Hepburn Springs Luxury Getaway

Thanks everyone for sharing all your great memories and stories in our Hepburn Springs luxury getaway competition. It’s been a lot of fun reading all your entries. And yes we did read all responses!

There were some common themes that made great holiday memories, including:

  • Family holidays as a kid enjoying the simple things like, playing at the beach, collecting eggs, holidaying with grandparents and of course ‘funny Dad’ stories.
  • Trips overseas to see amazing places like Africa, The Himalayas, France, Egypt, the USA and Canada
  • There was more than one great holiday memory at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. We think Cradle mountain should get a gurnsey!
  • Funny stories of near disasters, like vomiting on a boat, huge spiders and being bitten by wildlife.
  • And of course, romantic proposals, wedding anniversaries and honeymoons.

What Makes A Great Holiday?

It’s clear that what makes a great holiday memory is different for each person and is connected to the people you’re with, surprise experiences that happen while on holiday, and the broader context of life.

A once in a life time journey to an incredible place, can be just as memorable as a weekend getaway with your partner, or a simple family holiday where the kids are really happy and there’s lots of family bonding.

Time To Relax, Laughter and Bonding

We’ve run a few competitions now and what comes across in so many people’s stories is not having any time to relax. Everyone’s lives are so busy that there’s no time to do nothing at all, and bond with partners and children.

The secret to a great escape and a memorable holiday is really simple: time to relax, laughter and bonding.

And The Winner Is…

We read through all your responses and we made a shortlist of the ones that really stood out. After some deliberation, we decided on our winner. We chose this story for a few reasons. It was a great memory. It involved surprise. The moment of surprise was recorded on camera and the memory was still being relived every day through the photo. Now that’s a great memory!

If you haven’t already guessed, the winner is Silvana Rossington, with her story of romance captured in Venice:

My most favourite holiday that l will never forget, is when my husband proposed to me in Venice, which is my favourite place in the world. We were traveling for three months around Italy and he had asked one of the locals to take a photo of the exact moment he proposed. All done behind my back while l was looking at a mask shop. This photo hangs on our wall in our lounge room. I see it everyday and everyday it makes me smile.

Silvana, to claim your prize, please email us at

romantic getaway in Venice

Silvana Rossington, marriage proposal moment in Venice

Find Time To Relax At Hepburn Springs & Daylesford

Hepburn Springs and Daylesford is the perfect place to get away with your partner or family – even if it’s just for a few days. There are so many relaxing things to do in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs at a lovely, slow pace.

Our top things to do in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are:

  1. Mineral water tasting at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve
  2. A luxury day spa experience at Hepburn Bathhouse or another luxury day spa
  3. A visit to the historic and beautiful Lavandula
  4. Daylesford Lake
  5. The Convent Gallery
  6. Dining at a Chef’s Hat restaurant – The Argus or The Lakehouse

Top things to do in Hepburn Springs

1. Taste The Water At Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve in Hepburn Springs Springs is the place to pamper yourself. The mineral water in the reserve is free to try at a number of water fountains, each tasting slightly different due to different mineral compositions. Take along your water bottle to fill with the effervescent waters.

2. Hepburn Bathhouse Pampering

People have been travelling for years to Hepburn Springs to bathe in the mineral waters. Hepburn Bathhouse provides a range of experiences and packages for different budgets.  Purchase a family day pass, or for romantic couples, enjoy a massage and private bathing.

This is just a start. For more things to do in Hepburn Springs and Daylesford, see our regular reviews.


Where to Stay In Hepburn Springs

You’ll find everything you need to relax when you stay at Hepburn Spa Pavilions. Our villas provide absolute seclusion and luxury for couples and families, with enough room to stay for a week or more.

Both our spa villas, Saffron and Horizon are architect designed, with views across the trees. Special attention was paid to creating a feeling of warmth, with timber, bamboo, luxury velvet and sumptuous linen. You’ll find two huge hydro spas in luxuriously appointed bathrooms with a double shower, for maximum relaxation. The open living areas have soaring ceilings and a cosy fire in which to chill out, reconnect and do nothing at all.

The kitchen has everything you need to cook for yourself if you feel like staying in. And if you need to pick up some gourmet ingredients, you won’t need to go any further than a 5 minute walk to Hepburn General Store, which has everything for your stay.

Kookaburra Ridge provides a romantic or family experience in a country house on two acres of landscaped European style gardens, filled with fruit, vegetables, olives and herbs.

A huge open fire in the lounge room is a perfect place to spend cosy evenings with your feet up. The rustic kitchen invites guests to cook and share meals together on the antique dining table.

For more information about any of our properties, contact us.