Around the Park
Well its winter. Daylesford like Ballarat and some other surrounding towns are quite a few metres above sea level which makes them colder than at sea level. Daylesford is around 750 mts above sea level, so if you are coming to Jubilee Lake or the town, pack warm clothes, shoes, hats and coats. If you are camping, make sure that your sleeping bag is at least rated to -5C and that you have compressed foam mats under you when you sleep. People do still camp in tents at this time of year. I’d recommend that you book a powered site and have a small good quality panel heater. Your tent must be large enough though that you can stand up and walk around in easily. With careful packing, you can be quite warm.
The autumn leaves have fallen and the tree branches are patterned against the sky. Mist rises from the surface of the lake as the clouds clear and the morning sun appears. This is the perfect time to go for a scenic walk around the lake and the park. Others like to set up an artists easel by the waters edge and paint the idilic scenery. Photographers arrive at the crack of dawn to capture the dawn departure of a balloon or to witness the wallabies and kangaroos snacking on the green grass of the oval by the lake.
Jubilee Lake park looks lush and green. Its a very peaceful place to come and stay. A short 2km walk away is the township of Daylesford. Cabins and onsite caravans are available to hire. Our kiosk by the lake make nice hot breakfasts and steaming cups of tea or coffee and toast with butter. Just a great get away.
We are still waiting on planning approval from the council to build our camp kitchen. Hopefully it will be built by Christmas. Meanwhile, we have the basics of hot water available near the old amenities block. Next to the newer amenities block, the camp kitchen gives you a place to barbecue under cover as well as hot water and a place to sit and eat and wash your dishes.
For the brave, fire pots and wood can be purchased from the camp office and they will be delivered to your site so you can toast marshmallows with the kids and see the milky way more clearly than you ever thought possible in the city.
Out and About in Daylesford.
There is so much to do when you come up to Daylesford, markets, classes, cafes, sightseeing etc. If you look up this website using our free WiFi you will find so much to do and see.
www.visithepburnshire.com.au All the ‘upcoming events’ will be there for you to see.
For Those who love to Craft.
Bendigo Woollen Mills are but 75 km away. They have two large rooms of wool and other yarns for you to drool over. Leave your husband in the cafe next door in the tramways museum to await your presence.
Tylden Junction Pub in Tylden. Open Wednesdays to Sundays. Take your knitting and /or crochet. They have a retro cafe where you can get tea, coffee and lunch. The piece de resistance though is the “Pick up Stitches” wool and yarn shop located here. Spend the day there in warmth and comfort with other like minded people. The cook makes a cream sponge cake every morning. Delicious with morning tea. Husbands can sit in a winged back chair in the bar area near a fire reading the newspaper.
Maldon wool shop. Located in the main street is a small cosy wool shop. Local ladies spin and dye local wool and alpaca fibres into beautiful skeins of wool. they also have a room where you can sit and knit in peace with others.
Patchwork. MillRose quilting and gallery is a place to behold. So much fabric! rooms and rooms of it. Located in Ballan, just down the road from Daylesford at 92 Inglis Street, Ballan. ph 03 5368 2995 Your husband can be parked at the cafe next door.
This recipe is fairly quick to make and can be eaten by everyone as a quick meal.
Tuna Melt (serves 1)
1 x 185g tin tuna in springwater, drained and flaked
2 tbls Mayonnaise
1 teas balsamic or cider vinegar
1 teas Dijon mustard
2 slices sourdough or lower carb Wholemeal bread, toasted. You can use 2 large mushrooms also, just remove the stalk and pack in the filling.
2 teas chopped dill pickle
1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese.
extra cheese to sprinkle on top.
I like to also add some finely chopped capsicum and celery then top off with some sliced tomato.
- Toast the bread, set aside
- Heat oven to 180C, place a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray. set aside.
- In a bowl place the ingredients, tuna,mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, dill pickle, grated cheese, chopped capsicum and celery. mix well.
- Top bread or large mushrooms with the tuna mix. Top with tomato slices and sprinkle with the extra cheese.
- Place on baking tray and bake for 7 minutes in a preheated oven till cheese is melted, or, you can heat it through in a microwave, 5 minutes on medium power. Serve.
Pamela (Home Economist and Board Member)