Activities to do in Daylesford
If you prefer to get out an explore when on a getaway, there’s plenty to keep you busy, from relaxing in bubbling water to exploring the local area:
Springs and Spas
There are 65 mineral springs in the Daylesford-Hepburn region, making it the biggest spa region in Australia.
People come for traditional wellness bathing in Hepburn Springs’ mineral-rich waters during all seasons of the year. As one of the most famous outdoor springs in Victoria, the indoor Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa opened in 1895, and at just a four-minute drive from Daylesford, is still popular with those looking to relax, revive and unwind in the mineral-rich waters.
For a real pamper session, it’s hard to resist a dedicated spa treatment. RACV Members save at the nearby Daylesford Day Spa.
Go antiquing at the markets and bazaars
More of an indoor bazaar than outdoor-style market, come for a vintage find at The Amazing Mill Markets in Daylesford as your rummage through stalls of jewellery, kitchenware, collectables, clothing, furniture and more. You can take a break from fossicking at the café, as you debate whether you really need a vintage jukebox that will take up a whole wall of your living room (spoiler alert: you do).
Vincent Street, the main hub of Daylesford, is also full of antique stores, from those selling one-of-a-kind furniture or art pieces to the Brick Lane Bazaar, where you can rummage through indoor stalls, finding anything from brand new earrings to a collectable road sign from the 1950s.
Cruise down Vincent Street
Considered the main street of Daylesford, here you will find bars, restaurants, mini art galleries, clothing shops and treasure troves of antiques.
Make sure to pop into the Paradise Bookshop, featuring 14 rooms of books, games, records, and toys of times gone by, or have a wonder through Found, run by a mother-daughter duo who have collected unique pieces and created an eclectic collection.
All aboard the Daylesford Spa Country Railway
As one of Victoria’s great heritage railways for kids, the Daylesford Spa Country Railway is a heritage train ride that begins at the 1882 Daylesford railway station, passing through the scenic views of the Central Highlands forest and countryside.
The team also run The Daylesford Sunday Market at the station, with rotating stall holders and a Farmers’ Market. Dogs welcome.