Depart Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges feeling rejuvenated and loaded up with goodies to keep that holiday buzz and sense of vitality alive a little longer. Take home fresh, seasonal produce from farm gates and provedores, pick up vintage collectibles and stylish homewares to liven up that tired space at home, or ignite your creative spark with art from a local gallery or studio.
Delve into the region's creative community and explore the countless art galleries displaying local paintings, sculptures and jewellery. Come on the right day and you might be lucky enough to meet the artist and find a unique souvenir.
Daylesford boasts the Convent, Clayfire and Stony Creek galleries as well as the art/design hub of Bromley & Co.. Call past small workshops or market stalls on your way to the Malmsbury's Tin Shed Arts and Woodbine Gallery, Lancefield's Mad Gallery, and The Gallery Mt Macedon.
Curios, collectibles and beautiful boutiques
Try walking down any main street in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges without venturing into a second-hand and collectible book store or an antique shop filled with furniture, silverware and china. Pick up contemporary homewares and handicrafts to complement your 'new' vintage pieces.
Browse the antique stores in Kyneton's Piper Street, and linger in the strip's homewares and gift stores. Get the props for a country life from Country Habit, gentlemen's essentials at No Town Outfitters, and slaver over beautiful objects at Emporium and Kabinett on Piper.
In Daylesford the Lake Daylesford Book Barn and Paradise Books are great places for a wander while the effects of a spa, massage or hearty lunch soak in. The Bricklane Bazaar, Daylesford Mill Markets and Upstairs at Alpha will steal a few hours from your weekend and equip you with retro wares you didn't realise you needed.
Browse objects of beauty and select the perfect gift for someone hard to buy for (or better, yourself) among the luxury and artisanal homewares and giftware at boutiques Mulch, Frances Pilley and Moss and Burrows. Add some finery to your wardrobe from Harry and Me, Frangos & Frangos Boutique and Mimosa.
Woodend, Gisborne, Kilmore, Lancefield, and Macedon (don't miss the Amy Emporium) all have tiny stores to occupy you for hours.
Wellbeing at home
Maintain your sense of vitality and wellbeing long after your holiday. Pick up locally-produced body products with beneficial mineral properties, or load up on scented candles. Keep an eye out for Lavandula's lavender body products.