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Daylesford Weekend Escape

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A March 2005 trip to Daylesford by ggcahill

The Villa Photo, Daylesford, Australia More Photos
Quote: We wanted a quiet weekend away with friends and chose Daylesford in heart of spa country, but also home of the ChillOut Festival. It is in a beautiful part of Victoria with the added attraction of mineral spas.

Daylesford Weekend Escape

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The view! Photo, Daylesford, Australia
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Visit the Hepburn Spa for some serious pampering. Enjoy a coffee at the Daylesford Lake Boathouse. Visit Lavandula lavender farm, 5km out of Hepburn Springs. Check out the art works at the old convent, but keep your hands in your pockets ( for army surplus clothing was a bit steep!).Quick Tips: The is a reasonably good track around the lake. Go for a walk around the Daylesford Lake or take bikes and go for a pedal. Hepburn Springs is a short ride down the road from Daylesford. Unfortunately, what goes down must eventually go back up. The return ride was more of a chore!Best Way To Get Around: Walk around the town, cycle around the lake, drive to nearby attractions such as Lavandula l...Read More
The Villa Photo, Daylesford, Australia
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The villa was ideal for two couples (villa 1 was a one-bedroom villa). The two bedrooms upstairs were large and comfortable. One of the bedrooms had a view of the lake.

The villa had a full kitchen with dishwasher and breakfast supplies were provided (milk, coffee, cereal, bread, butter, eggs... etc.).

The bathroom had a large double-spa bath. Very nice! The downstairs lounge area had a pot-bellied stove in one corner and very comfortable couches. A television with VCR was also supplied. The outside balcony was large enough for a meals area for the four of us. It was a very pleasant place to sit for meals, with a nice view of the lake through the trees.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

The Convent

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Attraction

The convent Photo, Daylesford, Australia
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The convent building dates back to the 1860s gold rush and was originally the private residence of the gold commissioner. It was purchased by the Catholic church in the 1880s and was deemed appropriate for nuns and boarders in 1892. It was purchased by a local artist in 1988 and now houses seven individual art galleries, a large retail area, a penthouse, and two function rooms. It still has the original chapel and is used, with the function rooms, for weddings. The art galleries are worth a look. The entrance fee was $4.50 and was about right, given the range of artwork on display. There was a tiny museum in the cellar devoted to the convent days, with pictures of school life for the b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

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Attraction

The dairy. Photo, Daylesford, Australia
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As the name suggests, this is a lavender farm with links to Swiss/Italian culture. The stone buildings date back to the 1850s. The buildings have been restored and contain an eclectic collection of memorabilia gathered by the family over the years. Five generations of the Tinetti family worked this farm before it changed hands to Carol White, who organised the restoration of the stone buildings on the site. The farm has a gift shop, still room (for lavendar oil used in "potions"), and cafe. The are ample shady trees, and visitors are able to bring their own picnic lunches and enjoy the shady grassed areas. They can, of course, book into the Trattoria for lunch or follow their lunch with a cappuc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

ChillOut Festival

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The big parade. Photo, Daylesford, Australia
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We were not warned. Our romantic weekend escape to Daylesford coincided with one of the largest gay and lesbian festivals in the world. Same-gender couples were overtly affectionate, and the town of Daylesford (and the surrounding area) was solidly booked. There were some sights to be seen, but for those who have children or are a little sensitive, it might be wise to check the calendar before making a booking to spa country. Activities included a parade, golf tournament, bush stroll, music, food, wine, and cabarets. We were able to enjoy ourselves without participating in these events. However, there were some awkward moments before we caught on to the whole rainbow ribbon/flag thing! We were w...Read More

Cricket Willow

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Willow Bats Photo, Daylesford, Australia
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Cricket Willow is the home of the Australian Cricket bat. Features include a magnificent cricket oval and pavilion, cricket bat workshop, and willow nursery. The building on the site also contained an extensive collection of cricket memorabilia. Cricket souvenirs were available for sale. The cafe was fully licensed and very quiet on the day we were there. Although the brochures mention a charge for entry, no charge was levied on the day we were there. We were invited to look around and offered help with the exhibitions if needed. The historic memorabilia and the other exhibits were pretty much self-explanatory, with ample signage to explain each item. The displays covered the construction of cri...Read More