From spectacular sunsets to misty mornings.
Hot summer days to crisp autumn weather, expect it all.
When is a good time to wander? Year round the region provides some spectacular weather, but be prepared, the area is famous for experiencing four seasons in one day.
Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham are the main town centres in the Hepburn Shire. The regions geography is varied and it is renowned for its natural beauty and mineral springs. Our region contains over 80% of Australia’s mineral springs centred mainly in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.
The Shire’s other townships also have their own share of history and natural features. Trentham is home to Australia’s highest single drop water fall, Creswick has carved out a name for itself as the home of forestry, and Clunes was the first registered gold strike town in Victoria which is still reflected in the streetscape today.
What you need to know if visiting from interstate or overseas
The Hepburn Shire is on Australian Eastern Standard time and observes daylight savings from October, through to April. Hepburn Shire is a prominent regional centre located in the Australian state of Victoria, approximately 110 km (and just 90 minutes drive) north east of the state capital, Melbourne. The closest international airport is Melbourne Airport. This region is famous for four seasons in one day.
Getting here & getting around
The best and easiest way to see this beautiful region is in your own vehicle. If you do not have your own, there is car hire available through the Avis rental outlet located at the Daylesford News-agency. Other car hire companies are available from Melbourne Airport, Melbourne City, Ballarat and Bendigo.
You can easily access this region using public transport. Plan your journey before you leave to ensure you can make it to your destination. Trains run along the Maryborough line through Creswick and Clunes. There are buses that run from Ballarat through Clunes and Creswick. A bus connection from Woodend stops in Trentham, then travels onto Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. You can also connect with the bus to Daylesford and Hepburn Springs in Ballarat, Ballan and Castlemaine at certain times of the day.
To plan your journey go to the Public Transport Victoria website jurney planner or call 1800 800 00.
There are a number of taxi services operating within this area. The local taxi drivers know this area like the back of their hand, however there are only a small number of taxis locally based. During peak times, you may have to wait for a taxi, so if you are relying on a taxi it is important to pre-book.
Clunes & Creswick Taxi: Ph: (03) 5345 2777 Daylesford Taxi: (03) 5348 1111
There is limited mobile phone & internet reception in parts of regional Victoria. If you are relying on mobile reception, check with your carrier to ensure you have coverage.
Mobile internet can be patchy at best in this region. There are many cafes and accommodation providers that offer free Wi-Fi to customers. Please visit our Eat and Stay sections of the website for a list of venues that offer free Wi-Fi.You can also visit the Libraries in Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham for free access to a computer and Wi-Fi during opening hours. The Visitor Information Centres in Daylesford and Creswick have a computer for internet access and printing (for a small fee).
This region is known for its stunning seasons,
all which offer unique atmosphere and experiences.
Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)
A great time to come and see the spring bulbs bloom and the spectacular gardens. Sunny days and cool nights, spring rains keep the grass green and bring the flowers to bloom.
Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)
Escape the heat of the city and cool down Cool down by spending a day keeping cool by a lake, in a pool or in the air conditioned comfort of a shop, cafe or restaurant.
Autumn (Mar, April, May)
Keep warm by an open fire then rug up, slip on your gumboots and head out to view the impressive display of autumn leaves around the region. Stroll through the botanical gardens, drive down an avenue of honour and jump in a pile of leaves.
Winter (June, July, Aug)
Winter is a great time to warm up in a cafe or bookshop, soak in a warm spa or sample some local produce in a cosy cottage. Time it right and you may even see some snow settle.
Important Phone Numbers
In an emergency, always call 000 first
– 15 Camp Street, Daylesford – Phone 53482342
– 137 Napier St, Creswick – Phone: 5345 2220
– 2 Hannah St, Clunes – Phone: 5345 3211
– 12 Cosmo Road, Trentham – Phone: 5424 1402
– Flood and Storm damage emergency – Phone 132500
Creswick Medical Centre
58 Albert St, Creswick – Phone: 5345 8090
Clunes Medical Centre
69 Service St, Clunes – Phone: 5345 8125
Creswick Hospital & Aged Care
1 Napier St, Creswick – Phone: 5345 9150
Daylesford Hospital, Hostel and Nursing Home
18 Hospital Street, Daylesford – Phone 03 53216500
Hepburn Health Services – Phone: 5321 6500
Springs Medical Centre, Daylesford
10 Hospital St Daylesford – Phone 03 53482227
Trentham Aged Care & Integrated Primary care
22-24 Victoria St, Trentham – Phone: 5421 7200
Springs Medical Centre, Trentham
22 Victoria St, Trentham – Phone: 5424 1602
Bush Fire Safety
On days of code red fire danger it is recommended to avoid areas of high fire danger. Always check conditions before you leave home by visiting emergency.vic.gov.au or calling the VicEmergency Hotline on: 1800 226 226
Can I light a campfire?
Always check current conditions and fire warning by visiting http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/
Every year thousands of native animals are killed on Victorian roads. This is devastating to the individual animal and a huge concern for drivers and passenger safety.
Kangaroos and wallabies are those most at risk on our roads. But also look out for wombats, birds, possums, lizards and echidnas while driving. Macropods (like kangaroos and wallabies) are most active and will feed at dawn and dusk. Drivers should be aware of road stretches where they are likely to encounter wildlife especially during the twilight hours at dusk and dawn and slow down to avoid a collision. Studies have shown that a reduction in speed of just 10 percent has the potential to reduce vehicle crashes by 20 percent.
When road visibility is poor slow down to increase your reaction time and be alert while driving – look for wildlife feeding near the roadside and look out for wildlife crossing signs. Remember to drive to suit the conditions and at a speed that you feel safe and can avoid a potential collision.
If you do accidentally hit an animal while driving and you are uninjured please call the Victorian Wildlife Emergency Service. Even if the animal appears okay and has hopped or moved away it will be injured.
Victorian Wildlife Rescue (24 hour emergency number) Ph: 1300 094 535
Safety in the Bush
Walking tracks provide all kinds of opportunities to explore the parks and reserves of the region. You can walk through many different environments and find yourself surrounded by natures beauty. For an enjoyable and safe bush walking experience, plan ahead and take the following precautions.
- Take a map or track guide or use a compass
- Wear sturdy, enclosed shoes
- Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
- Carry drinking water, food and first aid kit
- Stay on designated tracks as there are mineshafts throughout the area
- Plan to complete your journey before dark
- Observe fire weather warnings
- In case of an emergency carry a fully charged mobile and dial 000 or 112 if no reception
- Avoid travelling in the bush in extreme heat or fire danger periods
- Avoid creek crossings in periods of high rainfall.
- Be careful of falling tree branches, especially in high winds
- Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return
- Obey all safety and warning signs
- Always have dogs on a lead
- Take food scraps and rubbish with you.