The Sunday market is held each Sunday morning at the old Railway station in Daylesford.
There are many market stalls, plants, fresh fruit and vegie, second hand clothes, soaps, nuts, honey and other unique goodies.
You can have a coffee with mini pancakes, Hot potatoes with fillings of your choice.
Hotdogs and more are available here.
Rug up if it's cool.
You can also go for a short trip on the old train, this goes through the forest, young and old enjoy this hour.
Markets Start around 8.00am to 2.00pm
We went biking and hiking around the area...and this was one of the prettiest falls we've seen in Victoria. It wasn't crowded and the whole area around it...was amazing. Definitely check it out if you're in the area...
You can fill up your water jug with the mineral water...so Bill thought he'd fill it to the brim...to find out it wasn't like the sparkling mineral he thought it would be. It's fun to give it a taste...but I think you have to get acquired to the taste. It's pretty neat to see the natural mineral water taps everywhere though....
Hanging Rock is fairly close by...and has a neat story connected to it...and is a neat way to spend a couple hours. It also has a really nice cafe for lunch or afternoon tea....otherwise...give their wine a taste....
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are known for their spas....
While my husband went golfing ...I went "spa"ing...
I was not able to afford much when we came here...so I opted for the Ovada Spa right on Main Street. I was pretty impressed by the website, so I decided to give it a try.
I have been to many spas in my lifetime...and unfortunately...this was not the best I have visited. It was a very small spa...and I was given hot tea straightaway...while sitting in the hallway with the hustle and bustle... There was no music during my massage...and it wasn't the poshiest of places...but! I will say it was one of the best massages I've had. so..if you're looking for a good massage...I recommend the swedish, deep tissue massage...a good price and close to town.
But if you're looking for a spoiling and poshy day out...this would not be the place. The Hepburn Spa resort in peppers will be the next one I try.... For $45 on the week-end...you can get a pass to enjoy the whole retreat
It was a rainy day...but we still wanted to get out and explore. The Covenant Gallery was a nice break to the day. It was interesting and not your normal gallery. It was multi level floored..and was the old convent with a ton of different rooms, showing the old...and also the new.
It was a display of the old convent...along with new paintings.
the cafe was also a nice spot for an afternoon tea....
This is one of the hardest areas to bike ride! The hills are huge in this area...and we were dying. The hills felt like they were at 90 degree angle...maybe we weren't good shape back then?
We ended up touring along the city of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs...and they have good bike trails along the way.
Bill went golfing for the day while I went to the spa. It was not the most impressive golf course, quite brown and not well kept...but cheap and enjoyable, just the same.
We ended up riding our bikes close to sundown to see twenty kangaroos grouped together on the course...it was so neat to see.
During the January lavender harvest at Lavandula, they also had costumed dancers doing morris dancing, and in another part of the huge garden/property, a group of young people playing some african drums and percussion instruments very well.
The Morris Dancing was rather nice to watch and helped set the European atmosphere perfectly.
I also visited the Festival again in Jan 2005 and 2006...and enjoyed it immensely again on both other occasions.
During our wild weekend with Anne12 in Hepburn, we took a drive out to Lavendula Lavender Farm, which is a wonderful little afternoon spot. Although there were clouds coming over the horizon with rain written all over them, AussieDoug, Sarah, Anne and I trekked out to the farm to get the smell of fresh lavender in our noses before the rain came in. We were lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful day in the fields, without a single drop falling on our head.
There are several different fields of lavender, and also a great rose garden. There would be plenty of places for bridal portraits, and there were several couples walking around looking for the place to take the perfect photo.
There is also a good little cafe located here on the farm, but you will read more about that in the restaurant tips!
Gold miners built this tunnel through a quartz reef between the 1850s & 1870s. It was built to divert Sailors Creek so they could scour the creek bed for gold. There is an impressive little waterfall to see when the creek is full.
The Blowhole is a short jaunt from the carpark and there is a plaque with more details of the tunnel. It is easy to get to and a quick stop for a pretty sight.
The Blowhole is part of Hepburn Regional Park,"... which is nestled around the famous mineral springs townships of Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs. The Park contains natural mineral springs and significant relics of the gold mining era, all set in delightful bush surroundings. Each season provides a different experience, with spring being a time of activity, growth and colour." You can check the website below for details on the walks and other areas of the park.
My favorite stop during our weekend in Hepburn Springs was the Lavandula Lavender farm. It was the end of November and the lavender was gorgeous. I could have spent all day exploring and enjoying the farm. You could run around in the lavender fields that also had some beautiful flowers growing in different colors, have a bite to eat (the famous lavender scones) at the cafe, check out the animals, explore the art gallery, or shop in the large gift shop.
I did buy some lavender products in the shop. A lavender bubble bath for $12.50 that smells great and bubbles well and a hand soap for $9.50 and foot soak for $4.
As I mentioned, the lavender scones were very tasty with just a subtle hint of lavender. See my pictures for a shot of Anne & the scones.
Entry fees: $3 Adult, $1 Students , Under 13 Free , Dogs on leashes are welcome.
Hours: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Daily 1 September - 2 July
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Check the website below for a full menu, product list, and special event information (the harvest times in January look pretty fun).
It also seems to be a popular and lovely place for a wedding, so check the wedding details on the website if you are in need of a wedding location!
Yes, this is the official title of "Lavandula", (well the Swiss Italian Farm bit not the Aussie Bush bit. lol! That was my addition)but I think everyone just refers to it as "The Lavender Farm" as this is what strikes you most about it.
Mark, Sarah, Anne & I visited here Saturday morning after brekkie @ The Boathouse Cafe in nearby Daylesford. I had read about it not only on Anne's Vt pages, but also a couple of others so was quite looking forward to it.
Now the master of understatement swings into action. This place is just gorgeous. You could easily while away a few hours or more here just wandering around, discovering all the different flowers, visiting the artist's residence, saying hello to the scarecrow & if you're like me taking some photos of Mother Goose & here little Goslings. Wish my girls had been there to see them. Donkeys too were just down in the next door paddock from the Geese.
But, there's more & I'll add "La Trattoria" as a restaurant tip & of course, "The Barn" needs to be mentioned, where you actually enter & pay your $3 entrance fee & where you can also buy lots of interesting products including their own lotions etc produced in what they call the "Stillroom". I bought a few things including some After Shave Lotion for me, Sleepy Time Lotion to rub on the hands, neck & soles of the feet of my girls to help them relax & go to sleep (much needed I can tell you!) & a small container of Lavender Balm & Tea Tree Balm for minor scratches, bites, burns (including sunburn). I like the fact that these things were hand made on the premises from lavender grown here on the farm.
Have a squiz at their website where they give you all the interesting historical background information to not only this place, but also the area in general.
I thoroughly recommend a visit here for a treat for all the senses.
Russell Petherbridge has been playing with mental for many years.
His passion has turned into am amazing business and Sculpture Park in the woods of Yandoit just out of Hepburn.
Here you can wander through the gardens and find works of art, or just sit and take in the fantastic views over the farm lands.
There is also a cottaage in the gardens with a display of Russell's art work.
Cricket Willow was the dream of a local Shepherd's flat family.
The Tinetti family are the 5th generation that have been on the land in this area.
This is the only facility where you can see the process of a cricket bat being made from the willow timber to the finished bat.
You can play cricket.
Watch the bats being made.
Have a cuppa at the Cafe' while the kids play.
Have a game of pool and much more.
Open 10.30 to 5.30 weekends
Group bookings available.