Spend some time in Daylesford and suddenly life feels a whole lot easier. Few corners of the country are as tranquil as this picturesque region which, despite its proximity to Melbourne – it’s just a 90-minute drive away – feels a world away from the big-city bustle.
You could chalk it up to the waters – the hot springs that were known for their healing properties long before Europeans arrived. No wonder that you will find some of the country’s best spa experiences here, including the lovely Hepburn Bathhouse.
The area is also known for its food scene, with gourmet retreats such as the iconic Lake House and its little sister, Dairy Flat Farm, as well as sophisticated dining options in the towns of Kyneton and Trentham as well as Daylesford itself.
That’s not all - there is also a lively arts scene (the atmospheric Convent Gallery is a must-visit) and plenty of memorable walks, including the easy stroll around Lake Daylesford.