As you might have heard, Daylesford was recently named the fourth most welcoming place in the world (yep, the world!) by

We are the only Australian destination on the list. Needless to say, we were pretty chuffed to receive this accolade.

However, we can’t say it came as a surprise. From our warm and welcoming hospitality venues, to our many wellness practices and day spas, boutique shops and vibrant art spaces – the attitude around town is much the same. This is a town that loves and embraces visitors and goes out of its way to make them feel welcome.

An excellent example of that is our much loved ChillOut Festival, the biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event in regional Australia (taking place from 7-11 March, 2024). Find out more about why Daylesford has been a drawcard to for the LGBTQIA community for decades here.

Located on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Indigenous people have seen the area as a place of gathering and healing for millennia. More recently, Daylesford became known as the ‘spa centre’ and people began coming here during the gold rush era to ‘take the waters’. For others, nature is the tonic that re-energises them and sites like Mt Franklin have a deep spiritual energy. The easy access to nature, with abundant waterfalls, beautiful forests and spectacular views draw people year-round.

Daylesford’s world-class food and drink experiences are also a big drawcard. Here you’ll discover many ‘hatted’ restaurants, rustic cafes and welcoming pubs all offering memorable food and drink experiences.

One of the reasons we love living and working here is the buzzing creative community that has developed over the decades. It means we are surrounded by inspirational and collaborative people and the many artists and creators mean that you can join one of many classes and workshops, or buy some beautiful pieces of art.

The gold rush bestowed upon us some beautiful villages and the unique Swiss Italian culture helped preserve the many natural mineral springs. In fact, 80% of Australia’s natural mineral water is found under our soil. The Swiss Italian heritage of the region is celebrated each year at the annual Swiss Italian Festa.

What are you waiting for? We are ready to welcome you to our gorgeous hilltop town.

Need more inspiration?

Learn more about our amazing food and drink scene by downloading a copy of our Eat + Drink Guide.

Or find out more about why we are recognised as the rejuvenation capital of Victoria. Choose from one of our many health and wellness experiences on offer. Learn more here.

Or perhaps you fancy meeting with one of our talented local artists? Discover more about our vibrant creative scene here.


Hero Image: Lake Daylesford, by Visit Vic – Global Safari

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Daylesford , by Visit Vic - Global Safari

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Madeleine is the PR manager at Daylesford Macedon Tourism and the editor of Daylesford Macedon Life magazine. A Woodend local, she loves getting out and about meeting with tourism operators and helping to spread the word about the many amazing things to do in the region. On the weekends, Madeleine can be found exploring the region with her three young kids in tow.