Located in Victoria's Spa Country is the small town of Daylesford. The area was first settled for its rich fields of alluvial gold. When the gold eventually ran out, the Swiss-Italian settlers turned their attention to the numerous mineral springs bubbling around them. It has carved out a niche as the place to be if you want a pampering.
Daylesford is all about relaxation. The primary attractions in the area are Daylesford's many day spas. Many of these can be found in the centre of town just by walking around.
Daylesford Lake covers the land where gold was first found in 1851. A dam was built in 1929 and since then has provided a popular spot for water recreation. You can hire paddle boats at the Lake House Café, and fishing is also allowed.
At the south-eastern edge of town lies Jubilee Lake, constructed in the 1900s to supply water for the goldfields. It is now a popular boating, picnicking and swimming spot. There is a walking track that leads around the lake.
There are quite a few wineries in the Macedon Ranges, with over 40 cellar doors around the region. Some of the most popular are Curly Flat Winery, Granite Hills Winery and Hanging Rock Winery. Captains Creek Organic Wines is a small winery producing excellent organic wines.
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens are nice gardens with an elegant character, located on Central Springs Road in Daylesford.
Travelling out of Melbourne, take the Western Highway to Ballan, then head north on the Ballan-Daylesford Road. Alternatively, travel north on the Calder Freeway and turn off at Woodend to head east towards Daylesford. The journey from Melbourne should take roughly 90 minutes and is well signposted.
V/Line offers regular coach services to Daylesford from regional centres. From Melbourne, you will need to catch a train at Southern Cross station to either Woodend, Ballarat or Castlemaine and then transfer to a bus. Total travel time is at least 2 hours.
There are quite a few good cafés and restaurants in Daylesford.
The Macedon Ranges are home to many great wineries, and you will notice quite a few cafés and wine bars serving local labels.
There is a comprehensive selection of luxury accommodation options in Daylesford.
Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
The Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre can be found at 98 Vincent St and is open from 9-5 daily. Tel: (03) 5321 6123
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