Daylesford Macedon Tourism - Visitor Guide 2020

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Yapeen Clydesdale


Shepherds Flat Glengower



Fryerstown Vaughan




Drummond Mt Franklin Pipe Porcupine Ridge Lauriston Carls Coomoora Springhill Glenlyon Tylden Wheatsheaf








Campbells Creek




Fern Hill

East Trentha

Sailors Falls


Little Hampton



Rocklyn Korweinguboora Spargo Creek


Bullenga Blackwood

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Wattle Flat

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Redesdale Tooborac Barfold




East Pastoria



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113 km

Melbourne - Woodend

55 min

71 km

Melbourne - Castlemaine

90 min

129 km

Daylesford - Creswick

20 min

27 km

Daylesford - Trentham

25 min

27 km

Daylesford - Clunes

34 min

40 km

Clunes - Creswick

16 min

18 km

Trentham - Woodend

20 min

23 km

Daylesford - Malmsbury

25 min

30 km

Malmsbury - Kyneton

10 min

11 km

Kyneton - Lancefield

25 min

32 km

Kyneton - Woodend

15 min

16 km



Hanging Rock Hesket Mt Macedon




80 min




Melbourne - Daylesford

New Gisborne

Riddells Creek Clarkefield

GISBORNE Gisborne South

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Travel safe in summer

Bushfire Information for the

Remember to always check more than one

us through the National Relay

source of fire information. Visit,

Service. TTY users can dial 106, you

call 1800 240 667, check the VicEmergency app,

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listen to local radio, talk to your host and visit

Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, contact

relay and ask for triple zero (000),

an accredited Visitor Information Centre.

you can SMS relay by texting 0423

Summer is the perfect time to discover regional

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Victoria. Wind down and enjoy Victoria’s breathtaking scenery and diverse natural environments knowing you’ve taken a few steps to stay bushfire safe. Know which weather district you are visiting so you can check the Fire Danger Rating for that district and if there are any fire restrictions. 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 VicEmergency app. Save the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667) into your mobile phone.

677 767 and including triple zero call, you can video relay by logging into Skype and contacting one of the NRS contact names or you can use an ordinary phone and dial 1800 555 727 and ask for triple zero (000). Further information emergency-calls/ or relayservice.

Translating & Interpreting Service If you don’t speak English call the Translating and Intepreting Service on 131 450 for translated information from VBIL. If you know someone who can’t speak English, provide them with this number.

What are fire danger ratings? Fire Danger Ratings tell you

Don’t rely on electronic mapping devices.

how dangerous a fire would be if

Mobile phones and GPS may be affected by

one started.

smoke and local conditions. Make sure you carry hard copy local maps and listen to the radio.

What is a total fire ban day?

Visit an accredited Visitor Information Centre.

A Total Fire Ban sets legal

Staff may be able to suggest alternative

restrictions on activities that may

holiday activities on high risk days and provide

start a fire including restrictions

local fire and park information.

on barbecues and campfires.

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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CONTENTS Welcome______________________________________ 2-3 Food & Drink___________________________________4-9 Farmers’ Markets____________________________ 12-13 Festivals & Events ____________________________ 14-15 The Region’s Art _____________________________ 16-17 Shopping & Retail____________________________20-21 Spa & Wellbeing_____________________________ 24-25 Mineral Water Springs_______________________ 28-29 Walking, Hiking & Cycling___________________ 30-33 Gardens____________________________________ 34-35 Classes & Workshops________________________ 36-37 Weddings___________________________________ 38-39 Produce____________________________________ 40-41 Gisborne to Lancefield, Woodend to Mount Macedon_______________ 42-55 Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Trentham & other Delights ___________________56-81 Kyneton to Tooborac & Everything in Between______________________ 82-93 Castlemaine & Surrounds ___________________94-101 Creswick to Clunes and the Area Beyond_______________________ 102-111 Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood & Surrounds____________________ 112-117 Visitor Information_____________________________ 120 1 | VISITOR GUIDE

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WELCOME Spectacular nature, world-class food and drink experiences, and our famed wellness offerings are what makes the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region popular, year-round. For tens of thousands of years, indigenous people have seen the area as a place of gathering and healing. More recently, the gold rush saw massive wealth bestow upon us some beautiful villages and unique Swiss Italian culture. Another cultural legacy is the ‘makers and creators’; you can join one of many classes and workshops, or buy some beautiful pieces of art. For many though, it is the natural beauty that brings them back again and again. Hiking up Hanging Rock, riding the Goldfields 2 | VISITOR GUIDE

Track, or sampling the many natural mineral springs are just some of the activities you can do. And after a full day of exploring, why not treat yourself to an amazing meal? You can try hatted restaurants or buy supplies at a Farmers’ Market and cook up a storm. Less than an hour by car from Melbourne’s CBD, Melbourne Airport or a short train journey from Southern Cross Station, you’ll soon be immersed in the revitalising air of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region.

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FOOD & DRINK Life is really about food and drinks, and our region has a bountiful collection of the finest food, rare breeds, cool climate wines, award-winning produce and more. Explore farm gates, farmers’ markets, cellar doors and hatted restaurants; meet farmers, vignerons and restaurateurs who are dedicated to growing, producing and serving the very best that the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region has to oer.


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

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

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The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

Young Guns of Wine: Top Winemakers

Many of our local wineries were featured, here are James’ best wineries of the Macedon Ranges and neighbouring wine regions this year:

Ben Ranken of Wilimee Wines Renata Morello of Lyons Will Estate Loique Allain & Chris Dilworth of Dilworth & Allain

Macedon Ranges Wine Region 5 star rating Bindi Wines (Gisborne) Curly Flat (Lancefield) Granite Hills (Baynton) Hanging Rock Winery (Newham) Lane’s End Vineyard (Lancefield) Passing Clouds (Musk)


Wine Tours Take your pick from the following:

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Age Good Food Guide 2020 Awards

2020 Delicious Produce Awards

Lake House, Daylesford (2 hats) Source Dining, Kyneton (1 hat) Midnight Starling, Kyneton (1 hat)

Holy Goat Cheese, Sutton Grange – Brigid’s Well

Gourmet Traveller Top 50 Restaurants Lake House Delicious Top 100 Lake House, Daylesford Midnight Starling, Kyneton Source Dining, Kyneton du Fermier, Trentham Red Hill Hotel, Chewton Royal George Hotel, Kyneton

Tellurian Fruit Gardens, Harcourt – Certified Organic Fruit (Nectarine, Pear) McIvor Farm Foods, Tooborac – Berkshire Free Range Pork Milking Yard Farm, Trentham – Coquelet Chicken Sher Wagyu, Ballan – Sher Wagyu F1 Black Label Beef

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RedBeard is famous for its organic, sourdough bread, baked in a huge wood-fired,19th century masonry ‘scotch’ oven. Watch the artisan bakers at work. Enjoy delicious, contemporary Australian café food with excellent coffee, local wines, beers and ciders. Take home a loaf fresh out of the oven. RedBeard Historic Bakery is a year-round destination, open Friday to Monday, including most public holidays, with a warm interior for winter and shady courtyard for summer. RedBeard is fully licensed, with a menu featuring local organic produce in season. 10 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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

“RedBeard is doing a wonderful job to promote the resurgence of authentic sourdough and artisan woodfired baking.” Maggie Beer legendary cook and restaurateur

Extend your experience by taking a fascinating, behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the historic bakery. Large groups must book ahead. Sunday workshops - where you can mix, shape and bake your own sourdough. Home baking equipment is available to purchase. Midweek workshops for groups larger than four. Bookings are essential.

Bakery café telephone: 0417 008 388 Wolff Lane, Trentham, Victoria Sorry, but we can’t currently take table bookings.

For RedBeard Sourdough Baking Workshop bookings please head online to

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

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FRESH IS BEST Visiting the local farmers’ market has become the cornerstone of a foodie’s weekend and generally a far more interactive and entertaining way to purchase your weekly provisions. Have a coffee and sample before you buy. Our farmers’ markets connect communities and give visitors a chance to shop as a local. Buy directly from the people who grow and make their produce; taste some of the regional specialities or talk to the growers and producers – if you’re looking for authentic, handmade and regional, or are just after a bargain then we certainly have a market for you. 12 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

Ballan Farmers’ Market 96 Inglis Street, Ballan 2nd Saturday each month 9am–1pm Castlemaine Farmers’ Market Western Reserve, Forest Street, Castlemaine 1st Sunday each month 9am–1pm Creswick Market Victoria Street, Creswick 1st 3rd Saturday each month 9am–1pm

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Clunes Market Fraser Street, Clunes 2nd Sunday each month 9am–2pm Daylesford Sunday Market Raglan Street, Daylesford Every Sunday 8am–1pm Kyneton Farmers’ Market Piper Street, Kyneton 2nd Saturday each month 8:30am–1pm Lancefield & District Farmers’ Market High Street, Lancefield 4th Saturday each month (except Dec, 3rd Saturday) 9am-1pm

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Malmsbury Village Farmers’ Market Mollison Street, Malmsbury 3rd Sunday each month 9am–1pm Riddells Creek Farmers’ Market Main Road, Riddells Creek 3rd Saturday each month (except December) 9am–1pm Talbot Farmers’ Market Scandinavian Cres, Talbot 3rd Sunday each month 9am – 1pm Trentham Farmers’ Market High Street, Trentham 3rd Saturday each month 9am–1pm

Wesley Hill Market 149 Pyrenees Hwy, Castlemaine Every Saturday 9am–1pm Woodend Farmers’ Market High Street, Woodend 1st Saturday each month 9am–1pm

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GREAT FESTIVAL? Arts, culture, food, wine and music - this region has an abundance of ingredients for a fabulous calendar of festivals and events all year round, rich in diversity and full of passion. Our festivals and events provide experiences to be relished and enjoyed with families and friends. Discover the magic of international concerts at Hanging Rock, the finest artists at the Castlemaine State Festival, signature wines at Budburst Festival or a love of books at Clunes Booktown. Be part of ChillOut, Australia’s biggest and longestrunning Country Queer Pride event. Enjoy a stunning program of concerts, exhibitions and more at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival.

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

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“ Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. “ Thomas Merton

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Art to Explore

Artlights to explore Boon Bromley, Daylesford

A truly distinctive place where painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, filmmakers and artisans, you name it, are continually drawing inspiration from the world around them – and you will too. Step into the art zone by visiting the many independent galleries and artist-run spaces and soon you’ll be chatting to the makers and getting the inside story on the local burgeoning arts scene. Challenge your inner creative self by taking one of the many workshops, or classes throughout the area and guaranteed you won’t feel like just an observer, you will instantly feel part of the thriving artistic zone. Try your hand at one of the many workshops at The Old Auction House; guitar making at Wildwood Instruments; book in for an exclusive Masterclass at Lake House, explore the metal art at Overwrought Sculpture Garden & Gallery or a bread-making workshop at RedBeard Historic Bakery. Whatever you choose, you will feel completely satisfied from learning something new. For more information go to

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The Convent Gallery, Daylesford Black Gallery, Daylesford Bullarto Gallery, Bullarto Stockroom, Kyneton Macedon Art Trail Castlemaine Art Museum Overwrought Sculpture and Garden Gallery, Blampied The Old Auction House, Kyneton Gold Street Studios, Trentham East Catherine Tait Art, Castlemaine Greg Mallyon, Daylesford

How about that? Pieces created by Flynn Silver’s Designs in Kyneton can be found in Buckingham Palace, the White House and the Vatican. They have also graced international events including both the Commonwealth Games and the Formula One World Championships. True!

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The Convent Daylesford

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Open 10am - 4pm daily | t 03 5348 3211 7 Daly St, Daylesford VIC 3460

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

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TIME TO GO SHOPPING Do you, your home or your garden need a make-over? We challenge you to visit the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region and not find what you are looking for. Lovers of all things fine are drawn to this part of Victoria to explore the many stalls, bazaars and emporiums looking for quality, unique, luxurious, handcrafted, limited edition all that is new and shiny.

Find your new look!

For that ‘wow’ factor, you will find normally hard to source, stylish items like tartan carpets, Highland cattle rugs, original leadlights and even antique milliners’ blocks. Visitors to your home won’t believe their eyes!

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Any living or dining area will benefit from a visit to the variety of local retail shops where you will fall in love with locally-made exquisite ceramics, pottery and glassware on show. Simply gorgeous! Or maybe your garden is looking very ordinary? If that’s the case, cruise to the selection of nurseries selling exotic, rare and definitely not-your-average plants. For those true foodies that view cooking and gardening as a true marriage, go on take the plunge! Meet the growers and makers of the delicious local produce and quality food items.

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Let some of our region’s most inspiring fashionistas help you find your own look. Harry and Me, Daylesford Frankie & Mae, Trentham Creswick Woollen Mill, Creswick, Daylesford Alpaca Passion, Daylesford The Farmer’s Wife, Daylesford and Creswick Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar, Castlemaine

Create your own grand design! For those who take joy in beautiful surrounds, shop homewares in our region. Mollisons, Kyneton Woodend General, Woodend eCasa, Daylesford Cedar and Sage, Daylesford Harry and Me, Daylesford The Old Auction House, Kyneton Flop House, Kyneton The Amazing Mill Markets, Daylesford

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INDULGE YOUR SENSES Home to Australia’s greatest concentration of natural mineral springs, this region has long been regarded as a special place of healing, making it a perfect destination for experiences that relax the mind, soothe the body and nurture the soul. With its long spa tradition, and every kind of luxury, this is the perfect place for an indulgent escape. Rejuvenate in the nutrient rich waters and indulge at boutique spa resorts, luxury accommodation and day spas. As a haven for health and wellbeing, here you can indulge in more than 200 types of wellness therapies and treatments. Follow the signs for massages and spa treatments, as well as more alternative therapies – reiki, shiatsu, Bowen therapy and reflexology to name a few. Or perhaps you’re looking for yoga, meditation, tai chi, or maybe some direction from a tarot card or astrology reading. This region caters for all interests, boasting the highest concentration of massage therapists in the Southern Hemisphere.

Seek these out: DAYLESFORD DAY SPA 25 Albert Street, Daylesford

SHIZUKA RYOKAN 7 Lakeside Drive, Hepburn Springs

EKO SKIN CARE SPA 1 Camp Street, Daylesford

MAIAVEDA HOLISTIC DAY SPA 18 Piper Street, Kyneton

HEPBURN BATHHOUSE & SPA Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs

ELLENIS DAY SPA 39 High Street, Kyneton

SALUS SPA AT LAKE HOUSE 4 King Street, Daylesford

DAYLESFORD HEALING MASSAGE 5/11 Howe Street, Daylesford

ENDOTA DAYLESFORD Cnr Vincent Street & Central Springs Road, Daylesford

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Mineral Water Springs – yours for the tasting 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.

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 coincidence that the words bio-dynamic, 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.

It’s called mineral water for a reason. Sourced from nature, the abundance of mineral springs in this region possess naturally occurring essential minerals that have been lauded for their health benefits for centuries.

Most of the region’s natural springs are located in the areas surrounding Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Kyneton, with many located on public land where the water can be tasted and pumped directly from the ground.

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

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WALKING & HIKING Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or a strenuous hike, this region provides many options. Trek through the region’s spectacular surrounds, from the magnificent Trentham Falls to Mount Franklin’s awesome volcanic crater to the iconic Hanging Rock. Make your way up to the Memorial Cross pinnacle in the Macedon Regional Park. Scale rugged rockfaces in Wombat State Forest or the 300-metre gorge in Lerderderg State Park. MACEDON REGIONAL PARK Over 400 species of native plants have been recorded in the Macedon Regional Park and more than 200 species of birds and a wide variety of mammals can be found here including koalas, kangaroos, swamp wallabies, wombats, possums and gliders. There is ample opportunity to explore the Park on foot via a series of walks that make up the Macedon Ranges Walking Track. HEPBURN REGIONAL PARK Located around the famous mineral springs townships of Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs. Here you will find natural mineral springs and relics of the gold mining era set in delightful bush surroundings. SECRET FOREST WALKS Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Wombat Forest, assisted by GPS technology. No clubs or tours, just you and the company of your choice, or solo if you wish. Choose from a selection of carefully mapped bushwalks in the Wombat Forest according to your tastes and abilities. GOLDFIELDS TRACK The Goldfields Track is a point to point 210km track stretching from Ballarat in the south to Bendigo in the north. It passes through some of the region’s most historic towns and beautiful forests, including Creswick, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Castlemaine. You can hike the whole track or split it into smaller sections. For more information call into a local Visitor Information Centre.

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CYCLING No matter the type of riding you love, there is the perfect trail, track or quiet road awaiting your adventure.

GOLDFIELDS TRACK The Goldfields Track is an historic point to point 210km track stretching from Ballarat in the south to Bendigo in the north, through some of the region’s most historic towns and beautiful forests, including Creswick, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Castlemaine. The track was constructed by gold settlers over 150 years ago and today is well

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known amongst cyclers and walkers. The Wallaby Track section will take you from Mount Buninyong through to Daylesford. This 90km track is for fit and confident riders and can be done in one day. Keen mountain bikers and history buffs love the ‘Dry Diggings’ section from the Chocolate Mill in Dry Diggings through to Vaughan Springs and on to Castlemaine.

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MACEDON REGIONAL PARK The fire tracks on the side of Mount Macedon range from flat trails that are gentle enough to allow you to teach little kids to ride bikes (say in the Macedon Scout Camp area) to rocky, whiteknuckle descents (such as Barber’s Chute Track). These tracks are well drained and are a good option when it’s wet. WOMBAT FOREST Near Woodend, you’ll discover 100km of purpose-built single track winding through beautiful forest. Built by the local Wombat Mountain Bike Club, the trails suit beginner to expert riders and are accessible year-round. HARCOURT (LA LARR BA GAUWA PARK) Best for experienced mountain bikers, but with easier trails for beginners as well, this is a world class destination for riders. Expertly built by the team at DirtArt, the trails make the most of the hilly, granite country side. An easy drive from Melbourne or train to Castlemaine, this is mountain bike heaven. CRESWICK Also easily accessed from Melbourne, Creswick is positioning itself as the next mountain biking mecca. The newlybuilt pump track in town is arguably Australia’s best, there are many great

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XC options such as the RACV Goldfields Resort track, and construction on a topnotch 100km trail network is expected to commence soon. FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRAIL Romsey to Lancefield and return A leisurely 1 hour ride, this trail mostly travels along a dedicated shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy expanses of rolling farmland, classic Australian architecture and treat yourself at one of Lancefield or Romsey’s cafés or restaurants. Start and finish at the Lions Park Reserve, Romsey. ROAD RIDE Three Town Scenic Route (Woodend, Trentham, Kyneton) This ride is a great opportunity to explore a large part of the region in a single loop that joins Woodend, Trentham and Kyneton. Great from either direction, this ride gives you open farmland, tree lined country lanes and undulating leafy roads. Suggested start and finish Woodend Train Station. For more information visit strava or call into a local Visitor Information Centre.

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GARDENS There’s a major obsession with gardens in this region. With a climate that gives us four distinct seasons, along with ample rain and fertile soils, it’s the dedication of local green thumbs that has resulted in the many historic gardens that flourish throughout the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. And they love to show them off. Visit the immaculate gardens dotted around and get a taste of life for Melbourne’s elite in the nineteenth century.

Public spaces In the 1850s, every Victorian town wanted a botanic garden to elevate its status, educate its residents about plants of the region and provide a tranquil haven away from the growing and bustling cities. The botanic gardens in this region are historic, varied and great spots to visit if you are a keen gardener, outdoor enthusiast or with family and friends.

Places to stay with beautiful gardens Bringalbit, Pastoria Musk Farm, Musk St Agnes, Kyneton Stonefields, Denver

The region’s botanic gardens Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford Kyneton Botanic Gardens Gisborne Botanic Gardens Malmsbury Botanic Gardens Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Some of the region’s oldest gardens Forest Glade, Mount Macedon Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Frogmore, Newbury Buda House, Castlemaine Lavandula, Daylesford

Places to eat and enjoy their garden Sault, Daylesford Blackwood Ridge, Blackwood The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham

Acre of Roses, Trentham

Lavandula La Trattoria Café, Daylesford

Garden Beds, Garden of St Erth,

Garden of St Erth, Blackwood


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CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS This region is home to a multitude of classes and workshops. Providing you with plenty of opportunities to explore your creative side and discover the joys of making something yourself. Whether it’s a cooking class, learning the skills of dry stone walling or making your own chair, there is literally something for everyone! You’ll find courses that run for an hour through to intensive workshops that are spread over a number of days, together with instructors who are passionate about their trade and sharing their knowledge and skills with you.

themselves and indulge in something new, or for a group of friends planning a trip away together and looking for a fun way to fill in an afternoon, enrolling in a class or workshop is a great way to meet like-minded people, unwind in a relaxed and casual environment and, ultimately, come away with a new skill. Keep in mind that many of these classes and workshops book out quickly, so be sure to plan your trip away well in advance.

Perfect for those seeking to get away by

Highly recommended Piper Street Food Co 89A Piper Street, Kyneton

RedBeard Bakery 38A High Street, Trentham

The Fermentary 11/57 Leitches Creek Road, Daylesford

POD Jewellery Pod Studio, Kyneton

Lake House King Street, Daylesford

Bullarto Gallery – Phillip Edwards 962 Daylesford Trentham Road, Bullarto

The Old Auction House 52-56 Mollison Street, Kyneton Dairy Flat Farm By appointment only. Musk

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WEDDINGS The Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region is regarded as Victoria’s most romantic destination. We are the home of some of the most sought after wedding venues in Victoria with locations as diverse as this region is beautiful. Just over an hour from Melbourne, we are the dream location for couples looking to tie the knot. Rustic or elegant, quirky or traditional, intimate or luxurious – whatever your heart desires.

A Church Wedding

What kind of wedding are you?

Highly recommended

A Country Wedding

Lake House, Daylesford

A blue expanse of sky, paddocks of green as far as the eye can see and the two of you getting married under the dappled shade of a statuesque oak tree. A country wedding is all about a backdrop of ripyour-heart-out natural beauty. It’s relaxed, filled with bales of hay, rambling roses, gum trees and gales of laughter.

Quirindi Stables, Blampied

A Winery Wedding

St Agnes, Kyneton

Grapevines aplenty, spectacular views, historic homesteads, expanses of mountains or trees - imagine your wedding ceremony set amongst breathtaking views at one of our region’s many wineries. Choose from boutique vineyards, quirky wineries or any number of our larger iconic wineries. And of course, the toast to the happy couple and the provision of good wine is simply a given!

Mount Macedon Winery

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From an intimate bluestone church sitting nonchalantly in a paddock to lofty or broody churches, intimately small chapels or magnificently stately – we have them all. Decorated simply or elegantly, church weddings provide for those seeking a traditional wedding with spiritual, ecclesiastical and serene peacefulness.

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Cleveland Winery, Lancefield Swiss Mountain Hotel, Blampied Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa Mimosa Glen, Tooborac The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham

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PRODUCE Rich, fertile volcanic soil and pure mineral water combine to make the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region Australia’s best food-producing region. Not many people realise this, but 80% of Australia’s mineral water is found in our little region. The region has, for many years, led the way in sustainable, small scale, ‘artisanal’ agriculture and a highly connected network of food producers has created a vibrant a progressive group of growers and producers. Farm gates and farmers’ markets are a great way to get your hands on this exceptional produce. However, if you like your food cooked for you, countless restaurants, many ‘hatted’ and renowned around Australia and the world, use this local produce to create amazing and memorable dining experiences. This is also the highest and coolest wine region on mainland Australia. Again, wineries are small scale and carefully managed, so wine buffs will delight in the elegant and sophisticated wines produced here. We also have some outstanding distilleries, who use our pure, fresh water and local botanicals to produce some exceptional spirits. So, whether it’s fresh produce, an unforgettable dining experience, or an amazing glass of something special, the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region is an oasis for foodies.

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Newham Hanging Rock



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Lawson Lodge, Mount Macedon

Gisborne to Lancefield, Woodend to Mount Macedon Gisborne . Gisborne South . New Gisborne . Clarkefield . Riddells Creek Monegeetta . Daraweit Guim . Macedon . Mount Macedon . Cherokee Hesket . Romsey . Woodend . Newham . Lancefield . Rochford . Wallan Mount Macedon’s greatness is visible from all parts of this region. Known as Geburrh in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, Mount Macedon was named in 1836 by Major Thomas Mitchell. Today, Mount Macedon is home to some of the country’s most magnificent historic and private gardens. It is also crowned by the historic Memorial Cross, which each ANZAC Day plays host to one of the largest and most moving Dawn Services in Victoria. 43 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

A short drive to the village of Macedon brings you to the spectacular Honour Avenue, with its magnificent oaks that honour the 154 local men and women of Macedon and Mount Macedon who enlisted for service during the First World War. One of the best times of the year to visit this area is as the season changes, when nature puts on a stunning display of autumn colour that is second to none.

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Not far from Mount Macedon is the ethereal and iconic Hanging Rock, made famous in the classic Australian film Picnic at Hanging Rock, adapted from the novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay. The nearby village of Woodend is a perfect staging post to explore this area further with its enticing mix of cafĂŠs, stores and the famous Holgate Brewhouse, where a drop of ale is just the thing! The local Visitor Information Centre has the latest information on all things worth discovering. Lancefield is at the geographic heart of Victoria, and whilst modern day fossicking is encouraged in the local galleries, antique

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

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Out & About Camels Hump

Memorial Cross

The Camels Hump is the highest point in the Macedon Ranges (1,001 metres), with a lookout offering visitors spectacular views. This is one of three local rocky outcrops formed by volcanic action millions of years ago and is generally quieter than Hanging Rock. Your dog is welcome too.

Travel 4km along Cameron Drive from the summit of Mount Macedon Road. The 21m high Memorial Cross is located 200m from the carpark. This imposing, iconic structure commemorates those who bravely served in the World Wars. There are outstanding views of the surrounding country from the Reserve.

Start of Cameron Drive, Mount Macedon

Cameron Drive, Mount Macedon

Conglomerate Gully Walk

Romsey Village

Riddells Creek’s best kept secret, Conglomerate Gully is a magnificent rocky gorge, estimated to be about 440 million years old. The 2.8 kilometre walk will weave you through a hilly eucalypt forest with native grasslands and orchids in the spring time. The track is steep and rocky in parts.

A pretty spot to visit with an eclectic mix of food, wine, shopping, history and heritage. Its historic red brick buildings line a spacious main street giving it an English village feel. Surrounding fertile countryside is ideal for cattle and sheep grazing and other agricultural pursuits. Pop into Verdure for coffee, Soltan Pepper for a quick bite to eat or Cuttings, Culinary & Botanica.

Wheelwrights Road, Riddells Creek Gisborne Olde Time Market Glorious food and wine, fresh produce, quality handmade items, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, books, plants and fresh flowers. 1st Sunday of the month 9am-2pm Hamilton and Aitkens Street, Gisborne Hanging Rock Reserve Hanging Rock, formed six million years ago, is said to be one of the best examples in the world of a volcanic feature known as a mamelon. The reserve offers many great experiences such as walks up the rock, Australian native wildlife, picnic areas, an annual film night under the stars, horse racing and concerts. South Rock Road, Newham Daily 9am-5pm, entry $10 a car 1800 244 711

Main Street, Romsey Sanatorium Lake Eco-Tourism Trail Perfect for a family stroll, with many natural features to see on the way. Signs along the walk and a display board at the lake provide information on the forest environment. The walk is about 2.5km and includes tall eucalypt forests and a wet fern gully. Lions Head Road, Mount Macedon Woodend Children’s Park Woodend Children’s Park covers one hectare on the banks of Five Mile Creek. It has an eight metre climbing wall, a breathtaking flying fox, sheltered areas, barbecues, fenced playground for toddlers and space for children to run. The park fits beautifully into the landscape and uses native hardwood and stone. 12 Nicholson Street, Woodend

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Top Picnic Spots Spice up your visit with a picture-worthy picnic matched to your personality. Use this guide to create the perfect country picnic just a hop, skip and jump from Melbourne. The Lavender Lovers’ Picnic Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, Shepherds Flat The Iconic Picnic Hanging Rock Reserve, Woodend The Pump it Up Picnic Mineral Springs Reserve Rd, Hepburn Springs The Bush Walker’s Picnic Black Hill Reserve, Kyneton The Prospector’s Picnic Paddy’s Ranges State Park The Turn Back Time Picnic Yesteryear Horse Carriage Ride + Picnic Departs from Carlsruhe 49 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

The Watersports Picnic St Georges Lake, Creswick The Swim and Slide Picnic Vaughan Springs, Castlemaine Diggings National Park The Wine Down Picnic Musk Lane Wines, Kyneton The Forest Bathing Picnic Forest Glade Gardens, Mount Macedon

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Hanging Rock Winery Hanging Rock Winery has been creating wines of distinction for over 30 years. It’s the largest in the region and boasts a cellar door with an extensive award-winning range – there are more than 20 wines to taste. While you’re there, treat yourself to an extra bottle, a gourmet picnic box or cheeseboard, then find a spot on the deck or lawns to take in the view over their vineyard towards Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon – it’s undoubtedly the most iconic view in the Macedon Ranges. And if you time your visit between November and March you can also experience their outdoor sculpture exhibition - Art in the Vines. Passion and expertise has resulted in an impressive range of wines which they hope will bring you as much joy as it does them. Make sure you pick up some of their estate grown, 2-year-old Hanging Rock Speckle Park Beef too. It’s unashamedly some of the most flavoursome you will ever enjoy. Open 7 Days (except Christmas Day & Good Friday) from 10:00am to 5:00pm. 88 Jim Road Newham | 03 5427 0542 |

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Hidden Valley Resort Escape the confines of the city and unwind in the beautiful surrounds of Hidden Valley Resort. Enjoy a round on our championship golf course, treat yourself to an exceptional meal at The Grove Bar & Bistro, or book a stay in our luxury townhouse accommodation to make the whole relaxing experience last a little longer (including gym & pool access). 189 Hidden Valley Blvd, Wallan | 03 4701 0000

Holgate Brewhouse Full-flavoured authentic craft beer brewed on site in our family owned microbrewery. Sample the beer, enjoy a meal and stay a night or two in one of the beautifully refurbished guestrooms. Brand new Brewhouse and Visitor Centre now open! 79 High Street Woodend | 03 5427 2510 | 53 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Hanging Rock Café Welcoming little café nestled among the trees at the base of the world-famous Hanging Rock, in the heart of the Hanging Rock Reserve. 139 South Rock Road Woodend | 03 5427 0295

Lawson Lodge Country Estate Private 9 hole golf course surrounds stunning accommodation for up to 24 guests. Cinema, spa, tennis, fishing & sports bar compliments this ultimate getaway for friends, family celebrations, conferences & weddings. 227 Lawson Road Macedon | 03 5426 1551 |

Lyons Will Estate Our award-winning boutique winery produces quality and minimalist wines. Specialising in Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay & Pinot Noir, it’s a must-do when in the Macedon Ranges. Cheese & Charcuterie boards available. 60 Whalans Track Lancefield | 0412 681 940 |

Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa An easy one-hour drive from Melbourne; your ideal choice for your next weekend escape, wedding, conference or as a base for exploring all this beautiful region has to offer. 652 Black Forest Drive Macedon 03 5426 4044 |

Mount Macedon Winery Mount Macedon Winery boasts some of the region’s most diverse cool climate wines. Bring your friends and family (even your well-behaved pooch!) and enjoy a long lunch in the vines or a delicious cellar door tasting. 433 Bawden Road Mount Macedon | 03 5427 4172

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Mount Towrong Vineyard Family operated vineyard on the picturesque slopes of Mount Macedon, adopting sustainable principles to produce predominately Italian varietals. Come try our wines and rustic Italian food at the cellar door. 4 Taylors Road Mount Macedon | 0488 155 088 |

Super Lekker Craving a healthy natural grass-fed beef or freerange chicken burger? Enjoy in house to delicious disco vibes or takeaway. Superb veg options too! 2/99 High Street Woodend | 03 5417 6125 |

The Victoria Hotel The oldest hotel in Woodend EST 1861 offers a generous menu and regional wine list, cosy double fireplace and beer garden. You will feel instantly at home. 67 -71 High Street Woodend | 03 5427 2721

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Mt Franklin Shepherds Flat

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Lake Daylesford

Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Trentham & other delights Daylesford . Sailors Falls . Bullarto . Musk . Muskvale . Lyonville Trentham . Newbury . East Trentham . Eganstown . Coomoora Hepburn Springs . Wheatsheaf . Little Hampton . Glenlyon Spring Hill . Denver . Shepherds Flat . Porcupine Ridge . Mount Franklin If you’re attracted to a locale with a long history, then this is the land for you. A wondrous region formed by volcanic activity more than five million years ago; volcanic plains that are the third largest in the world and are filled with 80 per cent of Australia’s natural mineral water

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

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

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

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Paul Bangay Paul Bangay has touched the hearts of many a green thumb, but we’d like to think his heart is deeply entwined with the many gardens he’s nurtured in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region. We had a chance to dig deeper, discovering this Medal of the Order of Australia recipient’s connection with our region and his approach to gardening that we’ve come to love and admire. You have been instrumental in the design and creation of some incredible gardens within our region. What is your connection to the area? Are there gardens on which you look back fondly? When I was young, I spent many amazing weekends at Marnanie in Mount Macedon; this was the home of the celebrated - and now late - Kevin O’Neill. The garden was magical, and the time

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spent in it and its unique coolness made me fall in love with both the climate and the region. As soon as I could afford my own country garden, I bought the old schoolhouse in Woodend. This was over twenty years ago, and I have never fallen out of love with the region, only more in love. I have created many gardens in the area since, including two of my own. If you could describe the perfect outdoor adventure in our region, what would it entail? Visiting and walking to the Trentham Falls and then going on to du Fermier for lunch in Trentham. The greatest attraction for me is the wealth of excellent restaurants, and du Fermier is one of the best we have to offer. Find Paul’s full interview on:

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Out & About Trentham Falls

Trentham Golf Club

The Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, dramatically plunging some 32 metres over basalt columns. Trentham Falls was formed five million years ago from molten lava rapidly cooling as it flowed along the old Coliban River valley. The Trentham Cascades are a short walk further north from the Falls Reserve carpark.

Surrounded by bushland and beautiful gardens, Trentham Golf Club offer a range of options to get into and keep playing golf. With a number of options for social golfers, summer golfers, or those who would just like green fee discounts for playing regularly. 54 Trentham Falls Rd, Trentham

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Lake Daylesford

Hepburn Springs Golf

One of Daylesford’s most loved landmarks, the iconic Lake Daylesford is a haven for local bird life and is a place for everyone of all ages to relax, enjoy a picnic, take a scenic walk and enjoy the glorious views it provides.

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

Daylesford Mineral Springs Reserve Located at the northern end of town, these natural springs are home to the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, an extensive network of bush walking tracks and BBQ facilities. The park has a collection of mineral springs, some flowing continuously, and others operated with a hand pump. Visitors are able to freely bottle their own bubbling mineral water from the springs which include Locarno, Soda, Sulphur and Wyuna. Hepburn Springs 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 Rustico, 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 through the heat of January by hand with sickles.

Golf Links Road, Hepburn Springs Jubilee Lake This lake is a stunning natural setting to be experienced from the bank or by paddleboat or canoe, which are both available for hire. This is a great location for walking, wildlife spotting, taking photos, fishing, or tickling your tastebuds with the fresh local mineral water. Make the most of your weekend and stay overnight camping or caravanning. Jubilee Lake Road, Daylesford Mount Franklin Reserve Mount Franklin, or Lalgambook, as it is known by the Dja Dja Wurrung people, is an extinct volcano offering fine views on the approach to the summit. The sheltered crater is a superb place for a picnic or simple camping set amongst huge and pretty conifers and deciduous trees, creating an exotic atmosphere. Mount Franklin is a fine example of a breached scoria cone. The breach, through which the road now enters the crater, is thought to have been caused by a flow of lava breaking through the crater rim. Mount Franklin

350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat

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The Amazing Mill Markets Australia’s largest mix of collectables, home décor, new and vintage fashion and much more! Enjoy a wonderful trip down memory lane through hundreds and thousands of items available for purchase at all three locations. Three massive venues in Ballarat, Daylesford and Geelong. All venues open 7 days 10.00am-6.00pm (excluding Christmas Day). 105 Central Springs Road Daylesford 03 5348 4332

Chocolate Mill Over 100 varieties of handcrafted chocolates made on site. Sourced from fair-trade Belgian Couverture chocolate, no palm-oil & nothing artificial added. Retail shop, café & kitchen viewing window. Award-winning hot chocolates, locally sourced espresso coffee, cakes and tarts & ice-cream sundaes made with Belgian chocolate! 5451 Midland Highway Mount Franklin 03 5476 4208

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Taste The Country You’re In. We’re not just great butchers. We are also pretty good farmers. Our meat is good. Our customers tell us so. And they keep coming back. We have some of the best chefs in the region source their produce from us. Our “beyond free-range” cattle and sheep freely roam our lush pastures on our farm just past Malmsbury where we have been for generations. We source the best local pork and chicken as well as hand making a large range of traditional smallgoods, smoked meats, pies and take-home meals instore including our famous bullboar sausages and amazing smoked bacon. Old fashioned skills. New Age Wisdom. A new breed of butcher.

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A passionate foodies grocer. Created by a passionate foodie.

A gourmet super store filled with local artisan produce, cheeses, charcuterie, gourmet groceries and much, much more. So whether you’re cooking a feast, needing a great coffee, packing for a simple country picnic or wanting to take home a taste of your holiday, you’ll find everything that you need (and crave) at Blake’s.

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Dairy Flat Lodge & Farm Daylesford Setting the benchmark for sustainable luxury, the team behind the iconic Lake House, Daylesford present their new concierge serviced private Lodge set amongst almost 40 acres of beautiful farmland. Guests have access to 5 acres of productive vegetable gardens supplying the Lake House Restaurant, olive grove, vineyard, hedgerow gardens and a bake house specialising in slow-fermented sourdough. |

Dayget The leading booking agent since 1999, Dayget provides incredible accommodation throughout Daylesford and the wider region. We handpick the best properties for our portfolio, with something perfect for every kind of escape. Modern and architectural, classic holiday houses, quirky cottages, or chic country hideaways, they are all here for you to explore. 14 Vincent St Daylesford | 03 5348 4422 | |

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Daylesford Day Spa & Beauty ‘The Art of Relaxation’, enjoy the deep, lasting benefits of total mind-body wellness with our range of signature rituals, facials, aromatherapy spas, body treatments, and massages. Let our Beauty Salon take care of your nails, hair removal, lash & brows, make-up (Youngblood), tanning and more. 25 Albert Street Daylesford | 03 5348 2331 |

Daylesford Healing Massage Daylesford’s only complete healing space for mind, body and soul. Indulge in one of our luxurious packages, enjoy a massage or healing session or browse our gift store, our focus is on inspiring and uplifting you and you will emerge relaxed, rejuvenated and at peace. 5/11 Howe Street Daylesford | 03 5348 1099 | 67 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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The Dudley Boutique Hotel Built in the 1930s, the property has been fully renovated to become an elegant boutique hotel with exemplary service, and host to a range of contemporary artwork and sculptures by local artists. An award-winning accommodation in Hepburn Springs, fit for guests who wish to escape in luxury, and indulge in style and sophistication. 10 Forest Avenue Hepburn Springs | 03 5348 3033 |

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm Just north of Daylesford, Lavandula’s European-style gardens frame and meander around the original stone buildings. The farm provides a licensed cafÊ, gift shop and tours of the original farmhouse. 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road Shepherds Flat | 03 5476 4393 | 68 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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“An Australian icon where the beautiful rhythm of life is emphasised and honoured.” LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE

Australian Gourmet Traveller Regional Hotel of the Year Luxury Travel Gold List Best Australian Food & Wine Property

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Portal 108 Voted on TripAdvisor as the No 1. shopping destination in Hepburn Springs, a visit to Portal 108 will have you discovering a curated collection of local and independent designers of women’s clothing, jewellery, footwear, handbags and homewares. A pooch-friendly store with a great big heart. 108 Main Road Hepburn Springs | 03 5348 4353 |

Shizuka Ryokan - Japanese country spa & wellness retreat Slip off your shoes and enter the tranquil world of the Japanese ryokan. Hospitality of honour. Zen design. Tatami flooring. Sliding shoji paper screens. 7 Lakeside Drive Hepburn Springs | 03 5348 2030 |

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Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa Hepburn Springs’ only historic Bathhouse, has been providing traditional social bathing since 1895. Drawing mineral rich waters directly from the source this iconic bathhouse reconnects you with an array of mineral wellness experiences including indulgent 100% pure private mineral baths and a selection of specifically designed wellness packages. The original Edwardian bathhouse has undergone a $13 million makeover and boasts more than 30 wet and dry treatment rooms, making it one of the largest spas in the country. Enjoy indulgences ranging from the large public bathhouse or experience the more exclusive Sanctuary bathing which includes Aroma Steam Room, Magnesium Salt Therapy Pool, Relaxation Pool, Creekside Pool, Spa Couches submerged beneath mineral water and an extensive relaxation deck. Further mineral wellness experiences also include therapeutic and relaxation massages, organic facials, and a selection of indulgent spa rituals. Experienced spa goers will appreciate the sophistication of their professional practitioners and extensive treatment menu. Private Mineral Bathing rooms are also available with a selection of wellness herbs, salts and remedies. Luxury spa treatments and packages can be added to the mineral bathing experience for a complete wellness escape designed to let you reconnect. Mineral Springs Reserve Road Hepburn Springs 03 5321 6000 | |

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Acre of Roses Acre of Roses is a private and luxurious self-contained restorative sanctuary. It is the perfect place for your country escape, romantic getaway, or girls retreat. By appointment only: 5 Blue Mount Road, Trentham 0405 032 566 |

Alice’s Journeys Curious about Daylesford’s history? We invite you to experience our fun and engaging historic town walk in small groups with your local guide. Tour times & bookings – visit website or Daylesford | 0455 519 111 |

Beppe Daylesford’s neighbourhood trattoria. Wood-fired pizza, handmade pasta, cocktails, local + Italian vino. Takeaway and dine-in. 32 Raglan Street Daylesford | 03 5312 2778 |

Bistro Terroir Bistro Terroir, your neighbourhood French bistro. Serving classic French food and wines from France and Australia. Bon Appétit! 6-8 Howe Street Daylesford | 0499 022 212

Cliffy’s Emporium Overflowing with country charm. Coffee, breakfast and lunch are served in this legendary store. The original timber shelves are filled with local produce, wine and handmade wares. 30 Raglan Street Daylesford | 03 5348 3279

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Cosmopolitan Hotel This iconic historic hotel showcases the finest local and regional produce, wine and craft beer. Open fires. Enjoy the region’s best beer garden. Open lunch and dinner Wed - Sun. Corner High Street and Cosmo Road Trentham 03 5424 1516 |

Daylesford Cider Daylesford Cider’s award-winning range use English heritage cider apples grown organically on the farm. Cellar-door open 7 days, Lunch Friday to Monday, functions, events, live music, landscaped gardens & lawn games. 155 Dairyflat Road Musk | 03 5348 2275

Daylesford Country Retreats Daylesford Country Retreats is an exciting mix of properties showcasing the variety of accommodation available in the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs area. 0407 810 576

Daylesford Wine Tours Daylesford Wine Tours invites you on a boutique cellar door experience, boasting award-winning vino, ciders, liquers and spirits. Tours 10am & 2pm daily. Fun and relaxed. Pick up Daylesford/Hepburn Accommodation 03 5348 1823 |

Daylesford Hotel This restored grand old dame in the heart of Daylesford offers great seasonal pub food celebrating regional produce with craft beers and an exceptional wine list. Several dining areas, open fires, a magnificent balcony to watch the sunset and large beer garden. 2 Burke Square Daylesford | 03 5348 2335 | 75 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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eCasa eCasa brings classical European homeware and accessory design into the Australian domestic landscape. We have offered a unique, curated collection of home wares and accessories. 89 Vincent Street Daylesford | 03 5348 1802

Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa Hepburn Springs’ only historic Bathhouse, has been providing traditional wellness bathing since 1895. Drawing mineral rich waters directly from the natural source for a pure mineral wellness experience. Mineral Springs Reserve Road Hepburn Springs 03 5321 6000 |

Hepburn Springs Escape Modern, boutique, architecturally designed and inspired accommodation. Immerse yourself in pure luxury at the Hepburn Springs Escape Villas adjacent to the award-winning Hepburn Bathhouse. 3 Forest Avenue Hepburn Springs | 03 5321 6000

The Hepburn Pavilion Open daily for delicious morning and afternoon tea, the historic Hepburn Pavilion is the ideal setting to start exploring Hepburn and the historic mineral springs. Mineral Springs Reserve Road Hepburn Springs 03 5321 6000 |

Hepburn Spa Retreat Contemporary, elegant, and designed for complete indulgence and comfort. Hepburn Springs’ premier stay offers indulgent luxury accommodation with magnificent, serene views over native bushland. 20/22 Mineral Springs Crescent Hepburn Springs 03 5321 6000 | 76 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Jubilee Lake Holiday Park & Café Family park with lots of space and wildlife. Open fires, pet friendly café & canoes, we have it all in one place. Melbourne 1.5 hrs away & 40 minutes from Ballarat. 151 Lake Road Daylesford | 03 5348 2186 |

Lake House Restaurant Two Chefs Hats. Australia’s Best Food & Wine Experience. Australian Wine List of the Year. Iconic contemporary restaurant nestled on the shores of Lake Daylesford. Private dining available. Reservations essential. King Street Daylesford | 03 5348 3329 |

Mount Olive “A little piece of heaven in Daylesford.” A luxurious hideaway, sleeping 4, set in peaceful surrounds with views that extend along Doctors Gully. Only 500m to the heart of Daylesford. Daylesford | 03 5348 4422 |

Passing Clouds Winery, Cellar Door and Dining Room. We offer a unique cellar door experience of award-winnning wines, la famiglia-style food and views of our estate vineyard. 30 Roddas Lane Musk | 03 5348 5550

RedBeard Historic Bakery RedBeard is famous for handmade, organic sourdough, baked in a huge, 19th century oven. Enjoy an indulgent breakfast, a lovely lunch, or scrumptious coffee and cake, in RedBeard’s licensed café. 38A High Street Trentham | 03 5424 1002 77 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Sault Restaurant Sault restaurant is set amongst one of the most spectacular properties in Daylesford, with several acres of beautiful lavender fields and our very own lake. Our seasonal menus are designed to incorporate the best quality produce from our local and regional farms with a strong focus on produce from the extensive Sault kitchen garden. Sault caters for both restaurant dining and private functions and with the addition of our iconic chapel, ceremonies here are a magical experience. With stunning views accompanied by great food and wine, Sault is the ideal restaurant for every occasion. 2349 Ballan-Daylesford Road Sailors Falls | 03 5348 6555 |

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The Spa at Lake House 100% pure mineral water is used in signature bathing experiences amongst the willows overlooking Lake Daylesford. Massage, facial and body rituals utilise our own ‘farm to spa’ Daylesford Pure range. King Street Daylesford | 03 5348 3329 |

The Surly Goat Wine Bar & Restaurant Serving a daily changing ‘prix fixe’ four course menu, that allows us to pursue our passion for seasonality and sustainability. Thursday to Saturday dinner and Saturday lunches. 3 Tenth Street, Hepburn Springs | 03 5348 4628

Wombat Hill House Enchanting café in the Botanic Gardens. Simple, fresh seasonal menus focusing on local produce. Outdoor seating and puppies welcome. Daily bake from the bake house at Dairy Flat Farm Daylesford. Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. Entry off Central Springs Road at Stanhope Street Daylesford 03 4373 0099 |

Wombat Forest Vineyard and Winery Our family owned vineyard is nestled on the edge of the Wombat State Forest. We pride ourselves using environmentally friendly practices, producing premium cool climate wines. Free postage Victoria wide. 189 Springhill Road, Denver | 0408 799 187

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

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

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Reboot Supply. Clair Derwort Photography Today, Kyneton is renowned as a place for traditional makers and artists to showcase some of our region’s finest skilled lost trade folk. Get inspired and take a class or workshop and learn the skill, precision and craft associated with these old-style creators. Otherwise, the retail experience in Kyneton is sublime; no mass produced trash here, just high quality and hard to find treasures. Further travel around this area will bring you to wineries, farm gates, or the opportunity to appreciate the strong connection to the land of the original

Cobaw Ridge Winery inhabitants, the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung people. Find your way to the small country town of Tooborac and you’ll be rewarded by the Tooborac Hotel, the oldest National Trust listed country pub in Victoria. Built in 1857 of bluestone, ironstone and granite its recent transformation to restaurant, brewery and arguably the last honest country pub attracts visitors from far and wide. If your taste is not handcrafted beers, then this is the place to sample great local wines such as a Shiraz, Viognier or Verdelho. Find out more:

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Young Blood Hidden down a laneway in an old timber yard in the heart of Kyneton, you’ll find Musk Lane Wine, where winemaker, Brendan Lane, makes wine from fruit he buys from small vineyards around Kyneton. “We source small parcels of fruit, around one to two tonnes,” he says. “I try and do as little to the fruit as possible and use natural yeast fermentation,” he says. The cellar door/ wine bar is a shed-like room made from scrounged and foraged materials “courtesy of Facebook Marketplace” jokes Brendan as he pours a glass of his 2018 Macedon Ranges Gewürztraminer. Made in the Alsatian style, it is balanced with spicy citrus notes and drinks beautifully. “The new generation of wine lovers do not want to come to a cellar door and receive a lecture,” he says flipping the Credence Clearwater Revival LP he has on the record player. “They want to make up their own mind, and if they are interested, they will ask questions,” says Brendan.

from other people’s grapes under his own name using his family’s winery at Cobaw Ridge. Josh, 30, grew up on the beautiful family vineyard learning biodynamic farming techniques from his father Alan. Josh is known in the industry as being a hands-off winemaker. “There’s a saying that the wine is made in the vineyard,” says Josh. He works intensively with the owners of the vineyards based in the area, making sure the grapes reach ripeness in perfect condition. “It’s our role as winemakers, to carry the wines through the winemaking process, to let the fruit be what the drinker tastes.” Joshua Cooper Wines have been met with critical acclaim and are only available online, through specialist retailers and served in local restaurants. Words and photograph: Richard Cornish Find the complete article on:

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Out & About Piper Street, Kyneton

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If shopping and eating’s your thing, look no further than the renowned Piper Street in Kyneton, one of the most vibrant streets in the region. Here you can browse original artworks from local artists, peruse gift shops or scour any number of antique shops for vintage finds from all over the world. When it’s time to refuel, Piper Street gives you every option. From fine dining and grand old pubs to inner city-style cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If being surrounded by so much delicious country cooking and produce inspires you, book into one of Piper Street Food Company’s classes and learn from legendary chef, Damian Sandercock.

If you have an interest in some of the finest historic buildings in regional Victoria, Kyneton is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. A walk around the town’s centre will take you past a number of 19th century civic buildings, churches, schools, commercial buildings and private homes, many dating back to the 1850s. Each of these buildings has their own fascinating stories about the people who lived and worked in them. Kyneton’s oldest building, the singlestorey bluestone former Anglican rectory on the corner of Piper and Ebden streets, dates back to 1850. Today, this beautiful building set in ½ an acre of gardens has been lovingly restored and now offers luxurious accommodation for visitors to the area.

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

More information: Kyneton Visitor Information Centre Campaspe River Walk Running alongside the Kyneton Botanical Gardens is the historic Campaspe River Walk which stretches from the Gardens to the bottom of Piper Street and beyond to the Racecourse. It provides a stimulating walk along the river and passes through the wonderful Sculpture Park near Quarry Reserve and features information on the river’s heritage. Ideal starting point from the Kyneton Botanic Gardens

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Big Bold Landscapes

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Relatively unexplored, mounds of enormous granite boulders lay scattered between the district of Kyneton, Pyalong, Baynton and Tooborac. Millions of years of erosion have left rock formations, ancient and worn with an appearance of giants’ marbles strewn across the landscape like an unwanted game. The area is extremely photogenic. Discover wildflowers, wildlife and structures like the Nulla Vale Balancing Stone and Tooborac Rock Monument. Find pastures dotted with sheep, cattle and contrasting monolithic natural sculptures. For those who enjoy a weekend drive, cruise across plains, undulating hills, windswept bushland and imagine a day when it was a favourite spot for men of ill-repute.

The Kyneton Racecourse is often referred to as the “prettiest” country racecourse in Victoria, due to its picturesque landscape and beautiful 100 year old Oak and Elm trees, which line the track. Enjoy getting up close to the horses and jockeys in the mounting yard, try your luck in the bookies ring, throw a rug on the Members Lawn or set yourself up by snaring an early seat in the Grandstand. The Marquee event each year is Kyneton Cup Day (held the day after Melbourne Cup) forming part of Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival. This event day attracts people from all over Australia and other parts of the world, who now attend this day each year as part of their Melbourne Cup Week activities.

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Kyneton Museum

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This Museum’s collection reflects the life and times of Kyneton and wider district from around the 1850s to the 1930s and is housed in an authentic National Trust bluestone building that was the former Bank of New South Wales built in 1856. There are changing exhibitions in the original banking chamber, and upstairs the bank manager’s residence is preserved in time. Outdoor exhibits include original bluestone stables, a servants’ kitchen and laundry. The Museum is also home to a wide variety of carriages and historical agricultural equipment so that you can expand your knowledge of Victorian farming history.

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

67 Piper Street, Kyneton Fri-Sun 11am-4pm, entry fee applies

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Animus Distillery Animus Distillery is the perfect place to spend an afternoon sampling award-winning craft spirits right in the heart of Kyneton. Visit our Cocktail Lounge & Bar open every day from 12pm. 1/89A Piper Street Kyneton | 03 5403 2431 |

The Old Auction House Discover, Explore & Learn in our Arts Precinct! Discover 100+ Australian Makers in our permanent handmade market, plus artist grade craft supplies to DIY! Explore our two ever-changing art galleries specialising in emerging and midcareer artists. Learn in one of our working artist studios, art workshops, or craft classes. 52-56 Mollison Street Kyneton | 03 5422 2047 |

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Piper Street Food Co PICNICS ~ Visit our little shop and create your own picnics & suppers from our range of quality handmade pâté & terrines, local cheeses and traditional English Pork Pies

COOKING SCHOOL ~ Please join our mailing list for updates about new classes and seasonal schedules.

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Isabella at Kyneton An 1890’s three-bedroom, self-contained cottage with modern comforts, perfect for couples or older families. This multi award-winning property is perfect for a few nights or longer stays. 10 Bowen Street Kyneton 0413 536 303 |

McIvor Estate Modelled on an Italian mixed farm, McIvor Estate produces premium award-winning wines and extra virgin olive oils. Our cellar doors are thrown open on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 10AM to 5PM. 80 Tooborac Baynton Road Tooborac | 03 5433 5266 |

Source Dining The source or origin is where it all begins. Our desire to be hospitable shapes our service philosophy. Awarded a Chefs Hat in the National Good Food Guide, once again. 72 Piper Street Kyneton 03 5422 2039 |

Stockroom Kyneton

Is a premier artist’s and maker’s space with a large retail area showcasing contemporary artists and designers. We exhibit the work of our most exciting contemporary artists with monthly solo and curated exhibitions. 98 Piper Street Kyneton | 03 5422 3215 |

Tooborac Hotel & Brewery Tooborac Hotel is the oldest National Trust listed country pub in Victoria – renowned for being family-friendly with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Ideal destination for clubs, groups and families. 5115 Northern Highway Tooborac | 03 5433 5201 |

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Castlemaine and surrounds Castlemaine . Malmsbury . Metcalfe . Newstead . Guildford Campbells Creek . Harcourt . Chewton . Vaughan . Fryerstown Yapeen . Yandoit . Franklinford . Green Gully . Strangways Elphinstone . Taradale Malmsbury – an old service centre for diggers travelling to Bendigo and Castlemaine - is worth a look. Not only is it home to Victoria’s oldest botanical gardens, it is also the place for a great coffee or a loaf of heavenly bread from the Malmsbury Bakery and the place to purchase unique local art. Travel on through the stunning hills of Taradale to the bustling town of historic Castlemaine, renowned for its eclectic

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arts scene, rich gold rush history, and growing reputation as a fine food destination. For creative types, stop at a local artist’s studio to find sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, paintings and textiles, or spend the day viewing major Australian and international works at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum. For more information:

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For the Love of Spuds George Wicker planted his first potatoes as a teenage boy. One spring, he was given a sack of red Pontiac potatoes by his uncle. He took a spade, turned over the rich deep soil on the roadside outside his family’s farm in Little Hampton, near Trentham. That autumn, he pulled up the potatoes and sold them by the side of the road. That was over 50 years ago. He has not missed a potato season since then. In fact, there has been a Wicker growing potatoes in the deep, chocolate brown soil around Trentham since the gold rush days. Back then, the country was covered in towering forest, before it was cleared for timber for the gold mines, revealing the fertile soil below. Those potatoes fed the miners who powered the most affluent gold boom in global history. You can see the deep brown ploughed potato fields in spring and early summer. Later on, the deep green, waist-high plants grow in rows across the rolling hills. Come autumn, the potato plants die off, and the 97 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

harvesters dig the potatoes up from the ground. Soon after the roadside stalls pop up, little sheds with an honesty box where visitors can buy a bag of freshly dug spuds for just a few bucks. While there are not as many potato farmers as there were in the heydays of the early 20th century, there are still half a dozen farmers in the area. They grow boutique varieties to supply local restaurants, stores, farmers’ markets, and roadside stalls. In late autumn, the region’s spud culture, history, lore, and culinary legacy is to be celebrated during the annual Great Trentham Spudfest. This day-long festival spreads across the whole town, in four precincts, offering a wide variety of things to do and see, taste and buy. Words and photograph: Richard Cornish Find the complete article on: Tag your photos #daylesfordmacedonlife

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Out & About The Mill, Castlemaine

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Starting as the Castlemaine Woollen Mill in 1875, and finishing as Victoria Carpets in 2013, The Mill is rapidly becoming a place for food and artisan manufacturing, and is a key part of Castlemaine’s vibrancy. Here you’ll find an abundance of small businesses: café, coffee roastery, wine, ice-cream, bread, cakes, beer, and more to come.

Once you’ve collected local goods from the surrounding provedores, farm gates and wineries, head to the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. Established in the 1850’s the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens is one of Victoria’s earliest regional botanic gardens, encompassing a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs along with a few surprises from its rich past. The central focal point of the Gardens is the Ornamental Lake with the formed island at its centre. The fountain was built in the 1930’s from bluestone salvaged from a nearby demolished mill. Both the fountain and the lake edges have been restored in recent years and the Dutch Elms planted at the front of the lake were planted as a memorial to soldiers of the First World War.

Walker Street, Castlemaine Buda Historic Home & Garden ‘Buda’ is an authentic house and garden, and a real survivor from the gold rush era. Named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny, it was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant intact collection of furniture, art works and belongings and surrounded by an historic 1.2ha garden.

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42 Hunter Street, Castlemaine Malmsbury Viaduct The Malmsbury Viaduct is a feat of incredible stone engineering, built in 1859 using thousands of labourers to carry the Bendigo railway line over the Coliban River. It is one of Victoria’s largest nineteenth century engineering structures, consisting of five-arched spans reaching 152 metres from end-toend. Best access point is found along the walking track from the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. Malmsbury 99 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar The Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar plays host to 2000m2 of vintage magnificence. There’s lozza, lozza stuff. Come and have a browse. Find what you’re not looking for. The Mill, 9 Walker Street Castlemaine 03 5470 6555 | 7 days, 10am 5pm

Coffee Basics - Das Kaffeehaus Small batch coffee roastery and Viennese Coffeehouse. Central Europe in Central Victoria. Find us on Instagram. The Mill, 9 Walker Street Castlemaine 03 5470 6270

Cosy Tents A luxury campsite combining the essence of a hotel with the outdoors. Enjoy a relaxing retreat in your own fully furnished canvas bell tent and fall in love with the outdoors again! 6 Kanga Road Yandoit | 0411 322 937 |

Johnny Baker Johnny Baker is set in an old drive through bottle shop where you can watch the team baking in the open kitchen. Serving pasty delights and quality coffee. Open 7 days from 6.30am - 4 pm. 359 Barker Street Castlemaine | 03 5470 5695 |

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Creswick to Clunes and the area beyond Dean . Creswick . Rocklyn . Coghills Creek . Newlyn Allendale . Kingston . Blampied . Smeaton . Clunes Campbelltown . Glengower . Talbot Old meets new and heritage joins modern in this beautifully picturesque part of the region. Travelling through exceptional landscapes, you’ll come to Creswick, a town built on the proceeds of rich gold deposits mined from the 1850s. Today this township displays fine examples of the grand architecture so reminiscent of a bygone era. Far from

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being ‘just’ a mining town, Creswick is the birthplace of reforestation and is the continuing home of the School of Forestry, which opened over 100 years ago and has evolved its focus from axes to ecology. It is also the birthplace of one of Australia’s most notable artistic families, the Lindsay Family, with artist Norman Lindsay perhaps the most famous of Creswick’s artistic sons.

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Eating, drinking and shopping are activities that Creswick does fabulously – sample an irresistible cake from French patisserie Le Péché Gourmand, or purchase the impeccable local produce from Creswick Country Fresh.

Clunes Booktown Festival is a must do, as Clunes is one of only 15 internationally recognised Booktowns, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Get lost in an astonishing array of bookshops offering the whole gamut from collectables to bargains.

The Goldfields town of Clunes has claims to fame beyond being the place of Victoria’s first gold strike in 1851. It is one of the most intact 19th century towns in the Central Goldfields, boasting original shop fronts and buildings. Walk the streets of this wondrous historical town and transport yourself to yesteryear. The widely acclaimed annual

And before you leave this area, don’t miss the opportunity to drop into Blampied’s Swiss Mountain Hotel, Victoria’s oldest weatherboard hotel now lovingly restored, for a local craft beer or other refreshments.

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Taste of Talbot The goldfields town of Talbot is renowned for its monthly farmers’ market. On the third Sunday of each month, the heritage streetscape transforms into a bustling marketplace. The streets become lined with marquees and vendors sell everything from fresh cut flowers through to organic purple carrots. While the farmers’ market and the Town Hall market are well worth a visit in themselves, it’s when the markets are over for the day, or on every other weekend that you can experience the full taste of Talbot.

dedicated volunteers. Apple, quince and olive trees stand above ornamental grapevines and a flowering lippia lawn buzzing with happy pollinating bees. Adjacent is the Talbot Provedore and Eatery, its long north-facing verandah flanked with espalier fruit trees overlook the garden and makes a perfect spot for coffee, or to share a ‘Provedore Platter’ and glass of local wine, or two.

A walk along the sweeping Scandinavian Crescent lined with ‘Instagram-able’ heritage buildings will lead you to a meandering brick pathway, welcoming you into the London House Community Garden. Wander the rosemary-bordered paths and discover a beautiful and productive garden lovingly tended by a group of talented and

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Out & About Creswick of the Lindsays Arts Trail

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The Lindsays, one of Australia’s best known artistic families, are synonymous with Creswick. The Creswick of the Lindsays Arts Trail comprises of 24 sites of importance to the family, and weaves through 7.6 kms of the town, including the Creswick cemetery where seven members of the family lie. The best place to start the trail is at the Visitor Information Centre at the corner of Albert and Victoria Streets where you can collect a trail guide.

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


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Lambley Garden & Nursery

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Set in and around a robust, old farmhouse in the hot dry wind-swept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields. Lambley’s complex of gardens are an inspiration to visitors from around the world and a must-see for anyone planning a garden in the Australian climate.

Set amongst the rolling hills of the Mount Prospect district, you will delight in the fun country horse riding experience provided by the Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides, located 10 minutes from Creswick.

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

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Maze House Maze House is located on the Midland Highway ten minutes from Daylesford and ten minutes from Creswick, with an old hedge maze, country carnival games, food garden and café milk bar. The maze is set in a beautiful five acre garden featuring a creek, vegetable garden, orchard, cutting garden and native habitat. 3155 Midland Highway, Newlyn North

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RACV Goldfields Resort RACV Goldfields Resort is located in the heart of the Goldfields Spa Country and is a short drive from Ballarat or Daylesford. Perfectly located, RACV Goldfields Resort allows you an opportunity to soak up the regions beauty, history arts and culture. The resort offers a full range of facilities including a restaurant, bar, day spa, outdoor playground, tennis courts, gymnasium, outdoor heated pool and spa, mountain bike trails, on-property secure bike storage and an 18-hole championship golf course. RACV Goldfields also offers a large range of meeting rooms catering for intimate groups, sophisticated functions for up to 400 dinner guests and weddings. 1500 Midland Hwy Creswick | 03 5345 9600 |

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Tuki From the pond to the pan or paddock to the plate, the Tuki restaurant offers a unique opportunity to catch your own lunch and enjoy the true meaning of fresh food. You are guaranteed to catch a trout at Tuki because family fun is our specialty. 60 Stoney Rises Road Smeaton | 03 5345 6233 |

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Captains Creek Organic Wines An inviting cellar door open on weekends, located 10 minutes from Daylesford, offering delicious lunches from organic farm produce, organic wine and cider tastings, regional beers and Goldfields Farmhouse Cheeses. Kangaroo Hills Road Blampied 03 5345 7408 |

Creswick Woollen Mills Visit the award-winning Creswick Woollen Mills, established in 1947; an iconic Australian owned brand, renowned for designing the highest quality textiles, accessories and homewares. Railway Parade, Creswick | 03 5345 2202 |

Le Péché Gourmand Le Péché Gourmand is a traditional French boulangerie patisserie offering croissants, baguettes, éclairs, croque-monsieur. Hire our “Le petit péché” coffee van. Monday to Saturday 7am - 4pm. 73 Albert Street Creswick |

Maze House Old hedge maze set in a 5 acre country garden with old time carnival games, orchards, shady areas for relaxing and a milk bar café. Loads of outdoor fun! 3155 Midland Highway Newlyn North | 0437 842 018 |

Overwrought Sculpture Garden & Gallery Visit our Australian native sculpture garden and gallery where our unique metal garden art is made onsite. Our gallery showcases local artists and we serve fabulous coffee and treats. 3409 Midland Highway Blampied 0403 675 170 | 110 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Swiss Mountain Hotel The Swiss Mountain Hotel is one of Victoria’s oldest hotels. Open 6 days serving local beer, wine, modern bistro food with the classics and an open fire & courtyard. 3454 Midland Hwy Blampied | 03 5345 7006

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Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood & surrounds Bullarook . Wallace . Bungaree . Dunstown . Millbrook . Gordon Ballan . Myrniong . Lerderderg . Greendale . Blackwood Korweinguboora . Bacchus Marsh Visitors are instinctively drawn to the scenic parks and cool, relatively undisturbed forests of this part of the region. The Wombat State Forest and Lerderderg State Park are some of the most ideal natural locations for spotting Australia’s much-loved furry creatures: fluffy-eared koalas, velvety kangaroos and chubby wombats. Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood proudly owns a rich history worth exploring. Originally inhabited by the Kutung, the Wathaurong, the Wurundjeri, the Jaara and the Ngurelban Indigenous tribes, this 113 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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

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Today you can go for a drive and uncover all the new features of this place, such as quaint roadside stalls selling seasonal local produce from berries in summer to potatoes in winter. Or you can eat your way around the newest cafés, restaurants and check out the provedores focussing on the rich pickings from local producers.

landscapes featuring in Paramount Pictures’ $100 million remake of the children’s 1952 classic tale, Charlotte’s Web.

Even Hollywood recognised the beauty of this part of the world, with Greendale’s scenic rolling hills and lush country

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As you enter Bacchus Marsh, it’s hard not to miss the famous Avenue of Honour, a truly grand road lined by hundreds of elms, oaks and plane trees, planted to honour those who served during World War One.

Kryal Castle Kryal Castle is a legendary land of adventure, with knights, dragons, wizards, kings, queens, princesses, fairies and so much more. An adventurous, fun-filled day within the sprawling village awaits. 121 Forbes Road Leigh Creek (Ballarat) 03 5334 8500 |

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ESCAPE to hidden gardens DINE on fresh organic produce UNCOVER garden treasures in the Diggers Garden Shop STAY in our luxury glamping facilities The magical Garden of St Erth is a stunning house and garden run by The Diggers Club and set amongst the pristine hills of Blackwood. The gardens feature an extraordinary range of trees, plants and flowers gathered from around the world, a feast of rare perennials, multi-hued blooms, trellised heirloom fruit trees and a food forest to service the in-house Fork to Fork café. Don’t miss the annual St Erth Festival and monthly ‘Learn with Diggers’ workshops for gardeners and garden lovers. 189 Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood, Victoria Garden & Diggers Garden Shop | Open 7 days, 9am–5pm | 03 5368 6514 Fork to Fork Café & Glamping | Open Thu–Mon from 10am | 03 5368 6520 115 | V I S I T O R G U I D E

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Out & About Pick your own in Bacchus Marsh

The Blackwood Hotel

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

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

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

Blackwood – historic goldmining village In 1855, the goldmining village of Blackwood had 13,000 prospectors on the hunt for instant wealth. Today, those golden days are gone but this historic village remains, situated amidst the tall timbers and lush greenery of the Wombat State Forest. Discover a whole new world of riches by paying this quaint town a visit.

The Garden of St Erth Is a must-stop destination for visitors to Blackwood. Enjoy its expansive gardens, historic sandstone homestead, abundant orchards, rare perennials, Diggers Garden Shop, nursery and café. 189 Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood

Allen’s Emporium Is Blackwood’s antique and bookshop set in a beautiful heritage garden. Its aim is to make bargain hunters happy and content, and quite smug about their treasures. 15 Martin Street, Blackwood

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22 Martin St, Blackwood

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

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

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Visit the official website for the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region to discover things to do, places to go and insightful stories from those who live here.


planning your trip to our special part of Victoria. dayl esf ordm acedon l i f e . c o m. au

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). Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre 215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh | Tel 03 5367 7488 Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre 44 Mostyn St, Castlemaine | Tel 03 5471 1795 Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford | Tel 03 5321 6123 or 1800 454891 Kyneton Visitor Information Centre High Street, Kyneton | Tel 03 5422 6110 or 1800 244 711 Woodend Visitor Information Centre High Street, Woodend | Tel 03 5427 2033 or 1800 244 711 Mobility Access - TrailRider The TrailRider is an all-terrain access wheelchair which allows community members and tourists with physical and mobility issues to explore the great outdoors and experience parks, reserves, tracks and trails. Available free from: Hepburn Shire, Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre. Bookings essential: phone 03 5348 6123 or email Moorabool Shire, Lerderderg Library, 215 Main St, Bacchus Marsh. Bookings essential – phone 03 5366 7100 or email

Published in December 2020 by Daylesford Macedon Tourism Ltd, 120 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, 3461. DM 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: info@ or 03 5309 2770. Information in this booklet was correct at time of printing and is provided in good faith, however no responsibility will be taken for any inaccuracies, changes, errors or misconceptions of any kind. Created by Cover photograph: Lake Daylesford. Photographer Brenton Weihrauch. @brenton_captures Inside cover photograph: Camels Hump. Photographer Clair Derwort. @clairderwortphotography Additional Photography by: Kim Selby, Chloe Smith Photography, Clair Derwort Photography, Inkdfotogrfa and JROD Captures. Printed by Printgraphics, Mount Waverley, Victoria. Paper stock: Extra print (cover), Grange offset – Made in Maryvale, VIC Australia (internal).

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Whether you’re joining us for a pint at the bar, cocktail in the lounge or a bite in our restaurant, you can immerse yourself in the region by sampling our seasonal and local product-driven food menu & drinks list. Our regulars welcome those from out of town to Eat • Drink • Sleep • Be Local.

Enjoy the powerful flavours of the Central-Highlands region in a casual and welcoming, yet sophisticated setting with an eclectic 70’s twist. The perfect place for an after work catch-up or a get together with friends, we welcome those from near & far to Eat • Drink • Sleep • Be Local.

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