Calabeen Park, Tourism Victoria

Population 2487

Creswick is an attractive and historic town, a symbol of the rich and heady life of the gold-rush days of the 1850s. Unfortunately, the goldmining also decimated the surrounding forests. Today the town is surrounded by pine plantations over 100 years old; they exist thanks to the initiative and foresight of local pioneer John La Gerche and – while they are no replacement for the Australian bush – they have given Creswick the title of 'the home of forestry'. Creswick was the birthplace of renowned Australian artist Norman Lindsay, many of whose paintings can be seen in the local historical museum.

Visitor Information

1 Raglan St; (03) 5345 1114

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In Town

Historic walk: self-guide tour, map from visitor centre.

Giant Mullock Heaps: indicate how deep mines went; Ullina Rd.

Museum: photos and memorabilia from the town's goldmining past as well as an exhibition of Lindsay paintings; open Sun, public holidays or by appt; Albert St.

Gold Battery: est. 1897; Battery Cres.

Creswick Woollen Mills: last coloured woollen mill of its type in Australia; offers product sales, regular demonstrations and exhibitions; Railway Pde.


Creswick Regional Park After La Gerche replanted the denuded hills around Creswick in the 1890s, the state established a nursery that it continues to operate today. Further natural history can be explored on the various walking trails, including the 30 min Landcare Trail or the longer La Gerche Forest Walk. Visit St Georges Lake, once a mining dam and now popular for picnics and watersports, and Koala Park, an old breeding ground for koalas that was highly unsuccessful (they escaped over the fences). Slaty Creek is great for gold panning or picnics, with abundant birdlife. The park stretches east and south-east of town. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or the Creswick Landcare Centre, located within the park, on (03) 5345 2200.

Tangled Maze: a maze formed by climbing plants; 5 km E.

Smeaton: pretty little town with the historic Smeaton House, the Tuki Trout Farm and Anderson's Mill; 16 km NE.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours, Ballarat 16 km

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Brisbane Ranges National Park 55 km

With a vibrant koala population, this relatively small national park only 80 kilometres west of Melbourne has picnic areas, walking tracks through rocky gorges and a basic camping area.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Harvest 383

This contemporary dining room is the in-house restaurant for the new Novotel Forest Resort. The name was developed in line with the environmental philosophies of both the resort and executive chef Glenn Krumb, the number... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Holgate Brewhouse 57 km

Paul and Natasha Holgate have travelled a decidedly different path to most other craft-brewery operators over the past decade or so. They started brewing ales from a shed adjacent to their family home in Woodend in the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Slaty Creek camping area 4 km

There are actually 3 camping areas spread around Slaty Creek in the south of the park: Number 1, Number 2 and Number 3 camping areas. After you’ve taken a nap under a manna gum and panned for gold in the creek,... Find out more

Lake Burrumbeet Caravan Park 21 km

When it holds water, Lake Burrumbeet attracts watersports lovers from around the region, and anglers keen on catching trout and redfin. It’s situated on the western fringe of Ballarat, the town centre of which is... Find out more

Mount Franklin Reserve camping area 29 km

The crater of the extinct Mt Franklin volcano makes a wonderful setting for an overnight camp. Separated from Hepburn Regional Park proper by the Midlands Hwy, the reserve is an enclave of large conifers that makes a... Find out more

Bush camping 29 km

Permitted within the forest. Contact ranger for details.... Find out more

Blackwood Mineral Springs Caravan Park 37 km

Blackwood struck it big (albeit briefly) as a goldmining area in the 1850s and visitors can still pan for gold here. They can also take numerous walks in the area, including to the springs, along the Lerderderg River and... Find out more

Surface Point camping area 41 km

A Chinese settlement was located at Surface Point in the gold-rush days, and there’s still some evidence of it scattered throughout the bush. Try your hand at fossicking along Misery Creek – don’t let... Find out more

Vaughan Springs camping area 41 km

There’s only space at Vaughan Springs for a few caravans and a half-dozen tents, so get there early if you want to stay during holiday periods. To the north are the old Spring Gully Junction Mine and a walk along... Find out more

Warburtons Bridge camping area 41 km

This basic campground is accessed off the Vaughan–Drummond Rd. It’s in the same part of the park as the Vaughan Springs camping area, which may prove useful if Warburtons Bridge is full. Up in the north of... Find out more

Karri Track camping area 42 km

There’s not much space at this camping area in the west of the park, so it’s best to contact the ranger beforehand to check the availability of sites, particularly if you have a caravan. You can walk across... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

A Welcome Stranger Holiday Park 15 km

Located 2.5 km east of Ballarat, this is a good quality park in a quiet, easily accessible area. The park has a large number of sites, a heated pool, a spa, minigolf, an adventure playground and a tennis court. We... Find out more

BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park 16 km

This well-established, quality park is in a quiet rural area 6 km west of the city on the old Western Highway. It has a great range of facilities including a spa, sauna and tennis court. Bookings are required at Easter... Find out more

Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park 17 km

Centrally located (2 km from the city centre) and easily accessible, this quality park has a wide range of accommodation and very good facilities, including a heated pool and spa, and bathrooms for children and families.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Novotel Forest Resort Creswick

This new luxury resort is part of a $250 million forest resort development, which also includes a boutique day spa, restaurants, residential community and fishing village. All 144 rooms and suites have balconies and... Find out more

Rossmore Cottage

This charming 1860s miners cottage dates from the region’s bonanza gold-rush days and, while now restored to offer comfortable accommodation for up to four guests in two bedrooms, still retains its historic... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Creswick South rest area 2 km

16km N of Ballarat (L)

Very small area adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Slaty Creek camping area 4 km

T/O at Creswick

Small secluded campground located 6km (partly unsealed) south-east of Creswick via Bungaree, Slaty Creek and Petticoat rds.

Mount Franklin rest area 29 km

26km S of Castlemaine (L) or 10km N of Daylesford (R)

Secluded area 1km off the highway in a shady forest setting.

Smythesdale camping area 30 km

At Smythesdale

Secluded and shady setting 500m north of the highway via Gardens St.

Clarendon rest area 32 km

26km S of Ballarat (R) or 60km N of Geelong (L)

Large secluded area just off the highway behind some shady trees.

Lexton South Rest Area 34 km

27 km S of Avoca (L) or 43 km N of Ballarat (R)

Large area just off the highway. Only limited shade.

Woady Yaloak Creek rest area 36 km

26km E of Skipton (L) or 6km W of Smythesdale (R)

Surrounded by scrub just off the highway.

Vaughan Springs camping area 41 km

T/O 9km S of Castlemaine (L) or 27km N of Daylesford (R)

Small campground 6km east of the highway via Vaughan Springs Rd in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Facilities at nearby picnic area.

Jessie Kennedy rest area 43 km

6km S of Castlemaine (R) or 30km N of Daylesford (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Meredith park area 50 km

At Meredith

Large area located in a side street (turn off at the roadhouse) at Pioneer Park.

No. 2 Creek rest area 56 km

59km S of St Arnaud (L) or 3km N of Avoca (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Creswick Makers Market: 1st Sun each month.

Creswick CALCAN Market: 3rd Sat each month.

Forestry Fiesta: Oct.

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