Before we visited the city of Melbourne, we made a little stop off route further into Victoria into the beautiful spa town of Daylesford. Having never heard of Daylesford before this trip, it was wonderful to see another side to Australia, and appreciate what goes on a little outside of the hustle and bustle of the cities. We were even told we might see a kangaroo or two, which naturally was more than enough to get me excited (half kidding)...



Pulling into the Lake House, it felt like we were light years away from the baggage reclaim carousels at Melbourne airport- and walking on to our balcony with breathtaking views across the waterfront felt like the perfect pick me up after travelling. With the hotel combining the feel of a beautiful country house, a tranquil spa and a hugely well renown restaurant- it's worth making the little outer city detour for an evening or two to experience this special place.



One of the first things that struck me after exploring (apart from how green it was) was the community feel of the town and the real celebration of homegrown business and artistry, which continued well into our stay in Melbourne. After visiting the incredible Convent Gallery in the town on our second afternoon and speaking to it's owner, Tina Banitska- it was clear how special the community is here and how her vision of creating a space where local, national and international artists can come together, share and create is far more than just a business venture.



It was also wonderful to get to learn about the towns rich mineral history. Although I'm certainly a novice when it comes to this kind of thing, learning more about its roots as a spa town with organic springs was fascinating- and gave even more of a special feel to the wellness retreats and spas in Daylesford- with Hepburn Springs and Bathhouse being the perfect spot for some R&R- something this girl will never say no to.



Another of my favourite things about this town was the high street. Although it was only small, the fact it boasted a handful of stunning indie boutiques (Bokeh and Harry and Me being two favourites), a pizza place nicer than any I've seen at home (search 'Koukla') and the gorgeous Wombat Hill Cafe not far off the beaten track made it completely unique to anywhere I've been- and I'd definitely recommend adding this to any visit lists if you're ever in Victoria.

Next stop, road tripping!



x


Before we visited the city of Melbourne, we made a little stop off route further into Victoria into the beautiful spa town of Daylesford. Having never heard of Daylesford before this trip, it was wonderful to see another side to Australia, and appreciate what goes on a little outside of the hustle and bustle of the cities. We were even told we might see a kangaroo or two, which naturally was more than enough to get me excited (half kidding)...



Pulling into the Lake House, it felt like we were light years away from the baggage reclaim carousels at Melbourne airport- and walking on to our balcony with breathtaking views across the waterfront felt like the perfect pick me up after travelling. With the hotel combining the feel of a beautiful country house, a tranquil spa and a hugely well renown restaurant- it's worth making the little outer city detour for an evening or two to experience this special place.



One of the first things that struck me after exploring (apart from how green it was) was the community feel of the town and the real celebration of homegrown business and artistry, which continued well into our stay in Melbourne. After visiting the incredible Convent Gallery in the town on our second afternoon and speaking to it's owner, Tina Banitska- it was clear how special the community is here and how her vision of creating a space where local, national and international artists can come together, share and create is far more than just a business venture.



It was also wonderful to get to learn about the towns rich mineral history. Although I'm certainly a novice when it comes to this kind of thing, learning more about its roots as a spa town with organic springs was fascinating- and gave even more of a special feel to the wellness retreats and spas in Daylesford- with Hepburn Springs and Bathhouse being the perfect spot for some R&R- something this girl will never say no to.



Another of my favourite things about this town was the high street. Although it was only small, the fact it boasted a handful of stunning indie boutiques (Bokeh and Harry and Me being two favourites), a pizza place nicer than any I've seen at home (search 'Koukla') and the gorgeous Wombat Hill Cafe not far off the beaten track made it completely unique to anywhere I've been- and I'd definitely recommend adding this to any visit lists if you're ever in Victoria.

Next stop, road tripping!



x

21 comments:

  1. Wow, so many beautiful things all together, love it!!

    Carolina ;)

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  2. Wow looks like an incredible trip, these photos are so gorgeous and the spa house looks lovely. I really adore the shot of the bath! x

    Tash | natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. These are gorgeous and such a pretty town. You always have the prettiest photo and travel diaries.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  4. Such pretty inspiration!


    Love,
    http://www.thestyleventure.com/2017/01/09/england-calling/

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  5. Dayelsford looks like it was definitely worth visiting. Such beautiful photos.

    Abigail Alice ๐Ÿ’•

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  6. What a beauty of a place! You're right - generally when I think of Australia, I think of cities and beaches, but very rarely places like this. Which is silly of me, really, as of course Australia is so big that there must be all sorts of places dotted around! This place looks so gorgeous and lovely, I'd love to visit it one day! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  7. That old car! It feels like a mix of Australia and Southern states in America, but I love the rustic spa feel to it all, what a dreamy break!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  8. I keep adding places to my 'to go' list, you making everywhere look so lovely!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. What a lovely set of photos! I've never seen this side to Australia, thanks for showing something so different :) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  10. This place looks amazing! :)


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  11. You've captured Daylesford beautifully! I'm lucky enough to have some family there so I've spent quite a bit of time there. Spring time is definitely the best time of year to go, too!

    The Convent Gallery is one of my favourites, too, both for the gallery itself and the views - but the walk up that hill is a bit hellish! And I must visit Bokeh when I'm next there, it looks fantastic xx Tess Alexandra

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  12. OMG can't believe you made it to my corner of the world. I live in Ballarat which is 20 minute drive away from Daylesford and it is lovely in this part of Victoria. Hope you have a lovely time! xxx
    Sarah

    www.stylebysasha.com

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  13. Olivia!! All these photos just make me want to go there so bad! Next time please take me with you <3

    -A,x
    Mandeville Sisters

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  14. Great photos ;)

    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  15. How have I never heard of Daylesford before? I mean I'm actually an Australian. Next time I'm down that far south it is definitely on the list, might be a few years off (uni student budget) but definitely going there. In my hometown there is kangaroos everywhere, they literally lay around at the university it's quite amusing.

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  16. What a shot of the 'roo! Victoria looks absolutely gorgeous, so many lovely gems and OH MAN the marble bath tub of dreams *all the heart eye emojis* Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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  17. It looks so beautiful there! I love the kangaroo!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  18. This is stunning! So many beautiful photos, this looks amazing!


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  19. I am from Melbourne :) I grew up in Daylesford until I was 4 and then moved closer to Melbourne. Such a beautiful place and definitely a huge sense of community there! My cousins still live up there, so I love always having an excuse to visit :) Really been enjoying all of your photos from Victoria! I've popped down to Torquay twice in the past week - such a beautiful place for a break!
    Hope you loved Australia :) we love welcoming you all xx

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  20. You are seriously making me want to visit Australia ASAP ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Plus, you are always killing it with such beautiful photography

    Hayley xx
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