Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges

Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges are part of the lands of the Kulin Nation. The Kulin Nation is a collective of five Aboriginal language groups:  Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Wathaurrung, Taungurung and Dja Dja Wurrung.  Their collective territory extends around Port Phillip and Western Port, up into the Great Dividing Range and the Loddon and Goulburn River valleys. The Kulin Nation has inhabited the area for an estimated 40,000 years and prior to colonisation was a Nation or more than 20,000 people. The Nation was connected through commonalities in Dreamtime, moieties, Country and language. Bunjil the wedge-tailed eagle and Waa the crow are significant to all groups in the Kulin Nation. Bunjil is the creation spirit of the Kulin and Waa the protector of the waterways.

Wurundjeri, Taungurung and Dja Dja Wurrung are the Traditional Custodians of the area with all three groups residing in different areas in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Central to all three language groups is Hanging Rock which is as significant as Uluru for Kulin people. Wurundjeri, Taungurung and Dja Dja Wurrung are all Traditional Custodians of the area, as Hanging Rock is on the boundaries of these three language groups and is significant to all as a site of ceremony, initiation, politics and commerce.

Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges are just an hour north east of Melbourne is affectionately known as Spa Country. From Daylesford to Hepburn Springs, Trentham to Woodend, Mount Macedon to Kyneton and many charming villages in between, there is a huge amount to do all packed into a small region.

The region is known for its spectacular back country, world renown mineral springs and exceptional wineries and restaurants.  Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges is home to 80% of Australia’s fresh mineral water, it has multiple luxury spa and wellness retreats known for their rejuvenating and restorative qualities. The region also offers a huge range of nature-based activities including exploring its expansive forests and enjoy breathtaking heritage gardens. You can also indulge in exquisite food and wine across the region, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges have more awards per capita than any other Victorian region, whether they be chef hats or gold medal wines.

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