Day trip from Melbourne to Daylesford Spa Country

Wombat Hill House Cafe

Wombat Hill House Cafe

On a recent trip to Melbourne, friends took us to the villages and countryside around Daylesford – an easy day’s drive.

Even in the height of summer, when temperatures soar and the landscape is a little parched, this is a beautiful trip.

This region is a gourmet’s delight and a large part of our day seemed to be spent sampling local produce.

On the way to Daylesford we bought buckets of delicious cherries. We left money in a roadside box for a bag of red-ripe cherry tomatoes near Hanging Rock. We enjoyed the view from Mount Macedon Memorial Cross. We stopped for coffee at Newham General Store. In Trentham we bought delicious pastries and bread at the Red Beard bakery and took a stroll around this charming country village. In Daylesford we wandered along the main street taking in the shops. We strolled around the grounds of beautiful Lake House.

A highlight was our trip up to Wombat Gardens and the Wombat Hill House Café where we enjoyed delicious pizzas, salads, coffee and cake. Don’t miss it if you are visiting Daylesford!

The drive home took us through Hepburn Springs and Kyneton – and we all resolved to come back soon – and to stay longer!
January 2013