Best day trips from Sunbury this winter - Maplestone

Best day trips from Sunbury this winter

Take the ultimate day trip and discover Victoria this winter! Our must-do list features the best road trips to take from Sunbury, so you can truly unwind from the hustle and bustle of it all.


Discover Daylesford.

Escape to Daylesford, a picturesque town just an hour’s drive from Sunbury, renowned for its natural mineral springs. Treat yourself to one of many rejuvenating spas scattered throughout the town. Our top picks: Daylesford Day Spa or The Spa at Lake House.

Sample local flavours and dine at award-winning restaurants at some of Victoria’s best eateries. Rewarded with the unprecedented two hats, Lake House has become Daylesford’s top dining destination. If you’re looking to savour delectable flavours from the Far East, Kadota is a must-visit venue with a perfectly paced set menu.

Tip: Don’t miss the famous Daylesford Sunday Market each week. With over 100 stalls and plenty of free parking spots, this market has been running for over 41 years and is filled with delicious local food and produce, homemade crafts, gifts and homewares.


Quirky Castlemaine.

A vibrant town famous for its diverse art scene, rich gold rush history, and growing reputation as a culinary gem, Castlemaine is located only 70 minutes away from Maplestone, Sunbury.

For antique collectors, you’re in for a treat! Allow yourself ample time to walk around the number of stores dotted in and around town. Some highlights include the Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar, almost 2,000 sqm of vintage heaven, as well as bookstores offering rare finds, automobilia, exquisite furniture and garden ware.

Explore the vibrant maker’s community, indulge in delicious food and drink, and relish in collectable treasures as you stroll through The Mill. With year-round exhibitions, this is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon.

When food is on the mind, check out Bar Midland, located in an 1872 hotel serving produce from local Victorian farmers, fishers and foragers. Rewarded with one hat, the interior oozes the glamour of the 1930s, with an artistic quirk frozen in time.


Historic Bendigo.

Stepped in gold history with a vibrant arts hub and a world-class food and wine scene, Bendigo is an 80-minute drive north of Sunbury. Take a walk through the historical city and explore its famed heritage architecture. If you’re feeling adventurous, dig up a wealth of gold rush history on a tour of Central Deborah Mine and uncover life as a miner during the gold rush boom of the 1900s.  

Take in the sights and sounds of the city’s fascinating history through museums, gardens, and galleries. You can easily spend a few hours at one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional galleries – Bendigo Art Gallery. Home to a collection of more than 12,000 works of art, it has numerous exhibitions throughout the year, so there’s always something new to discover.

Looking for Bendigo’s best restaurant? Look no further than The Woodhouse. This steakhouse and red gum grill is a local favourite where you can soak in the rustic atmosphere and cosy up in front of the fire.


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