“Many menus have vegetarian and gluten-free options, and there’s plenty of local wine to test your palate.”- Linsey Rendell, Broadsheet

Need a change of pace? With natural mineral springs and excellent farm-to-table fare, Daylesford has plenty to offer those looking to spend a weekend in low gear.

Once you’ve dipped your toe in the waters of Spa Country, it’s easy to see why the region draws so many tree-changers.

A strong cohort of Swiss-Italians migrated here during the 1852 gold rush, and a smattering of their architectural and gastronomic influences still remain. In the 150 years since, the idyllic landscape has inspired many potters, painters and producers.

The rich earth – Wombat Hill and Mt Franklin are both extinct volcanoes – is ideal for farming, and encourages a focus on local produce. Many menus have vegetarian and gluten-free options, and there’s plenty of local wine to test your palate. When asked, always say yes to sparkling water – 80 per cent of Australia’s mineral springs are situated here.

Featuring: Wombat Hill House, Mercato, Lake House, Istra Smallgoods, Cliffy’s Emporium, Passing Clouds Winery, Belvedere Social, and the Daylesford Hotel.

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ARTICLE & IMAGE BY LINSEY RENDELL, BROADSHEET