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Bullarto Railway Station

The restored Bullarto Station is 2452 feet (747.4m) above sea level and today is the highest operating station in Victoria.

In the 1930’s Bullarto had a small, well kept passenger station with an attractive garden, a corrugated iron goods shed, long goods loading platform and a cart weighbridge.

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You can visit the historic station on board a restored railmotor from Daylesford. Scenic trains depart each Sunday and the Silver Streak Food & Wine Train travels the first Saturday of each month. There are often additional services during the school holidays and keep an eye out for the ganger trolleys that sometimes operate over school holidays.

Visit www.dscr.com.au for more details.

  • South Bullarto Road, Bullarto
  • Operates from Daylesford a regular Sunday service, an evening service 'Silver Streak' on the first Saturday of the month & Wednesdays over School holidays

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Located at the top of Wombat Hill in the centre of Daylesford is the historic Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

Take the scenic drive around the gardens and then stop a while to explore. Climb the 77 stairs to the top of the Memorial tower for views across the town. Whilst here you can explore the many areas throughout the gardens including the fernery, rotunda and begonia house.

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Allow time to take a break for a coffee at the cafe hidden amongst the plants. Are you a keen gardener? The Friends of Wombat Hill have regular plant sales in the gardens and a small trolley full of plants for sale located at the cafe.

  • Sunrise to sunset.

Lake Daylesford

Take a walk around picturesque Lake Daylesford and take in the sights and sounds of nature. A short stroll from the town centre, Lake Daylesford offers something to keep everyone happy.

Children love bird spotting and the playground is always a hit. Why not hire a paddle boat for an hour or two or spend the day and utilise the BBQ facilities.

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You will find a cafe and restaurant right on the shores of the lake and many more activities. Don’t forget to taste the famous mineral water at Wombat Flat Mineral Spring and Central Springs Reserve.

Lake Daylesford is a manmade lake, originally a site of gold diggings, then later a Chinese market garden. The construction of the lake began in 1927 and was and still is used for many recreational activities.

Ballarat to Maryborough Heritage Rail Trail

The Ballarat-Maryborough Heritage Trail (“the trail”) is a cycle touring route connecting the major townships of Maryborough and Ballarat via smaller settlements and other points of interest along the route.  The route is designed for a country cycle on quiet, sealed and unsealed roads that take in some of the most attractive towns in the Goldfields region: Talbot, Clunes and Creswick.  The route progresses through scenic, relatively flat (gentle gradient) country with views of rolling hills and farmland on existing public roads, or off-road paths. The route is a 115km trip one way. It could be conducted as a return trip with an overnight stay, or be done in sections. As such the route will link to railway stations in the major settlements to enable different access points. The route will appeal to a cycling market interested in a leisurely cycle and those interested in exploring the Goldfields region, including individuals, or cycling groups.

  • 1800 454 891
  • Always Open

Clunes Museum

The Clunes Museum is housed in the former warehouse (c.1860) of contractors Nicholl and Wallace who supplied building materials and hardware to miners, farmers and residents. Since then, it's many and varied uses reflect the town's history and, of course, it is very much part of the town's celebrated 19th century street-scape. Between the wars, it was part of the original knitting mill in Fraser Street. During WWII, it was used as a hostel for families. After the war, it was a hairdresser's for many years as well as an upholsterer's, a dressmaker's and even a fish and chip shop. The redeveloped building, now known as The Warehouse - Clunes to reflect it's 19th century history, reopened in 2014 and it operates as a Hub housing the Museum, the Library, the Visitor information Centre, the Hepburn Shire Service Centre as well as event and meeting spaces.

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