Rejuvenate your body in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges after winter’s long hibernation. Here are some fresh ideas to add to your spring weekend in the region.  

Shizuka Ryokan

Shizuka Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn with an Australian twist. Hundreds of years ago, ryokans—traditional Japanese inns close to natural springs—were a place for Japan’s samurai warriors to rest and reflect. With the same philosophy, Shizuka Ryokan is a quiet, minimalist space that will relax and revive.

Granite Hills

Granite Hills is one of Australia’s highest and most picturesque vineyards at 550 metres altitude, and only an hour north of Melbourne. Since the first plantings in 1970, they have amassed over 500 awards at Australian and international wine shows. Experience at cellar door some of the most exciting varieties of wines, including grüner veltliner, riesling, chardonnay, pinot blanc, gamay, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and a benchmark peppery shiraz.

Das Kaffeehaus / Coffee Basics

Das Kaffeehaus will put a spring in your step. It’s their generous Viennese food, the smell of their coffee beans roasting, or the way their staff greet you like you’re the most important person to enter their door. Arrive, expecting to be treated to European glamour, and leave with armfuls of freshly roasted beans.

Animus Distillery

Take the short trip to Kyneton to discover the delights at Animus Distillery.  Sink into one of their chesterfields and soak in all the aromas of a working distillery as fresh botanicals are prepared on-site, and the gin flows generously from their still. Celebrate spring and linger with one of their signature cocktails, martinis, or an Animus Gin Flight.

Daylesford Cider

Daylesford Ciders’ established apple orchard is a spectacular sight in spring.  The beautiful blossom of their 17 different English heritage varieties can be seen from the English-style Tavern cellar door. They are open daily for tastings of their wide variety of award-winning ciders.

Daylesford Country Retreats 

Daylesford Country Retreats is an exciting mix of over 80 properties. With spectacular examples of mid-century style architecture, soaring ceilings with natural light to cottages and mountain top retreats and gorgeous gardens views, particularly beautiful in spring. There has never been a better time to plan a retreat. Go on you deserve it.