Recreation & outdoor activities
Relax and come back to life in the enriching natural waters of Hepburn Springs. Savour the bounty of the early Swiss Italian migrants, revel in the outdoor lifestyle, and discover a vibrant community of artists, healers, gardeners, writers and musicians.
Hepburn Springs is located amid the largest concentration of mineral springs in Australia, which are full of health-giving minerals. Fill a bottle from the old-fashioned pumps and pipes in Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Reserve to get a taste of the different mineral formulations.
Experience the healing effects of the waters at a local spa and wellness centre. The lavishly refurbished Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, established in 1895, offers hydrotherapy, massage and beauty therapy. Stay a little longer and keep your wellness retreat going with visits to The Mineral Spa and the Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country spa.
Hepburn Springs was established by Swiss Italian migrants during Victoria’s 1850s gold rush and their legacy can still be felt at the cafes and restaurants along Main Road. Surrounding vineyards and farms are laden with fresh produce and fine wines – the perfect holiday souvenirs. Time your visit to coincide with festivals at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm celebrating the local harvest and regional heritage.
Pick up gifts and local arts and crafts in one of Hepburn Springs’ unique shops and small galleries. Take some time to discover the splendid gold rush architecture visible in the many public buildings along the Historic Village Walk.
Walk through Hepburn Regional Park in spring and see colourful wildflowers and the wide range of animals and birds that inhabit the area. Serious hikers can set out along the 16-kilometre Tipperary Track and explore natural wonders such as Sailors Falls, Mount Franklin, the Blowhole and the Hepburn Pool. A round of golf on Hepburn Springs’ 18-hole golf course is another great way to spend the day.
Hepburn Springs is just over one hour from Melbourne on the Western Freeway and Midland Highway, and just three kilometres from Daylesford.