Take a walk around picturesque Lake Daylesford and take in the sights and sounds of nature. A short stroll from the town centre, Lake Daylesford offers something to keep everyone happy.
Children love bird spotting and the playground is always a hit. Why not hire a paddle boat for an hour or two or spend the day and utilise the BBQ facilities.
You will find a cafe and restaurant right on the shores of the lake and many more activities. Don’t forget to taste the famous mineral water at Wombat Flat Mineral Spring and Central Springs Reserve.
Lake Daylesford is a manmade lake, originally a site of gold diggings, then later a Chinese market garden. The construction of the lake began in 1927 and was and still is used for many recreational activities.
Australasian Mine No.2
A quiet place, where little remains today above ground to indicate the industry, wealth and tragedy that unfolded here at the site of the ‘new’ No. 2 mine shaft.
The New Australasian Gold Mining Company, number two shaft disaster claimed the lives of 22 miners and remains as Australia’s worst gold mining disaster. The poppet head and boilers have long gone and the depression of the No.2 shaft can be seen beside the mullock heap. Unseen above ground, there are several kilometres of tunnels beneath you. The tragic site is marked by a cairn and oak trees.
For more information and current conditions contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au
Bryce’s Flat Picnic Area
Bryce's Flat makes a nice stop over for a picnic or a break on a hike between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.
See relics of the mining past of this area including the large bluestone pieces that once formed a bridge. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and a huge range of birdlife.
For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.
Clunes Creek Walk – 2 km’s | 30 minute loop
The walking track meanders alongside Creswick Creek, through the pleasant environs of Victoria Park, and up to the lookout which affords panoramic views of the town.
Follow the signs along Creswick Creek, past Esmond Park and along the shady banks of the waterway.
This leisurely stroll is perfect for children and families. Along the route find a playground, secluded picnic spots and discover the history of the area.
Located on the hillside overlooking Clunes, Esmond Park contains a number of historical mining sites, including relics of the Port Phillip Mine.
From Esmond Park you can follow the winding Scenic Drive to the lookout for spectacular views over the town and surrounding countryside or take a stroll along the Clunes Creek Walk.