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Creswick Visitor Information Centre

Creswick Visitor Information Centre

41 – 43 Albert Street Creswick
10.00am – 5.00pm 7 days a week (Closed Christmas Day)

Ph (03) 5345 1114

 
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Creswick Activities & Attractions

That Creswick is surrounded by lush forests is testimony to the recovery work carried out by John La Gerche back in the 1800’s  As the old forests were cleared for mining and agriculture, Creswick became the site of the state's first tree plantation in the 1880s.

 

With lush forest on all sides, there are many outdoor activities to be pursued in Creswick and beyond.

Creswick offers a number of natural attractions for visitors.  Enjoy bushwalking and scenic drives through the extensive Creswick Regional Park. Visit Calembeen Park which was the town's Chinese camp in the goldmining days and now features lakes which are suitable for fishing or swimming.

St George's Lake is one of Creswick's most picturesque natural assets.  Originally created to provide water for gold sluicing, now it is a popular spot for fishing, picnicking and canoeing.

Right in town is Park Lake, with its established botanically and archaeologically significant gardens. Much of the original gardens' layout exists today - pathways, waterfalls and rockwork of the fernery and some of the oldest trees remain. Interpretative signs are by the lake on the Midland Highway and near the barbecues. There are also 32 tennis courts – half of them grass – available for hire.

Walking

Exhilarating downhills, thickly forested valleys, rolling farmland, and historical relics - the Goldfields Track has the variety and challenges to make it one of the most exciting hiking and mountain bike tracks in Victoria.

Formed by gold seekers in the 1850s, the Goldfields Track is a point-to-point 210km Track that takes mountain bikers and bushwalkers through some of central Victoria's most historic towns and beautiful forests.

Walking maps on the Goldfields Track and other nearby walking trails can be picked up from the Creswick Visitor Info Centre.

Remember if you are bushwalking in these parts there are still many deep mine shafts, some of which have been capped, others may only be loosely covered with undergrowth, and some remain completely open.

Fishing

Try your hand at fishing the local rivers, streams and reservoirs.  There are a number of lakes stocked with trout, including Creswick’s St Georges Lake, and the nearby Newlyn Reservoir and the Hepburn Lagoon.

If you don't have any luck in the rivers and lakes you could also increase your odds by visiting one of the local trout farms.

Gold

In an area so stepped with gold history it is fitting that you should try your luck.  Slaty Creek, located in Creswick Regional Park, has beautiful areas for picnicking, cycling, walking and gold panning.

Stroll past buildings that owe their existence to the town's benefactor, gold, along Creswick's broad, elegantly curved main street - the old Masonic Lodge, State Savings Bank, Creswick Library, Post Office or pop in to the Creswick Museum.

The New Australasian No.2 Deep Lead Gold Mine, was a goldmine just out of town and is the site of Australia's worst below-ground gold mining disaster, where 22 men were drowned in 1882.

The mine site, which is now open to the public, can be seen by travelling about two kilometers along the road toward Clunes and following the signs.

The Creswick Museum and Gold Battery is well worth a visit. Built in 1876 as Municipal Chambers, the building was converted into the museum in 1970. It contains a good collection of photos and items from Creswick's gold mining past. The ore crushing battery, built 1918 in Battery Crescent, is still in operating condition.

Industry

Visit the last remaining woollen mill of its type in Australia and watch the local craftspeople create blankets and throws from merino wool, cashmere and alpaca fleeces.

Art

Based around the characters and events of the Norman Lindsay book "The Magic Pudding", the Magic Pudding Playground is being constructed in conjunction with the Hepburn Shire Council.

Stage One of the project, at the corner of Napier and Raglan Streets,  is completed with the centre piece being the Salt Junk Sarah boat skilfully built by using 100 years old steam timber bending machinery.

 




Gold & Relics Gold Prospecting Adventures
Gold & Relics Gold Prospecting Adventures Real life gold prospecting tours - metal detecting and/or gold panning. An adventure, an experience or a fun day out with family. Come and try it and you get to keep the gold you find.
Creswick Bazaar
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Park Lake A circuit of the decorative Park Lake will take you back to the prestige of the wealthy miners who boated on the lake of a Sunday. There are botanic gardens on the slope just above the lake and hilltop; there are also BBQ facilities, toilets, picnic areas and a rotunda.
2NDHANDSHOP - Vintage Furniture & Homewares Store
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Cricket Willow
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Newlyn Reservoir
Newlyn Reservoir
Prani Glow Day Spa
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Creswick Market
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Lidia Merzel - Celebrant
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Tuki Retreat
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Calembeen Park
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Creswick Regional Park Creswick Regional Park’s rolling ancient hills and gold mining relics are a must see for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy the park for picnics, camping, walking, mountain bike riding and a myriad of other activities.
Creswick Woollen Mills
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Creswick Museum
Civil Celebrant - Genevieve Messenger
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Creswick Neighbourhood Centre
Callambene Pony Stud
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Ballarat - Maryborough Heritage Trail
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Creswick Cemetery Trust
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St Georges Lake
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