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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. 9am to 1pm.
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.
Held on the 3rd Saturday of every month, from 9.00a.m. until 1.00pm, and located in the town square, our market showcases the finest fresh and seasonal produce from the region. Browse the stalls and discover a selection of local dairy produce, honey, eggs, live poultry, preserves, potatoes, sourdough breads, olive products, fresh flowers and organic wines.
This summer sees the return of the Ballarat Beer Festival as we showcase over one hundred and fifty of the world’s finest craft beers. Come along, kick back under Ballarat’s summery skies beneath the shady trees of the North Gardens as you sample, sip and savour your way to craft beervana.
The Civic Reception includes the Australia Day Awards presentation and Citizenship Ceremony at Daylesford Town Hall 7 to 8.30 pm. January 25th.
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”
Hosted by Daylesford Cars and Coffee, the Daylesford Motorfest is set to be a fantastic family friendly event open to all makes and models of collectable vehicles spanning over the past 100 years or so.
They’ll be food and trade stalls, displays and demonstrations, best dressed competition and live music.
Entry: $5.00 per person with under 15’s free.
$10 entry for display cars, including driver.
Display vehicles from 7am. Public from 9am.
Profits will be donated to local causes and charities.
Follow us on Facebook for updates. www.facebook.com/Daylesford-Motorfest
Spanning the Labour Day long weekend, ChillOut is Australia’s largest and longest running LGBTI regional festival. March 9th to 11th 2019.
The Lost Trades Fair was born on the principle that people are fascinated when artisans and craftspeople openly demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge. The Lost Trades Fair is an opportunity to meet real makers - learn how things are made, see, hear, touch and experience craftsmanship, skill, artistry and talk with the makers themselves about what they do. It is a Fair like no other, it is about the masters of their trades, what they make, it is a weekend not to be missed.
Held under the shade of large gum trees in Newstead’s Rotunda Park, this is a community focussed market where you can find almost anything: food, plants, crafts, tools, fruit and vegetables, clothes, second hand books, furniture, trash and treasure.
Entry to the public is free, so come along and pick up a bargain.
Stallholders are very welcome and sites cost only $10. This is one of the cheapest markets around, so it’s a great opportunity to promote your business or community group. There is no need to book ahead, just turn up on the day with your goods and services on offer.
A fantastic community event featuring vintage tractors and beautifully restored vehicles.
The annual Clunes Booktown Festival is back on 4th and 5th May 2019 with 18,000 people expected to join the most amazing whole town bookshop experience in Australia.
Along with author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons, festival-goers can: discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride, or sample local food and wine. https://clunesbooktown.com.au/
Woodend Winter Arts Festival – Woodend
Over the Queen’s birthday long weekend, this festival brings together acclaimed Australian and international talent with the music, literary and arts community of the stunning Macedon Ranges. The result is a world-class showcase of vibrant, traditional and thought-provoking performances and events.