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.
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