Daylesford is another of the ‘gold rush ’towns. Daylesford is located in a valley not that far from Ballarat that means to a degree Daylesford is a somewhat commute town. Daylesford is also an historic town where heritage is clearly important but unfortunately is not communicated to the visitor
Daylesford was founded in 1852 with the finding of gold in areas now occupied by Lake Daylesford. The area was initially called Wombat Flat. In 1854 Government Surveyor Fraser laid out a town site of 80 square chains and called it 'Wombat'. However it is believed that in 1855 the name changed from Wombat to Daylesford after a town in Worcester, England.
Due to it being located in mountains, formed by volcanic activity about five million years ago, the region contains as much as 80% of all the mineral springs in Victoria. Not long after settlement Daylesford had been noted for these mineral springs.
There is a lot to delight in when visiting Daylesford and an overnight is recommended.