Things To Do In Daylesford

In these complex times, Daylesford is a perfect short getaway destination for us Melbourne folk just wanting to get a little break and soak in some first class country charm.

You would be hard pressed to return to the big smoke without at least some level of rejuvenation locked in.

You don’t have to take my word for it either. The Melbourne tribe have been heading to Daylesford for generations to get their city detox on.

So here is a list of what I love to do when I head out to the glory that is Daylesford and sourounds.

Walk Around Lake Daylesford

On a clear late winter or early spring morning, it is just glorious to take a leasurly stroll around Lake Daylesford.

Jetty along the Lerderderg Track

The Lerderderg Track takes you most of the way around the northern part of the lake. There is a smaller southern part of the lake which is divided by the bridge on Bleakley street.

Southern section of Lake Daylesford

Take A Stroll Around Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Wombat sculptures at Botanic Gardens

If you like fabulous panoramic views and beautiful gardens, you need to take a stroll around the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. Locals and visitors have been doing exactly that since the mid-1800s.

Wombat hill is an extinct volcano. At it’s the summit is the Pioneers Lookout Tower. If you’ve got the energy to climb it, you’ll get superb uninterrupted views of Daylesford and surrounds. It was also cool to look directly down to the smaller trees growing directly around the tower.

Pioneers Lookout Tower
View From Pioneers Lookout Tower
View of trees directly below the tower

The beautiful display of flowers of Begonia House is also a treat. We visited quite late in the afternoon so the cafe was closed, but I’m keen to get back to have a latte and a bite to eat at what looked like a delightful cafe in lovely surroundings. Apparently it’s run by local legend Alla Wolf-Tasker -definitely on the list for the next visit.

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