Located in the twin-towns of Daylesford/Hepburn Springs, the indulgence and spa capital of Australia, Shizuka Ryokan is an ideal base from which to explore the multitude of local Spa Country attractions.
The vast majority of Australia’s mineral water spas are located nearby, with the historic Hepburn Bathhouse just a few minutes away. For a more intimate mineral water spa experience, you can also choose the multi-award winning Mineral Spa.
Local vineyards and wineries are deservedly attracting increasing recognition and popularity and many are open for inspections, tastings and cellar-door sales. Or you may prefer the fine range of liqueurs and chocolates available from Herbal Lore Liqueurs. Choco-holics are well catered for at the Chocolate Mill.
Arts and craft buyers are well catered for at galleries including The Convent and Stony Creek Gallery, as are book browsers and antique buyers. History and genealogy buffs will be well occupied and sporting types can play golf amongst the kangaroos or perhaps explore the countryside on horseback.
Over fifty types of theurapeutic and spa therapies are on offer. You can even delve into palmistry and tarot consultations such as those offered by The Readers.
A rich Swiss Italian heritage serves to further imbibe the local culture with colour and distinction. Worth a visit is the Swiss Italian farm, Lavandula, where good sightseeing, shopping and eating is to be enjoyed.
So picturesque and historical is the region that it has frequently featured in cinema, ranging from “Ned Kelly” to “Love’s Brother”. With regional centres such as Ballarat and Bendigo under an hour’s drive away as well as closer access to charming and historical towns such as Castlemaine, Trentham and Clunes, “Spa Country” really can claim to offer something for everyone.
Here’s some great information sources to help you make the most of your visit to the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region…
Both the Official Visitor Guide and the regional Facebook page will help you plan your visit before you even leave home. The guide is also available when you travel as an App for iPhone and Android smartphones. Simply visit either Apple’s App Store or Google Play to get the most out of your visit.
If you prefer your information in booklet form, check out the Official Visitor Guide below. We will provide you with more hard copy visitor information when you check-in.