

Black Hill Reserve

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Great Victorian Rail Trail Australia’s Longest Rail Trail, this easily accessible, varied and unique rail trail offers close proximity to heritage classified rivers, majestic valleys, lakes and mountains. The trail is Australia’s longest continuous rail trail with a span of 134 kilometers from Tallarook. For more information visit greatvictorianrailtrail.com.au

With 260 acres of natural peace and tranquillity, Black Hill Reserve offers signed walking tracks, magnificent views, great rock formations, wild flowers, Australian wildlife, natural and revegetated bushland. Plenty of opportunities for walking, jogging, orienteering, rock climbing, picnicking, and all the fresh air you can handle! Black Hill Reserve, Kyneton 58 | Visitor Guide

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Goulburn River

Mount Disappointment State Forest

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.

Nestled within the Great Dividing Range, Mt Disappointment State Forest is a popular bushwalking, mountain biking and horse-riding area. One of Victoria’s most accessible forest areas, with many recreation activities, including the 40km long Mount Disappointment

For more information visit goulburnrivervalley.com.au

Tooborac Hotel and Brewery An historical heritage listed Pub that is renowned for being family friendly with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Located just one hour journey from Melbourne along the Northern Highway you will find an onsite working brewery producing award winning craft beer and a kitchen producing fantastic country style pub meals. 5115 Northern Highway, Tooborac

For more information visit dse.vic.gov.au

Horse Trail Rides Saddle up and gallop over the hills or take a leisurely walk through the State Forest. Bring your camera and capture the breathtaking views and abundant wildlife. All riding levels are catered for from beginners to the experienced. Uncle Nev’s Trail Rides 1115 Wallan-Whittlesea Road, Upper Plenty Pretty Sally Riding Ranch 750 Union Lane, Bylands

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 symbolise the heroic 60,000 service men and women who devoted their energies to the service and protection of Australia. High Street, Seymour 59 | Visitor Guide


PIPER ST Piper Street in Kyneton is a standout. It is a vibrant retail street that holds its own against big city shopping strips. The many independent retailers of Piper Street reflect the owners’ eclectic tastes and DIY ethic. Piper Street shops mix modern style with old world classicism and a funky vibe. Original wooden lintels meet hip window displays and understated signs; restored spaces meet cool and spare, or warm and eclectic, interiors. This largely unchanged streetscape houses a surprisingly refreshing choice of shopping options. Browse original works from artists painting in their own galleries, or scour any number of antique shops for restored car memorabilia, Danish paintings, glassware, industrial furniture and vintage finds from all over the world. Traditional chair makers, stonemasons and seamstresses are all hard at work on this enterprising street. Add hats, clothes, Persian rugs and throw in a scattering of gift shops who all offer products from small artisanal makers and you can understand why Piper Street is the “talked about” country shopping destination. After you’re exhausted from all of that shopping you’ll need to refuel. The options on Piper Street range from kid friendly to critically acclaimed. From grand old pubs to inner city style cafes, produce stores and larders, Piper Street has got you covered. Oh, and there’s an upmarket restaurant with a Chef’s hat as well as many other restaurants with Good Food Guide ratings, a modern Turkish restaurant and a pizza joint. Piper Street has attained a perfect mix of old and new, necessities and indulgences, elegance and funk. So what are you waiting for? Get in the car, Piper Street is an easy hour’s drive from Melbourne. It’s the perfect halfway stop off on a drive to Bendigo, or detour on the way to Daylesford. But between you and me, once you’ve visited Piper Street, you might not get to the original destination. Find out more piperstreet.com.au #piperstkyneton 60 | Visitor Guide

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CAVALETTI GALLERY 66 F Piper Street, Kyneton 3444 0417 506 440 info@cavalettigallery.com cavalettigallery.com 10.30am - 5.30pm Wednesday - Saturday or by appointment

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KABINETT yneton 3444 66 Piper Street,K 03 5422 6695 tt.com.au melissa@kabine kabinett.com.au nday Thursday to Mo m or by 10.30am - 4:30a appointment

LAURISTON PRESS 37 Piper Street, Kyneton 3444 03 5422 1710 sarah@lauristonpress.com.au lauristonpress.com.au 5pm Thursday - Monday 10am -

LA BONTA 12-14 Piper Street, Kyn eton 3444 03 5422 36 83 dine@labo nta.com.au labonta.co m.au Lunch from 12 Wednesday pm 6pm Wedne Sunday, dinner from sday - Satu rday

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STOCKRO OM 98 Piper St reet, Kynet on 3444 03 5422 32 15 i@stockroo mkyneton. stockroom co kyneton.co m m Monday Friday 10.3 0am - 5pm Saturday Tag10us am#wellbeingregion - 6pm

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ROYAL GEORGE 24 Piper Street, Kynet on 3444 03 5422 1390 info@royalgeorge.com .au royalgeorge.com.au Wednesday - Saturd ay 11am - late Sundays 11am - 5pm

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MR CARSISI 3444 37 C Piper Street, Kyneton 03 5422 3769 info@mrcarsisi.com mrcarsisi.com - late Friday to Tuesday 11.30am y Closed Wednesday & Thursda

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Chanters Ridge Chanters Ridge a small family owned vineyard at 440 Chanters Lane, Fernhill produces award winning still Pinot Noir and sparkling red and Blanc de Noir. 440 Chanters Lane, Fern Hill 3444 0427 511 341 | chantersridge@nex.net.au www.chantersridge.com.au

Emporium The Emporium on Piper is for those seeking classic products, both local and imported. Spend an hour or two looking through a plethora of things beautiful. Homewares, jewellery and more. 89 Piper Street, Kyneton 3444 03 5422 6611 | mj@wedgewoods.net www.emporiumonpiper.com

Isabella 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 | info@isabellaatkyneton.com.au www.isabellaatkyneton.com.au

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

Malmsbury Bakery and Gallery We bake our famous, delicious goodies in the old fashion manor daily here on site. Seeking cultural solace? Our gallery is bursting with local treasures. 75/77 Mollison St, Malmsbury 3446 03 5423 2369 | malmsburybakery@bigpond.com www.malmsburybakeryandgallery.com.au

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MULCH by Sabato e Domenica Housed in a historic building originally made for Bootmakers, MULCH today is home to iconic brands including Aesop, Marimekko and Le Creuset cohabiting with local ceramics, artisanal objects, letterpress stationery and bespoke industry wares for you to enjoy!

64 Piper Street, Kyneton 3444 03 5422 6383 | mulch@sabatoedomenica.com www.sabatoedomenica.com

The Persian Room Our collection spans three centuries (19th, 20th, 21st). This collection has been accumulated over more than three decades by Margaret Jasper, collector and founder of The Persian Room. 54 Piper Street, Kyneton 3444 03 5422 1477 | mj@wedgewoods.net www.thepersianroom.net

The 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 | info@royalgeorge.com.au www.royalgeorge.com.au

Piper Street Food Company We offer a range of award winning charcuterie items, sourdough bakery, a cafĂŠ, retail space and all year round cooking classes in our cooking school. 89A Piper Street, Kyneton 3444 03 5422 3553 | info@piperstfoodco.com www.piperstfoodco.com

Stockroom An ambitious and unique space that includes a large, split level retail space showcasing contemporary artists, makers and designers who create a range of products including jewellery, ceramics, homewares, furniture and fashion. 98 Piper Street, Kyneton 3444 03 5422 3215 | i@stockroomkyneton.com www.stockroomkyneton.com DOWNLOAD OUR APP DAYLESFORD AND THE MACEDON RANGES

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D AY L E S F O R D, HEPBURN SPRINGS, TRENTHAM AND OT H E R D E L I G H TS

The towns of Trentham, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs shout out food, glorious food to whoever chooses a gastronomic experience to remember. Commence in Trentham, amidst the eccentric giant-sized animal sculptures that you’ll spot in the street, enter Redbeard Historic Bakery (open daily 8am till 5pm). Featured in the media, this unique bakery has gained great acclaim due to its historic way of baking its sourdough. The owners pride themselves on using renewable energy sources and heating their traditional oven with ecological sugargum wood. In between Daylesford and Trentham you will find The Radio Springs Hotel in Lyonville where you can catch a few gigs, hang out in the garden bar and enjoy the design of one of the few red brick buildings (1927) still standing. Italian cuisine, laidback service and comfortable double rooms are sure to please. If you like to take the time to smell the roses then make sure you take a wander around the garden. If indulgence is what you crave, stay at the iconic Lake House. Depending on which of the scenic suites you select, your view might showcase the waters of Lake Daylesford, or the fertile estate gardens, or the calming greenery of the Wombat State Forest. This six-acre property also includes a kitchen garden, and local artwork to peruse while exploring the beautiful grounds. Be enchanted by this visit topped off by the delectable and progressive cuisine and award winning vinos on offer. The wine appreciation doesn’t stop here, nestled in the hills surrounding Glenlyon you will also enjoy another exquisite tipple at Ellender Estate - a boutique winery and labour of love of owners, Graham and Jenny. The first grapes planted in 1996 have extended to nine acres of varieties: Pinot Nois, Chardonnay and a favourite of the people – Sauvignon Blanc. Tasting, platters and rustic pizza will please.

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Make sure to pop into another of the area’s household names - Mercato @ Daylesford restaurant. The heritage building elegant interiors accompany the innovative food made from seasonal produce. You won’t go past the marinated quail, pumpkin cous cous, yoghurt dressing, snow pea tendrils and zhoug! Award winning cidery Daylesford Cider Company is another winner and only five minutes from Daylesford – a place dedicated just to cider, how cool! Enjoy the cider tastings and a light lunch….great for visitors to the region. Another foodie town in the vicinity–Hepburn Springs– showcases the Swiss Italian settlers who came in the late 1800s. With them they certainly brought a sense of elegant occasion, along with their pasta, good bread and sausages. The legacy of these migrants can be fully enjoyed at Lavandula - an idyllic farm that warms the cockles of the heart. The golden stone farm buildings celebrate the immigrant dairy farmers from the 1860s. Visit the original farmhouse, which housed 13 children in the upstairs mezzanine, try some of the lavenderinspired food at the café, or treat yourself to the pampering Lavender and Ylang Ylang and Lavender & Rose Geranium massage oils and lotions. There are also enchanting festivals to attend celebrating the different seasons of the year. If your body and soul need pampering, head straight to Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel where you can pick-up a lavish deal including accommodation and a pass to the mineral baths for you and a loved one. To complete your visit to this foodie landscape pop into Cliffy’s store and fill your hamper full of delectable morsels from their enormous range of local and regional produce.

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D AV I D & Y U G E B R O M L E Y Bromley & Co What do you love about where you live? I’ve never been able to put into words what it is that makes a place feel like home. In my case, it’s more about how I feel in my heart, soul and in my gut. Being in this area just feels right. I’m from Sheffield, England and Yuge is from Beijing China... It’s great to have found a new place to call home.

What are your five favourite food or wine spots? We don’t get out much as we are always working and when we’re not working, we like to just enjoy our home and garden. There’s so much that is good in this area but I have to say The Argus in Hepburn Springs is world class. Everything down to the music puts you in a place where you can just stop and be indulged. In Daylesford, we love lunch at Larder.

What are your top five must do’s in your backyard when visitors come? In the area around Daylesford, there are a lot more than five I assure you! Lavandula is always charming and unique. The Mill Markets are fun for bowerbirds. The main

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street of Daylesford has hidden aspects, just walk down and eat where you feel, none will disappoint. Any direction you drive in is beautiful. I think just take a step back and you’ll find your way.

What couldn’t you live without in the region? I think the flowers in spring are mindblowing. Everybody loves their gardens and after a chilly winter the gardens throw out a fireworks display that is such a joy to witness.

What is the best part of waking up in the region? Fresh air. Birds flying overhead. The crispness of the air. Knowing there are so many great places to have breakfast. That working here means not having to stress over traffic and parking. Daylesford is unique and waking up here feels a little like days gone by when the world was a little more simple.

What do you think is the best kept secret about your backyard/area? Not telling.

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TO D O Trentham Falls The Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, 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 car park. Falls Road, Trentham

Domino Track Walking Trail An easy 8km walk following the old railway line from the Trentham heritage listed railway station (no longer in use) into the Wombat Forest. The Trail runs along the rail alignment to Lyonville and is a smooth, wide, all weather trail suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Trentham

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm Relax in the country, find tranquillity, breathe fresh air, listen to birdsong, be refreshed and enjoy the space and beautiful vistas at Lavandula. At its heart is the golden stone rustica, a cluster of farm buildings constructed by Italians from southern Switzerland who came to look for gold and stayed to farm. Lavender is planted as crop art: in winter it’s trimmed and sculptural; at Christmas the lavender is in flower and is harvested by hand with sickles through the heat of January. 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat

Mineral Springs There are an abundance of mineral water reserves in the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs area that offer free access to natural sparkling mineral water. Many of the reserves have been established to protect the springs and to provide a variety of recreational activities for the whole family. Explore Wyuna Spring, Sulphur Spring, Soda Spring, Pavillion Spring, Locarno Spring, Lithia Mineral Spring, Hendersons Mineral Spring, Golden Mineral Spring, and Argyle Mineral Spring. For more information visit the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre

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Spa & Wellness

Convent Gallery

There are around 100 therapies and healthrelated activities available within the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs area. With everything from a relaxing spa and massage, to acupuncture and herbal medicines, you can tailor your wellness experience to suit your own personal needs.

The Convent Gallery, nestled on the crest of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, overlooks the township of Daylesford and boasts expansive views of the surrounding countryside. A feast for the senses, the Gallery is more than a three level haven of fine art in an historic 19th century mansion.

For more information visit the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre

7 Daly Street, Daylesford

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

The Goldfields Track is something entirely different. Originally formed by gold seekers in the 1850s, it is a point-to-point 200km mountain bike trail that takes you on a remote and challenging pedal through central Victoria and some of its most historic and beautiful towns.

An outstanding and enchanting place to visit anytime of the day or year. The gardens are built on top of an extinct volcano known as Wombat Hill which can be seen from most locations in Daylesford. Central Springs Road, Daylesford

Lake Daylesford In the 1890s the idea of creating a lake close to Daylesford and near the mineral springs was planned several times, but Lake Daylesford didn’t actually get built until 1929 and was officially opened in 1930 with a lot of fanfare and excitement. It is a haven for the local bird life, a place for everyone of all ages to relax, enjoy a picnic, take a scenic walk and enjoy the glorious views it provides. Daylesford

Goldfields Track

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Lake Daylesford Boathouse Café Rediscover this iconic institution. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford the restored Boathouse Café has arisen from the ashes of the original Boathouse restaurant that was destroyed by fire in 2012. The new Café captures the history of the area, with more than a nod to its boating past, and focuses on great food and great service with outdoor dining, a restaurant area and even caters for those who want to grab something for their own picnic by the lake. Leggatt Street, Daylesford

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LAKE HOUSE RECIPE

Cured Trout, Fennel Salad, Fennel Aioli, Fish Crackling Cured Trout 1 x 400gm Trout produces 4 entrée size portions. 150 gms salt 100 gms sugar Zest of one lemon 2 sprigs of dill finely chopped Fillet, skin and pin bone the trout (reserve the skin) or have your local Fish monger do it for you. Mix all the curing ingredients together. Place half the mixture on a sheet of plastic wrap, place trout on top. Cover with remaining mix and wrap up tightly in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for around 20 mins. Remove fish from the wrap, wash off the cure. Pat fish dry. Refrigerate covered with plastic wrap until ready to use. 2 tsps of rinsed and drained Lilliput capers Zest of one a lemon

Alla Wolf Tasker AM the ‘Culinary Mother’ of the region is widely credited with kick starting regional destination dining in Australia. Lake House, her iconic and much loved restaurant and boutique hotel, now entering its fourth decade – remains as she puts it is “ever evolving and always a work in progress”. At the helm as Culinary Director, Alla presents and participates in festivals all over the world often championing the region’s stellar produce and wines. “We’re blessed with many wonderful waterways around Daylesford. Most are fed by our underground aquifers and mineral springs. Rivers and Lakes, one of our iconic dishes at Lake House, is an array of variously prepared local fresh water fish and crustaceans embellished with the wild fennel and watercress that grows in the area. The dish consists of many elements and techniques. Here I offer a very much shortened recipe for just a couple of those elements.” 74 | Visitor Guide

2 tsps of finely diced cucumber Dice the cured trout, combine with the above ingredients, season and store in the fridge until ready to plate.

Fennel Salad 1 medium head of fennel ½ tsp fennel seeds (optional) 3-4 Fennel fronds (optional) Dressing 1 part lemon juice 2 parts Olive oil (Enough to coat the fennel) Finely shave Fennel using a mandolin. Marinade the fennel in the mixture of Lemon juice and Olive oil. If using, add finely chopped fennel greens and seeds. Season with a small amount of salt. Compress in a vacuum bag or leave covered to marinade for at least 24 hours. Plating: mound the fennel salad onto serving plate, alternately with the diced cured trout. Intersperse with fennel aioli, watercress pure, fennel sprigs and pollen. Garnish with fish skin ‘crackling”

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Barcaldine House Whether it be a romantic weekend or a small corporate retreat, Barcaldine Country House rooms are all spacious and luxuriously appointed. 238 Dairy Flat Road, Musk 3461 03 5348 2741 manager@barcaldinehouse.com.au www.barcaldinehouse.com.au

Bilson’s Landing Premium luxury opposite Lake Daylesford: three bedrooms, three bathrooms, home cinema and lake views. Bliss! Perfect for girls’ groups, family reunions and wedding groups. 23 King Street Daylesford 3460 0407 317 717| stay@bilsonslanding.com.au www.bilsonslanding.com.au

Casa Adagio Casa Adagio is the perfect escape for up to 10 people. In a beautiful garden setting, this stylish home has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 living areas. Casa Adagio Daylesford 0409 213 173 | annameirelles@bigpond.com www.stayz.com.au/119438

Chocolate Mill Over 100 Belgian Chocolate varieties hand-made before your eyes. Cafe serves award-winning hot chocolate & ice-cream sundae’s to die for! 5451 Midland Highway, Mount Franklin 03 5476 4208 | chocolatemill@yahoo.com.au www.chocmill.com.au

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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

2 Chefs Hats | The Australian Hot 50 Restaurants Australia’s Best Regional Hotel | Australia’s Wine List of the Year Australia’s Best Spa Experience

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Cliffy’s Emporium Seasonal, regional, local, and organic produce fill the shelves, and the philosophy of Cliffy’s Emporium. We choose to support the people who produce the food we eat. 30 Raglan Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3279 | cliffys@live.com www.cliffys.com.au

Creswick Mill Australia’s last coloured woollen spinning mill, located in the nearby town of Creswick, now has a gorgeous boutique in Vincent Street, Daylesford. Specialising 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. Daylesford Store 41 Vincent Street Daylesford VIC 3460 03 5348 2936 | daylesford@creswickwool.com.au www.creswickmill.com.au Creswick Mill Railway Parade Creswick VIC 3363 03 5345 2202 | creswickshop@creswickwool.com.au www.creswickmill.com.au

Daylesford Accommodation Escapes Daylesford Accommodation Escapes offer an amazing collection of properties through-out Spa Country with over 100 to choose from. Accommodating from 2 to 17 guests and ranging from luxury villas to period homes. Lakeside, in town and bushland locations as well as pet-friendly options are all available. Locally owned and operated, 24 hour on line bookings and office open 7 days.

94 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1448 | info@dabs.com.au www.dabs.com.au

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Daylesford Beauty A full range of pampering and beauty treatments including make-up, nails, waxing and spray tans. Also available exclusively to hens and wedding groups. Shop 3/27 Albert Street Arcade, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2788 | relax@daylesfordbeauty.com.au www.daylesfordbeauty.com.au

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 | enquiries@daylesfordbowlingclub.com.au www.daylesfordbowlingclub.com.au

Daylesford Cider Company Traditional English Cider Sales and Tastings, situated in lush gardens and orchards only 5 minutes from Daylesford. Our Cider is our Passion. 155 Dairy Flat Road, Musk 3461 03 5348 2275 | info@daylesfordcider.com.au www.daylesfordcider.com.au

Daylesford Cottage Directory Affordable holiday accommodation – miner’s cottages, ranch and rustic properties, villas and boutique suites. Enjoy romance, fires, spas, views, easy access and pets. Retreat Relax Return.   41 Albert Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1255 0438 662 201 | stay@cottagedirectory.com.au www.cottagedirectory.com.au

Daylesford Day Spa Immerse yourself in exotic scents and relax with the soothing sounds of water and music. Flickering fires create the perfect ambience for peace and tranquillity. 25 Albert Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2331 | relax@daylesforddayspa.com.au www.daylesforddayspa.com.au

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Dayget Daylesford premier online accommodation booking agency offering the finest collection of boutique self-contained accommodation in Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and surrounding villages. 14 Vincent St, Daylesford, 3460 03 5348 4422 | bookings@dayget.com.au www.dayget.com.au

Daylesford Massage Healing Centre A beautiful, restful, nurturing space to retreat and indulge, offering a wide range of massage, healing and retail therapy. We invite you to restore balance naturally… Shop 5, 11 Howe Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1099 | massage@massagehealing.com.au www.massagehealing.com.au

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 Cafe featuring local produce and wines. 27 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2205 | admin@tdrh.com.au www.tdrh.com.au

Daylesford Spa Country Railway Travel on our vintage trains and visit our market each Sunday. Or try our ‘Silver Streak’ Food & Wine Train on 1st Saturday of the month. 18 Raglan Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3503 | enquiries@dscr.com.au www.dscr.com.au

Daylesford Hotel A traditional pub, serving beautiful Australian pub food, with a range of Australian and imported beers, many on tap and an exceptionally good wine list. 2 Burke Square, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2335 | info@daylesfordhotel.com.au www.daylesfordhotel.com.au

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Ellender Estate Beautiful and secluded vineyard, nestled in a valley in the village of Glenlyon, near Daylesford. Stunning outdoor area with traditional wood-fired oven, overlooking the lake and vineyard.  260 Green Gully Road, Glenlyon 3461 03 5348 7785 | info@ellenderwines.com.au www.ellenderwines.com.au

Frangos and Frangos Come indulge yourself into our world while sipping a cocktail in the vine covered courtyard before tantalizing your taste buds in Jimmy’s Bar or awaken from Hotel Frangos to experience the award winning Café Koukla. 82 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2363 | manager@frangosandfrangos.com www.frangosandfrangos.com

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 3435 03 5348 2271 | bellinzona@grangecc.com.au www.grangecc.com.au/bellinzona-daylesford

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa The historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa provides communal, shared bathing rituals in the region’s mineral waters drawn straight from the source. The Bathhouse and Sanctuary provide relaxing bathing options while The Spa offers an array of spa therapies including private pure mineral baths, massage, body treatments, facials and restorative mind-body therapies. Emerge feeling relaxed and revived. 20 Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs, 3461 03 5321 6000 info@hepburnbathhouse.com www.hepburnbathhouse.com DOWNLOAD OUR APP DAYLESFORD AND THE MACEDON RANGES

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Hepburn Springs Village Hepburn Springs Village. The spa centre of Australia - and much more. You’ll come for the water and stay for the wine, the food and the walks. And leave feeling totally rejuvenated. info@hepburnspringsvillage. com.au hepburnspringsvillage.com.au

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 | info@herballoreliqueurs.com www.herballoreliqueurs.com

Lake House Hotel, Restaurant & Salus Spa The iconic Lake House is one of Australia’s most awarded Retreats complete with the 2 Chef Hat Lake House Restaurant & Cellar overlooking lake Daylesford. Amongst the 6 acres of country gardens sits Salus Spa. The focus here is on hydrotherapy, rejuvenating massage & premium beauty treatments. Open 7 days. King Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3329 info@lakehouse.com.au www.lakehouse.com.au DOWNLOAD OUR APP 84 | Visitor Guide

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Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm At its heart are the golden stone farm buildings constructed by Swiss Italians who came to look for gold and stayed to farm. The original farmhouse is open for viewing each afternoon. Our licensed cafÊ, La Trattoria, explores European cuisine. The Barn is filled with gifts, home wares and the farm’s own body products. 350 Hepburn, Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat 3461 03 5476 4393 mail@lavandula.com.au www.lavandula.com.au

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 | dine@mercatorestaurant.com.au www.mercatorestaurant.com.au

MULCH by Sabato e Domenica Housed in a historic building originally made for Bootmakers, MULCH today is home to iconic brands including Aesop, Marimekko and Le Creuset cohabiting and much more. 12 Howe Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 4752 | mulch@sabatoedomenica.com www.sabatoedomenica.com

Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel Originally built in 1935, what began as a country guest house has evolved into a romantically elegant boutique hotel, restaurant and spa offering accommodation in picturesque surrounds. 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs 3460 03 5348 2202 | springs@peppers.com.au www.mineralspringshotel.com.au DOWNLOAD OUR APP DAYLESFORD AND THE MACEDON RANGES

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Radio Springs Hotel A comfortable, cosy, atmospheric boutique hotel, with a quaint bar offering regional wines and seven beers on tap. Outdoor dining, accommodation, live music, films and rambling garden. 1 High Street, Lyonville VIC 3461 03 5348 5562 | radiospringshotel@gmail.com www.radiospringshotel.com.au

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 cafÊ. 38A High Street, Trentham 3458 03 5424 1002 info@redbeardbakery.com.au www.redbeardbakery.com.au

Sault Restaurant Sault is set against the backdrop of Wombat State Forest, overlooking our own lake amidst fields of lavender. Indulge yourself with exquisite modern cuisine with a Spanish twist, utilising the freshest regional produce prepared by our Spanish head chef Santiago Nine-Fernandez. 2349 Ballan-Daylesford Road, Sailors Falls 3461 03 5348 6555 enquiries@sault.com.au www.sault.com.au

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Shakti Massage A massage at Shakti Massage is both personalised and professional, promoting relaxation, rejuvenation, health and well-being. We specialise in Remedial, Pregnancy, Deep Tissue and Ayurveda. Be energised, renewed and transformed. 1 Rosella Lane, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 1629 info@shakti.com.au www.shakti.com.au

Shizuka Ryokan Japanese country spa & wellness retreat Australia’s multiple award-winning Japanese retreat features authentic comfortable accommodation, lovingly prepared cuisine, luxurious spa and wellness services with warm unobtrusive hospitality in tranquil surrounds. 7 Lakeside Drive, Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5348 2030 | info@shizuka.com.au www.shizuka.com.au

The Amazing Mill Market The Amazing Mill Markets has Australia’s largest selection of collectables, memorabilia, antiques, art, glass, jewellery, books, vinyl, vintage and modern fashion, industrial, furniture, home décor and kitchenalia. 105 Central Springs Road, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 4332 daylesford@millmarkets.com.au www.millmarkets.com.au

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The Argus Dining Room Experience some of the region’s finest produce expertly woven into imaginative dishes by Executive Chef David Willcocks and his team at the chef’s hatted and multi award winning The Argus Dining Room. 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs 3460 03 5348 4199 | info@theargusdiningroom.com.au www.theargusdiningroom.com.au

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 and Cosmo Road, Trentham 3458 03 5424 1516 | enquiries@thecosmopolitanhotel.com.au www.thecosmopolitanhotel.com.au

The Boathouse, Daylesford Reopened under new management in December 2014, the iconic Boathouse Café on beautiful Lake Daylesford offers relaxed and friendly dining for breakfast, lunch and all day refreshments. 2 Leggatt Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 2199 | boathouse@spacountry.com.au www.boathousedaylesford.com.au

The Covent Daylesford 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 info@conventgallery.com.au www.conventgallery.com.au

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The Grande Hotel The Grande is an enchanting historic guesthouse overlooking the Wombat Forest, offering accommodation, relaxed lounge bar, fine dining restaurant, weekend cafe, Friday night cabaret shows, and stunning views and gardens. 1 Church Ave, Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5348 1978 | manager@thegrandehotel.com.au www.thegrandehotel.com.au

The Mineral Spa The Mineral Spa is a beautiful, idyllic sanctuary in the heart of Victoria’s spa country offering exclusive natural mineral water bathing and luxurious treatments designed to re-invigorate and restore. 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs 3460 03 5348 2100 | treatments@mineralspa.com.au www.mineralspa.com.au

The Old Macaroni Factory The Old Macaroni Factory (est.1859)Tour this little piece of Italy with original frescoes or enjoy a meal with Matt in Lucini’s Pasta Restaurant. 64 Main Road, Hepburn Springs 3461 03 5348 4345 or 0409 585 967 mariaviola@bigpond.com

Wombat Hill House Enchanting café 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, Daylesford 3460 04373 0099 | sayhello@wombathillhouse.com.au www.wombathillhouse.com.au

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 passions. 45a Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460 03 5348 3979 | daylesford@bromleyandco.com www.bromleyandco.com

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CRESWICK, CLUNES AND T H E A R E A B E YO N D Old meets new and heritage joins modern in the area around Clunes, Creswick, Smeaton and beyond. Discover the joy of contemporary metal at Overwrought in Blampied - an industrious retail business which creates and sells desirable metal pieces. If you require an ornate gate, or piece of art, sculpture, sign, a piece of furniture or even a fire pit, you are likely to find it here. The designs, created by owner David Dawson, are spectacular and unlike anything else. Before you leave Blampied, visit its newest and oldest landmark - the Swiss Mountain Hotel. Originally built in 1865, this establishment has been lovingly restored by the Frangos family, and is now a great stopping place where you can meet the locals, find great food, and enjoy a tipple of your choice. The birds are singing and Creswick is next – a pretty town embraced by volcanic hilltops full of historic references to the gold mining years. With the family, or a group of mates take up the challenge at the Tangled Maze, an entertaining venue to get lost in, play a game of golf or a stroll through the gardens for a colourful peek of the marvellous collection of peonies and old-fashioned roses. There is also food and retail fun for everyone. If staying overnight there are old favourites and independents. For a comfortable well known spot, the Novotel in Creswick sports a new and ecologically-in tune design located on 150-acres of leafy forest. Close to all attractions in the area, it offers a golf course, great dining facilities and 143 comfy rooms to choose from. Alternatively select the American Hotel, a stunning heritage building from the 1850s, which has been for the past 150 years, serving the locals - from the miner to the politician. The American has been lovingly refurbished with the façade perfectly preserved. Stay in one of the six elegant rooms, or just enjoy a good honest pub meal. Experience the joy of beautiful woollen products at the last remaining spinning mill of its type in Australia - Creswick Woollen Mills. Meet the resident alpacas, or shop at their boutique store and select from the array of throws, rugs, pillows, quilts and blankets all proudly made in Australia. For the fashionable woolly kind; divine Creswick, Fields, Merino Mink, Bella, Bridge & Lord and Ansett knitwear products are all in stock for the entire family. Right next door to Creswick is teeny Smeaton, also filled with regal heritage buildings reminiscent of the gold rush, with less than 300 in population it is also has tourist appeal.

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Call into the popular Tuki Trout Farm to sample tasty produce and experience a true grazing property. The stay cottages with stonewalls and delightful gardens will inevitably draw you in. Moorish smoked lamb sausage and divine lamb and trout produce is something that anyone back in Melbourne would love to add to the menu of their next dinner party. Smeaton’s principle hotel is the Cumberland, now 154 years old. It really is an iconic must stay, with the bonus that it is relatively free of flashing lights and pokies, but full of food and atmosphere described as down-to-earth and very friendly, with home-style meals made from local produce. The historic goldmining town of Clunes should be your next stop to explore and discover your own treasures. Dotted with cafes, bookshops, galleries, antique and collectable stores, vineyards and wineries, rustic bed & breakfasts and scenic walks, this is a must visit town for the adventurous and the curious. With possibly the best collection of still intact 19th century buildings, and a main street that is still wide enough to turn a horse and wagon, this town also has the unique distinction of being Australia’s only internationally recognised Booktown. If time permits, try and squeeze in a drive through the beautiful landscapes of the Yandoit Hills. 94 | Visitor Guide


CLAUDE FORELL Glenlyon Nutty Fruit Farmer & Founding Editor, The Age Good Food Guide What do you love about where you live? A strong sense of community with good friends and neighbours, and mutual support.

What are your five favourite food or wine spots? Kazuki’s, Daylesford; Mr Carsisi, Kyneton; Village Larder, Woodend; du Fermier, Trentham; Captains Creek, Blampied.

What couldn’t you live without in the region?

What words do you think best describes the region? A bracing cool climate with a warm heart.

What is your favourite time of year in the region and why? Spring: when our blueberry bushes and fruit trees burst into blossom, with promise of a bountiful harvest to come.

The wonderful cool-climate wines, outstanding restaurants and specialty food producers of the region.

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TO D O Tuki Trout Farm Tuki is situated on historic “Stoney Rises”, a traditional sheep grazing property. Here you can catch a trout, do a farm tour, eat in the restaurant or stay the night. 60 Stoney Rise Rd, Smeaton

Creswick Woollen Mills With over 65 years of history to draw upon, the iconic Creswick Woollen Mills is now the only remaining Woollen Coloured Spinning Mill of its type left in Australia. It is the high quality of the Mill’s many products that has allowed it to not only survive, but thrive. Railway Parade, Creswick

Creswick Golf The Forest Resort Golf Course was designed by internationally-renowned golf course architect, Tony Cashmore. The magnificent vision of such a legendary course designer resulted in a course of forest framed greens, fairways set in cathedral-like passages, sweeping slopes and cooling creek systems invoking the unique Forest experience between Ballarat and Daylesford. Midland Highway, Creswick

Le Peche Gourmand Le Péché Gourmand Boulangerie – Patisserie is a French bakery-pastry shop in the heart of Creswick that attracts customers from far and wide. All the breads and pastries are homemade using local organic ingredients sourced within one hundred mile radius when possible, such as Meredith Dairy, Istra Smallgoods, Tuki Farm and Southern Light Herbs.

Clunes Booktown The village of Clunes is famous for its bookshops. From the collectables to the bargains, from the small shops to the large shops stocking thousands of titles. In April 2012 Clunes became a member of the International Organisation of Booktowns, making them the 15th international Booktown and the only Booktown in the southern hemisphere. Clunes hosts the annual Clunes Booktown Festival and the new Clunes Booktown for kids. For more information clunesbooktown.com.au

Historical Clunes Clunes was the site of Victoria’s first gold strike. It is located in a steep valley surrounded by rounded hills, which are actually extinct volcanoes . Clunes is one of the most intact 19th-century towns in the Central Goldfields, boasting numerous bluestone and brick buildings. Fraser St, the commercial centre, is wide and elegant, full of 19th-century shops with original storefronts and distinctive verandahs. Walk the streets of this wondrous historical town. For more information clunes.org

Tangled Maze Have a great family fun day at the Tangled Maze and Mistydowns Nursery. A large, unusual Botanical Maze just bursting with flowers. Thousand’s of climbers and twiners form the two meter high walls. Mystery trails, puzzles and plenty of space for kids to burn up that unspent energy. 2301 Midland Highway, Creswick

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Eastern Peak Vineyard & Winery 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. 67 Pickfords Rd, Coghills Creek

Loddon River For ages before the coming of Major Mitchell, the grassy river flats, dotted with giant Red Gums along this valley and now known as the Loddon River formed the homelands of the Jajawurrong people. Visit the Loddon and go fishing, walking, hiking, rock climbing or camping. Loddon River Road, Newstead

Anderson’s Mill Anderson’s Mill is a particularly important part of Victoria’s Goldfield’s heritage. Located in a 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 magnificent iron water wheel are still in place. Smeaton

Swiss Mountain Hotel The Swiss Mountain Hotel, established in 1865, is one of regional Victoria’s oldest licensed hotels and the oldest weatherboard hotel in Victoria. Now owned and operated by the Frangos Family, whose style and sophistication in Daylesford have become iconic, the aim is to revive the town of Blampied and get visitors and locals to call in for a pint or two in a Historic location that deserves to be kept alive! 3454 Midland Highway, Blampied

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Cumberland Hotel Smeaton The Cumberland Hotel at Smeaton is one of the oldest weatherboard hotels in Victoria and is well worth a visit if you are visiting the Daylesford area. 3504 Creswick-Newstead Road, Smeaton 3364 03 53456205 | cumberlandhotelsmeaton@yahoo.com.au

Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides Hepburn lagoon trail rides conducts rides for beginners up to experienced riders The rides are taken into the picturesque wombat forest. Call Kieran on 0408 059125 to book your ride. 60 Telegraph Road, Mount Prospect 3364 0408 059 125 | kieran@hepburnlagoonrides.com.au www.hepburnlagoonrides.com.au

Novotel Forest Resort Creswick Novotel Forest Resort Creswick is a 4.5 star luxury resort featuring 143 rooms, Boutique Day Spa, Function Centre, Harvest 383 restaurant, Springs Bar, heated pool and 18 hole championship golf course. 1500 Midland Highway, Creswick 3363 03 5345 9600 reservations@forestresort.com.au www.novotelforestresort.com.au

Overwrought Overwrought produce metal Garden Art, Wall Art, Sculpture, Gates and Furniture. Visit our  new outlet in Blampied to see our uniquely Australian range. 3409 Midland Highway, Blampied 3364 0403 675 170 | david@overwrought.com.au www.overwrought.com.au

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Swiss Mountain Hotel Swiss Mountain Hotel in Blampied, established in 1865 is now operated by the Frangos Family, whose style and sophistication in Daylesford has become iconic. 3454 Midland Highway, Blampied 3364 03 5345 7006 www.swissmountainhotel.com.au

Tangled Maze Getting lost is only half the fun at the Tangled Maze. Mini golf, Indoor ice skating & play centre, café, meals. Mistydowns Nursery – roses, peonies & perennials. 2301 Midland Highway, Springmount 3364 03 5345 2847 | info@tangledmaze.com www.tangledmaze.com

The American Hotel Come and enjoy the spirit, fun and History, “The Heart of Creswick” since the 1850’s. Great food, fourteen beer and cider taps, eclectic wine list, good company. 90 Albert Street, Creswick 3363 03 5345 2510 | info@theamericancreswick.com.au www.theamericancreswick.com.au

Tuki Tuki is the unique rural experience offering an opportunity to dine at the scource of local food. A warm fire welcomes you in winter or dine alfresco over summer. Take the time to cast a line and catch a trout and dine upon your catch, or enjoy some of our native pasture fed lamb or beef. 60 Stoney Rises Road, Smeaton 3364 03 5345 6233 info@tuki.com.au www.tuki.com.au

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Woollen Mills Est 1947

We are close to local attractions 17km - Ballarat 22km - Sovereign Hill 23km - Daylesford

Railway Parade, Creswick 5345 2202

www.creswickwool.com.au Creswick Woollen Mills is the last coloured woollen spinning mill of its kind in Australia and has been designing & manufacturing since 1947. 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.

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B AC C H U S M A R S H TO B L AC K WO O D AND SURROUNDS

Visitors are instinctively drawn to the scenic parks and cool, relativelyundisturbed forests of this part of our region, with the hope of viewing some of the admired furry creatures seen only in Australia – koalas, kangaroos and (of course) wombats. The Wombat State Forest and Lerderderg State Park are some of the most wondrous natural locations for spotting these native darlings, along with exploring noteworthy 1860s-heritage cottages and the extinct volcano of Mt Blackwood. The historic village of Blackwood is located in the scenic Macedon Ranges between Ballan and Trentham. Blackwood was a thriving goldmining town during the 1850s when gold was discovered at nearby aptly-named Golden Point. These days, Blackwood is a peaceful village, situated on the Lerderderg River. The Blackwood Mineral Springs Reserve is located off Golden Point Road, one kilometre east of the town centre. A small entrance fee allows visitors to picnic and BBQ along the grassy banks of the Lerderderg River. The Reserve features mineral springs, and scenic walking tracks that take you to Shaws Lake via Sweets Lookout. While you’re in this neck of the woods, sample some of the freshest food in the region by stepping into the Garden St Erth cafe on Simmons Reef Road. The café’s ethos centres on seasonal, local produce dug-up from its gardens. In the style of the St Erth menu, the heirloom veges emerging from the soil are not smothered in fancy sauces, but simply seasoned to enhance the clean flavours.

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Within a short distance there is Greendale, adorned by rolling hills and packed full of native flora and fauna, including native bandicoots, dingoes and Quolls (a rat-like marsupial) that eats meat such as small rabbits. Following a day’s hiking, picnicking and hopefully fruitful animal spotting, the 125-year-old Greendale Pub will offer you and your loved ones a relaxed country shelter, a cold beer and comfort food to end a wonderful bush experience. If the kids still have got energy to burn, take them to the Greendale playground located right near the pub. 15 minutes from Greendale is the urban centre of Bacchus Marsh, traditionally known as one of Victoria’ most significant sources of fresh fruit and vegetables. Arrive in this historic town along the breathtaking Avenue of Honour– the 3.5-kilometres ‘elm-tree umbrella’– and savour the splendour of the majestic garden - one of the world’s great ‘living memorials’. Snap up summertime strawberries, autumnal pumpkins and other seasonal produce grown in nearby orchards, market gardens, market stalls, and roadside vendors. Get into the fields and experience first-hand the simple joy of ‘picking your own’ strawberries, stone fruits, and berries, you can pop a few into your mouth while your hamper gets full. Celebrate the November picking season at the Strawberries and Cherries Festival, move onto apples and pears and mark the season’s impending closure with the March Harvest Festival. In Ballan savour the best-ever duck sausages from the self-proclaimed ‘regional sausage king’–Salvatore Butcher–and then you can try on, purchase and wear harris tweed hats and caps, cloches and berets at the Gordon Hat Shoppe located in Gordon just 15 minutes west from Ballan. On the road back to Melbourne, call into St Anne’s Winery in Myrniong, nestled amongst the charming Pentland Hills. This verdant and fertile valley sets the scene not only for award winning wines, but for relaxing escapes, picnics, receptions and more. The bluestone cellar is built from the remnants of Ballarat’s original gaol (1840s).

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G E O R G I E PAT T E R S O N Aussie Truffle Dogs What do you love about where you live?

When did you officially become a local?

Clean air, wind and sun on my face and being able to say G’Day to anyone I meet and them replying!!

I was actually ‘Born Local’. My family was synonymous with logging in the area and sadly I cannot see myself living anywhere else.

What is the best part of waking up in the region?

What is your favourite time of year in the region and why?

You can actually hear the birds more than any other noise.

What do you think is the best kept secret about your backyard/area? Truffles and the mystery that they bring to the region.

I love autumn - it is starting to cool down and everything is slowing down but there are still warm days to be had. And the colourful autumn leaves are just the icing on the cake.

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TO D O Bacchus Marsh Pick Your Own

Lerderderg Gorge

Recreational fruit picking, otherwise known as ‘pick your own’, is an extremely popular family friendly past-time within Bacchus Marsh.

Rising in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. The park has a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife and some interesting relics of goldmining.

Naturipe 638 Bacchus Marsh Road (Avenue of Honour), Bacchus Marsh

Garden of St Erth

Lerderderg State Park, Greendale

The Garden of St Erth features an extraordinary range of espaliered fruit, heirloom vegetables and drought tolerant flowers. Thousands of naturalised daffodils carpet the lawns in September, and through the summer months the herbaceous border features Diggers perennials and grasses.

Blacksmith’s Cottage and Forge Bookbarn

Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood

The Forge Bookbarn is a great place to potter around in and chat with the friendly book-loving locals.

Kryal Castle Kryal Castle has reopened the doors to its new land of medieval adventure! The Adventure Park and Resort now caters to all ages from children discovering the myths, legends and fairytales of the new Castle to teenagers being entertained and thrilled in the Torture Museum and special effects Dungeon. Parents will also enjoy the dramatic Castle Arena shows. 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

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The Blacksmith’s Cottage is the only publicly owned heritage site in Bacchus Marsh. Located in the main street of Bacchus Marsh, blacksmiths and their families have lived and worked on this site for over 100 years.

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Mill Rose Quilting & Gallery Set within Ballan’s beautifully restored old Masonic Hall, Mill Rose is both a patchwork & quilting supply shop as well as a gallery, holding a feast of colour and fabric from modern to reproduction styles. 92 Inglis St, Ballan


Garden of St Erth Explore secret gardens full of flowers, and a modern food forest filled with heirloom vegetables. Uncover garden treasures at the Diggers Garden Shop and nursery, and dine on our fresh organic produce. 189 Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood 3458 03 5368 6514 www.diggers.com.au/gardens-cafes/gardens/st-erth.aspx

Garden of St Erth After a stroll around the garden, pick up all of your gardening needs from the Diggers Garden Shop and nursery. Ask about the special events and workshops that we hold all year. 189 Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood 3458 03 5368 6514 www.diggers.com.au/gardens-cafes/gardens/st-erth.aspx

Greendale Pub Its 150 yrs 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

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 decor, the delightful gardens and friendliness. 741 Bungaree Wallace Road, Wallace 3352 03 53340322 wallacehotel@bigpond.com

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DAYLESFORD & MACEDON RANGES PEPPERS MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL

SAULT

124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, 3461 T 03 5348 2202 E weddings@spacountry.com.au

2349 Ballan Daylesford Road, Sailors Falls, 3461 T 03 5348 6555 E enquiries@sault.com.au

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Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel offers a destination wedding venue with a difference. From intimate whimsical weddings to formal large-scale affairs, our experienced team will curate the most memorable of wedding days.

NOVOTEL FOREST RESORT CRESWICK 1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick, 3363 T 03 5345 9600 E meetings@forestresort.com.au

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We invite you to exchange your vows and celebrate with your family and friends at our exclusive resort with 150 acres, championship golf course and 143 luxurious king sized rooms. 108 | Visitor Guide

Located 5 minutes from the heart of Daylesford, Sault is set on a private 125 acre estate with magical views over the lake and manicured gardens. With world class chefs and beautiful chapel on site.

LAVANDULA

350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat, 3461 (Just 10 minutes north of Daylesford)

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Italianate 1850s stone buildings and rambling gardens and lavender fields creating a European atmosphere for wedding feasts on long shared tables. Wood-fired fare. Garden ceremonies.

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SOMETHING OLD… Our region is rich in heritage with historic homesteads and hotels, grand old mansions, antique furniture and vintage clothing.

SOMETHING NEW... It could be you! Refresh and renew with a pre-ceremony pampering package at a spa.

SOMETHING BORROWED… Talented musicians, artful photographers, and cool cars are all available for hire.

SOMETHING BLUE... Ripe grapes hanging from vines? Tranquil water, reflecting the sky? Lavender, picked by you, from the farm? A veined cheese on a platter? Fresh berries with a slice of cake?

TANGLES - AT THE TANGLED MAZE

LAKE HOUSE & WOMBAT HILL HOUSE

2301 Midland Hwy, Springmount, 3364 T 03 5345 2847 E functions@tangledmaze.com.au

King Street, Daylesford, 3460 T 03 5348 3329 E functions@lakehouse.com.au

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Create an inspiring and beautiful country wedding at Tangles. Choose from our fabulous food and wine packages and romantic locations to make your wedding day extra special.

Picture perfect curated weddings on Lake Daylesford or in the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Private event spaces from 16 – 150 guests. Country cocktail parties, shared table feasts and much more.

THE CONVENT GALLERY

DAYLESFORD BEAUTY

7 Daley Street, Daylesford, 3460 T 03 5348 3211 E info@conventgallery.com.au

Shop 3/27 Albert Street Arcade, Daylesford, 3460 T 03 5348 2788 E relax@daylesfordbeauty.com.au

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Voted in the top 10 wedding venues in Australia. Overlooking Daylesford & beyond - original Convent chapel, soaring glass atrium, 6-acres of gardens, reception, after party lounge bar and penthouse apartment

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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).

I N F O R M AT I O N Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre 156 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh | Tel 03 5367 7488

Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford | Tel 03 5321 6123

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

Published in Jan 2015 by Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Regional Tourism Board Inc, 1/57-61 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: E info@dmrtourism.com.au | P 03 5309 2770 Information in this booklet is 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 photographer, David Kirkland.

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T R AV E L S A F E THIS SUMMER Remember to always check more than one source of the fire information. Visit cfa.vic.gov.au, call 1800 240 667, check the FireReady app, listen to local radio, talk to your host and visit an accredited Visitor Information Centre. Summer is the perfect time to discover regional Victoria. Wind down and enjoy Victoria’s breathtaking scenery and diverse natural environments knowing you’ve taken a few steps to stay bushfire safe.

What Are Fire Danger Ratings?

Fire Danger Ratings tell you how dangerous a fire would be if one started.

• Know which weather district you are visiting so you can be aware of the Fire Danger Rating for that district and if there are any fire restrictions in place. • On hot, dry, windy days, check Fire Danger Ratings and warnings. Fires can start and spread quickly on these days and parks and forests may be closed. • Check to see if a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the area you are visiting. • Check the weather and listen to local radio for advice and warnings. • Download the FireReady app. • Save the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667) into your mobile phone.

What is a total fire ban day?

A Total Fire Ban sets legal restrictions on activities that may start a fire including restrictions on barbecues and campfires.

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• Don’t rely on electronic mapping devices as mobile phones and GPS may be affected by smoke and local conditions. Make sure you carry hard copy local maps and listen to the radio. • Visit an accredited Visitor Information Centre as staff may be able to suggest alternative holiday activities on high risk days and provide local fire and park information. • Never travel into a high risk bushfire area where the Code Red Fire Danger Rating has been declared or where fires are burning.

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Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Visitors Guide 2015  

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