Most Melbournians will most likely have visited Daylesford earlier than – the bustling regional city, with its glorious eating places, outlets and vibrant artistic group isn’t precisely a effectively stored secret. However, irrespective of how effectively you assume you recognize the world, there are all the time hidden gems to find within the wider Macedon Ranges area, simply 90 minutes from Melbourne.
We not too long ago spent a day in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, capturing a few of the greatest that the area has to supply. Our information was celebrated panorama designer Paul Bangay OAM. Paul moved right here round 20 years in the past, discovering himself drawn to the area for its distinct seasons, its cool winters and gentle summers, and its wealthy and fertile soils. He needed to construct a backyard right here – and what a backyard he constructed! Stonefields is Paul’s personal residence, and the backyard he has created right here actually should be seen to be believed.
After a tour of Stonefields, Paul took us all around the area, to go to his favorite spots for espresso, lunch and dinner – and I additionally took a brief aspect journey to one in every of his favorite plant nurseries, too. So, be part of us, for A Good Day in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, with Paul Bangay!
Unbelievably, Paul created his grand nation backyard at Stonefields from scratch, and it has been a labour of affection for 16 years. Over that point, Paul has witnessed the spectacular and dramatic methods the panorama adjustments with the seasons – from frosty winters to verdant spring and summer time, and resplendent autumn, with all its fiery colors.
As one in every of Australia’s most celebrated panorama designers, Paul’s tastes and pursuits have modified within the final decade and a half, and these altering tastes are mirrored within the ever-changing panorama at Stonefields. What began life as fairly a proper, structured backyard is immediately softened with areas of rigorously cultivated wilderness.
While not open to the pubic 12 months spherical, Paul takes small teams for personal excursions of the backyard seasonally – control his web site for particulars.
Cliffy’s Emporium, Daylesford
An area establishment, Cliffy’s Emporium is a restaurant with a lot outdated world appeal – and quite a lot of native historical past. Housed in a former common retailer, the constructing, with its rustic timber and corrugated iron cladding has been part of the Daylesford group because the Nineteen Fifties.
Quick ahead greater than 60 years, and the guts and soul of the unique common retailer lives on, this time within the type of a buzzing native cafe and providore. Serving up superb breakfasts, lunches – and glorious espresso, Cliffy’s is a effectively cherished native favorite.
30 Raglan Avenue, Daylesford
Du Fermier, Trentham
Du Fermier is a a lot cherished French-style kitchen restaurant, created by revered native chef Annie Smithers.
Positioned in Trentham, round 20 minutes from Daylesford, du Fermier takes its inspiration from basic French farmhouse cooking. Every weekend Annie lovingly creates a menu that includes native and seasonal produce, a lot of which she grows in her personal kitchen backyard. Visitors are served by Annie personally, who makes time to speak to each visitor, at each sitting. The sensation right here is heat, inviting and so pleasant – an expertise virtually like eating in Annie’s own residence.
Du Fermier is open for lunch Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Reservations for bookings two months upfront on the primary of each month – get in fast!
42 Excessive Avenue, Trentham
Lambley’s Nursery and Gardens, Ascot
Artist Criss Canning and her husband David Glenn personal Lambley Nursery and Gardens, a tremendous plant nursery in Ascot, famend for his or her unbelievable array of dry local weather vegetation. Right here, below David’s course, a passionate crew of horticulturalists propagate, develop and promote an enormous number of decorative vegetation, shrubs and flowers, in addition to tending to the attractive public gardens which draw many guests every year.
The gardens are open to guests 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week
395 Lesters Street, Ascot, Victoria 3364
The Lake Home, Daylesford
Fairly merely, The Lake Home is an establishment. Positioned overlooking Lake Daylesford, this iconic venue incorporates a 5-star resort and spa, and naturally, a really exceptional restaurant, which has obtained numerous accolades and awards, together with 2 hats from the nationwide Good Meals Information.
With Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker AM on the helm, the Lake Home restaurant prides itself on its unbelievable produce, a lot of which is sourced from native producers, in addition to the restaurant’s personal productive vegetable backyard at Dairy Flat Farm, the place produce is handpicked each day.
4 King Avenue, Daylesford
There’s by no means been a greater time to discover regional Victoria. Keep shut, go additional and plan your subsequent getaway right here.