Lake Daylesford is located in the very heart of town within 5 minute walking distance from the restaurants and shops of Vincent Street, the main street in Daylesford. The lake is man made and initially created in 1927. Before that it was the site of a (not so lucrative) gold mine.
If you walk (or run!) the perimeter of the lake on the Lerderderg Track it’s about 2.5km of easy walking surrounded by the most beautiful countryside and wildlife. All paths are clear and mostly even, so this walk is accessible for all ages.
Limited parking is available at the Lake Daylesford Carpark, however that does fill up quickly on busy days. If you can’t find a spot in the car park, I recommend driving a bit further up on Leggat Street where there is ample parking. From here you can follow the path down directly to the lake.
Not far from Leggat Street, is the Lake Daylesford Swimming Jetty. The lake is a perfect place for a swim on a warm summer day with a small beach area on one side and a jetty to jump off at the other side.
if you continue walking on the Lerderderg Track, you’ll pass one of the many natural springs in the area. You’ll recognise the pumps from a distance. Give it a try and taste some of the natural spring water.