Can you have a cheap day out in Daylesford?

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.


A free treat is always the best

Got up early in the morning and headed out for a walk. August is the coldest month in Victoria so you need to rug up. For me that is a bright thick coat, thick gloves and thick pants. On this occasion I had just finished a 25 minute and was approaching the driveway when I heard something moving through the grass. I thought it was a local cat but was delighted when a koala bound up the tree next to me.
It was a small tree so he was judging how much of a threat I was and whether to go higher or drop and run. Always respect wildlife. It is a great experience to see them but don’t get close and never attempt to touch them. I just stood there admiring him while he checked me out. I pulled out my phone while I spoke to him in a soothing voice and took a couple of shots (never use a flash). After I finished I thanked him and walked off giving him plenty of space so he felt safe then left him to get on with life.
Speaking of free treats if you are driving around Tower Hill keep an eye out for emus. You will see an emu or two if you drive into Tower Hill but they also spend a lot of time on the sides of the road. These magnificent birds are a fantastic treat and if you catch them when they have their young following it will really make your day.