Relax by the water at picturesque Lake Daylesford. Find paddleboats for hire, a children’s playground, undercover barbecues, and on weekends, usually a wedding or two to stop and look at. Allow around 45 minutes to walk around the lake’s gentle, sloping tree-lined path, taking in a couple of stops (the jetty is a good one) to soak up the stunning vistas.
Tracing the route of the old water races cut by miners last century, the Tipperary Walking Track passes disused goldfields, mineral springs and stands of deciduous trees that blaze with colour in autumn. Look out for the Blowhole, a tunnel built to divert water and allow sluicing for gold in the dry creek bed. Reward yourself with a relaxing spa and massage at journey’s end in Hepburn Springs.
Duration: 5 hours one way
Track condition: Moderate
Start: Lake Daylesford car park
Finish: Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve