Melbourne is all about all about culture, sport, shopping and armloads of understated charm. Its grid-like streets are a breeze to navigate, and there are plentiful public transport options including free trams within the CBD. Museums and leafy parks abound while the 24-hour city centre, lively markets and thriving shopping strips more than compensate for a lack of glittering harbour. World-class sporting competitions are held year-round, in capacious facilities such as the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Revitalising Victorians since the 1930s, Daylesford started life as a gold rush settlement. After the boom, Daylesford was reinvented as a fashionable spa resort and to this day, remains one of the state’s best places to be pampered. There are over 30 day spas and wellness centres within its boundaries, while neighbouring Hepburn Springs with its Swiss-Italian heritage brims with European-style health retreats.
Melbourne and Daylesford can be easily incorporated into a tailor-made Australia holiday.
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Check out the latest exhibits at the National Gallery of Victoria or trawl the stalls of vibrant Queen Victoria Market. Board the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel for extraordinary city views or head to the top of Eureka Tower for a look at Melbourne 300 metres above street level.
Daylesford’s Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens provide sweeping views of the countryside, while Lake Daylesford is a pretty setting for a picnic. Visit one of the many day spas and enjoy fresh produce straight from the paddock.
- Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city for 5 years running
- First-class restaurants, fashionable bars and a flourishing café culture
- Theatres, art galleries and museums
- Leafy city parks including the Royal Botanical Gardens
- The vibrant Queen Victoria Market
- Daylesford, home to healing thermal springs
- A huge array of day spas and wellness retreats
- Neighbouring Hepburn Springs with its unique Swiss-Italian heritage
- Historic towns of Mount Macedon, Trentham, Seymour and Lancefield
- Excellent wineries and mouth-watering gourmet produce
Accommodation – Melbourne and Daylesford
Suggested Tours Featuring Melbourne and Daylesford
There are daily flights into Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport from all major cities in Australia as well as from many global capitals including Los Angeles, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. The city is around 23 kilometres south-east of the airport. Daylesford is 90 minutes northwest of Melbourne and best explored by car.
Experience Victoria’s excellent wine regions including the verdant Yarra Valley and peaceful Mornington Peninsula. For abundant native wildlife and unspoilt wilderness, visit the Grampians, which are just 2.5 hours further north-west of Daylesford. If you’ve never visited Victoria before, be sure to travel the country’s most famous coastal route – the Great Ocean Road.