Fancy a chauffeured trip through the magnificent forest in Central Highlands? Where here is your chance and at a giveaway price. The Daylesford Spa Country Railway is a volunteer run railway that operates for the love of the trains. You can board at the railway station in Raglan Street where the Sunday Market operates.
It is the perfect attraction to enjoy once you have finished your market shopping and only takes around 35 minutes. You get to travel through the beautiful scenic countryside and forests of the Central Highlands in one of their restored Victorian Railways railmotors. Your travels take you along the top of the range traverses open farmland and thick forest, passing the sites of ancient volcanos and little communities established in the gold rush era. It is inexpensive and operates every Sunday.
If you are after something a bit more classy try the Silver Streak which is a food and wine train offering the unique opportunity to enjoy the nostalgia of yesteryear on a catered train journey through the Musk Forest in a 1970s DRC (Diesel Rail Car) Enjoy live music as you roll along the track with glass in hand (sparkling, wine, beer, soft drink) and delightful finger food served by the hospitality team of the Daylesford Spa Country Railway. All aboard!
16-18 Raglan St, Daylesford VIC 3460 Open on Sundays
Daylesford & Hepburn Springs have a reputation for being expensive. Not actually true as the full spectrum of pricing applies to the region. If you want to spend a lot the towns will accommodate but if you only want to spend a little the town can accommodate you as well.
One of the most popular free outings is the Daylesford Market. Hundreds upon hundreds of people visit this market every week. You can spend a good hour or more perusing the many stalls on offer ranging from handmade soaps, to cakes to clothing. Plenty of arty stuff, second-hand goods, and rare tools. Parking is FREE.
After the Market take a drive to the Daylesford Lake. A walk around this beautiful lake takes around 45 minutes and the views are stunning. Plenty of birdlife to admire and you may see people fishing on the water’s edge. Please don’t swim in the lake as the waters are deep, cold and dangerous.
Prefer a less busy lake then drive to Lake Jubilee. Not quite as large as the previous lake but just as stunning. The path can be a bit slippery so where sensible shoes. It only takes around 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. It is located within the camping park.
Finally do try the mineral waters. Not for everyone but you must try them at least once. The mineral pumps are at both lakes, the Hepburn Reserve and several other more secluded locations. Best of all they are free and reputed to have health giving properties.