Daylesford, just 108km northwest of Melbourne, is a spa town. Lying at the base of mountains known as the Great Dividing Range, the area has long been a healing centre because of its mineral-water springs. Daylesford also offers restaurants, galleries, boutiques and gardens. For your stay in Daylesford, we recommend the following hotels:
Fewer than 3,000 people live in Daylesford, but the town is famous with soaking enthusiasts. Several hot-water spas can be found in town, as well as in nearby Hepburn Springs. The Daylesford Spa Country Railway links some of the facilities. Visitors can fill their bottles with mineral water at Lake Daylesford. The town is close to Wombat State Forest, home of the spot-tailed quoll and other interesting wildlife; and the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, perched on an extinct volcano.
The Convent Gallery, in a stately 19th century home on the garden grounds, features three floors of art exhibits and a sculpture park. A panoramic vista is the reward for climbing the Pioneers Lookout Tower atop Wombat Hill. Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is a picturesque former dairy operation with European-style gardens and 19th century stone buildings. The 16km Tipperary Walking Track passes through patches of forest and leads to mineral springs. Among other area activities are kayaking at Jubilee Lake and paddleboating at Lake Daylesford.
Melbourne Airport has four terminals, including one for international travellers. Driving from there to Daylesford takes less than an hour and a half ( Rant a Car Services are available ), on any of four highways connecting the sites. Trains and buses are alternatives.
If you want to stay near to Adelaide Airport you have many options, for example:
- Best Western Airport Motel & Convention Centre
- Quality Hotel Melbourne Airport
- Airport Tourist Village Melbourne
- Ciloms Airport Lodge Melbourne
Daylesford experiences lower temperatures and more rain than Melbourne. Average daily highs are 37C in the summer and 9C in the winter. Rainfall totals about 870mm annually.
Visitors can tour and stay in Daylesford for less than $130 per day, if they camp or get an inexpensive room. Lodging ranges from $20 for a dorm bed to $250 for a pricey hotel. Daily meals cost as little as $20.