We had a free weekend and decided we needed a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We were both working pretty flat out while we were in Melbs so escaping the metro life was much needed.
Daylesford is the perfect day or weekend away, flee out to the countryside and you’ll constantly have something to do. Whether you’re on a couples break or a family filled weekend it’s perfect for everyone. We ended up doing the below day trip twice, once by ourselves and again with Gabs’ parents (not sure if you can tell but we really liked Daylesford). The drive is around an hour and a half out of the CBD and there are some lovely little stops to stretch the legs before our faves and the main attractions!
After heading out of the city (and sitting in the traffic to do so) Sailor Falls is a perfect first spot to get out of the car, forget the city and get back to nature. The water here is known for it’s mineral springs. There’s a quick trail to the falls (seasonal), which is slightly difficult to get to, but if you’re not up for clamouring over rocks there’s a viewing platform from the bottom of some sensible steps! There’s also a picnic area next to the car park for those who feel like just admiring the falls from the top.
Finish this stop with a half hour loop walk, through forests, over the streams and through the carpet of ferns. Perfect way to start the day? Check.
Up for another loop walk? Australia seems to be famous for them, but Daylesford lake looks like you’ve been transported to Europe. As you watch stand up paddle-boarders drift across the lake, the stroll around the water is so tranquil. It’s a perfect mix of whisking you away to somewhere romantic, bright yellow flowers (also seasonal to Spring-time) highlight the border and you can see a small church spire in the distance.
Not feeling the walk? There’s also the Boathouse restaurant to grab lunch and watch the world go by. Unfortunately you can’t go for a casual coffee but there is a little coffee wagon and some lush seating areas around the lake.
Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm
Although not technically in Daylesford, Lavandula lavender farm is well worth the 15 min drive. Whisking you away to another European-like setting, the farm and surrounding grounds are both a kids and parent’s paradise.
Not only do they do some delightful treats in the cafe (including lavender prosecco) they’re also completely chill about guests taking in a picnic. Sit and enjoy their lush lawns, take some scones and go and grab a glass of fizz. There’s a small charge for entry but it’s so cheap for such lovely grounds, you really don’t mind paying.
Daylesford Cider Co
Carrying on the tour of the most instagram-able places in Victoria, head on over for an afternoon tipple at the Daylesford Cider Tavern. Are we biased because the cider it produces are English in style? Or maybe because they use 17 varieties of English-heritage listed apples? Who knows, but they’re all damn good so make sure you get the tasting paddle. Just to top of that feeling of home, they serve ‘Dan’s Cider Scones’ (we’re not kidding) with fresh jam and cream. Sold, take our money.
We also learnt to play Finska there, a highly addictive game originally from Finland, which has taken Australia by storm. We see it everywhere and we can see why, it’s so great!
Melbourne is the perfect base to explore regions like Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. Check out our Melbourne guide for the best places to stay and what to do in the city too!