Mount Franklin is a lovely place to visit especially during the Autumn when the leaves are changing colour.
Here you can do some small walks, lay in the sun, have a BBQ or take a picnic.
You only have to drive for about 10 minutes from Daylesford on the Castlemaine Road and you will see the turn off to the Crater.
You can see Mount Franklin from the Main Street of Daylesford....Look North:)
Just after I arrived in this area I watched Mount Franklin burn as I stood in the main street.
We were surrounded by fire, it was a very scary time as I had never seen bush fires so close. So please be careful.....we don't want it to burn again:)
As you drive along the roads of country Victoria you are sure to see a bargain or two.
Farm fresh eggs, horse poo for the garden, pine cones or bags of wood, flowers and lots more.
Have a few spare dollars in the glovebox so you can buy along the way.
( I recommend to buy the horse poo as you are going home!:) )
Most of these road stalls are honesty based you stick the money in the tin and off you go.
Tukki Trout farm is a wonderful place to take the family for the day.
Here you will find a small cafe' where you can buy a coffee or something light to eat.
OR you can take your own packed picnic lunch with you.
You then can sit on the banks of the dams and throw a line in, you are guaranteed to catch a trout. If your skills aren't up to scratch they will give you a tin of corn to entice the trout to your line.
You can take your own line or they will hire them to you.
During the afternoon you can watch them feed the fish.
Also you might see a sheep being shorn as well.
There is also accommodation here. Lovely little cottages set among the dams and gardens.
WARNING It is great fun to catch the fish....BUT you have to pay for the fish you catch...by weight....so don't get too carried away!
If you check out the web site there are maps and directions from Daylesford and other areas.
Everyone has Istra Small goods on their list of must do.
Just out of Daylesford at Musk we now have a wonderful homemade smallgoods outlet.
These products are now used at many of the Cafe's and Restaurants throughout Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.
You can buy packets of these yummy small goods at the outlet.
There is a selection of cured prosciutto, ham, bacon, kassler and many others.
The address is If you can't make it out there you can buy these products
36 Wheelers Hill Road at Hepburn General Store or Nichalsons Licensed
Musk Grocers in Daylesford.
Tipperary Springs is just outside the town of Daylesford.
Here you can have a BBQ, paddle in the creek or just enjoy the peace and quiet.
There is a mineral water pump there for you to taste the local water.
Plenty of trees for shade. There is also a toilet.
If you walk along the creek you can find a few waterholes where you just might catch a fish or two.
From this area you can also head off on one of the walking tracks. These are marked. It would be a good idea to call into the Tourist info centre and get one of the free walking track brochures.
This is a lovely little area. Please following the warnings...:)
Summer time is SNAKE time. The surrounds of the creek are usually well mowed but if they aren't watch where you are stepping.
If it is a total FIRE ban do not light the BBQ's. We are surrounded by forest and we don't want to loose our homes or the fauna and flora.
When you are in Daylesford head out on the Ballarat Road. Just as you are coming out of Daylesford you will see a large brick building....just past that on your right there is a sign Boomerange Holiday Ranch follow this sign you will see the other signs.
Ranch you turn right, to the left and down the hill to Tipperary Springs.
If you are lucky enough to know someone who has a permanent site at Lake Jubilee Caravan Park you should ask them to let you go and have a holiday there. It is the prettiest spot. There is a lake where the children can and usually do swim all day. The caravan park is small and very private - so you don't get hoons, fast cars or any other invasions on a beautiful, sunny, pleasant location.
You can pitch a tent or stay in an on site van. A lot of people come to Jubilee Lake Caravan Park and pitch a tent. We stayed here New Year's Eve. It was probably the most peaceful, quiet New Year's Eve I have celebrated.
The whole area is covered with trees, or water. We spent a lot of time walking along the walking paths or swimming, or watching the children swimming. We only went in to Daylesford itself for food supplies if we ran out of food.