Daylesford’s Magical Waters
‘TAKING THE WATERS’ has long been a favourite pastime of visitors to Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. Given the towns and surrounding areas have Australia's richest concentration of mineral springs it's easy to see why.
However, there's a lot more to Daylesford and Hepburn Springs than magical waters. Wonderful food, fascinating shops and galleries and interesting attractions are just some of the many delights on offer. Just the same, any visit should include a mineral water experience and there's no better place than the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa.
The original Edwardian bathhouse in the Mineral Springs Reserve, built approximately 1895, has undergone a $13 million makeover and now boasts more than 30 wet and dry treatment rooms, making it one of the largest spas in the country. It offers such indulgences as a large mineral relaxation pool and private 100% pure mineral water baths, aroma steam treatment room, Vichy rooms, a large relaxation lounge and its very own Hepburn Pavilion Café.
The curative effects of mineral water, salt water and steam provide the ultimate in therapeutic relaxation in the exclusive Sanctuary wing. The Sanctuary includes the Aroma Steam Room, Salt Therapy Pool, Relaxation Pool, Spa Couches submerged beneath mineral water and an extensive relaxation deck.
You can also choose from an array of treatments including indulgent 100% pure private mineral baths, therapeutic and relaxation massages, organic facials, and a selection of indulgent spa rituals. Experienced spa goers will appreciate the sophistication of their professional practitioners and extensive treatment menu.
While in the Mineral Springs Reserve, drop into the Hepburn Pavilion Café for a late breakfast or a light lunch made with fresh local ingredients. The Hepburn Pavilion Café has been offering hospitality to locals and visitors alike since 1908 and provides an atmospheric environment for a meal, or fabulous coffee and cake, before or after your Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa experience.
Not far from the bathhouse is another of the region's popular attractions, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. Here you can learn about the lavender and olives grown on the property, wander around herb, cottage and potage gardens and buy locally made goods in the shop. These goods make great presents, especially if you're looking for something uniquely Australian.
Indeed, there's plenty of great retail therapy available in the area. You'll find everything from great art at galleries such as The Convent to Alpaca Passion, which sells alpaca-made products.
While Daylesford is an easy day trip from Melbourne (it takes around 90 minutes), it's worth staying a few days. Then you can take full advantage of its many delights.