Looking for the best things to do in Daylesford, Victoria? Here are the top attractions, walking trails and more fun outdoor activities in Daylesford that the whole family will enjoy!
Whether you're looking for an action-packed day or just some time to get outside and enjoy nature, here's what we recommend. Daylesford is home to the iconic Hepburn Springs, Lake Daylesford, Botanic Gardens, Lavandula Swiss Italian Lavender Farm and more. Check out our list of top things to do in Daylesford with your family.
Some of the best things to do in Daylesford are:
- Daylesford Lake House
- Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Daylesford
- Daylesford camping and playground at Jubilee Lake
- Daylesford lavender farm
- Daylesford waterfalls
- Daylesford walks
- Daylesford lookouts
- Best Daylesford cafes
- Best Daylesford restaurants
- Where to go near Daylesford
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Daylesford Lake House
A must visit in Daylesford is Daylesford Lake! Here's an insider tip on how to see the entire lake and make the most of it:
- Start by parking your car and enjoying the views at the Lake Daylesford Lookout, then begin walking on the Lerderberg Track down to the lake. 📍Get directions here.
- Continue on the Lerderberg Track, go right on the path towards the Lake Daylesford Jetty and Bridge. 📍Get directions here.
Marvel at the views on your way and don't forget to take a photo on the iconic bridge, with the stunning lake and red lake house behind you!
- Continue around the lake until you reach the Boathouse café. 📍Get directions here.
There is a playground there for the kids to let off some steam. You can enjoy a bite or coffee at the Boathouse cafe or at Splinters cafe.
- Keep walking along the lake and cross to the other side of Bleakly Street in the direction of Wombat Flat Mineral Spring. 📍Get directions here.
There you can taste the natural Daylesford mineral springs water by pouring some into a water bottle or cup (that you bring yourself!).
- Continue walking around the lake until you are back at the carpark where you started.
Alternatively, you can go the opposite direction, to the mineral springs first, by taking the Lerderberg Track down to the lake, going left and straight towards the Wombat Flat Mineral Spring. Then taking the loop back to Lake Daylesford Boathouse and continuing around the lake until you're back where you started.
School Holidays Tip:
BYO water bottle or cup so you can taste real mineral water! Also, you can bring some snacks to enjoy a picnic by the lake on the grass.
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Daylesford
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens are a must visit in Daylesford, Victoria. They are situated on an extinct volcano and are gorgeous all year round.
- Stroll around the beautiful Wombat Hill Gardens. You can bring your dog as they are allowed on a leash.
- Marvel at views of Daylesford and Hepburn Regional Park from the Pioneer lookout tower (not the most accessible experience - need to climb up a set of narrow stairs for the best views)
- Enjoy a picnic with your family and friends
- Read a book surrounded by peaceful nature.
📍Get directions to Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens here.
Wombat Hill Cafe
After exploring these beautiful gardens, enjoy a meal or desert at Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Cafe!
The garden cafe and bakehouse is open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 am to 3.30 pm.
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Map
A map of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens is just a mouse click away. Check out the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens map here before your visit Daylesford.
Daylesford camping and playground at Jubilee Lake
Jubilee Lake is a great place to find peace in nature. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables, walking trails, a kids playground and camping ground.
One of the most favourite parts of Jubilee Lake is the water lilies. There are lots during the summer and early autumn seasons.
📍Get directions to Jubilee Lake camping and playground here.
Daylesford lavender farm
The Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is a beautiful place to visit with family. Explore the 100 acres of gardens and, of course, the huge surrounding farms of lavender, with their amazing scent and violet colours.
There are also farm animals: meet Mirella the Highland Cow, two Cheeky Emus, alpacas, sheep, roaming geese, Guinea Fowls and Bantams.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed too! Just don't forget to bring their leash.
Daylesford lavender farm entry fee:
- $5 per adult
- $1 per school-aged child.
Daylesford lavender farm opening hours:
- Friday to Tuesday 10:30 am to 5 pm
- Closed Wednesday & Thursday each week
📍Get directions to the Daylesford lavender farm here.
There are many beautiful waterfalls in Daylesford and surrounding areas. Here are some of the best waterfalls in Daylesford to check out: Sailors Falls and Loddon Falls.
You can view the stunning falls from the viewing platform near the carpark, but for the full experience, take the steps down to the foot of the falls. It's not an easy climb down but there is railing for support.
📍Get directions here to Sailors Falls here.
Sailor Falls walking trails
There are two walking trails you can take either away or towards the waterfall. The easier walking track is away from the falls, it's a more level trail going towards the natural mineral springs.
The trail going towards the falls is a loop track that eventually leads to the mineral springs, and involves some climbing and hiking areas. It takes around 25-30 minutes to complete.
Just a 15 min-drive from Daylesford, get your heart rate up by taking the hike through the bush and witnessing and beautiful waterfalls - Loddon Falls. There's a water pool that can be awesome to cool down in during the warmer summer months.
Do keep in mind that there are many steep and rocky sections in the walk to and from the falls, so wear (or bring along) sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes, plenty of water and best not to go if you find hikes difficult.
School Holidays Tip:
Look for the display plank with the falls' history on it, then continue to walk past it to get to the track leading to Loddon Falls.
📍Get directions to Loddon Falls here.
Here are the top picks for walking and hiking trails in Daylesford and surroundings: Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, Mt Franklin Reserve and Tipperary Springs.
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve
This beautiful reserve is located in Hepburn Springs, the town in Australia with the largest concentration of mineral springs, known as natural healing waters.
The best part of visiting here is tasting the Hepburn Springs mineral water. There are taps around the park and at each, the water tastes different, which is a unique experience!
Don't forget to bring an empty bottle or cup so you can try the water.
Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve is a peaceful and beautiful place to walk around and a lovely picnic spot in Daylesford. There are some picnic tables, BBQ facilities and kids playgrounds.
Dogs are allowed on a leash here.
Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve is not to be missed when you visit Daylesford!
📍Get directions to Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve here.
Mt Franklin Reserve in Hepburn Regional Park
Mt Franklin Reserve is perfect for a peaceful walk in a forest. Set on an extinct volcano's crater, there is a circuit trail to enjoy, as well as some picnic tables. This is a camping ground as well.
Dogs are allowed on a leash here.
📍Get directions to Mt Franklin Reserve here.
While most popular for picnics, you can enjoy great bush walks at Tipperary Springs. Bring along your dog to join you!
You can also bring along a water bottle or cup to taste the natural mineral water. During the warmer months, you can enjoy a splash in the creek with your family.
📍Get directions to the Tipperary Springs picnic area here.
When visiting Daylesford, or driving through, stop at these fantastic lookouts with great views over the town: Thomas' lookout and Wombat Hill lookout.
This is a great lookout over Daylesford. You won't get the most impressive view of the buildings, with trees covering them, but it does provide a 360 degree view and makes Daylesford look like a city nestled in the middle of a forest.
📍Get directions to Thomas' Lookout here.
Wombat Hill Lookout
When visiting the Daylesford botanical gardens, don't miss the amazing views from the Pioneer lookout tower.
You need to climb a very narrow winding staircase. It's not wheelchair or pram accessible to go to the very top, but if you are able to go, the views are not to be missed.
📍Get directions to the lookout here.
Best Daylesford cafes
Enjoy a coffee, breakfast, snack or dessert in Daylesford, Victoria, in one of these lovely cafes.
The Daylesford Hot Chocolate Company
If you want to cosy up on a cold or rainy day with the best hot chocolate in Daylesford, Victoria, don't miss this lovely cafe.
The staff are very kind and each hot chocolate is served with a huge marshmallow - yum!
📍Get directions to The Daylesford Hot Chocolate Company here.
Cliffy's Daylesford cafe
If you're looking for the best breakfast cafe in Daylesford, Victoria, look no further than Cliffy's!
Don't miss their eggs Benedict, poached egg meal of your choice and delicious crepes!
📍Get directions to Cliffy's here.
Muffins And More cafe
Another fantastic place to have breakfast or lunch, with lovely staff and a menu with something yummy for everyone that is also reasonably priced.
📍Get directions to Muffins And More here.
The Mill Market Cafe
Their lasagne and pumpkin soup are amazing! They also have a great selection of desserts and wraps to takeaway.
Stop here after exploring The Amazing Mill Markets - if you're a fan of going to the Sunday market, consider coming here for their wide selection of vintage finds!
📍Get directions to The Mill Market Cafe here.
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Best Daylesford restaurants
Wondering where to get dinner in Daylesford after a long day of exploring? Check out these great places.
Jackies On Vincent Street - Asian Fusion Restaurant
An extensive menu of Asian-Western fusion cuisine, using fresh local produce, developed through Chef Jackie’s Chinese heritage and Australian culinary experience.
There's something here for everyone to enjoy lunch or dinner, inside or takeaway. Located on Vincent Street.
📍Get directions to Jackies On Vincent here.
Taj Mahal - Authentic Daylesford Indian Restaurant
Experience real Indian cuisine from fresh produce in Daylesford, Victoria.
With many gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, this restaurant caters for all, including families with kids wanting to try for the first time.
📍Get directions to Taj Mahal Authentic Indian Restaurant here.
La Luna - Pizzeria
A small Daylesford pizza place with a menu jam packed with affordable and delicious pizzas for every taste.
The wait can be pretty long, so best to order ahead and get there by the specified time rather than waiting outside. Located just off Vincent Street on Albert Street.
📍Get directions to Pizzeria La Luna here.
Beppe - Daylesford Italian restaurant
Inspired by tradition, with a beautiful atmosphere and lots of delicious Italian meals, pizzas and "dolce" (desserts).
You can order takeaway from their website, or have a fine dining experience inside, in their restaurant on Raglan Street. Recommended to book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.
📍Get directions to Beppe restaurant here.
Where to go near Daylesford
Seen all the beauty of Daylesford and wondering what to do next? Rural Victoria has many more fantastic places to see. If you're looking to explore the surrounding area, don't miss: Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges and Ballarat.
It is best known as the setting of the classic Australian fiction novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock, where a group of girls from a boarding school go missing during a field trip.
But fear not, in the real world, it's a safe place for families to enjoy a fun hike and picnic!
Lush forests and amazing views from Mt Macedon. Best to go during autumn to witness the stunning red, orange and gold trees.
Great Dividing Range trail network map
- the Lerderderg track from Daylesford to Bacchus Marsh; or
- the Dry Diggings track from Lake Daylesford to Castlemain Station that is also part of the Goldfields track from Mt Buninyong to Bendigo, letting you step through Victoria's gold rush era.
In Ballarat, you can visit many beautiful historic buildings, boutique shops, antique and vintage clothes shops, iconic hotels, art galleries and more!
Check out the best things to do in Ballarat. It's not just a historical town - there's a wildlife park that the whole family will love.
Ballarat Wildlife Park Tickets
Ballarat Wildlife Park is one of the best animal attractions in all Victoria! It's the best place to feed kangaroos, see koalas and wombats. Book your online tickets today!
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