In and Around The Park

The Board and Management of Jubilee Lake Holiday Park would like to wish each and every one our guests a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year.

Next Saturday, 8th November, we will be holding our annual Christmas Party in the park for the children. Santa will be in attendance. He is such a busy man but he wants to come along to see the kiddies. There will be a sausage sizzle and Christmas music for all to enjoy.

There are Christmas Decorations around the park on display to start you getting into the festive spirit. They add colour and excitement to the park and set little children’s hearts racing with joy.

Our wonderful long awaited for Camp Kitchen is finally finished and open for use. What a bonus it will be for campers to be able to cook their meals and do dishes inside out of any inclement weather. Yeah!

The Children’s Playground has had a new coating of bark to soften underfoot and prevent the little ones  getting coated in mud if the weather happens to be damp. Bark also prevents underfoot getting too hot or cold depending on the weather as it has insulative properties.

A new fence has been erected at the back of Dad’s Gully to keep dogs, children and rubbish from encroaching upon the neighbouring farm property. There are horses and other livestock there so please keep an eagle eye on your children at all times and do not let them tease any animals.

We welcome dogs in the park as they are a part of your family, but, please keep them on a lead at all times and pick up after them putting the refuse encased in plastic bags into the bins which are located around the park. Also, no matter how cute, small or cuddly your dog is, No dogs are allowed into the kiosk under any circumstances. Food is prepared and sold in there. Tie your dog up outside and they will be very happy to see you when you walk outside to collect them.

In and Around Daylesford

Now that the weather has warmed up everyone is keen to get away for the weekend and their annual holiday breaks. The Community of Daylesford wants you all to have a great visit to their region so in order for you to do this they have a website you can visit to find out all that is happening in the township and the surrounding districts. Go to  Scroll down to “Upcoming Events” and there are so many different things to choose from that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

For the Children

Play Cafe- 8/39 East Street, Daylesford. This is an indoor play centre for children where parents can have a much needed coffee in the cafe while they watch their children play. ph 03 5348 1537.

Fairy Park- This place is heaven for children and will keep them occupied for a whole day. Pack a picnic and drive down to Anakie via the Ballan Road, approx 73 kms, and you will come across a Giant on the left hand side of the road sitting at the entrance gate. Drive up the hill and you will find every fairytale represented and most are interactive. There is also the Camelot Playground where children will just love and adore Merlin’s tower. Check out the web site for details

For those who love to Craft

Bendigo Woollen Mill- Situated in Bendigo at the rear of the Tramways museum, this factory outlet is a heavenly place full of different yarns, patterns and needles. Every conceivable colour in wool, blends and cottons are available. Leave your partner in the cafe next door in the Tram museum while you browse this wonderful place. For details

Tylden Junction Pub- Believe it or not this pub contains a wonderful yarn store called “Pick up Sticks”. There is also a retro cafe there where you can purchase light meals, coffee, tea etc. The best bit is that there are couches and chairs where you can sit and relax with your knitting or crochet for the day and chat to other like minded people. There is a lovely outdoors area for this as well. Check it out as it’s open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm.

Millrose Quilting and Gallery- 92 Inglis St, Ballan. Here there are rooms galore full of the most glorious prints and plain fabrics suitable for all your craft needs. Leave your partner in a nearby cafe to read the paper while you browse to your hearts content.

The Wool Stash- in Maldon, 32 Main Street. This little shop is located in one of Victoria’s most picturesque historical gold rush towns and well worth a visit. Local artisans have their home spun and dyed yarns there as well as other yarns available. www.thewoolstashcom Drop in on the way either to or from Bendigo. Thursdays – Monday 10am-4.30pm

This month’s Camp Recipe

This warm salad recipe is quick and easy to prepare if you need a quick meal.

Warm Butter Chicken Salad  (serves 4)

500g Chicken Breast fillets

250g butter chicken simmer sauce

400g can lentils, rinsed and drained

2 baby cos lettuce, leaves separated

250g grape tomatoes


1. Preheat a chargrill pan or barbecue grill to medium high.

2. Combine the chicken fillets with 2 Tablespoons butter chicken sauce in a bowl until well coated.

3. Cook the chicken on the grill for 3-4 minutes each side or until cooked through. Set aside to rest.

4. Divide the lentils, lettuce and tomatoes among serving plates, or, arrange all on a large platter.

5. Slice the chicken and place on top.

6. Drizzle with remaining warmed butter chicken sauce. (can be heated in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute on high, stir well before drizzling over the salad).


(Board Member and Home Economist)

November at Jubilee Lake

Around the Park

So very much is happening now that spring has arrived along with some milder weather. The trees in the park have come to life with their new crowns of green leaves. The park peacocks have been strutting their stuff displaying magnificent tail feathers in a shimmering impressive display to try and attract the attentions of the passing peahens. Baby birds are all over the park both in the trees and the water birds in the lake.

Our Managers have been very busy tidying up the park for the expected influx of visitors. The annuals have had a working bee around the park to also do a tidy up after the long winter.

Our new camp kitchen was very close to being completed the last time I saw it. By Christmas time it should be a fully functioning facility.

Hepburn council has been doing some landscaping around the park planting native shrubs and trees. Shortly they will be removing the willow trees as every council is doing around Australia from waterways as their roots are extremely invasive and they are very thirsty trees. The willow roots destroy weirs and banks of rivers and lakes.

Cup weekend is fully booked out. If you have not booked for Christmas you had better do so quickly. If you have dogs, they must be kept on a lead at all times and you must clean up after them. Coffee, tea and food items are available from the cafe to make your stay with us more enjoyable.

Out and About in Daylesford

Around Daylesford are some fabulous towns to visit. There is so very much happening the best place to find out what is going on is to look up  scroll down to “Upcoming events” and there you can find out all that is happening during your visit. The web site is extensive and well worth a look.

For the Children

Play Cafe. 8/39 East Street, Daylesford. kids love it here and there is a little cafe for tired parents to grab a coffee. ph (03) 5348 1537 for details.

Fairy Park – this is a wonderful place for children and fills a whole day. This place is for the whole family to enjoy. Just  drive down the Ballan Rd to Anakie. There is a giant at the gate waiting to greet you. This place has mountains of fun for the kids having many interactive fairy tales to play with plus Camelot Playground. Beware of Merlins tower! for further details.

For those who Craft

Bendigo Woollen Mill – For those who Hand knit, Machine knit, spin, crochet or felt, this place is heaven. Bendigo is 75kms from Daylesford and the woollen mill is right behind the Tramways Museum which happens to have a cafe. So, while you browse to your hearts content in amongst the wool your partner can go and look at the trams and have a coffee in the cafe conveniently situated next door. check out for further details.

Tylden Junction Pub – This is no ordinary pub. Inside is a wool shop called “Pick up Sticks”. it is amazing and well worth a visit. There is also a cafe, and a bar area where gentlemen may sit and read the paper. There is also a lovely outdoors area where you can sit with others and knit or crochet. Open from Wednesdays – Sundays 10am till 4pm. for further details.

Millrose Quilting and Gallery – 92 Inglis St Ballan. Situated down the road from Daylesford this place is paradise for patchworkers. so very many rooms of patchwork fabrics. So much to try and choose from. Leave your partner next door in the cafe to enjoy a coffee while you browse the goodies on display. for further details.

The Wool Stash – in Maldon. Drop in on the way home from Bendigo. 32 Main Street Maldon. ph 0457 695 760  Thursdays to Mondays 10am – 4.30pm

Camp Recipe

This recipe is easy to make but is not exactly slimming. It is a low carb dessert.

Nuttvia Mousse (Serves 4)

1/2 cup Nuttvia (97% sugar free hazelnut chocolate spread. Generally found on the top shelf in Coles                                               above the sugar laden versions of that spread)

300ml thickened cream

100gm (sugar free) chocolate


1. Melt chocolate and set aside to cool.

2. Whip cream until thick and beat in the Nuttvia

3. Fold through the melted chocolate and portion into 4 serving bowls.

4. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.

5. Enjoy.


(Home Economist and Board Member)

September and October at Jubilee Lake

Around the Park

Spring has finally sprung. Brand new green leaves and blossoms are all around the park and the temperatures are a little milder. The promise of longer warmer days are just around the corner. A time to be thinking about travel and camping and delicious meals with good company in the sunshine. Bliss.

During the cooler weather much maintenance has taken place in some of the cabins and in some of the on site caravans. The surrounding grounds have also been attended to. Council has finally approved the plans for our new camp kitchen. We are just waiting on finding the right builder so that we may have it finished in time for all those campers eager to escape the city for a weekend of joy in the country.

This Friday, September 28th, there will be a great many brass and pipe bands playing in the park in an annual outdoor concert from 2pm – 5 pm. Bring the kids and enjoy this spectacular event.

Out and About in Daylesford

There is so very much to do in and around Daylesford and the surrounding towns. Look up   Scroll down to “Upcoming Events” and there you can find out all the great things that you can do during your visit. This web site is very extensive and well worth a look.

Camp Recipe

Egg Quesadillas with Chilli Guacamole

2 Hass avocados, halved, stones removed,peeled, chopped

1 tomato, quartered, seeds removed, cut into small pieces

1 shallot, trimmed thinly sliced

1 fresh red chilli, halved, deseeded, finely chopped

1 lime, juiced

1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

6 flour tortillas

80g (1 cup) coarsely grated reduced cheddar cheese

3 Eggs


1. Coarsely mash the avocado in a bowl. add the tomato, shallot, chilli, lime juice and coriander. Stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large non stick frying pan over medium heat and swirl to coat base. Add 1 tortilla. Top with 2 Tbls of the cheddar. Carefully crack an egg in the middle of the tortilla. Top with 2 Tbls grated cheese and top with another tortilla. Cook for 3 minutes or until golden. Carefully turn and cook for a further 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat, in 2 more batches, with the remaining oil, tortillas, cheddar and eggs.

3. Cut the quesadillas into quarters and serve with the guacamole.


August at Jubilee Lake

Around the Park.

The first signs of Spring are beginning to appear all around Daylesford. Soon the blossoms will be prolific and the bright green new leaves will be very apparent on bushes and trees. However, the weather will still be rather chilly for a while longer so make sure that you rug up in warm clothing and shoes. If camping, make sure that you have plenty of warm bedding.

The council have been very busy cleaning up the track down to Dad’s Gully clearing it of all the cut trees and logs and levelling up of the ground. Grass seeds will be planted there to establish some good ground cover while the earth is soft and damp before the really warm weather arrives.

Building of the new camp kitchen will begin soon. It has taken a long long time to get planning permission from the council but finally it is all about to happen. The new camp kitchen will have cooking facilities and washing up facilities under cover for everyone to use.

Out and About in Daylesford

There are all sorts of things to do and places of interest to go to around Daylesford. The first place to check is the internet site  On the left hand side you can “click” on “Upcoming events”and find out all the happenings around the town and the whole district including markets.

For Those Who love to Craft

Bendigo Woollen Mills are but 75kms away. The mill has two large rooms of wool and other yarns for you to touch and drool over. Partners can be left at the cafe next door in the tramways museum to await your arrival after perusing all that wool.

Tylden Junction Pub in Tylden. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm. Take your knitting and or crochet. They have a retro cafe where you can get tea, coffee and lunches. The piece de resistance though is “Pick up Stitches” wool and yarn store located here. Spend the day with like minded people in warmth and comfort on comfortable chairs and couches. The cook makes a cream sponge cake fresh every morning delicious with morning tea. Partners can sit in a wing backed chair in the bar area near a fire reading the daily paper whilst sipping a coffee or something a little stronger.

Maldon Wool Store. Located in the main street is a small cosy wool shop. Local ladies spin and dye locally grown wools and alpaca fleeces into beautiful skeins of fibre. 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, so many choices, there are rooms and rooms of fabrics. Located in Ballan, just down the road from Daylesford at 92 Inglis St, Ballan. ph 03 5368 2995. Your partner can be parked in the cafe next door to await your pleasure.

Camp Recipe

Warm Chicken and Bocconcini Salad

2 chicken breast fillets

1 1/2 Tbls olive oil

100g baby spinach leaves

220g tub Bocconcini cheese, drained and halved

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

1 large avocado, sliced

2 tbls balsamic vinegar


  1. Drizzle chicken with 2 teaspoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a chargrill pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 5-6 minutes both sides or until browned and cooked through. transfer to a plate. Cover. Stand for 5 minutes. Thinly slice chicken.
  2. Place spinach in a bowl. Place vinegar and remaining oil in a screw top jar. Season with salt and pepper. Secure lid. Shake until well combined.
  3. Drizzle dressing over the salad. Toss gently to combine. Serve.

July at Jubilee Lake

In and around the Park

Well its winter, the chilliest time of year. The park is so peaceful at this time with most of the trees bare of leaves and displaying lacy patterns against the sky. There are some beautiful walks around the park and around Daylesford itself. Rug up. Make sure that you wear good comfortable waterproof boots and warm woolly socks as the ground is rather damp underfoot. Gloves for your hands and thermal underwear under your winter pants, tops and coats is a good idea. Don’t forget to wear a beanie on your head, preferably double thickness. Did you know that two thirds of our body heat is lost through our heads in winter?

There are some stunning photographic opportunities at this time of year. Due to the nights drawing in earlier and lasting well into the morning there are many wallabies, roos and other marsupials still grazing in the park. Mist rises from the lake nearly every morning and gives the park a mysterious appearance until the sun rises and begins to warm the environment.

During the winter our managers give the park some much needed maintenance. If there are diggings happening please keep any children well away from the area. Also, please do not allow any children to play unattended near the lake. Supervise them carefully at all times.

Out and About in Daylesford

Even in winter there are great things happening in and around Daylesford. There are markets, classes, cafes and restaurants plus sightseeing etc. If you look up this website using our free WiFi you will find so much to see and do.     All the up and coming events are there for you to see.

For those who Love to Craft

Bendigo Woollen Mills are but 75kms away. The mill has two large rooms of wool and other yarns for you to touch and drool over. Partners can be left at the cafe next door in the tramways museum to await your arrival after perusing all that wool.

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 lunches. The piece de resistance though is “Pick up Stitches” wool and yarn store located here. Spend the day there in warmth and comfort on comfortable couches and chairs with other like minded people. The cook makes a cream sponge cake fresh every morning. Delicious with morning tea. Partners can sit in a winged back chair in the bar area near a fire reading the daily paper.

Maldon Wool Store. Located in the main street is a small cosy wool shop. local ladies spin and dye local wools 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, so many choices, there are rooms and rooms of fabrics. Located in Ballan, just down the road from Daylesford at 92 Inglis street, Ballan. ph 03 5368 2995. Your partner can be parked in the cafe next door to await your pleasure.

Camp Recipe

This is a yummy dish that can be baked in one tray. Perfect for winter. Also makes a great breakfast.

Mexican Tray Bake with Eggs  (makes 4 servings)

1 Tbls Olive oil

1 onion , coarsely chopped

400g can diced tomatoes

120g chargrilled capsicum, coarsley chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

120g pkt  One Night In Mexico seasoning (obtainable at Woolies and comes in different flavours)

400g can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

6 eggs

1 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese

Sour Cream, to serve

1 sm avocado, sliced

fresh coriander sprigs, to serve

tortillas, to serve (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 180C /160C fan forced. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until lightly golden. Add the tomatoes, capsicum, garlic and seasoning. cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, Stir in the kidney beans.

2. Transfer the mixture to a large roasting pan or baking dish. Make 6 indentations in the top using the back of a serving spoon. crack an egg into each hollow. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the egg yolks are almost set.

3. Dollop with sour cream and top with sliced avocado. sprinkle with the coriander sprigs. serve with tortillas, if you like.

(For breakfast, make up the tomato mixture [step 1] up to a day ahead. Store covered, in the fridge. continue from Step 2.

June at Jubilee Lake

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.   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.

Camp Recipe

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

pinch salt

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.


  1. Toast the bread, set aside
  2. Heat oven to 180C, place a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray. set aside.
  3. In a bowl place the ingredients, tuna,mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, dill pickle, grated cheese, chopped capsicum and celery. mix well.
  4. Top bread or large mushrooms with the tuna mix. Top with tomato slices and sprinkle with the extra cheese.
  5. 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)

May at Jubilee Lake

In our Park this month.

Now the main holidays are over things are quietening down in the park. The leaves are turning glorious colours and dropping from the trees carpeting the ground and the weather is gradually turning cooler. However, the Queens Birthday long weekend is only a few short weeks away. Book now so you are not disappointed. If you are bringing your own van or tent remember to pack warm bedding and clothing. There are all sort of places to see and markets to attend around the district. You will have a great time exploring.

We are still waiting for council approval for our camp kitchen to be built. Hopefully it will be approved shortly so we can get it built, up and running. It will make cooking meals a great deal easier.

Maintenance of the park is carried out during the cooler months of the year when we have a chance to catch up on drain improvements, weeding and care of native plants, birds etc so that by the time Spring and the warmer weather arrives we are ready for the influx of eager campers.

In and Around the Daylesford Area

Daylesford Regional Information Visitor Information Centre can be found at the top of the town at 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford.   ph 1800 454 891  You are always welcome to drop in and collect brochures and information about what is on in the region during your visit.

More information can be obtained from     There is also further information at

For those who love to Craft

Bendigo Woollen Mills is only 74 kms from Daylesford.  for further details.

Tylden Junction Hotel contains a wool store, retro cafe where meals and coffee are obtainable and comfy chairs and couches are available to swoon on with your knitting or crochet near an open fire.   Open Wednesday to Sundays 9am- 4pm. 43 Trentham Rd, Tylden.

Millrose Quilting and Gallery. This place has to be seen to be believed, so big with so much to choose from at 92 Ingliss St, Ballan VIC 3342. Just down the road from Daylesford. 

Flourless Chocolate Brownies

This recipe is suitable for Diabetics and those on sugar free diets, it is also Gluten free. However, it is not suitable for those who have nut allergies. Each brownie is loaded with calories so eat sparingly and enjoy every bite. This recipe can also be made using sugar instead of Xylitol or Erythritol but it is then no longer suitable for diabetics or those on sugar free diets.

200g unsalted butter, softened

5 eggs, lightly beaten

100g dark 85% chocolate chopped

100g dark 85% chocolate melted and cooled

1 2/3 cups almond meal

1 cup xylitol, or,  1 1/4  cups Erythritol (

1/2 cup cocoa

200g dark chocolate 85%, chopped, extra

1/2 teas salt

For a decadent chocolate glaze that is over the top! (optional)

100ml pure cream

150gm dark chocolate 85%, roughly chopped

2 Tbls Sukrin Gold ( This is a brown sugar replacement.

25g unsalted butter


1. Preheat oven to 160C. Grease a 20 x 30cm lamington pan and line with Baking Paper.

2. Combine butter, beaten eggs, chopped chocolate, melted chocolate, almond meal, xylitol, cocoa and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Spread half the batter into a prepared pan, then press in the extra chocolate. Cover with remaining batter and smooth using a spatula.

3. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is beginning to crack and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few crumbs. Cool

4. For the optional chocolate glaze, place 100ml pure cream, 150g chopped dark chocolate 85%, Sukrin Gold and unsalted butter in a saucepan over low heat. stir occasionally, until chocolate has melted and glaze is smooth and glossy. Drizzle over brownies and serve.

Tip- Store unglazed, cut brownies wrapped in foil and plastic inside an airtight container in the freezer (xylitol and erythritol do not have the keeping properties of sugar).

April at Jubilee Lake

Around the Park

With such beautiful balmy sunny weather the park has been booked out, especially over Easter. Children had such fun hunting for eggs in a great environment. Fortunately that lovely weather looks like continuing for a while yet so head on up to Jubilee Lake and enjoy life in a bush setting while you can.

Building has started on our new camp kitchen but we are still waiting on the council planning application to be passed before we can continue. It was sad that the new kitchen was not up and running for the Easter break, but with a little bit of luck we hope it will be up and running for the warmer weather later this year.

The park and Daylesford in general are starting to glow with lovely warm autumn colours. The elms by the lake are looking beautiful wearing crowns of gold. It is such a delight to walk beneath the trees and scuff the masses of fallen leaves with your feet and hear their rustle. Memories of childhood come flooding back when you walk to the Matilda mineral spring at the end of our park.

Work will continue around the park as the weather cools. The council is planning to remove some troublesome trees and lower the level of the lake to repair some washed out foundations to ensure the park is totally safe for everyone and it is restored to its natural beauty as soon as possible.

Out and About in Daylesford

“Only a Jockey” – 100 trees, 1000 metres of fabric – A free event. March 24 – April 15. The old Trentham Racecourse, Golden Point road Trentham.   Only a jockey, a new installation project designed by Trentham resident and artist, Bern Barry. This free installation entails wrapping 100 trees in 1,000 metres of brightly coloured fabrics representing jockey silks.

“Paint Glenlyon” 2018   – Free event   March 31 – April 8th  Glenlyon Shire Hall, Malmsbury – Daylesford Road, Glenlyon. The exhibition runs from Saturday 31st until Sunday 8th of April from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Harvest Festival   April 7th @ 11.00am – 3.00pm    Lyonville Community Hall, Bremner Avenue, Lyonville.  The keen gardeners of Lyonville are at it again, producing the annual Lyonville harvest Festival which celebrates the gardens, produce and hard working gardeners of the local towns and hamlets of the Central highlands with delicious produce, flowers and preserves. There will be some great prizes and anyone from the region is welcome to bring alond their Autumn Harvest.

Woolshed – Farmers and Local Artisans Market – Daylesford  Every Sunday, 21a Raglan St, Daylesford.

African Drumming – Daylesford Library   April 10 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm. The Daylesford library, cnr Albert and Bridport Streets, Daylesford. West African Master Percussionist Ousmane Sonko will lead a master class for school aged children – places strictly limited please book.

A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon at Newlyn  April 15th  St Matthews Church, Newlyn. Four Seasons of Fine Music Festival – 2018 – Concert for Bassoon, oboe and Harpsicord with members of sweet biscuit Ensemble. Starts at 3.00pm.

Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios – 2018  April 21 @ 10.00am – May 6th @ 5.00pm The Convent Gallery and Artist Studios, 7 Daly St, Daylesford.  We recommend that you begin your Open studios experience with a visit to the Group Exhibition in the convent Gallery. This exhibition showcases a work of each of the participating artists in a restored heritage building. Artwork will be available for purchase. $5.00 entry to The Convent. There are 25 artists working in 23 studios.

For those who love to Craft

For Knitting and Crochet lovers beautiful pure wools and other yarns are available in Bendigo at the Woollen Mills. Just simply a wonderland of colours and squishy heaven.

In Tylden at the Junction Hotel you can while away a relaxing few hours with your knitting or other fibre crafts sitting in the cafe sipping coffee, having a light meal and chatting with friends and strangers alike. They also have Pick up Stitches yarn shop under the one roof.

In Maldon at 32 Main Street Maldon there is a gorgeous little wool shop called The Wool Stash. well worth a visit as they stock locally spun and dyed wools and the town is just a beautiful place to visit.

Patchwork fabric galore can be found at the Mill Rose Cottage, 92 Inglis St, Ballan. This place is so big that it will take you quite a while to wander around, so leave your spouse / partner at the cafe next door while you brouse.

For the Children

Fairy Park – heaven for children of Primary School age and younger.  Just down the Ballan Road at Anakie. School Holiday delight.

Autumn Recipe

This recipe is very simple and suitable for both Diabetics 1 and 2, plus other people.

 Perfectly Poached Ginger Pears

8 green pears

2cm piece green ginger,

1 cinnamon quill optional

4 Tbls Sugar,    or for Diabetics 4 Tbls Xylitol or Erythritol,

a largish saucepan with a good fitting lid


Peel the 8 pears and cut in half lengthwise. Remove the core with a teaspoon or knife.

Spoon the pear halves around the inner edge of the saucepan then just cover with cold water.

Wash the piece of green ginger and slice thinly with a knife. Add the pieces of ginger to the water along with the sugar or Xylitol or Erythritol and or the cinnamon quill.

Place saucepan on the stove with a good fitting lid on the pot. Bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, turn off the heat but do not lift the lid of the saucepan. Just leave it alone to sit all night. In the morning you will have perfectly poached ginger flavoured pears in a light syrup. Place the saucepan contents into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill. Serve by themselves or with whipped cream and or ice cream. Diabetics must use sugar free ice cream and cream.


(Home Economist and Jubilee Lake Board Member)

March 2018 at Jubilee Lake

Around our Park this Month

During a high wind storm a few very large branches came down near the lake. No one was hurt and Tony and his two helpers had it all cleaned up, same day. There was no sign of any damage unless you knew where to look. I was amazed at the speed and efficiency with which this was done. Well Done.

Coming up in the park is the famous ‘Chill Out” weekend. We are fully booked out for this year and for Easter which is at the end of this month. If you wish to be a part of all these festivities next year, you must be quick to book early as it is a very popular place for camping. We have musical entertainment in the park each afternoon.

Just a gentle reminder for all our campers, this is a family park and therefore all noise is to cease by 11 pm. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead at all times and owners must pick up their doggie’s doo doos in a plastic bag and dispose of the remains in the bins dotted around the park. Also, dogs are not to be taken into the kiosk, not even little cute white fluffy ones as food is prepared and sold on the premises. Health Inspectors can turn up at any time.

We were desperately hoping that our new camp kitchen would be up and running by the Labour Day weekend (Chill Out), but due to permit issues with council it has not come to pass. It should be completed though in the next few months.

Out and About in Daylesford

See last months entry for all the markets that will be operating in and around Daylesford over the Chillout weekend and Easter.

Ballarat Antique Fair March 10 – 12th

Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show, Thursday 29th March – Mon 2nd April.

24th Annual Bullarto Vintage Tractor Pull and Vehicle Display. Sunday 11th March. For further details ph: Len 5348 5555

Newstead Open Studios, March 10 – 12.

Arts Open – Meet the Makers – Castlemaine, March 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18th.

Chillout Festival, March 8 – 12.

Anderson’s Mill Festival – Smeaton, Sunday March 25th.

Lost Trades Fair – Kyneton Racecourse. Sat 10th & Sun 11th March, 2018, 10am – 4pm. No Dogs Allowed. Seniors concession available.

For Ladies and Gents who Craft.

Bendigo Woollen Mills, 4 Lansell St, Bendigo. Right behind the Tramways Museum. If you are after yarns for hand knitting, crochet or cones of wool for Machine Knitting, this is the place for you to go and visit. This paradise is 75 kms from Daylesford. They also sell needles and crochet hooks, patterns etc. People from all over the world visit here. There are always specials available.

Tylden Junction. Bar, Cafe and Knitting. This place is heavenly and open from Wednesdays to Sundays. This place contains a wool and yarn shop that has all manner of goodies to peruse (Pick up Stitches). Needles, crochet hooks, patterns, rooms of wool and yarns and knitted items. It contains a cafe where you can order coffee, tea and lunch. Everyday there is a fresh sponge cake filled with cream available. People are encouraged to drop in a stay as long as you desire. There are some beautiful areas with couches where you can sit and chat with like minded people and pursue your favourite craft. This heavenly place is situated between Trentham and Kyneton at 43 Trentham Rd, Tylden.

Maldon Wool Stash – In the historical township of Maldon is a small lovely wool store with a room out the back where you can sit and knit. This gorgeous little store sells Local Spun and Dyed Yarns. 32 Main Street, Maldon.

Patchwork. In Ballan at Millrose Quilting and Gallery you will find a huge range of patchwork fabrics and I mean huge. This place has to be seen to be believed. 92 Inglis St, Ballan. You can drop your husband off next door so they can have a coffee and snack while you browse the fabrics.

For The Children

Fairy Park – Anakie. Heaven for kids. Drive down the Ballan Rd, 2388 Ballan Rd, Anakie. This place has interactive fairytales dotted all over the hillside. There is also the Camelot playground where children just adore Merlin’s Castle and all the other adventures to be had there. Hot water available and barbecues galore. You can download costs, maps and directions from all points on the compass from their website.

Camping Recipe.

Spinach, Garlic and Fetta Dip

1 clove Garlic

150g baby Spinach Leaves

200g  Feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup light Sour Cream

1 teas Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon olive oil, for drizzling (optional)

Focaccia or Turkish Bread or dry biscuits to serve.


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add garlic and simmer for 1 minute. add spinach and blanch for 1 minute, until wilted. Drain and rinse under cold water. Remove garlic and finely chop. drain spinach again, squeezing out excess water. Roughly chop.
  2. Place spinach and garlic in a bowl with remaining ingredients. Mix well. Drizzle with oil, if using. Serve with fresh bread or dry biscuits.


Sugar Free or Diabetic Recipe Suitable for Types 1 & 2

Rhubarb Jelly

1 bunch fresh rhubarb

2 Tbls Erythritol or xylitol

1 Lemon, quartered

1/2 teas ground cinnamon

1 pkt Aeroplane Jelly Lite (Strawberry or Raspberry)

Whipped cream to serve, (optional)


  1. Wash rhubarb stalks in cold water. Remove any leaves and the base of each stalk. Chop into 2cm lengths and place into a saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Add the quartered lemon, Erythritol or xylitol, cinnamon and 1/2 cup cold water. Place lid on saucepan and bring to the boil. As soon as the rhubarb comes to the boil, turn off the heat but do not remove the lid. Just leave the saucepan to cool down for about 1 hour.
  2. Empty the contents of 1 packet of Jelly Lite into a heat proof bowl. Add 1 cup of boiling water only and stir until all signs of the gelatine have disappeared.
  3. Remove the lemon skins from the rhubarb and stir the fruit.
  4. Gently add all the stewed rhubarb to the jelly mix and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  5. Serve with Cream. Cream can be sweetened to taste with powdered (blitz in a processor or blender) Erythritol or Xylitol beforehand.


Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Board Member)



February, 2018 Park News and Recipes

Jubilee Lake Park News

Happy New Year Everybody.

The park has been extremely busy since before Christmas last year. Once the weather warms up people just love to go camping and exploring new environments. The Australia Day weekend was very popular. The next long weekend will be the Labour Day weekend in March and the park will fill up very quickly. Ring up and book your spot quickly as they are nearly all gone.

Schools have returned and so those who like to camp quietly during the week can now do so. Many like to catch trout in the lake, walk around the lake edge or just set up an artists easel to paint and sketch some of the many beautiful views. Photography is also an extremely popular pastime.

If you enjoy hand crafts the Bendigo Woollen Mill is only 75km away, Mill Rose Cottage in Benalla has an enormous range of patchwork fabrics, Pick up Stitches a wool and yarn shop, is situated in the Tylden Junction pub. You can turn up at the pub and sit and knit or crochet in the cafe with others  enjoying a coffee and lunch as well as perusing the wool and other yarns in their shop. The chef makes a delicious home made cream sponge cake every morning. There is a lovely outdoor covered area where you can sit and craft or just chat. Gentlemen can sit in the bar area in an arm chair and read the daily news if they wish.

Around About In Daylesford.


1st Saturday of the month: Daylesford Farmers Market, Vincent St from 9am-1pm

2nd Sunday of the Month: Clunes Farmers Market, Fraser St from 9am – 2pm

3rd Saturday of the Month: Creswick Market, from 9am – 2pm and Trentham Farmers and Maker’s Market, High St from 9am – 1pm

Every Sunday morning from 8am – 1.30pm, at the old Daylesford Railway Station. Buy a ticket and a train ride can also be had to Musk.

Fabric, Threads and Stories Exhibition at the Daylesford Museum on Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Feb from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Gardens of Glenlyon – 5 veggie gardens open for the public. Saturday 10th Feb from 10am – 4pm. Tickets and info from Glenlyon Hall.

Music by the Springs: A celebration of chamber music bring together 13 of Australia’s finest musicians to perform 6 concerts, 9th – 11th Feb at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel Hepburn Springs. www.musicbythe

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival: High Summer concerts at St Johns Anglican Church, Creswick. Sat 17th & Sun 18th Feb. Tickets from Creswick Visitor Information Centre.

Watercolour Workshop @ Lavandula. Facilitated by Lyn Buddenbaum, take home 2 paintings. BYO materials or buy a kit. Lunch included. $110 per person. Ph: 0408 301 338. Bookings Essential.

Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair, Maldon Football Ground. Sat 17th & Sun 18th from 8am – 5pm.

For the Children

“Fairy Park”. Primary school and younger kids just love this place. Drive down the Ballan Rd to Anakie. A brilliant day out.

Camping Recipe

Smoked Chicken Waldorf Salad(Serves 4)

This is a quick all in one salad and meal.

2 smoked chichen breasts

4 – 5 Lebanese cucumbers

5 sticks Celery

3 – 4 Apples, (Royal Gala or Pink Lady)

1/2 cup roughly chopped Walnuts

2 -3 heaped Tablespoons of Mayonnaise.


Wash and chop up all the vegetables into bite size pieces and place them into a large bowl. Add the chopped walnuts and the chopped smoked chicken breasts. Add the mayonnaise and combine all the ingredients together well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in fridge. Leftovers keep well in the fridge.

Sugar Free  and  Diabetic recipe suitable for Types 1 and 2.

Baked Chinese Chicken Wings.


2 Tablespoons Dry sherry

2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce

2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons, sugar free Maple Flavoured Syrup (Queen)

1 teas Chinese 5 Spice Powder

2 teaspoons crushed and chopped Garlic

1/8 teaspoon chilli powder or cayenne powder (optional)

2 Kg Chicken Wings.


Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl. Remove tips of chicken wings and discard. Separate the remaining two wing pieces at the joint and place them into the marinade. When all the chicken wings have been prepared, mix them well to coat in the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic  wrap and place in the fridge overnight so flavours can develop. If time does not permit they are still tasty if marinaded for 1 hour in the fridge.

Heat oven to 180C. Line a large baking tray with Baking paper. Tip all the chicken wings and the marinade onto the baking tray, spread out a little. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove tray from the oven and turn over each piece of chicken wing and bake for a further 30 minutes. Remove tray and cool slightly before serving. Leftovers can be stored overnight under plastic wrap in the fridge and are delicious the next day.

Pamela (Home Economist)

Board Member of Jubilee Lake Co-op.