I live on the cusp of Melbourne which means I’m close to the countryside so exploring country Victoria was always one of my list of things to do. Last weekend, we went to visit Daylesford which is around one a half hours from where I live.
We arrived at Daylesford around midday and went to have lunch straight away. We found a American style diner at the town center. It was one of my first times having a beef burger so I I’m not wholly qualified to rate the place but my friend J said it was one of the better burgers he’s had. The waffle fries we ordered to go with our burgers though couldn’t be faulted.
After lunch we popped in and out of the various other shops around the town centre. Lots of people seems to have had the same idea as us because the shops were buzzing with people. Most of the shops had local hand made things like plates, candles and pictures. I always love wandering around shops like those because everything is unique and you can tell that people have put a lot of thought, time and effort. Plus it’s nice to support artists and local products.
We went to explore Lake Daylesford afterwards as it was right near the town centre. It was quite hot the day we went so there were people who were having picnics around the lake. Interestingly though, there weren’t any people swimming, fishing or riding boats in the lake itself as I thought there might be.
There was however, a place where you can rent a paddle boat. As it was too hot to walk around we rented a paddle boat for half an hour to go see around the lake. I was scared of paddling the boat as I can’t swim but the lady reassured me the boats were very very safe. Plus, it came with a screen to keep us in the shade. It took us a while to get the hang of steering but it was definitely worth exploring the lake this way. We could get close to the Lilly pads in the middle of the lake and take a look at all the fish swimming nearby. Paddling was a workout on our legs though!
Daylesford is known for their mineral springs, so after our boat ride we went in search of one. We found a small spring just off the town centre. Unfortunately both of us had forgotten our swimming gear, so we spent the afternoon skipping stones instead. (Or rather, me trying to learn how to skip stones). They had also installed a water pump so we could try out the mineral water but we found the metallic taste not to our liking.
We decided to head home after that. Coming just off of winter, it was hard to spend a full day out in the heat. By the end of the day we were both exhausted. I’ll definitely be returning to Daylesford again though, if only to swim in their mineral springs!