Goldfields region Victoria

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Joy Walker

Goldfields region Victoria

Staying at Goldfield Glamping you are in the heart of the goldfields and spa country!

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Accommodation

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Goldfield Glamping
Joy:The best glamping site around for adults only. Boutique glamping with just 5 tents, each with their own private bathroom and bbq. Some things just aren't for sharing. The fire pit is the place to be communal where you can share a glass of wine and toast marshmallows (weather permitting).
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Wineries

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Captains Creek Organic Wines
Joy:One of our favourite wineries in the area. You can taste at the cellar door or have a fabulous lunch. Its a little bit further than we normally like to send people as its in Blampied, but its worth the drive! Doug and Carolyn are fabulous hosts too
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Guildford Vineyard & Cellar
Joy:The closest winery to Goldfield Glamping. The wine is good and if you can book ahead and have a long lunch you won't need to eat again that evening! Definitely worth booking (this should be under places to eat but its a winery!)
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Daylesford Cider Company
Joy:A tasting paddle is a great way to taste all the ciders on offer. Wood fired pizzas are fantastic and its lovely to play games in the garden on a warm day
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Passing Clouds
Joy:A fabulous winery with both a cellar door and dining room open from Thursday to Sunday. We haven't yet visited the dining room (we've never got past the cellar door) but we're looking forward to trying and have had great reviews from guests
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Activities

Things to do that aren't just about food

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Secret Forest Walks
Joy:Book a secret forest walk and you won't be disappointed. You'll be directed to places that you probably wouldn't have found yourself or have the fun of a treasure hunt. GPS guided, self paced, the best way to see some hidden treasures in the area. https://secretforestwalks.com
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The Mill Castlemaine
Joy:A visit to The Mill, Castlemaine can be a short or long. From the Vintage Bizarre to the brewery, via chocolate, ice cream and wine. You can spend hours wandering the amazing spaces, buy antiques and curiosities, modern art and your weekly vegetables all in the same complex of mill buildings. Go for a wander, you don't want to miss any of it!
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Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
Joy:You can choose the level of bathing you want in either the bathhouse or upgrade to the Sanctuary (our particular favourite). The Sanctuary has a number of bathing options including a fabulous Salt and Magnesium round pool where you can float looking up at the domed roof. Wake yourself up again with a cool down plunge and bath by the creek in the tranquil pool.
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Spa + Beauty Hepburn Springs
Joy:My absolute favourite place for a facial! Lots of other treatments available that I'm yet to try but if the facial is anything to go by, they'll be amazing
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Renewal Massage Daylesford
Joy:I can recommend the hot stones massage at Renewal Massage Daylesford. Massage is such a personal thing but this is a little hidden gem. They can provide couples massages or individuals. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment
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endota spa Daylesford
Joy:Endota provides the top quality spa experience you'd expect in Daylesford. They have a long list of treatments and as a larger spa, its often easier to get in if you haven't planned well ahead
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Towns and Villages

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Guildford
Joy:A tiny village with a shop, cafe and pub. The big tree is pretty big too!
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Daylesford
Joy:Bustling centre of the area with lots of shops, cafes and day spas.
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Hepburn Springs
Joy:The spa capital with some amazing restaurants and don’t forget the bathhouse!
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Newstead
Joy:A small village that punches above its weight! Two cafes - we love them both Dig (great pizzas) and The Blackbird (fab breakfasts). Newstead Live (music festival) over Australia Day weekend gets the place buzzing.
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Maldon
Joy:Australia’s first notable town (not sure what that means but it’s certainly worth visiting). It’s like stepping back in time. Some lovely shops and cafes
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Our favourite restaurants

All the best places to eat

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Sault Restaurant Daylesford
Joy:Our absolute favourite restaurant! Located on Daylesford Ballan Road, Sailors Falls, its 5 minutes from Daylesford toward Ballan. Amazing food and great service. Choice of a la carte or degustation menu. Booking is highly recommended as they sometimes close for private functions.
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Wombat Hill House
Joy:A cafe located in the middle of Daylesfords Botanic Gardens. Cosy inside, a conservatory and outdoor eating area for all weather. Not table service, so order at the counter but worth doing.
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Farmers Arms Hotel Daylesford
Joy:Fantastic pub food. Get in early on a Saturday night or chill in the bar whilst waiting for a table
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Frank and Connie's Kitchen
Joy:Book early to avoid disappointment. We love the feed me menu, which is substantial. Located on the main street in Hepburn Springs
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The Surly Goat
Joy:Best to book. Great food and atmosphere. Located off the main road in Hepburn Springs
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Larder Daylesford
Joy:Busy cafe in the centre of Daylesford. Great coffee! Very Melbourne vibe
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Boathouse Daylesford
Joy:with a fabulous view of the lake. Sometimes a challenge to get parked on warm days as it shares the car park with visitors to the lake. Enjoy a walk around the lake before eating to work up an appetite. Great spot and good food.
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Run, Rabbit, Run
Joy:Great breakfast favourite in Castlemaine
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The Blackbird Newstead
Joy:A new cafe thats well worth a visit! The food is fabulous and the owners are so warm and friendly. The building itself if fascinating if you can take your eyes off your fabulous food.
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Cliffy's
Joy:Sit outside to watch the world go by. Near Daylesford Sunday market
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Guildford Vineyard & Cellar
Joy:Book a long lunch! The food is amazing and you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day
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Captains Creek Organic Wines
Joy:Great wine, great food and great people! Book for lunch. Located in Blampied.

Wanderguide map

  1. Goldfield Glamping
  2. Passing Clouds
  3. Captains Creek Organic Wines
  4. Guildford Vineyard & Cellar
  5. Daylesford Cider Company
  6. Passing Clouds
  7. Secret Forest Walks
  8. The Mill Castlemaine
  9. Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
  10. Spa + Beauty Hepburn Springs
  11. Renewal Massage Daylesford
  12. endota spa Daylesford
  13. Guildford
  14. Daylesford
  15. Hepburn Springs
  16. Newstead
  17. Maldon
  18. Sault Restaurant Daylesford
  19. Wombat Hill House
  20. Farmers Arms Hotel Daylesford
  21. Frank and Connie's Kitchen
  22. The Surly Goat
  23. Larder Daylesford
  24. Boathouse Daylesford
  25. Run, Rabbit, Run
  26. The Blackbird Newstead
  27. Cliffy's
  28. Guildford Vineyard & Cellar
  29. Captains Creek Organic Wines

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