Things to do

Where is Daylesford?

Daylesford is 115km North West of Melbourne. GPS co-ordinates S37° 19.671’ E144° 08.633’

Now we’ve got the boring boy stuff out of the way, let’s get on to the good stuff! TripAdvisor has some excellent ideas on things to do around Daylesford.

A local site with a wealth of information is

Spoil yourself

Daylesford and Hepburn (neighbouring town) is famous for its mineral springs.  One of our favourite places is the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, which is only a 5 minute drive from Briars Cottage.  Visitors can enjoy anything from private healing mineral baths, to massages, facials, body wraps and polishes, manicures and pedicures.

We can totally recommend the Sanctuary, which is not the public bath house.

Eating Out

You’ll be spoilt for choice!  Daylesford has many fabulous cafés and restaurants.  You’ll find something for every budget and dietary requirement, from good old fashioned pub food to 5 star dining.  There are so many great places to eat In Daylesford, but a couple of our top picks for a romantic night out are Mercato or the Perfet Drop.

If you want good pub food, you can’t go past the Daylesford Hotel or the Farmers Arms. Breakfast or lunch is a must at the Boathouse or Wombat Hill.  You can’t go past Cliffy’s or Muffins & more for great coffee.

Want more things to do?

Convent Gallery is a converted convent, which now houses the most beautiful artwork.  After wandering around the gallery and gift shop, getting a bite to eat at their restaurant is a must.

Convent Gallery Ghost Tours

More than 140 years of history has impregnated the walls of this magnificent 19th century mansion.  Walk through The Convent by night and hear the tales of a by-gone era - and what talkes it has to tell! To find out more or to book go to

And if you like a win tasting, join Aussie actor Clay Watson and his labrador Maizy on fun & relaxing 3 to 5 cellar door plus lunch tours through the gorgeous Daylesford region. Advanced WSET certified and #1 TripAdvisor tour, Clay tailors tours to your taste buds with a focus on award-winning ciders/wines/liqueurs and a good dose of fun!  To book go to

And if exploring the great outdoors is more your thing, Daylesford has a walking track to suit all levels of fitness and interest, here are some of the more popular ones:

  • Lake Daylesford
  • Wombat Botanical Gardens
  • Soda Springs
  • Hepburn Mineral Reserve

After a day of exploring, check out Istra Small Goods, they make the best chorizo and salami we’ve ever eaten.  So when you’ve had enough of eating out, stock up on their specialty meats and choices of imported pickles and chutneys for a picnic either at home, or in one of the gorgeous gardens spotted around Daylesford.

Details of other local producers can be found here -

Who needs to spend a day at the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa when you can soak in your own private spa on the deck overlooking Doctors Gully!

Here is the Tourism Victoria website if you’d like to find out more of what Daylesford has to offer