Tag: Town views
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens
Located at the top of Wombat Hill in the centre of Daylesford is the historic Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.
Take the scenic drive around the gardens and then stop a while to explore. Climb the 77 stairs to the top of the Memorial tower for views across the town. Whilst here you can explore the many areas throughout the gardens including the fernery, rotunda and begonia house.
Allow time to take a break for a coffee at the cafe hidden amongst the plants. Are you a keen gardener? The Friends of Wombat Hill have regular plant sales in the gardens and a small trolley full of plants for sale located at the cafe.
Clunes Scenic Drive & Lookout
Take this stunning scenic drive over Creswick Creek, past the historic mine sites to the lookout, which provides beautiful views over the town and surrounding countryside. Information boards along the drive give some insight into the past, including one that compares photos from the 1800's the views of today.
Thomas’ Lookout – Cornish Hill
Some of the best views of Daylesford can be had atop Thomas Lookout, which is only a short drive or walk from the town centre.
Near the lookout you will find a memorial plaque which remembers the Cornish Miners as well as some lovely walks around this reserve.
Collect your free map of Cornish Hill from the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre or download one from the Cornish Hill website.
Friends of Cornish Hill
Cornish Hill is a Crown Land reserve in the heart of Daylesford. This land was intensively mined for gold between 1852 and the 1950’s. It was so named after the Cornish miners whose expertise in deep mining techniques was crucial to the extracting of gold from the quartz reefs running deep under the hill.
The mining left the hill derelict and denuded of trees and it soon became an area where goats and cows grazed. Woody weeds such as gorse, blackberry and broom became established in the disturbed soil, making reclamation and regeneration a challenging and lengthy process.
Spring-fed Smith’s Creek rises near East Street and bisects the reserve and flows into Wombat Creek which eventually becomes part of the Loddon River system. Cornish Hill is a haven for wildlife as well as a community asset to be discovered and enjoyed by all.