The Shire of Hepburn is around 110 km north-west of Melbourne, with easy access to Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo. It is home to approximately 15,000 people. The region has a rich indigenous heritage.
The population increased greatly thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Many impressive buildings were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings. Many of these buildings remain today. Many areas and buildings within the shire are also heritage listed.
The Shire of Hepburn is the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’. Mineral springs have attracted retreats for relaxation and treatments. There are also many areas of natural beauty with abundant forests, parks and reserves. The Hepburn Bathhouse is itself a state icon, and the complex contains many different pools, baths and treatment rooms, both public and private.
High quality local produce abounds, and has encouraged a flourishing wine industry, a lavender farm, and a vibrant dining scene – from gourmet restaurants to casual cafes.
Daylesford’s weekly Sunday market at the Old Railway Station is a tradition, and the Central Highlands Tourist Railway operates a Sunday vintage railway service through Wombat Forest. There is also a Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month.
A visit to Jubilee Lake and Lake Daylesford will not disappoint, and Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens are historical, with first plantings in 1861. For history buffs, the Historical Society Museum is a must.
The area also has a large artistic community, from performing to visual arts.
Tourism and primary production are the main areas of employment.
The University of Melbourne’s UDRH has accommodation to support health professional student clinical placements within our region. The accommodation is available to both undergraduate and post graduate health professional students.
To make an accommodation enquiry for the Ballarat region, please visit the following link, and follow instructions:
For more information on the region, and what it has to offer, please visit the web links below.
Tourist information: www.travelvictoria.com.au and search for the relevant township in the Hepburn region.
Hepburn Shire Council information: www.hepburn.vic.gov.au
More links have been provided in the Information Pack.
Thanks to Mattinbgn & Gdmanning at Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.