Daylesford Things to Do

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  • Daylesford Wine Tours

    by wattos77 Written May 9, 2013
    Behind the scenes at Passing Clouds Winery

    We ventured to the beautiful Macedon Ranges and visited some great little wineries there but were limited by the amount we could do due to having to drive. Two days in Daylesford and we discovered Daylesford Wine Tours on the second day and my wife and I had an absolute ball. Our tour guide was relaxed and fun and took us with another couple to three great wineries where we tasted some impeccable wines - we also got to meet the winemakers and got a behind the scenes look at how it's all done. Our guides recommendation for dinner at The Perfect Drop was a spot on finish to the day and I highly recommend a tour with these guys.

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    Bowling for Soup

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are looking for a good way to get an appetite built up for lunch, then head out to the local lawn bowling club and get your workout.

    I have never really seen a community as co-ordinated as the Daylesford Lawn Bowling Club, with the matching suits for a Saturday afternoon bowling session. I later found out that this is actually a town based league and that the Daylesford club was actually hosting another local bowl club.

    I do not know the rules of lawn bowling, but it looked like a really good excuse to drink beer and throw balls down the lawn.

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  • Do you need a Laugh?

    by Anne12 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nothing like a good laugh!

    If you are walking around the Lake Daylesford area and can hear laughter coming across the lake this just might be the Laugh Club folk.

    Yes, Daylesford has now a Laugh Club.
    Every Saturday at 9.00am on the banks of Daylesford Lake you too can join in.

    What a great way to start the weekend, walk around the lake and a laugh.

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    Taking the water

    by sirgaw Written Apr 27, 2010

    Although I do not appreciate the taste of natural mineral water, there are many who flock to the free pumps to “take the water” as it has become known.

    To me the taste is more reminiscent of rusty water, however just swing the handle and water gushes out the spout and you can fill your own containers with free mineral water.

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    Convent Gallery

    by sirgaw Written Apr 27, 2010
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    One of the must see/do attractions for Daylesford is the old convent now converted into an up-market shopping precinct, gallery, café, bar, wedding venue and so much more. Located on 6 hectares of landscaped gardens on the side of Wombat Hill and only a short distance from the main street of Daylesford.

    Shopping precinct - Consists of a vast range of “arty” works of all shapes and sizes, including jewelry, ceramics, books, gourmet pickles, sauces and jams, a few specialty cookware items. There seems to be something for everyone – at a price.

    The café has a quirky name and fits in with the former residents of the establishment – The Bad Habits Café. Great food at reasonable prices.

    Gallery – about 5 rooms of the upper floor of the complex has been converted into gallery space for visiting artists – plenty of light to show off artists works.

    The former convent chapel is now a stunning venue for weddings. Several of the nuns cells have been retained and show the very spartan conditions that they lived and prayed in.

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    Daylesford Spa Country Railway

    by sirgaw Updated Apr 26, 2010
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    I must admit that I am a train “nut” and am drawn like a moth to a night light source to trains. Sadly Dayleford lost its railway connection to the outside world in 1978, but then again it was a branch line and a trip to Melbourne would have entailed a change of trains at Ballarat or Castlemaine.

    In 1980 a dedicated band of volunteers formed the Central Highlands Tourist Railway and commenced improving track work and running railway gangers trolley's with paying passengers. By 1990 the tourist railway had acquired a rail motor and began operating a better class of rail transport on the short line.

    Today the Daylesford Spa Country Railway has an impressive collection of rail motors including a DERM (Diesel electric rail motor), Walker 280 rail motor and a 600hp Tulloch Diesel Rail Car. Their fleet also includes a Y class diesel locomotive and an assorted collection of rolling stock, many awaiting restoration.

    The railway is always in need of more funds and of course volunteers.
    Fifteen minute round trips depart Sundays at 10.15, 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.45 and 14.30. Fares are $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for children.

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    Ellender Estate

    by tigerjapan Written Dec 3, 2008

    Not far from Daylesford is Ellender Estate.

    "Cellar Door is open Sundays and Public Holidays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. Weekdays by prior arrangement.

    Visitors are greeted by Lara, Red and Nelle, the self-appointed “Welcoming Committee” – the very friendly chocolate Labradors.

    The cellar has a cosy wood heater to keep you warm in winter or on warmer days, relax in the pavilion overlooking the lake and stunning rock art water feature designed by a local stone artist.

    Visitors are invited to enjoy rustic regional food from the wood fired oven. Seasonal regional produce platters with freshly baked bread from the wood fired oven, wood fired pizzas or wood fired roasts and vegetables. The Alan Scott designed wood fired oven is a feature of the outdoor area.

    Cellar door facilities are available for private or corporate functions. Special events, lunches and dinners can be arranged for up to 50 people" - Ellender Estate website

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    Visit the Convent Gallery

    by ATXtraveler Written Dec 24, 2005

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    Daylesford is clearly a city that was built on gold, and the convent gallery is a true expression of how industrious the citizens of a gold town could be once a building was erected. Still today, this pioneer spirit shows through in the building's third incarnation. As a prime piece of realty in the 1860's, this land was built as the private house for the gold commissioner. Twenty years later, it was sold to the Catholic Church as a boarding school for girls, where it was operational for almost 100 years. Then in 1973, the church left it and the property spent the next 25 years falling into disrepair.

    That was when an industrious Daylesford woman named Tina purchased the land, and began a renovation. The renovation did not necessarily change the history, but rather accentuated it. Now in the halls where people worshipped, weddings are held. Where there was an infirmary is now a gallery for art. Where the masses met for a meal, the masses... well, meet for a meal.

    This is definitely worth a pass through when you visit Daylesford.

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  • Handmade Timber Furniture

    by Anne12 Written Dec 8, 2005

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    THe Wood Shed

    The Wood Shed is a place to go if you are wanting some beautiful timber furniture or if you need a new kitchen.
    Whatever you need Gerard can make it.
    Reasonable prices and wonderful finished products.

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  • A place to relax

    by Anne12 Written Dec 7, 2005

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    Pumps and Water Fall
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    Most people go to Lake Daylesford and don't go very far from the Car Park.
    If you wander aroun the lake past the old toilet block and then down the hill you will find a lovely shaded area where you can walk along the creek, have a picnic lunch, sample the mineral water or just get fit by walking back up the hill!:)

    You can walk along the left side of the creek to Twin Bridges, then cross over and walk back along the other side, this walk is about 20 minutes.

    There are three pumps where you can taste the mineral water.

    If it's been raining you will see the little waterfall. There are lawns you can sit on and also some table and chairs where you can have your picnic.

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  • Local Sculpture

    by Anne12 Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    This isn't really a things to do, it's a little piece of history of our area.

    On the lawn area outside the Royal Hotel, near the bottom roundabout of the main street you will see the statue of three children riding a horse.

    This statue is in memory of Three Lost Children
    William Graham 6 , Thomas Graham 4 and Alfred Burman 5.

    In 1867 on Sunday 30th June three children wandered from their home at Table hill.

    By accident they were found in a hollow of a tree near Musk Creek on September the 14th 1867.

    They were buried at the Daylesford Cemetery.

    The Daylesford Primary School has an award in their memory, at the end of each school year the Graham Dux medal is presented to a boy and girl from Grade 6

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  • Grapes Galore

    by Anne12 Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    Over the last few years we have seen many vines planted throughout the area.

    Wineries seem to be the in thing throughout Victoria now.

    One of my favourites is Sandy Farm. This wine is free of preservatives which is a huge plus.
    Does it help your hangover? NO not if you drink a couple of bottles:)

    You can visit the Sandy Farm winery at Denver which is about 10 minutes from Daylesford or you can buy the wine locally.

    By appointment or by chance

    The website I have given you has all the other wineries in the area listed.

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  • Boite Singers Festival

    by Anne12 Updated Dec 6, 2005

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    The Boite Festival is a wonderful weekend in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The singers can be found entertaining in many of the local Cafe's and entertainment venues.

    This will be on the weekend of:-

    Friday, 13 January 2006
    to Sunday, 15 January 2006

    The singer?s festival brings with it over 400 visitors to the area,is assured to be a great weekend for all.

    http://www.boite.asn.au/events_list_byparent.asp?parent_event_id=4

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  • Antiques

    by Anne12 Written Dec 5, 2005

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    Triggers Antiques

    If you are interested in Antique collecting you must have a browse at the Triggers oldwares shop.
    This shop has bits and pieces of oldwares, glassware and other odds and ends.

    Jimmy and Kath bought this freehold many years ago, It used to be the National Bank ( My I can remember that!!!!!) before being a bank it was stables. You can see the old painted signs along the brick work.

    You can spend a few dollars to a few hundred.

    This is open most week days, weekends open on a Saturday and Sunday

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  • Take time to Pamper yourself.

    by Anne12 Written Dec 5, 2005

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    Throughout Daylesford and Hepburn Springs there are numerous Day Spas and private Massage Therapy centres.

    You can either ask your booking agent for some recommendations or have a scout around when you arrive.

    There are many packages that you can have.

    I do recommend that you don't use the Hepburn Spa Resort at the reserve in Hepburn Springs, this isn't as warm and friendly as the independantly owned ones.

    I go to Eagle Therapy , I will give you their particulars.

    I have given a website that has a number of different places listed as well as Eagle Therapy.
    If you would like any other info you are welcome to email me.

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