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Franklinford: 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 3.4K from Franklinford

Chocolate Mill

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 who 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 manufactures over 12,000 hand crafted chocolates per week using fair-trade Belgian Couverture chocolate, no palm oil and no artificial ingredients. Chocolates are made using traditional European techniques and can be seen through a viewing window in the kitchen.

Also on site is the Hot Chocolate Cafe where award-winning hot chocolates, espresso coffees, cakes, tarts made from our chocolate and ice-cream sundaes can be purchased as well as enjoying your freshly made chocolates. Light refreshments are available on weekends, school and public holidays.

Open daily 10am to 4.45pm as the cafe closes 4.30pm. Closed February, Christmas Day and Boxing Day each year.

5451 Midland Highway,
Mount Franklin, VIC, 3461

Located 4.1K from Franklinford

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 7.0K from Franklinford

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 7.1K from Franklinford

Hepburn Springs Golf Club

Hepburn Springs Golf Club features a challenging 18 hole course, unsurpassed vistas and the best grass greens in the Spa Country. The kangaroos, flora and fauna and country hospitality will delight you and your friends.

The course is seldom crowded and visitors of all standards are welcome to play at any time. Group bookings are welcome and reasonable green fees offer visitors a wonderful day of golfing free of crowds and surrounded by wonderful native bushland.

The clubhouse is licensed and features a covered decking with spectacular views. Motorised carts, buggies and equipment hire are available. The clubhouse is also available for hire and is a perfect venue for your next family gathering, birthday or wedding.

The members of Hepburn Springs Golf Club welcome visitors to this region and hope that you will love playing on the golf course as much as they do. For further information about green fees, monthly golf specials, bookings, memberships and venue hire please visit their website.

Golf Links Rd,
PO Box 46
Hepburn Springs, VIC, 3461

Located 7.2K from Franklinford

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 7.2K from Franklinford

Portal 108

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 7.3K from Franklinford

Hepburn Springs Village

You'll come for the water and stay for the wine, not to mention the food.

From cosy pubs and cafes, to Epicurean Chef hat delights and fantastic paddock to plate experiences. Let's not forget the walks, pampering, fresh air and peacefulness.

The magic of Hepburn Springs was discovered by Swiss Italian miners back in the 1850's. Their legacy remains evident in beautiful buildings like Villa Parma and the old Macaroni Factory and in the occasional ruin you will discover whilst walking.

Of course, there's the water. Hepburn Springs is blessed with 80 percent of Australia's natural mineral springs. Sample these directly from the source by filling your bottle from one of the springs or discover the water's healing properties when you relax in one of the luxurious boutique day spas or the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.

Hepburn Springs is home to artists, musicians, writers, makers, natural healers, quirky shops, galleries, conferencing and accommodation. People who do a lot of things and those of do very little.

Hepburn Springs Village bids you welcome to one of the most perfect places on Earth.

So pack your bags and stay a while.

Main Road
Hepburn Springs, VIC, 3461

Located 7.6K from Franklinford

Daylesford Massage Healing Centre

Welcome to Massage Healing Centre, a beautiful, restful, nurturing space created for you to retreat and indulge right in the heart of Daylesford, a place to restore balance naturally to mind, body and soul.

Daylesford Massage Healing Cnetre's fully trained and intuitive healers have many years of experience and will tailor the therapy session just for you. You are able to experience a great choice of professional massage and natural healing modalities including relaxation, deep tissue, remedial, therapeutic, pregnancy, hot stone, and warm bamboo.

They offer reflexology; ear candling and body treatments including wraps, scrubs, foot treatments and facials. Energy healing includes, reiki, spiritual healing, chakra balance, crystal healing and also Tarot and Astrology readings and Past Life Regression.

Yoga is offered in the studio space on selected weekdays. The studio is also available for hire for your own private group or workshop.

A visit to the retail shop provides the opportunity for retail therapy, with everything including crystals and jewellery, books and CDs, oracle and tarot cards, candles and natural skin care products.

Daylesford Massage Healing Centre look forward to supporting you on your journey to restore balance naturally to body, mind and spirit.

11 Howe Street
Daylesford, VIC, 3460

Located 10.3K from Franklinford

Franklinford: Events

Electric Guitar Making Courses

Wildwood Instruments offers weekend instrument making retreats in Mt Franklin, just next to Daylesford.

You can choose from our range of popular electric and bass guitar kits and be guided through the building process in our fully equipped workshop. The two day guitar building courses run each and every weekend, so you can attend when it suits you.

The course is open to those aged 16 years and above. Visit the website for details and to book in your course.

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11 Phillips Rd
Mount Franklin, VIC, 3461

Located 4.6K from Franklinford

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