Daylesford Macedon Tourism - Visitor Guide 2022

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DAYLESFORD MACEDON RANGES VISITOR GUIDE


Maldon Harcourt

CASTLEMAINE Newstead

Yapeen Clydesdale

Guildford

Shepherds Flat Glengower

CLUNES

Smeaton

Mt Franklin Porcupine Ridge Coomoora

HEPBURN SPRINGS DAYLESFORD Muskvale

Ascot

Taradale

Fryerstown Vaughan

Barf

MALMSBURY

Sido

Yandoit

Campelltown

Talbot

Elphinstone

Campbells Creek

Newlyn

Musk

Dean

Pipers Cr

Lauriston

Glenlyon Wheatsheaf Little Hampton Lyonville

Carl sruh

Springhill Tylden

WOOD

Fern Hill East Trentham

Sailors Falls

CRESWICK

KYNETON

Drummond

Newbury

TRENTHAM

Rocklyn Korweinguboora Spargo Creek

MACE

Bullengarook Blackwood

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Lerderderg Wattle Flat

BALLARAT

Greendale

Leigh Creek Gordon

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113 km

Melbourne - Woodend

55 min

71 km

Melbourne - Castlemaine

90 min

129 km

Daylesford - Bullarto

13 min

12 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

Rochford

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Travel safe in summer Remember to always check more than one source of fire information. Visit cfa.vic.gov.au, call 1800 240 667, check the VicEmergency app, listen to local radio, talk to your host and visit an accredited Visitor Information Centre.

Bushfire Information for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service. TTY users can dial 106, you can use the internet or captioned relay and ask for triple zero (000), you can SMS relay by texting 0423 677 767 and including triple zero (000) as the number you want to call, you can

Summer is the perfect time to discover regional

video relay by logging into Skype and

Victoria. Wind down and enjoy Victoria’s breathtaking

contacting one of the NRS contact names

scenery and diverse natural environments knowing

or you can use an ordinary phone and

you’ve taken a few steps to stay bushfire safe.

dial 1800 555 727 and ask for triple zero

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

(000). Further information relayservice. gov.au/making-a-call/emergency-calls/ or relayservice.gov.au.

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.

and warnings. Download the VicEmergency app. Save the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667) into your mobile phone. Don’t rely on electronic mapping devices. Mobile phones and GPS may be affected by smoke and local conditions. Make sure you carry hard copy local maps and listen to the radio. Visit an accredited Visitor Information Centre. Staff may be able to suggest alternative holiday activities on high risk days and provide local fire and park information. Never travel into a high risk bushfire area where the Code Red Fire Danger Rating has been declared or where fires are burning.

What are fire danger ratings? Fire Danger Ratings tell you how dangerous a fire would be if one started.

What is a total fire ban day? A Total Fire Ban sets legal restrictions on activities that may start a fire including restrictions on barbecues and campfires.


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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___________________________________________ 22-23 Mineral Water Springs_____________________________________26-27 Walking, Hiking & Cycling_________________________________28-33 Gardens___________________________________________________34-35 Classes & Workshops______________________________________36-37 Weddings_________________________________________________40-41 Produce__________________________________________________ 42-43 Gisborne to Lancefield, Woodend to Mount Macedon_____________________________44-57 Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Trentham & other Delights ________________________________58-85 Kyneton to Baynton & Everything in Between____________________________________ 86-95 Castlemaine & Surrounds _______________________________ 96-103 Creswick to Clunes and the Area Beyond____________________________________ 104-113 Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood & Surrounds__________________________________114-119 Visitor Information__________________________________________ 120

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WELCOME Spectacular nature, world-class food and drink experiences, a vibrant artistic community, and our famed wellness offerings are some of 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 wealth driven by the gold rush bestowed 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 Track, or sampling the

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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. Approximately an hour by car from Melbourne’s CBD or 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. Tag your photos #daylesfordmacedonlife


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FOOD & DRINK Life really is about food and drinks, and our region has a bountiful collection of the finest food, rare cattle breeds, cool climate wines, spirits, ciders, mineral water, 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 offer.

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Captains Creek Winery. Photography by Chris Turner.

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 sparkling

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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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Lyons Will Estate. Photography by Fiona Sexton.

The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2022 Many of our local wineries were featured in the latest edition of this definitive guide to Australian wine. Here are Halliday’s most highly rated wineries of the Macedon Ranges and neighbouring wine regions:

Macedon Ranges Wine Region 5 star rating

Photography by Kim Selby.

Winemaker of the Year: Michael Dhillon of Bindi Wines (Gisborne)

Best New Winery: Place of Changing Winds (Bullengarook)

Wine Tours Take your pick from the following: winetours.com.au daylesfordwinetours.com

Bindi Wines (Gisborne) Curly Flat (Lancefield) Granite Hills (Baynton) Hanging Rock Winery (Newham) Lane’s End Vineyard (Lancefield) Passing Clouds (Musk) Cobaw Ridge (Pastoria)

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Age Good Food Guide 2022 – local inclusions An impressive number of local dining venues were included in the guide this year: Lake House, Daylesford Beppe Kitchen & Bar, Daylesford Kadota, Daylesford Bistro Terrior, Daylesford Sault, Daylesford Winespeake cellar + deli, Daylesford Wombat Hill House, Daylesford Midnight Starling, Kyneton Spaghetti Bar, Kyneton Fook Shing, Kyneton Kuzu Izakaya, Woodend Du Fermier, Trentham RedBeard Bakery, Trentham Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville

Gourmet Traveller Top 80 Restaurants

2021 Golden Plate Awards winners State Awards Winner Kadota, Daylesford Best Casual Dining Kadota, Daylesford (winner) Bistro Terroir, Daylesford (highly commended) Best Value for Money Bistro Terroir, Daylesford (winner) Hotel Criterion, Clunes (highly commended) Best List of Wines, Beers & Ciders Kadota, Daylesford (highly commended) Best Chef Doug Kerr – The Criterion, Clunes (winner) Most outstanding front of house person Martin Fairhurst – Bistro Terroir, Daylesford (winner)

Lake House, Daylesford

2021 Delicious Produce Awards Holy Goat Cheese, Sutton Grange – La Luna Brooklands Free Range Farms, Blampied – Pastured Whey-Fed Berkshire Pork

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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, traditional bakery fare, sourdough pastries and excellent coffee. 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 committed to supporting small local farmers and producers with a café menu featuring local organic produce in 10 | V I S I TO R G U I D E

season. 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.

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

Sunday baking 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

For RedBeard Sourdough Baking Workshop bookings please head online to redbeardbakery.com.au

9am – 4pm Friday through to Monday.

redbeardbakery.com.au info@redbeardbakery.com.au Wolff Lane, Trentham, Victoria

Sorry, but we can’t currently take table bookings. 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. For more market information, visit daylesfordmacedonlife.com.au/markets 12 | V I S I TO R G U I D E

Ballan Farmers’ Market

96 Inglis Street, Ballan 2nd Saturday each month 9am–1pm

Castlemaine Farmers’ Market

Historic Market Building, Forest & Mostyn Streets, Castlemaine 1st Sunday each month 9am–1pm

Clunes Market

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Creswick Market

Victoria Street, Creswick 1st & 3rd Saturday each month 9am–1pm

Daylesford Farmers’ Market

102 Vincent Street, Daylesford 4th Saturday each month 9am–1pm

Daylesford Sunday Market Raglan Street, Daylesford Every Sunday 8am–1pm

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

Lancefield & District Farmers’ Market

High Street, Lancefield 4th Saturday each month (except Dec, 3rd Saturday) 9am-1pm

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 longest-running Country Queer Pride event. Experience a month-long celebration of events, nature experiences, autumn produce and creativity at the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival. Or enjoy a stunning program of concerts, exhibitions and more at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival.

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: daylesfordmacedonlife.com.au/events

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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 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 vibrant local 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 scene. 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 our many open studios or a breadmaking workshop at RedBeard Historic Bakery. Whatever you choose, you will feel completely satisfied from learning something new. For more information go to visitvictoria.com.au/dmr

Artlights to explore Agave Print Studio, Trentham agaveprintstudio.com.au Cascade Gallery, Maldon cascadeart.com.au The Convent Gallery, Daylesford conventgallery.com.au Black Gallery, Daylesford blackgallerydaylesford.com Bullarto Gallery, Bullarto bullarto-gallery.business.site Stockroom, Kyneton stockroomspace.com Macedon Art Trail visitmacedonranges.com/arts-culture Castlemaine Art Museum castlemainegallery.com Overwrought Sculpture and Garden Gallery, Blampied overwrought.com.au The Old Auction House, Kyneton theoldauctionhouse.com.au Catherine Tait Art, Castlemaine catherinetaitartist.com.au Greg Mallyon, Daylesford gregmallyon.com.au Andrew O’Brien, Musk andrewobrienartist.com

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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Open 10am - 4pm daily | t 03 5348 3211 7 Daly St, Daylesford VIC 3460 info@theconvent.com.au conventgallery.com.au

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Gallery Cafe Museum Cocktail Lounge Bar Retail Chapel Six Acres of Gardens

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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 or recycled. 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! Any living or dining area will benefit from a visit to the variety of local retail shops where you will fall in love with locallymade, 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.

Find your new look! Let some of our region’s most inspiring fashionistas help you find your own look. Harry and Me, Daylesford Frankie & Mae, Trentham Creswick Woollen Mills, Creswick & Daylesford Alpaca Passion, Daylesford Portal 108, Hepburn Springs The Farmer’s Wife, Daylesford and Creswick Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar, Castlemaine Camilla on Piper, Kyneton The Woolshed Australia, Kyneton Slow Lane Daylesford

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 Maxim Interiors & Styling, Daylesford Harry and Me, Daylesford The Old Auction 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

SHIZUKA RYOKAN

25 Albert Street, Daylesford daylesforddayspa.com.au

7 Lakeside Drive, Hepburn Springs shizuka.com.au

EKO SKIN CARE SPA

MAIAVEDA HOLISTIC DAY SPA

1 Camp Street, Daylesford ekospa.com.au

18 Piper Street, Kyneton maiaveda.com.au

HEPBURN BATHHOUSE & SPA

ELLENIS DAY SPA

Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs hepburnbathhouse.com

39 High Street, Kyneton ellenis.com.au

SALUS SPA AT LAKE HOUSE

5/11 Howe Street, Daylesford healingmassage.com.au

4 King Street, Daylesford lakehouse.com.au

DAYLESFORD HEALING MASSAGE

ENDOTA DAYLESFORD

Cnr Vincent Street & Central Springs Road, Daylesford endotaspa.com.au

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retreat Contemporary, elegant and designed for complete indulgence and comfort. Hepburn Springs' premier stay offers indulgent luxury accommodation comprising of 10 luxury Villas with magnificent, serene views over native bushland. Each villa is flanked by a balcony and filled with natural light, and is located just metres away from the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Book online at: Hepburnbathhouse.com/stay or call: (03) 5321 6000 20-22 Mineral Springs Crescent, Hepburn Springs.

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escape Modern and boutique, architecturally designed and inspired accommodation. Discover how it feels to wake up in the idyllic location on the banks of the Mineral Springs Reserve, adjacent to the award-winning Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa and within strolling distance to boutique cafes, renowned restaurants and bars. Book online at: Hepburnbathhouse.com/stay or call: (03) 5321 6000 3 Forest Avenue, Hepburn Springs.

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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, 80% of the country’s natural mineral springs are found in this region. 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.

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. 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.

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

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 challenging 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. visitmacedonranges.com HEPBURN REGIONAL PARK

Located around the famous mineral springs townships of Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs. Here you will find natural mineral springs and relics of the gold mining era set in delightful bush surroundings. hepburn.vic.gov.au 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. secretforestwalks.com GOLDFIELDS TRACK

The Goldfields Track is a point to point 210 km 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. goldfieldstrack.com.au

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 210 km 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 known amongst cyclers and walkers. The Wallaby Track section will take you from Mount Buninyong through to Daylesford.

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This 90 km 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. goldfieldstrack.com.au MACEDON REGIONAL PARK

The fire tracks on the side of Mount Macedon range from flat trails that are gentle

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enough to allow you to teach little kids to ride bikes (say in the Macedon Scout Camp area) to rocky, white-knuckle descents (such as Barber’s Chute Track). These tracks are well drained and are a good option when it’s wet. parkweb.vic.gov.au WOMBAT FOREST

Near Woodend, you’ll discover 100 km 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. wombatmtb.com.au 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 countryside. An easy drive from Melbourne or train to Castlemaine, this is mountain bike heaven. lalarrbagauwa.harcourt.vic.au

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRAIL ROMSEY TO LANCEFIELD AND RETURN

A leisurely one 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. strava.com/clubs/ridemacedonranges visitmacedonranges.com/ride-guide

CRESWICK

Also easily accessed from Melbourne, Creswick is positioning itself as the next mountain biking mecca. The newly-built pump track in town is arguably Australia’s best, there are many great cross country options such as the RACV Goldfields Resort track, and construction of a top-notch 100 km trail network is expected to commence soon. vogacycleclub.com.au

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GARDENS There’s a major obsession with gardens in this region.

The region’s botanic gardens

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.

Kyneton Botanic Gardens

Public spaces

Garden of St Erth, Blackwood

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.

Frogmore, Newbury

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford

Gisborne Botanic Gardens Malmsbury Botanic Gardens Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Some of the region’s oldest gardens Forest Glade, Mount Macedon

Buda House, Castlemaine Lavandula, Daylesford

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

Places to stay with beautiful gardens

Lavandula La Trattoria Café, Daylesford

Bringalbit, Pastoria

Garden of St Erth, Blackwood

Stonefields, Denver Acre of Roses, Trentham Garden Beds, Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Musk Farm Studio, Musk

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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.

Highly recommended PIPER STREET FOOD CO

89A Piper Street, Kyneton piperstfoodco.com THE FERMENTARY

thefermentary.com.au LAKE HOUSE

King Street, Daylesford lakehouse.com.au/whats-on/cooking-school THE OLD AUCTION HOUSE

52-56 Mollison Street, Kyneton theoldauctionhouse.com.au DAIRY FLAT FARM

By appointment only. Musk dairyflatfarmdaylesford.com.au REDBEARD BAKERY

Perfect for those seeking to get away by 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 and book your experience well in advance.

POD JEWELLERY

Pod Studio, Kyneton podjewellery.com.au WINTER CREEK FLOWERS

8 High Street, Maldon wintercreekflowers.com BULLARTO GALLERY – PHILLIP EDWARDS

962 Daylesford Trentham Road, Bullarto instagram.com/phillip.edwards.artist For more classes and workshops across our region, visit: daylesfordmacedonlife.com.au/classesworkshops visitvictoria.com/regions/daylesfordand-the-macedon-ranges/things-to-do/ classes-and-workshops

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An exciting mix of over 90 properties showcasing the variety of accommodation available in the Daylesford Hepburn Springs region.

Harts Lane Beaux Haus

Musk Farm Studio

Sky High Mount Franklin

My partner and I stayed with Daylesford Country Retreats property over the weekend. We walked into the property with music playing, lights and heating on and we felt so welcome. It was such an easy process to book and check in, we will be back!

- Andrea, Sunderland Bay

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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 celebrate their love. Luxe or laid back, intimate or an extravaganza, amongst the vines or under a waterfall, the options for settings and styles are endless.

broody churches, intimately small chapels or magnificently stately – we have them all. Letting the architecture speak for itself accompanied only by seasonal blooms, church weddings provide for those seeking a more traditional wedding with spiritual and serene beauty.

Which wedding suits you?

The Burrow, Spring Hill

A COUNTRY WEDDING

Sault, 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 rip-your-heart-out natural beauty. It’s relaxed, filled with bales of hay, rambling roses, gum trees and gales of laughter.

Hedge Farm, Kyneton

A WINERY WEDDING

Swiss Mountain Hotel, Blampied

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, rustic wineries or one of our larger iconic wineries. And of course, the toast to the happy couple and the provision of good wine is simply a given!

Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa

Highly recommended Lake House, Daylesford Quirindi Stables, Blampied

The Convent Gallery, Daylesford RACV Goldfields, Creswick Daylesford Cider Mount Macedon Winery Cleveland Winery, Lancefield

The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham Roombas @ Mt Aitkin, Gisborne South Camp David, Spring Hill

A CHURCH WEDDING

From an intimate bluestone church sitting nonchalantly in a paddock, to lofty or

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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 and 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, which 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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ROMSEY

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Bullengarook

New Gisborne

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Gisborne South NORTH

Wurundjeri & Dja Dja Wurrung Country

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Woodend town centre. Photography by Chloe Smith.

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Mount Macedon’s greatness is visible from all parts of this region. Known as Geburrh in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people. 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.

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. V I S I TO R G U I D E | 45


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Not far from Mount Macedon is the ethereal and iconic Hanging Rock (Ngannelong), made famous in the classic Australian film Picnic at Hanging Rock, adapted from the novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay. However, while the film raised awareness of ‘the rock’, it has been a place of great significance to Indigenous groups for millennia. It is located near the traditional boundary between three Aboriginal tribal groups – the Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri), the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung. Each has its own perspectives and stories, but evidence suggests that the group were highly inter-connected and it is clear that Ngannelong was a sacred place for all three groups and was used for ceremonies, meditations, and initiations for at least 26,000 years…possibly more like 40,000. The nearby village of Woodend is a perfect staging post to explore this area further with its enticing mix of cafés, 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 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: visitmacedonranges.com

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

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

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. Enjoy lunch at Hanging Rock Café. South Rock Road, Newham Daily 9am-5pm, entry $10 a car

Romsey Village A pretty spot to visit with an eclectic mix of food, wine, shopping, history and heritage. Its historic red brick buildings line a spacious main street giving it an English village feel. Surrounding fertile countryside is ideal for

cattle and sheep grazing and other agricultural pursuits. Pop into Verdure for coffee, Evans Bistro & Bar for a quick bite to eat or Cuttings, Culinary & Botanica. Main Street, Romsey

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

Murmuring Walk at Sanatorium Lake, Mount Macedon Murmuring Walk is an audio-guided walk reflecting the environment, birdlife and natural rhythms of Sanatorium Lake, Mount Macedon. Participants are invited to wear headphones connected to their personal device and enter a contemplative space as they are led by a sublime multi-layered vocal and poetic soundtrack. The audio guided walk is free and can be done at any time. 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 V I S I TO R G U I D E | 49


Ride Guide ROAD / GRAVEL / MOUNTAIN

It’s more than just a ride in the Macedon Ranges, it’s an experience Explore the Macedon Ranges on two wheels. Choose from 18 rides rated from easy to advanced and discover the region from a different perspective. Whether it’s a day trip or a cycling getaway, our Ride Guide offers something for everyone. Download now at visitmacedonranges.com/ride-guide or pick up a copy at the Woodend or Kyneton Visitor Information Centre. 50 | V I S I TO R G U I D E

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Granite boulders. Photography by Chris Turner.

5 Photo-Worthy Locations Local photographer Chris Turner gives us the inside scoop on his favourite places in the region worthy of a photo. There is something about Mount Franklin, it keeps calling me back. It’s an extinct volcano, but it has been planted with many non-native trees like conifers, birch, poplars and redwoods, making it stand out from the surrounding mountains. The terrain, plant and tree coverage are extremely varied, and with the deciduous trees, it changes often throughout the year. Everyone needs to go to Lake Daylesford. It’s probably the mandatory ‘Insta pic’ when you come to stay. The walk around the lake is not too hard and as you turn every bend, you discover a new photo opportunity. Highlights would be the teeming birdlife, the Boathouse Restaurant from across at the pier, mineral water pumping, even an exceptional meal at Lake House, overlooking the view. It’s family and dog friendly too. Madam Berry Mine is off the beaten track, not far from Creswick. It’s an impressive mining relic

and one of 120 mine sites around it. Berry Mine 1 is particularly haunting, with the tumbling red brick walls a stark contrast to the surrounding dry hilly backdrop. If you like to dabble in some astrophotography, this is an excellent place to visit. You are miles from anywhere, with minimal light pollution, and the stars are incredible, filling up the entire sky. Between Kyneton, Lancefield and Tooborac, you’ll find a different landscape again. It feels like Ireland, although dryer. There are giant granite boulders everywhere, thrown out across the region from the many volcanoes and geographic shifts that happened millions of years ago. Finally, the Malmsbury Viaduct which is one of the most iconic structures in the region. You immediately know and recognise this backdrop. It’s an imposing historic build, and it’s still doing its job 160 years later. The bluestone used is found in other Malmsbury buildings too. Take a glimpse and a snap of the ‘Mansions’, the old flour mill and even the train station. V I S I TO R G U I D E | 51


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Hanging Rock Winery Hanging Rock Winery has been creating wines of distinction for almost 40 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 or a local 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 16 October and 25 April 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 hrw@hangingrock.com.au hangingrock.com.au

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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 and pool access). 189 Hidden Valley Blvd, Wallan | 03 4701 0000 hiddenvalleyresort.com.au

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. State of the art Brewhouse and Visitor Centre now open! 79 High Street Woodend | 03 5427 2510 hotel@holgatebrewhouse.com | holgatebrewhouse.com V I S I TO R G U I D E | 55


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 enquiries@hangingrockcafe.com.au hangingrockcafe.com.au

Lawson Lodge Country Estate Luxury accommodation for large group stays. Stunning 68 acre estate featuring 9 hole golf course, cinema, tennis, fishing, fire pit, and private sports bar and lounge. An outstanding destination for group holidays, special occasions, corporate retreats, and events. 227 Lawson Road Macedon 03 5426 1551 enquiries@lawsonlodge.com.au | lawsonlodge.com.au

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 info@lyonswillestate.com.au | lyonswillestate.com.au

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 sales@macedonrangeshotelspa.com.au macedonrangeshotelspa.com.au

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Mount Macedon Winery Mount Macedon Winery boasts some of the region’s most diverse cool climate wines. Enjoy a beautiful lunch overlooking our vines, or try some wine at our cellar door beautifully paired with wood fired pizza. Restaurant: Thu - Sun 11:30am - 4:30pm / Fri & Sat 5:30pm - late. Cellar Door: Sat & Sun 11:30am - 4:30pm 433 Bawden Road Mount Macedon | 03 5427 4172 mountmacedonwinery.com.au

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 enquiries@mounttowrong.com.au mounttowrong.com.au

The Victoria Hotel We offer a generous menu and regional wine list, cosy double fireplaces, dog friendly courtyard, balcony with views and lounge bar. You will instantly feel at home. 67 High Street Woodend 03 5427 2721 info@thevictoriawoodend.com.au thevictoriawoodend.com.au

Woodend General Woodend General is carefully curated lifestyle store with a strong focus on high quality, functional goods for the home, garden and family. It’s the perfect place to find a gift for everyone. 100 High Street Woodend 03 5427 1695 shop@woodendgeneral.com.au woodendgeneral.com.au

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Mt Franklin Shepherds Flat

Porcupine Ridge Glenlyon

HEPBURN SPRINGS

Spring Hill Wheatsheaf Coomoora

Little Hampton

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Musk Bullarto

Sailors Falls

Lyonville

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Dja Dja Wurrung Country

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Trentham train station.

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 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.

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 LGBTQI community, celebrated each year during the ChillOut Festival, the biggest and longest-running country queer pride event in regional Australia For more information: visithepburnshire.com.a

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Artist Greg Mallyon. Photography by Chris Turner.

Trentham to Daylesford Art Trail Encourage your inner art critic and explore the creative community that resides between Trentham and Daylesford. This magnificent collective of artists is recognised internationally, but instead of being surrounded by high-rise buildings and cityscape structures they are nestled quietly within the picturesque landscape of central Victoria from which they draw daily inspiration. At Dianne Longley’s Agave Print Studio in Trentham, printmaking facilities for artists are available as well as accommodation for residencies. Here, the sweet bird calls in the magic garden and the curious kangaroos in sight of the studio will make you want to stay on and create your own work of art. Bullarto based Phillip Edwards has always been inspired by nature. While a watercolour specialist now, Edwards has made conceptual art and sculptures and now finds creative energy in landscape. After being commissioned by the Danish Royal Family, Andrew O’Brien rose to international

fame to create an artwork for their last Royal Tour in 2013. Large in scale, Andrew’s paintings are often over three metres tall and wide, with his renowned rich colour palettes deriving inspiration from the Australian landscape. You can visit his studio at Stonewalls at Musk. Kim Barter’s paintings, drawings and prints are striking with layers of defaced surfaces and heavy paints. Kim’s farm backs onto the Wombat Forest, where she can observe the change of seasons. This landscape is reflected in her works which can be seen hanging on the walls of establishments throughout Central Victoria. Following a career as an arts educator and gallery director, Greg Mallyon settled in Hepburn to set up a studio and focus on his unique paintings. Inspired by the Earth and environment viewed and created from an aerial perspective, his stunning works reflect the endless cycle of destruction and renewal of our planet. Words by Ali Webb.

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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

Falls Road, Trentham

Lake Daylesford.

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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. Finelooking surrounding valleys, forests and hills with abundant wildlife also sharing the course.

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

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

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, both of which are 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

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.

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.

350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat

Mount Franklin

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Attwoods Wines Specialising in cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Attwoods Wines are passionate grape growers and winemakers, striving for true cool climate wines reflective of vintage and terroir. Their winery and cellar door is in Glenlyon, just 10 minutes from Daylesford. Now beautifully renovated, the cellar door offers a stunning dining room, terraced deck and an abundance of leafy gardens and outdoor dining areas, overlooking the vines and kitchen garden. The dining room has quickly become a destination, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with Head Chef Sean Marshall creating a four course set menu, changing monthly. The French ‘Bistronomique’ style food, using seasonal produce from the kitchen garden, pairs beautifully with winemaker Troy Walsh’s European inspired wines. Sean’s resume as a Chef boasts Hatted and Michelin starred restaurants such as Head Chef at Philippe Mouchel’s Deja Vue (Melbourne), Le Chateau du Mont Joly, Jura, (France) and The NoMad, (New York) while Troy’s previous life as a Sommelier for some 10 years in London saw him hone his craft at famed restaurants The Square and Nahm among others. A visit to Attwoods is a must for food and wine lovers, with winemaker Troy around most weekends talking wine and telling stories. 260 Green Gully Road Glenlyon | 0493 081 712 jane@attwoodswines.com.au | attwoodswines.com.au V I S I TO R G U I D E | 65


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 | daylesford@millmarkets.com.au | millmarkets.com.au

Chocolate Mill Over 100 varieties of hand-crafted 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 | chocolatemill@yahoo.com.au | chocmill.com.au

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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. info@dairyflatfarmdaylesford.com.au | dairyflatfarmdaylesford.com.au

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 | bookings@dayget.com.au | dayget.com.au

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Holiday rentals picked by us...

Memories made by you Cabins in the wild, majestic country escapes, enchanting cottages, grand gatherings and curious country homes await you.

Book direct: DISCOVERDAYLESFORD.COM (03) 5312 2772

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Daylesford Day Spa & Beauty Enjoy total mind-body wellness with our range of signature rituals, facials, body treatments, and massages using natural biodynamic skin care from Jurlique and Ania Organics. And let our Beauty Salon take care of all your beauty needs. Join us when you next visit Daylesford, and experience for yourself the deep and lasting benefits of ‘The Art of Relaxation’. 25 Albert Street Daylesford | 03 5348 2331 | enjoy@daylesforddayspa.com.au daylesforddayspa.com.au

Daylesford Healing Massage Daylesford’s complete healing space for mind, body & soul. Indulge in our luxurious packages, enjoy a massage or healing session, a gentle guidance, and a glimpse into the future with our exceptional tarot and psychic readers, and browse our gift and crystal 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 | enjoy@massagehealing.com.au | massagehealing.com.au V I S I TO R G U I D E | 69


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Frank and Connie’s Kitchen Caliopi Buck, chef and owner, creates fresh seasonal dishes, drawing upon her experience in French, Greek, Middle Eastern and South American cuisines. Frank and Connie are the names of Caliopi’s greek grandparents and dining with her is like pulling up a chair in the family home, with meals designed to share, everyone is catered for especially those with dietary requirements. 97 Main Road Hepburn Springs | 03 5348 1156 frankandconnies.com.au

Harry’s Hepburn Located in picturesque Hepburn Springs, Harry’s Hepburn is the sibling to established foodie haven, Frank & Connie’s Kitchen. Drawing on her 20 plus years experience cooking all over the world, Head Chef Caliopi Buck has created menus that focus on ‘in house’ made and using local ingredients from our bountiful region. 115 Main Road Hepburn Springs | 03 5348 2297 harryseatery.com.au V I S I TO R G U I D E | 71


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reconnect Hepburn Springs' only historic Bathhouse, has been providing traditional wellness bathing since 1895. Drawing mineral rich waters directly from the natural 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. Book online at: Hepburnbathhouse.com or call: (03) 5321 6000 Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs.

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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 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 | info@hepburnbathhouse.com | hepburnbathhouse.com

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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 café and gift shop. Closed Wednesday and Thursday. 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road Shepherds Flat 03 5476 4393 mail@lavandula.com.au lavandula.com.au

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 info@portal108.com.au portal108.com.au V I S I TO R G U I D E | 75


“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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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 info@shizuka.com.au shizuka.com.au

The Spa at Lake House Signature hydrotherapy experiences utilise 100% pure mineral water in private treetop cabins overlooking Lake Daylesford. Massages, body treatments and facials utilise our own Daylesford Pure ‘farm to spa’ range as well as Ayurvedic principals of wellbeing. King Street Daylesford 03 5348 3329 spa@lakehouse.com.au | lakehouse.com.au V I S I TO R G U I D E | 77


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 hello@acreofroses.com.au acreofroses.com.au

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 via our website: alicesjourneys.com/booking. Daylesford 0455 519 111 info@alicesjourneys.com alicesjourneys.com

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 ciao@beppe.com.au beppe.com.au

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 info@bistroterroir.com.au bistroterroir.com.au

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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 info@cliffysemporium.com.au cliffysemporium.com.au

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 enquiries@thecosmopolitanhotel.com.au thecosmopolitanhotel.com.au

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, corporate team building & conferences, live music, landscaped gardens & lawn games. 155 Dairyflat Road Musk | 03 5348 2275 hello@daylesfordcider.com.au daylesfordcider.com.au

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 info@daylesfordhotel.com.au daylesfordhotel.com.au

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Daylesford Picnic Boxes The perfect picnic box of gourmet treats made by local small-batch artisans in and around Daylesford. Includes a unique keep-kit of reusable picnic tools. Delicious, convenient, and gentle on the environment. 0411 466 429 hello@daylesfordpicnicboxes.com.au daylesfordpicnicboxes.com.au

Daylesford Wine Tours Daylesford Wine Tours invites you on the #1 TripAdvisor boutique cellar door experience. The award-winning Classic Day Tour includes tastings at 5 cellar doors and lunch. Embark on a boutique adventure of vino, cider, beer, port, liqueur, gin & vodka. Pick up Daylesford/Hepburn Accommodation 03 5348 1823 | hello@daylesfordwinetours.com daylesfordwinetours.com

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. 10 Forest Avenue Hepburn Springs | 03 5348 3033 ask@thedudley.com.au | thedudley.com.au

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 info@ecasadaylesford.com.au ecasadaylesford.com.au

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Greg Mallyon artist Greg’s award-winning abstract paintings are available from his Daylesford studio .His work appears in corporate , government and state collections as well as luxury hotels across Australia. Bookings online. 0435 800 578 mallyongr@gmail.com gregmallyonart.com

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 info@hepburnbathhouse.com hepburnbathhouse.com

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 info@hepburnbathhouse.com hepburnbathhouse.com/weddings-and-events/ the-pavilion

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 info@hepburnbathhouse.com hepburnbathhouse.com/stay

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Hepburn Springs Escape Modern, boutique, architecturally designed and inspired accommodation. Immerse yourself in pure luxury at the Hepburn Springs Escape Villas adjacent to the awardwinning Hepburn Bathhouse. 3 Forest Avenue Hepburn Springs 03 5321 6000 info@hepburnbathhouse.com hepburnbathhouse.com/stay

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 info@jubileelake.com.au jubileelake.com.au

Lake House Restaurant Iconic, modern country restaurant nestled on the shores of Lake Daylesford. Drawing inspiration from the region’s seasonal produce and their own Dairy Flat Farm. Two Chefs Hat and multiple awards for their extensive cellar and winelist. King Street Daylesford 03 5348 3329 info@lakehouse.com.au | lakehouse.com.au

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 wine@passingclouds.com.au passingclouds.com.au

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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 enquiries@sault.com.au | www.sault.com.au @sault_daylesford

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RedBeard Historic Bakery RedBeard is famous for handmade, organic sourdough bread and pastries baked in a huge 19th century Scotch oven. Enjoy delicious, traditional bakery fare and coffee in our café or courtyard. Watch the artisan bakers at work and take home a loaf fresh out of the oven. Open 9am – 4pm Friday through to Monday Wolff Lane Trentham | 0417 008 388 info@redbeardbakery.com.au | redbeardbakery.com.au

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 reservations@thesurlygoat.com.au thesurlygoat.com.au

Wildwood Instruments Art Gallery A new boutique art gallery dedicated to the theme of music. Luthier and artist Nick Carpenter also runs guitar-making courses in his adjoining workshop. A must see destination for those interested in ART X MUSIC. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm. 11 Phillips Road Mount Franklin 0416 188 950 wildwoodinstruments.com.au

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 across Victoria for 6 or more bottles. In 2022 we’re CELEBRATING 25 Years since planting and establishing our Vineyard. 189 Springhill Road Denver | wombatforestwines.com 0408 799 187 | info@wombatforestwines.com

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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 Daylesford Entry off Central Springs Road at Stanhope Street wombathillhouse.com.au

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Redesdale

Barfold Drummond

Tooborac Glenhope Sidonia

Baynton

Lauriston

KYNETON Tylden

Pipers Creek

Carlsruhe

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Kyneton to Baynton 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 Baynton and beyond. Today, this area is an epicentre for foodies and shopaholics alike, all beating a path to Kyneton’s Piper Street.

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. V I S I TO R G U I D E | 87


Piper Street, Kyneton. Photography by Journey By Light.

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.

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

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The Cascade, Metcalf

Guide to our Wonderful Waterfalls The rain through the cooler months of the year ensures the region’s waterfalls look truly spectacular. Thanks to our position on the Great Dividing Range, three important Victorian rivers begin here – the Coliban, Loddon and Campaspe – all of which feed into the Murray. The Cascades is a hidden gem nestled away just north of Metcalfe. Water tumbles over layers of bedrock through rock pools and crevices before funnelling into little caverns. Relax in the rock pools or take a swim in one of the bigger swimming holes. It is best to visit after some rain. Cascades Road, Metcalf Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, with its waters cascading 32 meters. It is an easy walk to the Trentham Falls viewing area from the parking and picnic area. Lush bushlands surround the falls, and the area boasts impressive hiking and bike bush tracks. Trentham Scenic Reserve Road, Trentham

Loddon Falls is a short five minute drive north of Glenlyon, along the Loddon River. This is an undeveloped spot with a steep incline and dirt tracks that can get muddy in the wetter months. It has restricted access when there has been significant rainfall. If you are keen to forge on, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the waterfall and surrounds. Sewells Road, Glenlyon Sailors Falls, just south of Daylesford, is thought to be named after the sailors who jumped ship to seek gold in the area during the 1850s gold rush. You can view the spectacular twin falls from the picnic area, just a short stroll from the car park. As you are returning, stop to taste and collect the natural mineral water from the nearby pump. Ballan-Daylesford Road, Sailors Falls For more, visit: daylesfordmacedonlife.com.au/ itinerary/waterfalls

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90 River | V I S IWalk TO R G U I D E Campaspe

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Out & About Discover historic Kyneton

Big Bold Landscapes

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 single-storey bluestone former Anglican rectory on the corner of Piper and Ebden streets, dates back to 1850. Today, this beautiful building set in half an acre of gardens has been lovingly restored and now offers luxurious accommodation for visitors to the area.

Relatively unexplored, mounds of enormous granite boulders lie 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.

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.

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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

Ideal starting point from the Kyneton Botanic Gardens

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Animus Distillery

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Piper Street, Kyneton

Kyneton Racecourse

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.

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.

Piper Street, Kyneton

Kyneton Museum 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.

Campaspe Place, Kyneton

Kyneton Botanic Gardens The historic bluestone gates on Mollison Street mark the entrance to this renowned local site that dates back to 1858. There are 17 trees within which are listed by the National Trust, as well as a gardener’s cottage. Meander along the path through the thoughtfully crafted gardens, designed to inspire all your senses. When you emerge on the other side, there is the equally beautiful Kyneton Community Park, which offers a unique nature based play experience for people of all ages and abilities. Mollison St, Kyneton

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 contactus@animusdistillery.com | animusdistillery.com

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 mid-career artists. Learn in one of our working artist studios, art workshops, or craft classes. 52-56 Mollison Street Kyneton | 03 5422 2047 admin@theoldauctionhouse.com.au | theoldauctionhouse.com.au

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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.

2-89A Piper Street Kyneton | 03 5422 3553 | info@piperstfoodco.com | piperstfoodco.com

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 info@isabellaatkyneton.com.au isabellaatkyneton.com.au

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 info@stockroom.space stockroomspace.com

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Maldon

Harcourt

CASTLEMAINE Campbells Creek Chewton

Newstead

Yapeen Clydesdale

Guildford

Fryerstown Vaughan

Elphinstone Taradale

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Yandoit NORTH

Dja Dja Wurrung Country

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Malmsbury. Photography by Chris Turner.

Castlemaine and surrounds Castlemaine . Maldon . 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 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. Head a little further north and you’ll discover the charming town of Maldon. Step back in time as you wander around this lovingly preserved goldrush town. For more information: maldoncastlemaine.com.au

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Theatre Royal, Castlemaine.

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Paws and All These days, many regional tourism providers have embraced the attachment we have forged with our four legged friends and understand that a family holiday means just that – pets and all. Our glorious region is full of forward-thinking businesses, like Wombat Hill House and Cliffy’s Emporium, which were offering a muchappreciated bowl of water for dogs long before it was the norm in Melbourne. We’ve also led the way in accommodation offerings where pets are as welcome. Birch House in Daylesford pairs a secured yard and a separate dog run with a delightful treehouse. All Views in Daylesford presents simply that – bushland views, moments away from Lake Daylesford. A hidden treasure is Jubilee Lake Holiday Park where dogs swim happily next to locals and tourists and the resident peacocks add to the bushland charm. A few minutes away in Hepburn Springs The Little School House is picture perfect and pet friendly. It’s the same story for Persimmon, a former 1860’s ironmonger shop, now a beautifully appointed, pet welcoming stay in the heart of historical Clunes. The beautiful East Wing in Kyneton

is nestled in 65 tranquil acres is a delightfully appointed home that comes with a luxurious dog pen. If you’re planning a day trip to sample the region’s incredible food and wine, your pets are more than welcome. Daylesford Cider’s landscaped gardens are perfect for lazy afternoons with pooch in tow, as are the picturesque Mount Towrong Vineyard and Mount Macedon Winery. Even the local pubs understand that dogs love a good beer garden with many welcoming the furry kind. Seek out The Cosmopolitan Hotel’s charming ambience in Trentham or the Red Hill Hotel in Chewton. So, as we welcome more people to this beautiful neck of the woods, we reflect on how our captured memories now show the complete picture… paws and all. Words by Narelle Groenhout. For more dog friendly options: daylesfordmacedonlife.com.au/dog-friendly V I S I TO R G U I D E | 99


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Out & About The Mill, Castlemaine

Malmsbury Botanic Gardens

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 1850s, 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 1930s 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 1.2 hectare garden. 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 19th century engineering structures, consisting of five-arched spans reaching 152 metres from end-to-end. Best access point is found along the walking track from the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens.

Ellesmere Place, Malmsbury

Victorian Goldfields Railway The Victorian Goldfields Railway operates along the formerly disused line between Castlemaine and Maldon. Their elegant carriages provide you with a glimpse of what it was like to travel during the golden age of rail. Opened in 1884, this is the last remaining fully operational branch line built to open up rural Victoria in the late 19th century. Return trips run every Wednesday and Sunday. Platform 3, Castlemaine Railway Station

Malmsbury

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Cascade Art Gallery

Jeff Gardner ‘The butterfly moon’ Etching 2022

In our beautiful art gallery, set in an iconic 1863 Gothic Revival former church, there is always something fascinating and beautiful to see and collect. We have limited-edition etchings, oil-paintings and small sculptures finding their way to us from noteworthy and emerging Australian Artists. Cascade Art is an uplifting space to visit. Friendly and informed staff make the experience memorable. The Church, 1A Fountain Street Maldon | 0408 844 152 | info@cascadeart.com.au | cascadeart.com.au

Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar Find what you’re not looking for at the the Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar. There’s 2000m2 of vintage magnificence, treasures and stuff. Lozza, lozza stuff. Located at Castlemaine’s happy place, The Mill Castlemaine. The Mill, 9 Walker Street Castlemaine 03 5470 6555 7 days, 10am 5pm castlemainebazaar.com.au

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 info@coffeebasics.com coffeebasics.com

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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 enquiries@cosytents.com.au cosytents.com.au

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 7.00am - 3pm. 359 Barker Street Castlemaine | 03 5470 5695 2/46 Forest Street Castlemaine info@johnnybaker.com.au johnnybaker.com.au

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Glengower Talbot Campbelltown

CLUNES Smeaton Coghills Creek Ascot

Allendale Newlyn

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Dja Dja Wurrung Country

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Creswick. Photography by Chris Turner.

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 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. Eating, drinking and shopping are activities that Creswick does fabulously. Sample an irresistible cake from French patisserie V I S I TO R G U I D E | 105


Madam Berry Mine. Photography by Chris Turner.

Le Péché Gourmand, or purchase the impeccable local produce from Creswick Country Fresh.

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 Clunes Booktown Festival is a must do, as Clunes is one of only 15 internationally recognised Booktowns, and the only one

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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Behind the scenes of Bloom in Clunes. Photo Lachlan Moore. Courtesy of Playmaker Media and Film Victoria

The Real Stars of the Screen There’s unrivalled beauty in the natural landscapes, architecture, forests and rural streetscapes of the Central Highlands that draws thousands of visitors to our picturesque part of the world year-round. For all those reasons, local and international movie and television location scouts keep coming back to our region searching for the perfect location to create movie magic. The picturesque town of Clunes is clearly a firm favourite. Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson, was shot here 42 years ago. Then there was the remake of The True Story of Ned Kelly, released last year, and Picnic at Hanging Rock, the original movie and the most recent television series (it goes without saying the original movie and miniseries were of course shot on location at Hanging Rock). Although once again, Clunes was the chosen location for a number of scenes. In 2018, this little town was the chosen location for the Australian mini-series Bloom featuring the legendary Jackie Weaver and Bryan Brown. Childhood favourite Charlotte’s Web released in 2006, which we are led to believe is set in England, was actually filmed on the Morrocdong Sheep farm, near the old mining town of

Greendale with its rolling hills and old world beauty. It was a case of who’s who among homegrown actors with the filming of Ned Kelly in 2003. Naomi Watts, Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths and the late Heath Ledger moved across our region – capturing the life of the country’s most famous outlaw. The 2015 television series Glitch features six people who return from the dead in the fictional town of Yoorana. In reality, it was filmed in and around the historic gold rush town of Castlemaine. Liam Neeson often remarks how he loves Australia. And in 2020, the action icon travelled to Macedon to shoot scenes from Blacklight where a local swimming hole metamorphosed into an American trailer park. It’s safe to say we love being showcased, sharing our remarkable landscape, natural beauty and historic architecture with the rest of the world.

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Out & About Creswick of the Lindsays Arts Trail

Anderson’s Mill

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 Goldfields’ 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 magnificentlycrafted iron water wheel are still in place.

Creswick

Lambley Garden & Nursery Set in and around a robust, old farmhouse in the hot dry wind-swept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields, Lambley’s complex of gardens is an inspiration to visitors from around the world and a must-see for anyone planning a garden in the Australian climate. 395 Lesters Road, Ascot

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.

Smeaton For more information parks.vic.gov.au

Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides Set amongst the rolling hills of the Mount Prospect district, you will delight in the fun country horse riding experience provided by the Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides, located 10 minutes from Creswick. 60 Telegraph Road, Newlyn North

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

Midland Highway, Creswick

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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 reservations_goldfields@racv.com.au racv.com.au/goldfields

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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 info@tuki.com.au | tuki.com.au

Le Péché Gourmand, Creswick. Photography by Chris Turner.

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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. 120 Kangaroo Hills Road Blampied 03 5345 7408 | enquiries@captainscreek.com captainscreek.com

Creswick Woollen Mills Visit the award-winning Creswick Woollen Mills, established in 1947. An iconic Australian family owned brand, renowned for designing and manufacturing the highest quality natural textiles; homewares, apparel & accessories. Railway Parade, Creswick 03 5345 2202 info@creswickwool.com.au | creswickwool.com.au

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. Tuesday to Saturday 7am - 4pm. 73 Albert Street Creswick lepechegourmand.com.au info@lepechegourmand.com.au

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. Loads of outdoor fun! Bookings a must. 3155 Midland Highway Newlyn North 0437 842 018 info@mazehouse.com.au mazehouse.com.au

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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 | info@overwrought.com.au overwrought.com.au

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 info@swissmountainhotel.com.au swissmountainhotel.com.au

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Korweinguboora Blackwood

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Wurundjeri & Wathaurong Country

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Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood & surrounds Bullarook . Egerton . 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: fluffyeared 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 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 associated with this area. V I S I TO R G U I D E | 115


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

featuring in Paramount Pictures’ $100 million remake of the children’s 1952 classic tale, Charlotte’s Web. As you enter Bacchus Marsh, it’s hard not to miss the famous Avenue of Honour, a truly grand road lined by hundreds of elms, oaks and plane trees, planted to honour those who served during World War One. Find out more: visitmoorabool.com.au

Egerton Blue Egerton Blue is set on the beautiful Mount Egerton (10 minutes from Ballan and 25mins from Ballarat) The newly renovated café venue is perfect for a day out strolling through the lavender, lunch or for those looking for a boutique wedding venue. 58 Sharrocks Road Mount Egerton 0409 117 355 egertonblue@outlook.com | egertonblue.com.au

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 admin@kryalcastle.com.au kryalcastle.com.au

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Visit THE GARDEN OF ST ERTH

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 V I S I TO R G U I D E | 117


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

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

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

The Garden of St Erth This historic garden 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

Blackwood Ridge Blackwood Ridge is a destination along a winding gravel road set in the heart of the Wombat State Forest. The owners have combined their skills and passion for gardening and home-grown produce to create Blackwood Ridge, garden, kitchen and plant collector’s nursery. A place where you can spend an hour or an afternoon, to relax, indulge and soak up the elements. 812 Greenhills Road, Blackwood

Allen’s Emporium A unique book and antique shop 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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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 Street, 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 visitorinfo@hepburn.vic.gov.au. Moorabool Shire, Lerderderg Library, 215 Main St, Bacchus Marsh. Bookings essential – phone 03 5366 7100 or email info@moorabool.vic.gov.au

Published in January 2022 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@ dmrtourism.com.au 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 daylesforddesign.com.au. Cover photograph: Hanging Rock, Victoria. Photography by David Kirkland. Inside cover photograph: Creswick, Victoria. Photography by Janith Hetti Archchi @janithgram. Additional Photography by: MDP Photography and Video, Kim Selby, Chloe Smith, Clair Derwort, Chris Turner (Inkdfotogrfa), Journey By Light Photography, Mel Panteli and JROD Captures. Printed by Artifishal Studios at Ive, Silverwater NSW. Paper stock: Cover & text: Publishers offset. Text: 100gsm web publishers offset.

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Don’t leave town without visiting....

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. Open lunch & dinner www.thefarmersarms.com.au 1 East St, Daylesford. VIC 3460 03 5348 2091

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. Open lunch & dinner www.greatwesternhotelballancom.au 110 Inglis St, Ballan. VIC 3342 03 5368 2492