Explore Daylesford & The Macedon Ranges
Discover the Timeless Beauty of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges
Journey into the heart of history and heritage in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, where the land itself tells the story of this remarkable region. From the ancient volcanic formations that shaped Hanging Rock and the Macedon ranges to the veins of gold that sparked the gold rush, every corner resonates with a rich past.
A Living History
Take a leisurely pace and immerse yourself in a living history that spans generations. Harvest seasonal produce from time-honoured farms, savour wines crafted from century-old vines, or unwind in mineral springs that first drew Victorian holidaymakers in bygone eras.
Gold Rush Legacy
The historic main streets and opulent architecture of this region harken back to the gold rush of the 1850s, attracting fortune seekers from around the world. Granite, bluestone, and sandstone buildings still stand tall, lending an air of grandeur to these quaint country towns.
Indulge in history at the Hepburn Mineral Springs Bathhouse, a wellness oasis since 1895. Wander through charming villages like Clunes, Creswick, and Trentham, where historic train stations, courthouses, and town halls offer glimpses into days gone by. Explore the bluestone treasures of Kilmore, Victoria's oldest inland settled town, and discover the cobblestone footpaths of Malmsbury and Kyneton.
The region's European ambiance owes much to post-war Swiss Italian migrants and the cool climate. Traditional stone farm buildings dot the landscape in Yandoit, Guildford, and Franklinford, while Clunes and Creswick boast striking architecture. Don't miss Lavandula lavender farm's Swiss-Italian charm in Shepherds Flat or the Old Macaroni Factory's stunning frescoes in Hepburn Springs.
Walking Through History
Stretch your legs and explore the past on self-guided walking tours. Many villages host museums and heritage walks, offering insights into key historical sites.
Cricket enthusiasts can pay homage to the birthplace of The Ashes at Emu Bottom, Victoria's oldest homestead, and the famed Rupertswood mansion. Cricket Willow, near Hepburn Springs, is a must-visit for cricket bat aficionados.
A World of Experiences
Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, one of Australia's most beloved tourism regions, offer a wealth of activities within a short distance of Melbourne. From culinary delights with numerous awards per capita to wellness experiences with 80% of Australia's fresh mineral water, this region has it all. Rich in history and culture, the gold rush era villages and strong artistic community create a tapestry of experiences. Explore our beautiful region, and leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and connected to the past. Come and spend some time with us; we're just an hour away from Melbourne.
Call Daylesford Wine Tours to help make your next visit to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges special.