Discover the earthly pleasures of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, so close to Melbourne.
Discover the pleasures of Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.
ONE OF THE MANY great aspects of Melbourne is its close proximity to loads of charming country towns: drive an hour in most directions and you’ll find somewhere lovely to spend a weekend. And if that direction happens to be north-west, you’ll come across a cluster of quaint villages in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region, including Kyneton, Macedon, Woodend, Trentham and Daylesford.
Known for its historic stone buildings, well-established gardens, lakes fringed by mature European trees and rich local produce that has spawned a wonderful foodie culture, this weekend escape ticks all the boxes. The area also has a “spa country” reputation, thanks to its abundance of mineral-rich natural spring water pumped to the surface for your bathing pleasure. So visitors have the option for relaxation between foraging for antiques, sipping Melbourne-quality coffee or hiking in the crisp, high-country air against a backdrop of Mount Macedon.
The region has become a retreat for many ex-Melburnians seeking their tree change, bringing with them the city’s vibrant, creative culture. Restored historic country homes, beautifully decorated by Melbourne-based stylists, are available as guest accommodation, acclaimed restaurateurs serve rustic, French country-style food with produce fresh from their garden and the spread of art galleries, boutique shops and hip cafes rivals any inner-city suburb.
Just half an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region is an accessible destination for interstate visitors and Victorians, with accommodation, eateries and activities to suit all budgets. Come with an appetite, your bathers and plenty of space in your suitcase.
Tuck right in! Fresh and fabulous food is a highlight of the region.
Delightful scenery A wildlife haven, Lake Daylesford has lovely walks, picnic areas and stunning views.