Weekender Guide to Daylesford

Published on June 22 2018.

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.


  • Bistro Terrior - Duck with braised lentils and beetroots, followed by the most delicious macarons made with Natasha Morgan signature syrup ganaches

  • Trentham General in Trentham - Creamy porridge with autumnal poached fruit and molasses

  • Frank and Connies in Hepburn Springs - The famous slow roasted lamb ribs with Chimmichurri

  • Sault Restaurant in Sailors Falls - Lavendar smoked duck breast, quince aioli, pickled walnut and bitter leaves

  • Kazuki's Restaurant in Daylesford - the incredible 5 or 7 course tasting menu with matched wine and sake for a truly special experience


  • Atelier Botanica spice organic chai, tea and latte blends available from Manteau Noir

  • The Little Coffee Company coffee and Grounded Pleasures hot chocolate along with the most sumptuous patissier made pastries at Peddling Pastries in Castlemaine 

  • Passing Clouds Cellar door in Musk overlooking the vines


  • Manteau Noir in Daylesford for the most beautiful store experience in the region  
  • A special full day workshop at Oak and Monkey Puzzle in Spargo Creek incorporating a 2 course kitchen garden lunch set in the estate’s productive garden