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‘The Cottage’ Public Art

"Cottage" was completed in 2015 at Lake Daylesford by local, Glenlyon artist, Jason Waterhouse.

The artwork is made of decorative, hand-wrought iron inspired by patterns that can be seen around the town of Daylesford. "Cottage" draws on the architecture of miner's cottages during the gold rush era. It seeks to remind us of the historical foundations of modern Daylesford.

Take the short stroll from Lake Daylesford, past Central Springs Mineral Reserve to discover this hidden gem.

  • Sunrise to sunset.

Three Lost Children Reserve & Walk – 16 km’s | 6 hours one way

Stop at the three Lost Children Reserve to rest and contemplate. Learn about the story of the Three Lost Children or experience the walking trail.

A peaceful walk through the forest surrounding Daylesford, this 16km one way trail takes in gentle hills and beautiful scenery. The Three Lost Children Walking Trail commemorates the tragic story from Daylesford’s golden era when three small boys wandered away from their homes in 1867. Despite a massive and lengthy search effort by the united townsfolk, the boys were not found alive. The Three Lost Children walk follows the approximate route the boys walked and takes you through bush landscapes that were once active goldfields, and now are part of the Wombat State Forest and the Hepburn Regional Park. Along the walk you will see the remnants of gold mines, water races and tramways. Visit the memorial cairn on Wheelers Hill Rd, Musk and the gravesite and memorial at Daylesford Cemetery.

  • Sunrise to sunset.

Wombat Flat Mineral Spring

Situated on the shore of Lake Daylesford, Wombat Flat is only a short walk or drive from the town centre.

Surrounded shady trees, grassy banks and inquisitive geese, Wombat Flat Spring is a great spot for a picnic. Don’t forget to take a bottle to sample some of the regions famous ‘healing’ mineral water.

  • Sunrise to sunset.

Glenlyon Biolink Walk – 4.6 km | 1.5 hours return

This easy 1.5 hour walk follows the curves of the Loddon River ending at the Glenlyon Mineral Spring and Recreation Reserve and Mineral Springs where you can stop for a short break or leisurely picnic.

Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife along this scenic trail which starts just past the magnificent Glenlyon Avenue of Honour.

Interpretation boards along the trail give you an insight into the ecology and history of the area. Take care at the river crossing, which may be difficult after heavy rain.

  • Sunrise to sunset.

Glenlyon Mineral Spring

The Glenlyon Mineral Spring adjoins the Glenlyon Recreation Reserve.

A lovely spot to 'take the waters', have a picnic and take a walk along the river. There is ample parking, picnic tables and chairs. At the adjoining recreation reserve, there is public toilets and access to a BBQ.

  • Sunrise to sunset.

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