Weekender Guide to Daylesford

Make your way to the perfect place to unwind, pamper yourself, or simply enjoy the surrounding natural attractions. Close enough for a day trip from Melbourne, Daylesford is still far enough away (both in a physical and spiritual sense!) to be the perfect escape from your daily routine.



From Melbourne, the Hume, Calder and Western highways and the Tullamarine Freeway all lead to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Once you're there, an extensive network of peaceful back roads weave through the region to the essential indulgences of wineries, art galleries, country pubs and cafes, and secluded B&B cottages.

Public Transport

V/line have several train lines that service the area. Local bus companies travel between all the major towns and stop at all the region's train stations.

To learn more about what Daylesford has to offer, we had a chat with Natasha Morgan, Daylesford enthusiast and proud property owner of Oak and Monkey Puzzle. Natasha says it’s a dream in the making, a place that incorporates her background in landscape architecture, passion for talented local artisans and the sharing of their unique skills.



  • Perfect Drop - Lamb shoulder, pomme anna, onion marmalade, jus with hand-picked wine
  • Larder - Farmhouse museli with poached tamarillos and pannacotta
  • Surly Goat in Hepburn Springs - Barramundi fillter with panzarella salad
  • Danny’s Farm stall at the Daylesford Sunday Market -  Portugese custard tarts and pulled pork rolls, grown, raise and made by Danny on his Blampied farm.



  • Belvedere Social in Daylesford for a stunning seasonal craft cocktail in the courtyard on a summers evening with house speciality cheese gougeres


If you're in the area, check out our events for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2018:



  • Manteau Noir in Daylesford for the most beautiful store in the region 
  • An artisan workshop at Oak and Monkey Puzzle in Spargo Creek incorporating a 2 course kitchen garden lunch set in the estate’s productive garden.



Related Events


Crop to Cup, Specialty Coffee Tasting and Talk

Meet the roasters, baristas & farmers behind the coffee in your cup

Kodama Coffee, Williamstown


What's on the Barbecue Block Party

Whole hog served Tex-Mex style in a West Footscray block party

Harley and Rose, West Footscray


Barrels and Prosciutto

Pizzini pop-up cellar door with barrel tastings plus fabulous salumi bar

Project Forty Nine, Collingwood


Dinner at Our House - with Anthony Myint

Founder of the The Perennial and Mission Chinese in San Francisco with a Zero Foodprint vision

House of Food and Wine - Hotel, Melbourne