Ballarat to Maryborough Heritage Rail Trail
The Ballarat-Maryborough Heritage Trail (“the trail”) is a cycle touring route connecting the major townships of Maryborough and Ballarat via smaller settlements and other points of interest along the route. The route is designed for a country cycle on quiet, sealed and unsealed roads that take in some of the most attractive towns in the Goldfields region: Talbot, Clunes and Creswick.
The route progresses through scenic, relatively flat (gentle gradient) country with views of rolling hills and farmland on existing public roads, or off-road paths. The route is a 115km trip one way. It could be conducted as a return trip with an overnight stay, or be done in sections. As such the route will link to railway stations in the major settlements to enable different access points. The route will appeal to a cycling market interested in a leisurely cycle and those interested in exploring the Goldfields region, including individuals, or cycling groups.
The Clunes Museum is housed in the former warehouse (c.1860) of contractors Nicholl and Wallace who supplied building materials and hardware to miners, farmers and residents. Since then, it's many and varied uses reflect the town's history and, of course, it is very much part of the town's celebrated 19th century street-scape. Between the wars, it was part of the original knitting mill in Fraser Street. During WWII, it was used as a hostel for families. After the war, it was a hairdresser's for many years as well as an upholsterer's, a dressmaker's and even a fish and chip shop. The redeveloped building, now known as The Warehouse - Clunes to reflect it's 19th century history, reopened in 2014 and it operates as a Hub housing the Museum, the Library, the Visitor information Centre, the Hepburn Shire Service Centre as well as event and meeting spaces.
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.
Shopping in Clunes
Not just a pretty, historic town, Clunes also offers a fantastic shopping experience. From books, wine and local produce to photography, art, homewares, antiques and more.
Take a stroll along Fraser St & Service St to discover the unique and interesting shops in Clunes.