Hepburn Springs, located an easy 90 minute drive from Melbourne, is a region rich in natural beauty and boasts Australia’s largest concentration of naturally occurring mineral springs. It is also home to the The Hepburn Springs Swiss & Italian Festa (12 – 16 November 2014), a five day multi-cultural celebration of the settlers from Ticino, Switzerland and Northern Italy who made the region their home in the mid-nineteenth century. Their legacy can been seen everywhere from the food, architecture and the Italian wines that are readily available throughout the region.
Hepburn Springs is the ideal destination to relax and take advantage of the abundance of fine restaurants and luxurious day spas and wellness retreats for the ultimate weekend away.
The Argus Dining Room
Serving modern Australian cuisine with a focus on regional produce, The Argus Dining Room is located in the original Art Decor dining room at Peppers Springs Retreat in the heart of Hepburn Springs. Recently awarded Luxury Travel Magazine’s Best Australian Food & Wine Experience 2014, the fresh, seasonal menu consists of food grown onsite in the Argus Kitchen garden and rare bred beef and lamb from Birch Estate in Smeaton. 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, +61 3 5348 4199
Red Star Cafe
With a casual vibe and welcoming couches, Red Star Café is the ideal spot to linger and enjoy a coffee and the home-style cooking for breakfast or a long lunch. Visitors can fuel up for a day of walking with ricotta, bacon and maple syrup hotcakes or pop into lunch for an open steak sandwich or creamy tagliatelle with mushroom. 115 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, +61 3 5348 2297
Rubens at Hepburn is a fully licensed restaurant serving Mediterranean style cuisine in a friendly atmosphere with relaxed table service. Located on the main road between the towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, visitors will enjoy bush views from the al-fresco dining area or warm up near the log fire. 70 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, +61 3 5348 2843
Hepburn Springs Retreat
This new luxury accommodation, which opened in early June 2014 is conveniently located opposite the famous Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. The property comprises 10 glamorous five-star villas which all boast magnificent, serene views over native bushland. Contemporary and elegant, they are designed for complete indulgence and comfort. All villas have kitchenettes, king-sized beds, double spas and double showers and gas log fires. A welcome hamper full of local produce is also provided to all guests on arrival. 20-22 Mineral Springs Crescent, Hepburn Springs, +61 3 5348 3322
Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel
Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat is a grand 1930’s guest house that has been transformed into a deluxe retreat. Offering stylish and elegant reception areas and comfortable accommodation, the warm Art Deco theme characterises the entire retreat. The exquisite onsite restaurant and award winning day spa combined with the stylish and serene surrounds makes it the place for a stress free break, weekend away or romantic escape. 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, +61 3 5348 2202
This stunning Japanese inspired property and day spa offers a little piece of Japan in the heart of tranquil bushland in Hepburn Springs. The architecture, furnishings and landscaping are all influenced by the simple beauty of Japan and are complemented by a luxurious day spa that offers a range of face and body treatments. 7 Lakeside Drive, Hepburn Springs, +61 3 5348 2030
Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
The historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa has been welcoming visitors to soak in the region’s healing mineral waters since 1895. Nestled within the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, it draws mineral water directly from the source to offer a totally unique spa experience. Guests can enjoy communal bathing in heated mineral water pools or indulge in a range of hypnotherapies in the Sanctuary including relaxation pools, spa couches, aroma steam room, salt water therapy pools and private mineral baths. There is also a dedicated onsite day spa for the ultimate in pampering. Mineral Springs Reserve, Hepburn Springs, +61 3 5321 6000
Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm
A visit to Hepburn Springs wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Lavandula. Thanks to the Swiss Italian influence of the region, this beautiful lavender farm is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic surrounds. There’s gardens, lavender fields, olive and chestnut groves and a La Trattoria café where visitors can dine al fresco and enjoy a range of lavender infused dishes. 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat, +61 3 5476 4393