Our latest jaunt from Melbourne was to the Daylesford area. We started in the town of Daylesford, walking up and down Vincent St admiring the period buildings (and cars).
We then drove to the botanic gardens where we lunched at Wombat Hill House and admired the views and lovely autumn leaves.
Next we headed to Central Springs and sampled some of the natural spring water (I’d recommend buying this brand instead) and then walked around Lake Daylesford where we had hot chocolate (and complimentary mandarins) at the Bookbarn café. The lake is also a lovely place for a picnic if you bring your own food and don’t mind sharing your space with ducks.
The next morning we ran into the Daylesford Sunday Markets on our way out of town. The stalls sold a whole range of things from handmade earrings to rusty nails to bags of potatoes, and reminded us of the markets we loved in our previous home of Newcastle.
Although much smaller than the one at Daylesford, we were also able to stop in at the Trentham market at the old train station which is only held once a month.
Our last stop before heading home was the much larger (it seems) town of Kyneton. We were headed to Inner Biscuit but unfortunately felt too full from breakfast to eat anything. It looked lovely, though, as did many other boutiques, cafes and restaurants on Piper Street.
At only around 75 minutes from the city, we will definitely be heading back to the Daylesford area for a fix of fresh air, country roads and tranquility without having to sacrifice good food and shopping.