A small idyllic town located about 113miles North West of Melbourne, Daylesford looks like a town taken out from all the Hollywood western films. Wooden houses not more than a floor tall on either sides of roads, a lot of bars and Salons, hell, it has even had a history of Gold Rush during the 1800s.
Prior to European settlements the place was called Wombat, a name which till now some stores retain, and Wurrung Aborigines used to live here. It is only when an Irish immigrant John Egan found alluvial gold in what is now Lake Daylesford, the town gained popularity. Once the gold resources were exhausted, there was a shift to quartz reef mining.
The town radiates such a relaxed vibe it has named itself as a Spa Country.
You’ll find a lot of Spa’s around the town that give some of the best massages so make sure to include them in your vacation itineraries. Other than that the town has some wonderful local markets, a museum, some great cafes & restaurants and about 65 mineral springs. They alone account for 80% of Australia’s mineral water springs. A simple town that can be covered mostly by walking.