Set in the scenic Macedon Ranges 110km north of Melbourne, Hepburn Springs and the adjoining town of Daylesford
can be considered the spa centre of Australia. Together the two towns boast half of the nation’s known mineral springs which arise from a 450-million-year-old volcanic basin.
Hepburn Springs Spa Complex in Mineral Springs Reserve has spas, saunas, flotation tanks and massage therapy. The Tipperary Walking Track will take you from here to Lake Daylesford. The School of Mines in Daylesford was built in 1890 to teach miners the skills of deep-lead mining.
This historic building now houses Daylesford Historical Society Museum, which has a remarkable pioneer collection. In the area are spectacular waterfalls, volcanic landscapes and forest drives.
Image: Hepburn Springs, Tourism Victoria
Things to do
Hepburn Springs Spa Complex - open weekdays 10 am to 8 pm, and 9 am to 8 pm on weekends. Aero spas with essential oils, flotation tanks, indoor pool and spa
Mineral Springs - springs can be found everywhere so take your bottles with you.
In the area
Daylesford Information Centre - Vincent St, Daylesford 10 am to 4pm
Convent Gallery - Daly St Daylesford a former convent now converted to a gallery with gardens and café. Open 10 am to 6 pm
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens - Daylesford with picnic areas and lookout tower
Historical Society Museum - Daylesford in Vincent St, open weekends, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Lake Daylesford - with Lake Jubilee for boats,canoes and walking trails
Central Highlands Tourist Railway - and Sunday market at the train station
Mt Franklin - a volcanic crater with picnic area and horse-riding ranches. 10 km