The twin towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, located in Hepburn Shire, nestled in the Central Highlands at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, are the perfect home for the ChillOut festival. Situated just over an hour from the heart of Melbourne, the towns offer a wonderful opportunity to take a break – and have an awesome party.

Recognised as an area of culinary excellence, the area boasts dozens of restaurants, cafes and pubs, with something to suit every budget and every tastebud.

The land around Daylesford and Hepburn Springs contain some 80 per cent of Australia’s natural mineral springs. Over the years, this has brought about the development of some of the best local day spas and natural therapy centres, including the famous Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. There is also a well-equipped gymnasium, as well as many health food outlets to cater for every dietary need, not to mention art galleries, wineries, bookshops and fascinating retail outlets.

The area contains abundant scenic resources, from the vast spread of the Wombat State Forest, to the tree covered heights of Wombat Hill and Mount Franklin (an extinct volcano), and the majestic surrounds of lakes Daylesford and Jubilee.

Renowned for the tolerance and diversity of its population, the area provides a warm welcome to members of the gay and lesbian communities. The towns boast the highest percentage of gay and lesbian residents in rural and regional Australia. Many local businesses are gay or lesbian-owned – and those that aren’t are most definitely friendly!

So, when you’re taking a break from the multitude of activities and attractions offered at ChillOut, there are plenty of ways to keep busy – and plenty more ways to simply chill and rejuvenate. Come up to Daylesford for the Labour Day long weekend – or anytime of year – you’ll be very relaxed, but never bored!

You can find traveller information at these sites:

Once you’ve arrived in the area, the Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre can provide a wealth of information. There are also Visitor Information Centres in Creswick, Clunes, Trentham, and other towns in the Macedon Ranges region.