As you arrive into to town there is no better way to start the day with coffee and breakfast at Larder. This is the go-to café in Vincent St right in the centre of town. Larder serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. We love the Quinoa Potato Cakes with Gravlax or for lunch the Regional Tasting Plate is delectable.
Breakfast complete and your energized after your 3rd coffee so head down to Lake Daylesford. This is one of the area’s most popular attractions. Take a stroll around this most beautiful scenic lake and take in the local birdlife and views of Daylesford township. The iconic Boathouse sits upon the lakes shore and is an option for lunch.
Michael Parker Gallery is located in the main shopping area of Dayelsford at 48 Vincent St. Michael has incorporated objects and materials into his unique and eclectic works.
Lunch time has rolled around so why not take a drive out to the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm at Shepherds Flat. A short ten-minute drive out through Hepburn Springs and you will arrive to beautiful and some of the most historic and original stone buildings from the 1850’s in Victoria. To top that off Lavandula has mature European style gardens and a wonderful café serving lunch and the famous Lavender scones. You can easily spend the entire afternoon here.
After your late afternoon nap or pre dinner drink, the choice for dinner is as wide as it is varied. The Surly Goat in Hepburn Springs is a popular local favorite with rustic style food with a modern twist. Bookings are essential and “The Goat” has a great bar and fire. If you are looking a special occasion restaurant, Daylesford has two of regional Victoria’s stand out venues. The beautiful Sault at Sailors Falls and the famous Lake House on Lake Daylesford. Book way in advance to secure a table at either of these venues.
After a relaxing sleep in, head down to Pancho café. This cute as a button café has a roaring fire in winter and a courtyard out the back as well as an upstairs seating area, so lots of nooks and crannies for you to find the right space to relax in. The Curried Omelet and Apple Buckwheat Fritters are two of the more popular and unique menu items.
With a contented tummy the morning activities await – so many choices. We suggest a trip up to Wombat Hill to The Convent Gallery. This incredible building on the crest of the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens is a gallery, cafe and wedding venue. The historic 19th centenary mansion is over 3 levels and is a visual feast both inside and out. Check out the gift shop and stay for lunch.
For a more substantial lunch head out to Passing Clouds Winery, sample the local wines and take in the country views. Other lunch options include Cliffys Emporium with its wonderful old world charm or Koukla café or if you’re here on the weekend head out to Captains Creek Winery.
You are in no doubt in need of a rest of perhaps some pampering. Check out our list of day spas in Daylesford. If that’s not your thing, head out to the Mill Markets in Central Springs Rd for a wonderful collection of vintage clothes, furniture antiques and memorabilia or to Brick Lane an eclectic store with a large collection of vintage Coco Cola memorabilia or for a bit of retail therapy take the 5 minute drive to Portal 108 in Hepburn Springs.
Surely you can’t eat anything more? Of course you can, let’s face it you’re on holidays and you are in one of Victoria’s great foodies destinations. There are few standout pubs in Daylesford. The Daylesford Hotel is one of them were you can take in the spectacular sunsets with your pre dinner drink on the upstairs balcony before moving into the bistro or the Farmers Arms hotel with its wonderful old school bar and dinning room. Both hotels have wood fires to warm you in the winter months and lovely open beer gardens in summer. We also highly recommend the French Restaurant Bistro Terroir and Frank and Connie’s in Hepburn Springs. For an out of town option ten minutes up the road we suggest the Radio Springs Hotel in Lyonville. All these venues have various opening hours so click on the links to these venues in our website venue listings.
There is so much to do and see in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs and the wider Macedon Ranges area. Click on our other options or come back again to the Central Highlands of Victoria