Samadhi Retreat – Local Attractions
Samadhi is an ideal base from which to explore the multitude of local attractions the Spa Country has to offer.
Daylesford is just 8 mins drive from Samadhi – Spa & Wellness Retreatand located just over 100km north-west of Melbourne. The Spa Country offers a year round getaway destination whatever the season and boasts the largest concentration of natural mineral springs in Australia.
The town itself is surrounded by thousands of hectares of state forest and includes walking tracks through the forest alongside rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges Region are host to a range of gourmet restaurants and cafes, shops, art galleries, boutiques, lakes, numerous walks, boating facilities, mineral springs, local wineries, places of historical interest, magnificent gardens and more, including a popular weekly Sunday market!
Samadhi – Spa & Wellness Retreat is centrally located within easy walking distance to the Loddon River and mineral springs of Glenlyon. A myriad of bushwalking tracks meander from the property at Samadhi,where guests have even encountered a platypus in the local Loddon River Waterfalls; stunningly beautiful, and only a short distance walk from the retreat! Bird life is abundant and their songs are ever uplifting to the spirit.
Why not explore the region using your walking guide (supplied in your retreat) or picnic by the tranquil Loddon River that is just a 5 minute walk from your front door! Local vineyards and wineries such as Ellender estate, are popular, and many are open for inspections, tastings and cellar-door sales.
Annual festivals abound, among them the Lavender Harvest Picnic at Shepherds Flat, the Daylesford Macedon Produce Day, the Glenlyon Fine Food and Wine Fayre, the Swiss Italian Fiesta. Many tourists go trekking to Trentham Falls, through the Larders State Park, Wombat State Forest and to Mount Franklin ( an old extinct volcano).
Arts and craft buyers are well catered for, as are book browsers and antique buyers. Sporting and adventurous types can play a game of golf in Hepburn Springs, explore the countryside on horseback, or leisurely recline in your private boat on Lake Daylsford. Take scenic photo’s, go fishing in the local streams and reservoirs, or gently meander away the day as you leisurely recline in your private boat on lake Daylesford.
For many people, there is nothing more glorious than looking across a field of flowering lavender at the Lavendula Lavender Farm, whereas for others their taste is exclusively for rich dark Chololate from the local Choloate Mill. The famous Convent Gallery, a nineteenth century mansion in Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, is also a favourite an exhibits local art, fashion jewellery and sculpture.
With regional centres such as Ballarat and Bendigo well under an hour’s drive away as well as closer access to charming and historical towns such as Castlemaine, Trentham, Kyneton, Maldon, and Clunes, the “Spa Country” really can claim to offer something for everyone.
Samadhi offers its guests a comprehensive information manual on the various attractions and activities throughout in the region. For more information call Daylesford Information Centre on (03) 5348 1339, or visit Tourism Victoria’s website: www.visitvictoria.com/daylesford
Samadhi has compiled a list of things to do and see within our region, which includes links to relevant sites that may be of interest to our guests. In addition we offer links to other sites we call ‘Friends of Samadhi‘:
Restaurants & Cafe’s
- Himalaya Bakery, 73 Vincent Street, Daylesford (03) 5348 1267
- Gourmet Larder Cafe, 57a Vincent St, Daylesford (03) 5348 4700
- Misto Restaurant , 70 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs (03) 5348 2843
- Glenlyon General Store, Daylesford/Malmsbury Rd, Glenlyon (03) 5348 7519
- Cliffy’s Emporium, 30 Raglan St, Daylesford (03) 5348 3279
- Jasmine Thai, 114 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs (03) 5348 1163
- The Electric Sitar, 4/27 Albert St, Daylesford (03) 5348 1676
- Avant Garden Bookshop, 46 Vincent St, Daylesford
- Lake Daylesford Book Barn, 1 Leggatt St, Daylesford
- Ballarat fine Art Gallery, 40 Lydiard St, Ballarat (03) 5320 5858
- Cherished Memmories 95 Albert St, Creswick (03) 5345 1392
- Newlyn Antiques, 2851 Midalnd Hwy (03) 5345 7458
- Anthroplogy 86 Albert St , Creswick (03) 5345 1511
- Palais, 111 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs (03) 5348 4849
- D’Bar, 1/74 Vincent St, Daylesford (03) 5348 2982
Things to do and see . . .
Friends of Samadhi!
Start with the Essential Retreat
Luxury accommodation. Gourmet organic breakfast and dinner. Guided meditation. And one wellness session of your choice.
The Essential Retreat is a great option on its own. Or go deeper with your choice of six unique retreat programs.