Outdoor Relaxation

Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve

Relax, rejuvenate and explore. This region is home to over 80% of Victorias Mineral Springs, famous for the stunning natural setting and healing waters.

The Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve was Australia’s first Mineral Reserve created in 1865 and houses the historic Bathhouse and Pavilion buildings. Take some time out to rejuvenate and ‘take the waters’, or explore one of the many walking trails that are found throughout the reserve. Have a wander along the creek to each mineral spring and taste the famous mineral water from the pumps or free-flowing pipes throughout the reserve. There are BBQ facilities, picnic areas and a playground, why not spend the day.

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The historic Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa and Pavilion Cafe are located in the Mineral Springs Reserve.

Secret Forest Walks

Experience the beauty and seclusion of walking in the Wombat Forest, assisted by GPS technology.
No clubs or tours, just you and the company of your choice, or solo if you wish.
Your hand held GPS unit will show you the way.

Choose from a selection of carefully mapped bushwalks on the tracks and trails of the Wombat Forest, according to your tastes and abilities. Be immersed in lush fern gullies or tall forest, or take in high country mountain views or dramatic river gorges. Short, medium and long, easy or challenging walks are available.
During the pre walk consultation we’ll select the right walk and show you how to use the GPS unit, and you’re away! Inquire about our back pack of walkers essentials, or you can BYO.

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As well as the forest walks, The Lake Daylesford GPS Treasure Hunt is a new, fun and interactive game for families, friendship groups and, well, anyone who likes the trill of the hunt, teamwork and reward. Based on the International GeoCaching, it’s like a high tech treasure hunt set in beautiful surrounds.

Recipients of Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence for the last two years, Secret Forest Walks is your first choice for unique outdoor activities.

Mob: 0418 301 281
Email: info@secretforestwalks.com
Web: www.secretforestwalks.com
Available Friday, Saturday, Sunday or by chance.

  • 0418 301 281
  • Available Friday, Saturday, Sunday or by chance

Wombat Discovery Tours

Nocturnal guided Tours of the Wombat State Forest, explore the forest by night and see amazing animals like Wombats, Kangaroos, Owls, Possums and Bats. It's a very fun, informative and affordable tour that will leave you with a better understanding and appreciation of our beautiful forest. Regular Saturday night tour starting at 7.30pm /8.30pm depending on season. Duration about 2.5hrs. Pickup from up from local accommodation. Private tours available. Gift cards available.

Calembeen Park Creswick

Calambeen Park has two beautiful lakes that are home to birdlife and displays of waterlilies. It was once the town’s Chinese camp in the goldmining days, now you can visit the park for walking, cycling, swimming, fishing and a favourite of locals and visitors alike, the now restored dive tower.

Calambeen Park is home to the public art piece ‘My Dearest’, which can be found by taking the walking trail around the lake.

  • Sunset to Sunrise

Mount Franklin Reserve

Mt Franklin is a small volcanic crater that offers ideal place for a picnic or basic camping set amongst plantings of huge conifers and deciduous trees that create an exotic atmosphere. Also known as Lalgambook by the Djadja Wurrung people, Mt Franklin offers fine views on the approach to the summit.

Mount Franklin is a fine example of a breached scoria cone. The breach, through which the road now enters the crater, is thought to have been caused by a flow of lava breaking through the crater rim. Lava from Mount Franklin and other volcanoes in the area filled valleys and buried the goldbearing streams that became the renowned ‘deep leads’ of the gold mining era.

You can camp for short stays at Mt Franklin which is also suitable for caravans and motor homes on a first come first served basis. No fees apply. Toilets, fireplaces and washing water are provided.

Camping is also available in caravan parks in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs adjacent to the park.

For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.

  • 13 1963
  • Overnight camping available

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