With rolling hills and stunning scenery the natural qualities of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs provide the ideal setting for outdoor delights.
By day there is the beauty of the Australian bush. And at night, step outside to enjoy nature’s magical light show - a stunning night sky, free from the light pollution of the city.
While you are here make sure to bring some empty bottles to fill at one of the myriad mineral springs. These healing waters rise out of an ancient volcanic basin, millions of years old, each with their own unique healing properties. Of the 110 known mineral springs in Victoria almost 70 per cent are located in and around Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.
The volcanic history of the region makes for stunning rock formations and deep gorges. Take a walk through the Hepburn Regional Park following Jim Crow Creek as it winds its way through steep forested gullies from Lake Daylesford to Breakneck Gorge, along the way you will pass Tipperary Springs mineral water and the Blow Hole.
A few kilometres further south is Sailor's Falls - a 30m of water into a deep gorge, surrounded by a forested reserve.
Mt Franklin, just 10 minutes to the north, is a special place for a picnic. The last time this ancient volcano erupted it blew out one side of the crater, which is exactly the way the road travels through so that once inside you are surrounded by the rim of the volcano.
Hepburn Mineral Springs
There are an abundance of mineral water reserves in the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs region that offer free access to natural sparkling mineral water. Many of the reserves have been established to protect the springs and to provide a variety of recreational activities for the whole family
Hepburn Springs houses many natural springs and some are listed below:
Lithia Mineral Spring,
Hendersons Mineral Spring,
Golden Mineral Spring, and
Argyle Mineral Spring
Mt Franklin offers picturesque views of Hepburn Springs and abundant picnic spots. Mt Franklin is an extinct volcano located seven kilometres north of Hepburn Springs.
To summit Mt Franklin summit is a two kilometre walk around an hour return. Mt Franklin also boasts multiple camping sites and is suitable for all ages.
Tipperary Walking Track
The Tipperary Walking Track winds through the Hepburn Regional Park. The Tipperary Track is sixteen kilometres from Lake Daylesford to Hepburn Springs Reserve. The walk can be broken down into smaller sections as below:
Lake Daylesford – Twin Bridges: 1.3km -20 minutes
Twin Bridges – Tipperary Spring: 2.3km – 40 minutes
Tipperary Spring – Bryces Flat: 3.3km – 1 hour
Bryces Flat – The Blowhole : 1.3km – 1 hour
The Blowhole – Breakneck Gorge: 3.1 km – 1 hour
Breakneck Gorge – Golden Spring: 2.2 km – 40 minutes
Golden Spring – Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve (via Jacksons Lookout): 2.8km – 50 minutes
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve – Argyle Spring: 1.4 km – 25 minutes
Sailors Falls – Twin bridges: 6.5km – 2 hours
Please check the Parks Victoria Website before you embark on any walk at www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/hepburn-r.p/things-to-do/walks
Jubilee Lake is a minutes’ drive from the centre of Daylesford providing a natural haven for the local wildlife and bushwalkers alike.
Wombat State Forest
The Wombat State Forest is located just outside of Daylesford. The forest spans 70,000 hectares of flora reserve set aside for recreation. There are many drives and bushwalking trails through the forest.
The Goldfields Track
The Goldfields Track stretches 210kms from Bendigo to Mt Buninyong and Bacchus Marsh and forms part of the Great Dividing Trail. The Trail comprises three smaller tracks; The Wallaby, Leangan, and Dry Diggings Tracks. The Goldfields Track is a natural bush track with paths clearly marked. The walk showcases the natural beauty of the region as well as attractions such as wineries, cafes, restaurants and day spas – as regional cities and townships are always close by and worth a stop and a stay. Daylesford marks the intersection of the Dry Diggins and Wallaby Track providing a well deserved resting point.
Please visit www.goldfieldstrack.com.au for more information and before you embark on your walk.
Great Dividing Trail Association
Hepburn Regional Park
The Hepburn Regional Park hosts many of the famous mineral springs of the region and relics of the gold mining era, all set in delightful bush surroundings. Natural features that are a must see for visitors and local alike include: Jacksons Lookout, Mt Franklin Reserve, and of course the natural springs.
Lake Daylesford is a short stroll from the town centre providing a natural haven for locals, visitors and wildlife alike.
Lake Daylesford offers fishing, canoeing, bushwalking, bird-watching, latte-sipping at the cafe, playground for the kids, tranquil views of the lake, BBQ facilities, recreational swimming, and a myriad of other activities. Located just off the Lake Daylesford circuit are some of the regions famous mineral springs reserves.
The Three Lost Children Walk
The Three Lost Children Walk is homage to three young boys who went missing in 1867. The walk spans 15km one way starting in Daylesford, passing through the Hepburn Regional Park and finishing in the Wombat State Forest. The 6 hour walk showcases the rich gold mining history of the region. For further information and advice before commencing the walk please visit www.dse.gov.au or the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre located at 98 Vincent Street Daylesford.
Daylesford Mineral Springs
There are an abundance of mineral water reserves in the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs region that offer free access to natural sparkling mineral water. Many of the reserves have been established to protect the springs and to provide a variety of recreational activities for the whole family.
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens
Established on a volcanic hill that provides spectacular views of Daylesford and surrounding countryside, Wombat Hill Botanic Garden’s story stretches back to the Gold Rush era and continues to charm with its towering trees, shaded avenues and rolling lawns.