As we celebrate 20 years at Dayget we take a look back at how it all began with a handful of properties and a dream to provide stylish modern accommodation for visitors to the Daylesford & Macedon Ranges.
Dayget started from humble beginnings over 20 years ago when Chris Malden and Wayne Cross visited the region in search of a weekend retreat in Daylesford. Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the pair saw Daylesford as an escape from their busy city lives.
By the mid 90’s, Chris and Wayne were utilising their background in building and property development creating more weekend getaway properties in the region. They realised their contemporary, architectural-based style was just what the region needed as savvy city dwellers flocked to the region seeking elegant and contemporary properties for weekends away.
After presenting their properties to the local booking agents, they were turned away and told that the style was too contemporary. At a time long before online booking sites existed, their only option was to build their own website and take booking themselves.
Soon, other property owners began approaching them to list and manage their properties and so in 1999 Dayget, then known as Daylesford Getaways, was officially launched providing guests with Australia’s first complete online accommodation booking and payment system. With a rapidly growing portfolio of holiday rental properties, Chris and Wayne moved permanently to the area to focus full time on their expanding business.
Today Dayget (after shortening the name from Daylesford Getaways in 2011) is the region’s leading accommodation booking agency, welcoming over 30,000 guests every year and representing nearly 150 of the best self-contained holiday homes in Daylesford and the surrounding villages of Hepburn Springs, Trentham, Clunes, Glenlyon and Kyneton.
All of the properties on the Dayget portfolio are individually owned by property owners as passionate about providing a great holiday experience as we are. We handpick the best accommodation from every era in every style. We love how every property is unique, from the classic holiday house, to the country chic and the quirky cottages. It’s what makes our portfolio great!
As we celebrate our 20th year we want to extend a huge thank you to all of our guests and property owners that have supported Dayget over the years. Here’s to the next 20! Cheers!