Werona: Where To Go / Sightseeing
Lavandula Swiss/Italian Farm
Ten minutes North of Daylesford, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is an iconic property nestled among the rolling hills of Shepherds Flat. The 100 acre property was once farmed by Swiss-Italians, who came to Australia in the 1850s looking for new opportunities.
In the late 1980s, Carol White and her family restored and re-imagined the old dairy farm and it has become one of Victoria's most important rural properties.
European style gardens were planted out to frame and meander around the original stone buildings. Productive vegetable and herb gardens were established to supply the cafe, La Trattoria. Lavender was planted out to provide quality materials for the creation of farm-made body lotions and creams, room mists and insecticides, and essential oil.
La Trattoria eatery serves late breakfasts, morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas. Produce is sourced locally and from its own gardens. The cafe is fully licensed with a good range of local wines, beers and ciders ... including its famous lavender champagne.
Lavandula hosts three major festivals each year: Autumn Harvest (May); La Primavera (October); and Lavender Harvest (January).
The beautiful garden and La Trattoria are available after-hours for outdoor European-style functions, weddings or birthdays.
350 Hepburn-Newstead Road,
PO Box 35
Shepherds Flat, VIC, 3461
Located 8.3K from Werona
Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area
In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Anderson's Mill stands as a powerful reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850's. Standing today much like it was over 100 years ago, the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place. Anderson's Mill is located in Smeaton, north of Creswick, in an area well known for it's fertile volcanic soils and goldmining past.
Construction of the flour mill commenced in 1861 and it was operational within six months. The Oat section of the Mill was completed by the following harvest. Outbuildings such as the stables, grain store and bluestone office were added later as the operation expanded.
The water wheel was developed from designs by John Smeaton and the patterns cast locally in Ballarat at Hunt and Opie's Victoria Foundry. Water was collected from Hepburn Lagoon, about five kilometres from the Mill, then released into Birch Creek before being channelled into the water race to turn the wheel.
The amount of water required depended on the product being processed. The person operating the release gates at Hepburn Lagoon would be asked to release 'half oats water' or 'full flour water' for the shift's operation.
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Smeaton, VIC, 3364
Located 8.5K from Werona
Located seven kilometres north of Daylesford, Chocolate Mill is in a straw-bale building, designed and built by the original owners. Nicki and Adrian Straton took over the business in January 2014 and are excited to expand further and develop the iconic Chocolate Mill. No changes to the fantastic chocolate, only enhancements.
The Chocolate Mill pride themselves on being there for the serious chocoholic where fresh chocolate is made the old fashioned European way, before mass production took over. The idea is to create something from scratch, the way things used to be made, from the building construction to the way they make their chocolates and run the business.
By using natural ingredients and quality European chocolate and staying away from palm oil, preservatives and additives the Chocolate Mill can focus on quality and personal customer service with strong product knowledge. The Chocolate Mill make and sell the product exclusively on-site to over 2000 customers per week, melting down over a tonne of chocolate per month, imported from Belgium.
The Chocolate Mill Hot Chocolate Cafe serves award-winning hot chocolates, locally sourced espresso coffee, cakes, tarts (try the salted caramel with Belgian Chocolate ganache with double cream) plus light refreshments (wraps) drinks and ice-cream sundaes to die for.
The Chocolate Mill have appeared on Getaway, Post-Cards, Coxy's Big Break and have also appeared in Epicure and the Herald Sun many times. The Chocolate Mill also won an RACV small business award and was voted number 11 in Victoria's Top 101 Best Tourism Experiences in 2010. The Chocolate Mill also won the Herald Sun Best Hot Chocolate in 2010.
5451 Midland Highway
Mount Franklin, VIC, 3461
Located 12.1K from Werona
Shizuka Ryokan and Day Spa Retreat
Experience the essence of an authentic Japanese country spa retreat at Shizuka Ryokan japanese country spa retreat. Leave your cares at the door and step inside the world of traditional Japanese hospitality.
Soothe mind, body and spirit with a range of luxurious spa and holistic wellness therapies for day spa visitors and residential guests alike. The indulgent menu includes massage, reflexology, facials, foot treats, body polish and wraps.
Inspired by Japan's ancient ryokan inns, which provided a haven for weary travellers, Shizuka Ryokan offers you a place for renewal of mind, body and spirit.
Also available is traditional accommodation and delicious cuisine. Set amid tranquil bushland in central Victoria's picturesque spa country, Shizuka Ryokan is fully authentic in every detail including its architecture, furnishings and gardens.
Couples, singles and small groups come to relax, indulge, rejuvenate and immerse in the romance and tranquillity. Shizuka Ryokan is also a unique venue for small community and corporate groups to conduct retreats, workshops and meetings.
Located in Hepburn Springs near Daylesford, it's a small piece of Japan that's close to home, just a 75 minute drive from Melbourne.
For Australians, that's much more accessible than the long flight to Kyoto.
7 Lakeside Drive
Hepburn Springs, VIC, 3461
Located 12.5K from Werona
The Mineral Spa
The Mineral Spa at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel is an idyllic rural restorative haven; one of the largest and most acclaimed rural day spa's in Australia.
Specifically designed as a sanctuary of healing and relaxation, The Mineral Spa connects body and spirit to the earth's natural elements through powerful healing and beauty treatments to re-invigorate and restore. Therapists, each with their own area of expertise and selected for their healing hands and calming spirits, ensure that every guest experiences a beautiful and personal spa experience; with individual consultations and exclusive specialist treatments.
As part of its philosophy for integrating healing through earth's natural elements, The Mineral Spa has harnessed the power of mineral water, unlike any other spa in Australia. The spa's key feature of healing through water is The Retreat; a mineral water therapy zone following in the healing traditions of the famous mineral spa's throughout Europe.
Tucked in a private and peaceful indoor-outdoor corner of the spa, The Retreat comprises two 100 per cent mineral water spa's, a cold plunge pool, steam room, infra-red detox box and the only lavender-infused basalt stone sauna in the Southern Hemisphere. During the winter months, The Retreat turns into a steamy twilight haven with Night Bathing every Friday evening. Water continues as a healing theme that runs throughout the entire spa, with highlights such as the 180 power jet massaging Hydro baths and Australasia's only Soft Pack Flotation Beds. Signature treatments are by the prestigious spa specialist, Pevonia Botanica.
In keeping with the sense of tranquillity, The Mineral Spa is architecturally designed to reflect the environment and landscape, creating an ambience of healing; suffused with natural light shimmering across white stone walls, enhanced by the soothing sound of flowing water, and breathtaking views into the countryside.
124 Main Road
Hepburn Springs, VIC, 3461
Located 12.6K from Werona
Acqua Viva Day Spa
Acqua Viva Day Spa offers indulgent and therapeutic body treatments including mineral spa baths using the local mineral water for which the area is famous, hydrotherapy, massage, facials, mud wraps and sea salt body scrubs.
Packages at Acqua Viva Day Spa include a mineral water spa; 30 minute massage and 30 minute facial for close to two hours. The Just Massage package includes a one hour facial and a 45 minute body massage. The Balneotherapy package involves a Aerospa mineral bath and a 45 minute massage. A Body Revitalising Masque package starts with a natural mud body masque with steam and vichy shower and 45 minute massage.
The Body Renewal package cleanses you body with a sea salt body scrub, a steam and vichy shower and 45 minute massage. the Ultimate Body Replenishment package commences with a body mud masque, sea salt body scrub with steam and Vichy shower and 45 minute massage. A Grande Indulgence package begins with a one hour facial, natural mud body masque, sea salt body scrub, Vichy shower, steam bath, one hour massage and spa lunch (five hours including lunch).
As the All Spirit package is all about relaxing, revitalise and rejoice with their signature package to reconnect body, mind and soul, from head to toe and from outside in.
The Adventure Includes a one hour relaxation massage, one hour facial, sea salt body scrub, silky smooth mud wrap with steam and vichy shower, their signature "foot bliss" and a soak in the local mineral water in a mineral water spa bath.
Single and double guest packages are available, please contact for further details. An upgrade for packages are available, add on a mini facial for just $45 extra. Please contact for further information or to book.
5 Tenth Street
Hepburn Springs, VIC, 3461
Located 12.6K from Werona
Portal 108 is a unique shopping experience in the heart of Hepburn Springs.
Nestled in a quaint federation style home boasting a 100 year old majestic pin oak tree in the front yard, Portal 108 is a destination not to be missed.
During the winter months, you can shop in the warmth of a crackling open fire and explore the hand picked selection by owners Connie and Kyla.
Portal 108 proudly supports local and independent artists and showcases some of Australia's best known brands of jewellery, women's clothing, footwear, handbags, homewares and accessories.
Connie and Kyla's philosophy is to only stock things they love and are passionate about, making their selection a diverse mix for just about everyone.
Handbags and accessories brands include Nancybird, Bsirius, Boheme, Secrid and Rollie shoes, whilst clothing and jewellery labels represented are Najo, Palas, Eb and Ive, Elm Lifestyle and Brave + True .
Voted on TripAdvisor as the number one Thing To Do in Hepburn Springs, be sure to put this destination on your itinerary when visiting the region.
Portal 108. A lifestyle store. For everyone.
108 Main Road
Hepburn Springs, VIC, 3461
Located 12.7K from Werona
Overwrought Sculpture Garden and Gallery
Overwrought have been producing unique Australian metalwork for over eight years and have recently opened their own sculpture garden and gallery. Their gardens feature rustic metal sculpture and the gallery showcases local and interstate artists.
Set on the plains of the Central Victorian potato growing district of Blampied, Overwrought offer the visitor a tranquil spot to sit by the pond and enjoy the ambience of the Australian countryside.
Only eight minutes from Daylesford, toward Ballarat. Overwrought are easy to find and have ample parking for cars, coaches and caravans. On your next visit make sure to meet the artists who create the beautiful work on display - and say hello to the friendly alpacas too.
3409 Midland Highway
Blampied, VIC, 3364
Located 13.9K from Werona
Daylesford Day Spa
The Art of Relaxation is Daylesford Day Spa.
In an area renown for its mineral water springs, spa's and health treatments the new Daylesford Day Spa stands out in the crowd. Centrally located in a converted heritage building, Daylesford Day Spa creates a unique philosophy and nature-based experience for their clients. An earthy and harmonious ambience is coupled with a total commitment to providing the perfect environment for relaxation, rejuvenation and wellness.
At times you simply need to be pampered, Daylesford Day Spa have a treatment to suit everyone. Packages for those just wanting to relax, for those who like to be indulgent or if you have all day try the signature package "The art of relaxation" you will leave floating on cloud nine.
Stone treatments are a specialty. Stone therapy is an ancient form of healing which involves the use of hot basalt stones. The stones are placed onto the body, tapping into its energy system, creating a sense of balance and promoting healing. Daylesford Day Spa have stone treatments for pure relaxation, muscle relief and for your mind, body and spirit. Redirect your energy in a positive way rejoice in the stones as they restore your mind, body and spirit.
Have a look at the extensive packages listing, and if your looking for something different ask the staff to put together your perfect Indulgence package. If time is limited just relax with a massage, body treatment or facial.
Daylesford Day Spa uses Jurlique products which are all natural plant based skin and health care products designed to enhance your holistic health and well-being. Herbs and plants are grown in the Adelaide Hills and all products are made in Australia. They are proud to promote Australian made products.
25 Albert Street
Daylesford, VIC, 3460
Located 15.0K from Werona