Wednesday, 18 April 2012

DAYLESFORD, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Daylesford is a town located in the Shire of Hepburn, Victoria, Australia, founded in 1852 with the finding of alluvial gold in areas now occupied by Lake Daylesford. It is about 115 km north-west of Melbourne, in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. At the 2006 census, Daylesford had a population of 3,073. The Midland Highway runs through the town. The broader area around the town, including Hepburn Springs to the north, is renowned for its natural spring mineral spas where visitors can sample the mineral water. This together with its proximity to Melbourne make it a popular destination for tourists.

Lake Daylesford, originally an idea by a Norwegian, Christian Christensen, to provide hydro-electric power to the town, was finally brought to fruition in 1929 by Councilor Trembath, a descendant of a Cornish miner. The spa resorts declined in the 1930s, but were redeveloped in the 1970s. Since then, Daylesford and all of the eastern Shire of Hepburn has become a major alternative lifestyle centre, with such services as massages, reiki, shiatsu, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology, spiritual healing, and tarot reading being found.

This post is part of the Water World Wednesday meme,
the Nature Footsteps Waters meme,
and the Outdoor Wednesday meme.









19 comments:

  1. These are so fantastic, Nick! The first one could be a painting and the last four are breathtaking! I do love the black swan! What a lovely place! I always enjoy the information you include -- heightens the beauty! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Sylvia

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  2. my black swan has started to migrate to oz too?

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  3. Gorgeous photos - your information always makes everything so much more interesting! Love the black swan!

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  4. You make Daylesford look very appealing Nick, wonder why the spas were knocked back in the 1920's.

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  5. A gorgeous place even for boating! Beautiful weather even for the clouds to be reflecting on the water!

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  6. Never dreamed somehow of an 'alternative lifestyle' place in Australia*... In Oregon, we stay in an area with lots of those same opportunities readily available; we've always loved the mix of 'lifestyles' (I hate that word, but can't think of another at the moment.)

    * I'm certainly learning through my virtual friends not to accept any place at just it's stereotypical level and that's a good thing!.

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  7. Just wonderful images, especially that black swan. :) So very nice!

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  8. Wow these photos are beautiful! I can't wait to see summer here in the US. ^_^ Thanks for linking!

    Watery World Wednesday

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  9. What a wonderful place. Wish I can sit near the lake as well.

    http://www.1sthappyfamily.com/2012/04/fountain-at-ragunan-zoo.html

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  10. This looks like it is a nice place to live.

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  11. What a quaint town. Beautiful swan photo!

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  12. that´s a great place for a picnic. :)

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  13. Awesome photos ~ love the watery ones especially ~ very creative ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  14. I especially like the photos of the lady reading by the lake and the swan (second last and last photos). All great shots as usual, Nick.

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  15. Majestic scenery!

    Nature Trekking on Holy Saturday. My first time joining NFS Waters.

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  16. These are great. I envy the woman under the tree.

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  17. This is a picturesque place. Thanks Nick, for the lovely photographs. The lady and the swan are soothing to the eye.

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  18. I love this beautiful corner of Victoria and to think you can reach there so quickly from Melbourne .... Lovely captures Nick..

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