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Heritage Train Rides - Every Sunday
Come and ride a train straight out of the good old days, when life was simpler and train services were an essential part of rural life.
Our restored heritage trains "take you for a ride" through the beautiful scenic countryside and forest of the Central Highlands, to the highest operating railway station in Victoria.
More info www.dscr.com.au
Watch a great movie at the Daylesford Community Cinema.
The Daylesford Sunday Market operates each Sunday from 8.00 am to 3.00 or 4.00pm at Daylesford Station (rain, hail, shine or snow).
A wide variety of stalls selling everything from books to spare parts for the car, fresh local produce, clothing and collectables are located at the market.
The Daylesford Sunday Market is located at 18 Raglan Street (Midland Highway) and plenty of FREE car parking is available. Dogs on a leash are welcome at the Daylesford Sunday Market. More Information
On the first Saturday of the month Daylesford's local farmers, producers and vignerons gather on the oval of the Daylesford Primary School to sell their very fresh produce and products.
You will find everything from cheese, olives, olive oil, eggs, fresh meats, fresh veg and fruit, local honey, jams & preserves, bread, truffles and all your weekly staples to seedlings, plants and chooks for the backyard.
Remember they are seasonal so monthly there are a few changes with the farmers and producers but that is the exciting thing about seasonal it challenges your cooking, keeps food fresh, real and interesting. For the latest list of producers and any other updates visit the operator Facebook page.
Held every second Sunday of each month. From 9am to 1pm in the main street.
Have a beautiful Sunday Drive.
Within an hour and a half from Melbourne you can do your organic produce shopping at Clunes Farmers' Marketbefore fossicking in the local bookstores and antique stores.
Stay for a fabulous lunch or snack at the many Clunes eateries before moving on - or not - to other fabulous destinations around Clunes. http://www.clunesfarmersmarket.com.au/
The Creswick Market is held the third Saturday of every month. Bring the kids and your four-footed friends, all are welcome.
Located in the picturesque and historic township of Creswick, just 20 minutes to either Ballarat or Daylesford the Creswick Market a great day out for the whole family.
Free live music and over 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies, something for everyone. Talk directly to producers and designers, learn about the ingredients and processes that brought the item to you.
The market features: gourmet take away food and great coffee; live music; kids entertainment and playground; beautiful gardens to relax in; historic township to explore; hand made arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, home grown fruit, vegetables, plants and other produce.
Creswick Market is a much-loved monthly event, with the true relaxed feel of a regional craft market. A must see for all residents and visitors of the Goldfield region.
A recreational ride for everyone
Being on a Saturday this recreation cycling event, now in it’s second year, allows you to have a weekend away into Spa Country and visit all the attractions that this region has to offer.
Join over 2,000 cyclists who will ride through the beautiful countryside of Hepburn, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shires. The ride will pass the towns of Kyneton, Malmsbury, Elphinston, Faraday, Taradale, Harcourt, Walmer, Maldon, Newstead, Franklinford, and Hepburn Springs before returning to Daylesford.
The course will have reduced speed limits and traffic management on intersections to create a safe course for both cyclists and cars. Suggested detours will be in place to keep through traffic off the course.
Play 9 holes of golf in a motorised cart at the beautiful Hepburn Springs Golf Club, surrounded by bushland and a contingent of kangaroos watching on. Sit back and enjoy a glass of bubbles on the deck and watch the sun go down then enjoy a 2 course dinner in our newly renovated function room.
We are a fully licensed club with a great range of wines and beers at the best prices in town. 9am - 3pm golf and dinner at 6:30pm.
Head out of town to discover the hidden treasures set in the maze of laneways that weave around the Macedon Ranges. On November 17 + 18 November, the region’s vignerons throw open their doors to everyone to celebrate Budburst, the buds bursting on a new vintage.
You will find lots to surprise you around the secret laneways – the beating heart of our region. There will be live entertainment, country hospitality, wine tastings, dinners, lunches and so much more! Each venue is open between 10am and 5pm on both days of the festival.
Come to an authentic country show, just one hour from Melbourne.
Kyneton Agricultural Show has all of your farm favourites: tiny ponies, magnificent stallions and work horses with their wagons competing for best in show; stud bulls, champion chooks and more than 700 dogs of every breed imaginable.
In the pavilion, see the best of country cooking, craft, farm produce, flowers, photography and the clever transformation of farm junk into agricultural art.
The show is famous for free activities: cuddle the cutest menagerie at Farmer Darryl's animal nursery or get up close and learn about native wildlife. In the Farm Shed, watch sheep shearing and a horse's hooves being expertly trimmed. Kids can make their own Trash Puppet, a wind chime or a toy ute in the woodwork tent - all free.
Try farm-inspired parkour with one obstacle course for juniors and a fast track for older kids and adults to test themselves racing over the agricultural obstacles.
Try laser tag in the hay bales at the Friday night carnival aimed at teens. The Meltdown wipeout challenge is free for all, plus there is side show alley, the dodgems and all the rides as well as fabulous fireworks at 9:00pm.
Content: Kyneton Agricultural Society http://www.kynetonshow.org.au/
The Daylesford & District Agricultural Society Incorporated are celebrating their 145th Annual Show. The Daylesford Ag Show is a great country show, featuring dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and pigeons. Exhibitions include art, craft, flowers and cookery competitions. It has a fun carnival spirit!
In the year 1865, the first show was held in the Jamieson Hotel Yard, and was called “The Grain Show’. Later on, it became known as the “Agricultural Show’, and for some considerable time was held in the old show grounds at the corner of Malmsbury Road and Knox Street, and later at the grounds known as Middleton Park. The show grounds are now established at Victoria Park, and its annual show is one of the State’s best exhibitions.
The Daylesford Show is held annually on the 4th Saturday in November at Victoria Park, Daylesford. Time - 9am to 5pm.
The 5K Foam Fest is a one of kind obstacle course based fun run. Held at St Anne's Vineyards on Saturday 1 December 2018, there will be more than 22 obstacles including the world's largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam.
Rock out all day to 12,000 watts of awesome music, enjoy a free kids zone for kids 7 and under, delicious food, great vendors and a beer garden. With a variety obstacles and a ton of foam the run is an exciting challenge for experienced and beginner runners alike. The 5K Foam Fest is not a hardcore run it is a FunCore run.
What is included? Every participant receives a runner's bib, tattoo, finishers medal, beach towel, free professional photos for download and many, many laughs all while supporting a great cause.
Ticket prices jump based on capacity so the earlier you register the more you save. There are family pass ticket options and discounted rates available for corporate groups, Military and all First Responders.
Check out the website for more information on this event you will not want to miss out on. https://the5kfoamfest.com/australia/
Racing at Hanging Rock is held twice a year on New Years Day and on Australia Day and attracts around 3,000 to 4,000 people per meeting and has in the past attracted crowds over the years of up to 25,000 per meeting.
The first official race meeting was held at the iconic Hanging Rock on New Years Day 1886, however thoroughbred racing has been taking place at the base of the Rock on an unofficial basis from at lest the 1870’s and probably earlier.
Hanging Rock which overlooks the racecourse was created 6.25 million years ago by volcanic magna and was the basis for the 1975 feature film “Picnic at Hanging Rock” directed by Peter Weir.
Racing at the Rock is considered by most people as a very unique experience, the best that Country Racing can offer, a true Aussie Day Out and a must for the “Bucket List”
Join in a long tradition of fun and games at the Glenlyon Sports Day on New Year’s Day. Since 1857 locals have battled it out on the racetrack, in the wood chop arena, delicate women have competed throwing gumboots (not very PC – is it?), sculling mineral water, scoffing bullboars …. From 10am at the Glenlyon Reserve. All proceeds go to local charities and organisations.