Mount Macedon and Hanging Rock are part of a 6 million year old dormant volcano. The region also has the largest concentration of natural mineral springs in Australia.
Daylesford is a spa town located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, within the Shire of Hepburn, Victoria, approximately 115 km north-west of Melbourne. It's located between Castlemaine and Creswick, within a region that contains Australia's largest concentration of natural mineral springs. Daylesford's opulence dates back to the 1850s, when people from all over the world rushed to the area to find gold. Granite, bluestone and sandstone buildings were left behind which give towns a touche of grandeur.
Many of Daylesford's streets are lined with deciduous trees that erupt into a blaze of colour during the autumn season. The Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, which were first established in 1863, are situated on an extinct volcano and are a short walk east of the town centre. South of Daylesford is Sailor's Falls, a 30 metre cascade of water into a deep gorge.
Daylesford is a notable tourist destination with numerous spa’s, restaurants and galleries alongside the many gardens and country-house-conversion styled bed and breakfasts. Hepburn Springs to the north, is known for its natural spring mineral spas.
The region is best known for its historic stone buildings, boutique cellar doors, fresh farm produce, exquisite gardens, art galleries, restaurants and cafes serving the best of local produce, and world class nurseries and private gardens that are open to the public. Discover the natural beauty of the Macedon Ranges Regional Park and Hanging Rock.