Around Hepburn Springs & Daylesford

What to do in Hepburn Springs & Daylesford


You’ve settled into your Hepburn Springs accommodation with a few days to explore. Now you’re keen to discover what to do in Hepburn Springs and Daylesford to satisfy your sense of adventure. Whether you’re thinking of a romantic outing with that special someone or want to take the family out for some fun time together, Victoria’s historic spa country is simply brimming with activities to suit all tastes and ages.

Start with a decadent massage and pampering spa at the Hepburn mineral springs. Set a day aside to stroll through the township, visit historic buildings, wander through art galleries, and uncover hidden gems at local antique shops. Feed your cravings with some regional food and spend an afternoon sampling local wines and handcrafted gins. There’s something to do, see and explore around every corner.

If town is not your thing, head further afield on a beautiful drive or a meandering country walk. Drink in the beautiful landscape, breathe in the fresh air. Revive and restore your senses.

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Also known as the “spa capital of Australia”, Hepburn Springs is famous for its mineral-rich spring water, which according to local lore is imbibed with healing properties. Dip into the rejuvenating waters at the Hepburn Springs Bathhouse and  invest in a pampering massage, facial, or body wrap. Relax your body and heal your soul with a natural therapy at the Maiaveda Holistic Day Spa. For a more exotic experience, try the Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Spa.


A veritable feast of dining options awaits you in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. From exquisite restaurants and vineyard eateries with innovative menus; to rustic trattorias, congenial pubs, cozy cafes and bakeries. Whether you dine simply or decadently, you will be eating locally grown produce prepared by skilled chefs. Some of our favourites include the Surly Goat, Pancho, Frank and Connie’s, Lake House and Bistro Terrior.


The Daylesford Macedon region boasts some of the finest boutique wineries in Australia. The altitude and climate create perfect conditions for sparkling wine, chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. Spend a lazy afternoon enjoying a breathtaking scenery sampling these award winning wines. We recommend Passing Clouds winery and Bindi Wines. Even better, take a Daysleford Wine Tour to visit a selection of local cellar doors.


Chill out by a barrel table at one of the small-batch craft breweries, cideries and distilleries peppering the countryside. Standouts include the Terra Australis Distillery and Herbal Lore Liqueurs set in the renovated old Butter Factory of Daylesford; the Animus Distillery and Cocktail Bar in Kyneton; Bress Winery and Cidery; and the Big Tree Distillery. Try out a paddle of beers at the Holgate Brewhouse, or sample some traditional ciders at Daylesford Cider House.


For a picturesque outing try Lake Daylesford, of if you prefer a bush setting head to Lake Jubilee. Kids love the Maze House, while the whole family can enjoy horse riding at Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides or Boomerang Holiday Ranch. Take a fun putt at Daylesford Mini Golf or play a serious game at the Hepburn Springs Golf Club set in beautiful bush land. If you hold a valid fishing licence, throw in a line at Calembeen Lake or St Georges Lake and enjoy the stunning views while you wait for some redfin to take bite. There is no shortage of fun activities for all ages.


Stock up on some treasures by simply wandering through the pretty villages of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The main thoroughfares host a variety of homewares and gift shops, bookshops, clothing stores and antique shops. The massive Mill Market at Daylesford is packed full of vintage delights. Pick up a handmade gift at the Hepburn Twilight Makers Market or peruse the handmade craft at the Daylesford Sunday Market. Magnificent art pieces are available to buy at the Stony Creek Art Gallery.


Love the great outdoors? Hepburn Regional Park is home to some breathtakingly beautiful walking trails, including Sailors Falls, Central Springs Reserve, Mount Franklin Reserve, and Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve. For a hit of local history, try The Gold Fields Track, which runs right through Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. If you’re a bike enthusiast, cycle your way through the Wallaby Track which runs from Creswick through to Daylesford.


Take a drive through Macedon Ranges and Daylesford to reap the rewards of the region’s varied harvest. Venture along country backroads to discover sublime artisanal goods sold directly from farm gates, orchards, and roadside stalls. Load up on organic produce at Captains Creek or Kangaroo Hills farms or pick up some roses and peonies at Crofters Fold Estate. Pop into Woodend Farmers Market to fill a box of locally grown fruit and veggies and meet the growers themselves. If you don’t feel like a road trip, visit the Hepburn General Store to gather a delicious bounty of fresh baked bread, homemade cheeses, local meats and sausages, chocolates and free range eggs.


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