Best Things To Do in Daylesford, Australia

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There are very few tourist attractions as most of Daylesford’s tourism comprises of Spa’s as the entire place is known as a Spa Country. Plan your trip accordingly.

  • Spas: Being named a Spa country there are a lot of Spa’s and massage centres in Daylesford, Few of them being Shakti Massage, Alchemy therapies, Daylesford Day Spa and many more.
  • Springs: About 80% of Australia’s spring waters are located in and around this region. The Daylesford Hepburn Spring reserve are a must watch – the regions main tourist attraction.
  • Lake Daylesford: A very cowboy-ish feel makes this a favourite barbeque and picnic spot.
  • Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens: Built on an extinct volcano, this garden changes color startlingly season to season.
  • Museum & Gallery: The Daylesford Museum and the Convent gallery are two places that house some fine collections of art and artefacts. Surely worth a visit.


  • Daylesford Wine Tours: A mini-bus tour out to local wineries is a good way to check out the surrounding region. The travel guides are cool people.
  • Secret Forest Walks: GPS Programmed tours that you can undertake all on your own through the Wombat forest.
  • Daylesford Spa Country Railway: A 9kilometer ride on a 1950s railcar.

Below we have a list of things to do in Daylesford and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Daylesford getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Daylesford with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Daylesford

Here is the list of things to do in Daylesford and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Lake Daylesford

    4.5 (257 Votes)
    Lake Daylesford

    Water Body, View Point, Lake, Picnic Spot

    In a small idyllic town, Lake Daylesford is a perfect place for a retreat. The lake is located near the Sailor’s hill in Central Springs Reserve. The whole place has quite a western feel to it with wooden houses and dirt roads. The lake was built in 1929 and open to public from 1930. It is the favourite place for locals as well as tourists for a nice picnic and home to many birds. There&r...Read more
  2. Daylesford Day Spa

    4.6 (175 Votes)
    Daylesford Day Spa

    Leisure, Spa

    Experience ‘the art of relaxation’ at the day spa from the hands of professionals. The spa creates a perfect atmosphere for relaxation by offering a wide variety of treatments. From milk baths to mineral spring to stone & bamboo therapies to organic facials no where else would you have ever experienced such comfort. Treat yourself to an hour of bliss at the Daylesford Day Spa.
  3. Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens

    Garden, Park, View Point, Botanical Garden

    This is a small but enchanting garden located right near Daylesford Railway station. It was established in 1863 and was built on an extinct volcano. It’s a beautiful place for a stroll with family and friends. The Memorial Tower offers a brilliant landscape view of Daylesford. The garden itself is home to lot of tress which are more than 100 years old. Every season the garden greets the v...Read more
  4. Convent Gallery

    4.4 (188 Votes)
    Convent Gallery

    Bar, Art Gallery, Historical Site, Food And Drinks

    A superb Victorian era building with a rich history the convent gallery started out as something totally different than what its today. Built during the 1860s, during the Gold Rush it was actually the residence of the then Gold Commissioner. Later during the 1880s the Catholic Church purchased the place and opened a convent school for girls. In the end of 20th century the church was closed in n...Read more
  5. Alchemy Therapies

    4.9 (155 Votes)
    Alchemy Therapies

    Leisure, Spa

    Now operating under a new name, ‘La Vie En Rose’ has all that is required to get your senses relaxed and refreshed. They are known for having their special mineral imported from ‘Dead sea’ which is said to rejuvenate the body completely. Other than that their professional masseurs offer a wide range of massages that promise a complete relaxation of the body. Go and trans...Read more
  6. The Mill Markets

    Food And Drinks, Market, Shopping Center

    Located at the east end of Daylesford, the Mill Markets have anything everything that you can think of under one roof. The markets have two other branches in Geelong and Ballarat. Open 7 days a week the markets have an eclectic mix of stuff like furniture, records, vintage clothing, books, fine chinaware, glassware, industrial items, jewellery, quality antiques and many more. There are even foo...Read more
  7. Chocolate Mill

    Food And Drinks, Cafe, Specialty Shop

    A simple business started by a couple which has now grown to become an award winning chocolate house. Located about 7 kilometers north of Daylesford the Chocolate Mill specializes in all kinds of European chocolates. Owners Nicki and Adrian Straton pride themselves on making chocolate the old fashioned way. The cafe serves chocolates, locally sourced espresso coffee, cakes, tarts and light refr...Read more
  8. Daylesford Sunday Market

    Market, Street Market, Shopping Center

    The Sunday market in Daylesford near the railway station is one of the best flea markets in town. A perfect place to rub shoulders with the locals and buy things for cheap. From old books to spare parts of cars, local produce, clothing, accessories & collectibles. You can even pre book a stall if you want to sell something.
  9. Daylesford Spa Country Railway

    Specialty Museum, Train Ride

    The Daylesford railway line was actually opened during the Victorian Era in the 1880s but with the passage of time the service deteriorated and line was replaced with a road coach. It is only in the late 1990 the railway service between Daylesford and a nearby hamlet of Musk commenced. Later in 1997 it was extended till Bullarto. Today it’s a tourist railway line that runs from Daylesford...Read more
  10. Wine And The Country

    4.7 (125 Votes)
    Wine And The Country

    Bar, Food And Drinks, Restaurant, Winery

    Home to one of the country’s greatest regional wine producers, the ‘Wine and the Country’ is a fantastic place to visit. Managed by couples Owen and Jenna Latta the place is an amazing blend of food, wine and coffee. Not only do they showcase some of the best wines from all over the world, they also let you taste them for free in their wine tasting events. Located on Vincent S...Read more
  11. Daylesford Museum

    4.6 (86 Votes)
    Daylesford Museum

    Art Museum, Art Gallery, Museum

    A small but interesting museum down in Vincent Street. It was established in 1971 and has about 800 sq. mtrs. of interior display. Daylesford being actively involved in the Gold rush, the museum has an extensive collection of local memorabilia and artefacts, a yard display of local agricultural, mining and sawmilling machinery. It has also a detailed collection of archival photos from during th...Read more
  12. Kazuki's


    To surprise your taste buds with purely delicious foods and drinks, you can plan to pay a visit to the Kazuki's at the Raglan. It is a Japanese restaurant that boasts its menu full of delectable platters. This restaurant specializes in serving 5 course and 7 course dinners to the customers. Using locally produced organic ingredients, the owner and chef of this restaurant brings exclusive dishes...Read more
  13. Gracenotes
    GraceNotes transforms from a casual lunch café into a formal dining venue in the evening. The service is extremely friendly and the meals are exceptional. Make sure you try their perfectly cooked beef and lamb and the lava cake desert.
  14. Farmers Arms Hotel
    A visit to Daylesford is incomplete without a stop at The Farmers Arms. The menu is fantastic for a pub and the food is beautifully presented by friendly staff. There is a huge range of wines to choose from and a large selection of beers on tap. Highly recommended!
  15. Lake House
    Lake House serves exquisite Australian cuisine in a chic and stylish environment. All of the staff are extremely knowledgeable and are able to recommend dishes. Try the trout as an appetisers, the kangaroo for mains and the Textures of Chocolate for dessert – you won’t be disappointed.