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.
The Creswick Heritage Walk links a number of the best natural and cultural heritage features of Creswick, many of which until now you could only separately access and then by car, such as the heritage-listed La Gerche walking trail.
Starting at the centre of the town from the Visitor Centre, the new Creswick Heritage Walk offers the opportunity for an attractive 8.5km, 2-3hr circuit walk. See the attached map. It features the heritage-listed La Gerche trail managed by Parks Victoria with its 135yo stands of conifers and extensive oak gully, as well as historic buildings and an arboretum within the University of Melbourne Creswick campus, topped off with magnificent views from a hilltop within HVP’s Creswick pine plantation.
The Creswick Heritage Walk also offers a greatly improved exit route northbound from Creswick for the Wallaby Trak section of the Goldfields Track.
Please note the Creswick Heritage trail is clsoed on days of Total Fire Ban.
For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.
Photo credit: Gib Wettenhall
Coliban River Scenic Reserve is also known as Trentham Falls. The reserve is located just a short drive north of the township of Trentham, 97 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. From the viewpoint, only 100m from the car park, you can appreciate the basalt cliffs and the impressive waterfalls. The falls are best viewed in the winter and spring months or after significant rainfall.
Beautiful Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, plunging some 32 metres over basalt columns. There is no access to the top or base of the falls due to unstable cliffs but you can best enjoy the waterfall from the viewing platforms.
The reserve protects one of the best remnants of vegetation in the area, you can find stands of large manna gum, stringy bark, messmate, narrow-leaved peppermint as well as seasonal wildflowers.
Toward the reserve entrance is a picnic area and carpark in delightful bush surroundings and located a short walk to the falls viewpoint.
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.
The Daylesford Town Hall was build into he 1800's and is still used today for Council meetings and events.
The inside of the hall has been restored and is a fine example of gold rush era architecture. The hall hosts many events including concerts, dances, theatre shows, festivals, art show and many more events. The hall can also be hired for private and public events. Contact the Hepburn Shire council for any booknig enquiries.