We recently packed our bags and took ourselves on a luxurious two-day getaway to one of Victoria’s most rejuvenating winter wonderlands—Daylesford. After 48-hours of secluded spas, delicious eats and stunning views, we’ve returned with all the hottest tips for planning the ultimate winter getaway.
#1 Relax And Detox At A Secluded Spa
You can’t go to Victoria’s spa capital without bathing in one of the region's many spas. With an extensive treatment menu, loaded with relaxing goodies, and tree-top geisha tubs surrounded by overhanging European trees, there’s no end to the relaxation you can treat yourself to at Lake House’s Salus Spa. Soak in the mineral spa, take a sip of steaming hot tea and enjoy the picturesque views of Lake Daylesford below.
#2 Enjoy A Ritzy Cocktail (Or Three)
Daylesford’s Belvedere Social may as well have been plucked straight from the heart of Chapel Street. With a leafy courtyard, sprawling cocktail bar and contemporary dining space (complete with an open fire), there’s very few places you’d rather be on a Friday night. Lounging by the bar with a Purple Rain in hand, their farm-to-fork inspired menu and preference for fresh local produce are reason enough to book a table in front of the fire.
#3 Get Cultured At A Top Notch Gallery
Featuring expansive views overlooking the town and countryside, the Convent Gallery is home to a unique collection of local, national and international art works. Presented in a broad range of mediums—from ceramics and busts, to wall-hanging landscapes—there’s a little something for everyone to appreciate at the Convent Gallery. It's well worth taking the time to have a wander through the gardens to see the years of history, and to catch a glimpse of The Convent from all angles—the architecture is beautiful and really tells a story. Make sure you pop in to the in-house cafe as well for some of their superb food.
#4 Unearth Some Vintage Goodies
Like the old saying goes, ‘one man’s dilapidated vintage canoe is another man’s treasure’. In the case of the Amazing Mill Markets, there are seemingly endless aisles of unique treasure to be sifted through. Featuring antique homewares, vintage clothing, furniture classics and contemporary beauty products, there’s nothing you won’t find buried in the sprawling stalls of Daylesford’s Amazing Mill Markets.
#5 Get Cosy With Some Soul Warming Food
While Melbourne might be a hundred kilometres away, world class food is just down the road. Daylesford’s Lake House is a fine dining institution with a weekend waiting list of up to three months, and for good reason. Serving dishes such as ‘Autumn Harvest’ with chestnut pasta, celeriac, wild mushrooms, confit duck yolk, pangrattato and autumn crisps, it’s little wonder Melburnians make trips to Daylesford for the Lake House lunch alone.
If it's something a little more casual you're after, we highly recommend you head up to Wombat Hill House which is at the top of the Daylesford Botanical Gardens. Serving relaxed cafe fare, it's a great spot to grab a bite to eat before exploring the stunning gardens. We nabbed a few comfy chairs by the fire, ordered some incredible cakes and settled in.
#6 Curl Up In Front Of An Open Fire
The little (but luxe) town of Daylesford is brimming with beautifully presented (and getaway-ready) Edwardian homes, like Beecroft House. With light-filled rooms, carefully curated stylings and surrounded by stunning gardens, it’s accommodation like this that will make you want to settle in by fire with a glass of wine, a good book and cheese platter. And it'll be up there as the highlight of your trip.
Melbourne’s an incredible city, but sometimes we all need to get out of town for a weekend. The Urban List has partnered with Visit Victoria to bring you great, regional getaway inspiration — the ultimate guide to Victoria’s regional gems. For more ideas about where to wander through nature’s finest hot-spots, click here.