Dis­cover the earthly plea­sures of Dayles­ford and the Mace­don Ranges, so close to Mel­bourne.

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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.

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