Welcome to Daylesford & Hepburn Springs
Even if you don’t indulge in a spa treatment, there are plenty of great walks, a fabulous foodie scene and remnants of an arty, alternative vibe. The local population is an interesting blend of New Agers and old-timers, and there’s also a thriving gay and lesbian scene here.
The health-giving properties of the area’s mineral springs were first claimed back in the 1870s, attracting droves of fashionable Melburnians. The well-preserved and restored buildings show the prosperity of these towns, as well as the lasting influence of the many Swiss-Italian miners who came to work the tunnel mines in the surrounding hills.