Daylesford has a lake, really?

Naive, stupid, both? Maybe, but I didn’t know Daylesford had a lake. I didn’t even know it was a main attraction for Victoria. I had driven through a couple of times on the way to a vacation destination but was not drawn to stop. It was until I was involved with a workshop being run in the town that someone mentioned Lake Daylesford.

We had both arrived early for the workshop and I was invited for a coffee at the lake. What lake I asked? The one you drive over she replied. In my defence you do not actually drive over the lake. It is actually off to the left down a road and can’t really be seen from the road but I did feel rather naive. Especially since I had driven past it at least four times and not even noticed. Worse still there are actually two lakes that I didn’t know about in Daylesford.

Arriving at the lake I was astounded that the town had such a beautiful lake with a restaurant that extended out over the water (unfortunately it burnt down but there are plans for its resurrection). It was magic sitting on the deck sipping on coffee and relaxing before the course commenced. Truth be told I never completed the course but it led me to discovering the wonders of Daylesford where I eventually bought a property and stayed there for a very enjoyable period of my life.

So now I know there is a lake (two actually), you know there is a lake and if you can – tell your friends. Something not to be missed even if you are just driving through.

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.