Historic Daylesford, 90 minutes away is home to the country’s largest concentration of mineral springs. Melbourne is 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 countless 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.