Dayles­ford’s Mag­i­cal Waters

MAG­I­CAL WATERS

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‘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.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Dayles­ford, visit vis­itvic­to­ria.com/dmr

Hep­burn Bath­house & Spa. Photo: Visit Vic­to­ria.

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