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A Girls Guide to a Weekend Getaway in Daylesford

There’s something in the air at Daylesford. A wellness haven complete with soothing, natural mineral waters, this magical country town is the perfect setting for an indulgent weekend away with the girls. Located just an hour and a half from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, Daylesford has all things relaxation and degustation well and truly covered.

From heritage architecture and fresh local produce, to a café scene fit to impress even the fussiest of foodies – it’s time to work your way through all that’s calming, tasty and luxurious about this regional gem. 

FOR A GIRL’S WEEKEND IN DAYLESFORD BE SURE TO …

Start your day with a much-needed coffee hit at Jimmy’s Bar

Apparently the best eggs Benedict in town, be sure to stay for a meal. Set in the iconic Hotel Frangos, be sure to take a sneak peek at this charmingly eclectic boutique stay while you’re at it.

Next, stock up on some of the fresh local produce at the monthlyDaylesford Famers Market

From lovingly home-made baked goods to the very same farm fresh eggs you were dining on this morning, this is regional fare at its absolute finest and what the Macedon Ranges is famous for.

If you don’t make the market, head to the celebrated  Cliffy’s Emporium 

You’ll find your fill of local cheeses, charcuterie, wines, pickled everything and more to take home for later (or eat on the spot, if you’re so inclined).

Walk off all that food with a bit of retail therapy at the awe-inspiring  Amazing Mill Markets

You’ll be sure to uncover a treasure trove of finds in this vintage haven that’s home to everything from floor-sweeping gowns to classic records.

Top off your retro fix at the delightfully old school  Brick Lane Bazaar

It's brimming with one of a kind antiques and industrial furniture; all with a welcome dash of rockabilly attitude.

Then, it’s time to recharge and wind down with an afternoon of deep relaxation at Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa

Mineral and water therapy bathing is a century-old phenomenon that will leave your girl gang feeling thoroughly refreshed and rejuvenated.  And when you’ve bathed to your hearts’ content, it’s time to really indulge (it’s a girls weekend after all) with massages and facials for the whole group. The Hepburn Bathhouse is considered the oldest of its kind in Australia (circa 1895!)

Follow up all that pampering with a crisp bottle of bubbles at the picturesque Lavendula Swiss Italian Farm

You’ll be greeted by acres of sprawling gardens, a charming historic homestead and swathes of lavender as far as the eye can see.

When hunger strikes, head on over to La Trattoria

It's Lavandula’s Italian inspired café that’s supplied by an on-site vegetable and herb garden. Dine outdoors under the ash trees with seasonal antipasto platters and homemade scones, biscuits, cakes, and preserves. And don’t leave without sampling the farm-made body lotions, creams, and essential oils.

Head back into town to browse through the impressive local galleries

All the galleries are as beautiful as the art they house. Nestled above the lush Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens (well worth a visit in their own right), The Convent is a three-level haven of fine art set in an historic 19th century mansion that boasts sweeping views of the countryside below. While the art/design hub of Bromley & Co is a true visual feast, showcasing colourful boutique fashion and homewares alongside the iconic Australian artist’s works.

Round out your evening in style by feasting on the very best local produce the region has to offer

Set in a stunning 1930s Art Deco dining room, The Argus serves modern Australian cuisine that’s grown on site and drawn from the finest provincial suppliers. After all, the girls deserve to be spoilt.


BEFORE YOU LEAVE, MAKE SOME TIME TO VISIT …

Mount Towrong Vineyard

A family-owned, and operated vineyard nestled in the Macedon Ranges, the Mount Towrong cellar door comes with breath-taking views of the local landscape and impressive wines, all perfectly matched with delicious local produce. It also offers homestyle Italian food and some of the tastiest antipasto platters in the region (and that’s really saying something).

Mineral Springs Hotel Spa

One massage is never enough, especially when you’re visiting spa country. Mineral waters have long been thought to hold healing properties, and where better to revel in the earth’s natural elements than in the beautiful Hepburn Springs. Set in a grand 1930s Art Deco hotel, this holistic wellness sanctuary and its soothing springs can’t be missed.

Redbeard Historic Bakery

A favourite of everyone from Maggie Beer to George Calombaris, don’t miss Trentham’s iconic Redbeard Bakery. The hero is their crusty, fresh out of the oven sourdough (best eaten warm). But chances are you’ll be equally enamoured with everything from farm fresh chutneys to country style cakes and slices. 

GIRL STAYS

Double Nut Chalets

Four stylish, self-appointed chalets set right in the heart of Daylesford, these cosy escapes have everything you need for a girl’s weekend done right. From luxe spa baths to complementary chocolate and wine on arrival – you’ll be hard pressed to leave the comfort of your new home at Double Nut Chalets.

The Dudley Boutique Hotel

Looking for a touch of glamour on your getaway? The Dudley is a luxurious boutique hotel where you can unwind in comfort after a long day spent exploring. With a number of charming cottage rooms adjacent to the main building, the girls will have all the space they need to take on the town.

The Barn

Rustic luxury at its finest, The Barn is a 100-year-old heritage listed home that has been updated with sleek modern interiors and quirky cool touches. Sleeping up to eight guests, there’s plenty of room for the whole gang, and a fully equipped country chic kitchen should you wish to put some of that local produce to good use.

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