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2.2 km, takes about 35 minutes to walk. Grade: pretty easy, just part is slightly uphill.
Best recommended time: Autumn (mid - late April) to see the changing autumn leaves in this mostly deciduous forest.
A huge triple stemmed Sequoia tree was formerly on this site (planted in 1902) but sadly it spent the last few years of its life standing dead near the Landcare Pond. The statue of La Gerche was carved by Rob Bast from the wood of this dead tree, on the exact spot, and unveiled in November 2014 as a commemoration, marking 100 years since the death of our famous forester, John La Gerche, who was a forester and Forest Bailiff in Creswick between 1882 - 1897.
Address: Near Oak Gully, off Daylesford Rd
Directions: get a map to find it from the Info Centre is the easiest way as it's not signposted at all and a little tricky to find the narrow road leading to it and the former nursery if you don't already know the way.
Magic Pudding Playground
The Lindsay family of artists were born in Creswick and this Magic Pudding playground (currently at stage 1) recreates scenes from the book Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay. Currently there are swings, signs featuring some characters, a wooden boat, and a kind of wooden cubby house.
Directions: close to main street - behind the Cenotaph (which is behind the Rotunda)
Post office and restored rotunda
By world standards of course, all of Australia's towns are very young, but when judged by Australian standards, we do have many historic towns which are still interesting - just in a different way to other countries.
Creswick is a historic gold town in its own right. The district was settled in a small way as a sheep run in 1839.
The gold boom was slower to happen here than in other towns - by 1853 it was only a tent town with a dozen shops and about 100 tent, but by early 1855 the town's population had peaked at 25,000 - 30,000 people.
The first surveying of the town into streets was in August 1854.
Taking yourself on a self guided walk of the town will reveal several fairly impressive buildings that you probably wouldn't notice if you just drove through (as many people do).
The buildings I recommend seeing: 1860 Gold Bank, Old Post Office, Masonic Lodge, American Hotel, Rotunda, and Town Hall.
Address: Albert Street
Park Lake, Autumn 2015 (May 3)
There is a rotunda, some picnic tables and also a small water jet fountain in the centre of the lake.
There is a track around the lake which would take about 7 mins walk to complete the circuit.
It's quite scenic but I wouldn't call it peaceful, as the main road to Daylesford goes straight past.
If you want things a bit quieter, at the top of the bank near the Park Lake Tennis Courts, there is another, much larger rotunda, and it's much further away from the road.
(In 1889 this pond was some kind of Botanic Garden, stocked with fish and with people drifting about in canoes on the tiny lake).
A few years ago, The Friends of Park Lake group did a great job of restoring it.
Address: Daylesford Rd
Directions: about 1.5 km from the main part of town. Turn right at the roundabout at the bottom of town near the Pizza shop. (If you keep driving along the road, within about 400 mts on the right is the entrance to the road leading to the La Gerche Walk.
Creswick's new Visitor Information Centre.
If you don't know where to start or what to do first, it's a good first point of call to get information you need for Creswick and the region, or a town map. Internet also available at a cost.
It's a large, modern building that has been open for just a few years now. There is a large screen display showing images of the region, handy for visitors to watch to see some of what the town and region has to offer.
As of April 2015, it also has (outside) the only public toilet facilities in the main street (after the toilets behind the Town Hall closed recently)
Open daily 10 am - 5 pm
Address: 41-43 Albert St Creswick
Directions: at the bottom of the main street, just past the Supermarket.
Phone: Phone: (03) 5345 1114
Sunrise at St George's Lake, 2005
St George's Lake is one of Creswick's most picturesque natural assets and the one major "Must See" which I'd recommend to visitors.....but it's been closed for about a year for major spillway diversion repairs and not due to open again till about mid 2015....it had to be drained 2/3 for the works, so it's not going to look the same again for a long time...it's not going to re fill in any hurry unless the reservoir upstream runs over. The waterfall will be gone too.....as a current alternative for picnics, I recommend Calenbeen Park (bottom of the township, turn left at roundabout) or Park Lake.
Normally, there is a 2 km circumference walk around St George's at Lake level which takes you through several different types of terrain and surroundings; from natural eucalypt forest, to deciduous forest with board walk leading over small frog swamp and out into the shallows of the lake, across small wooden bridges, to a pine forest area, and back to the main picnic area where there are free electric BBQ's and picnic tables, a small toilet block and a small 'beach' for summer swimming.
You'll see ducks, black swans and other wild water birds, and many different types of small birds during the walk (including often yellow robins, parrots, small finches and wrens).
Alternatively, you may wish to take the upper gravel car road to walk around the lake, which is less scenic but you'll have the chance to see the entrance to an old gold mining cave/tunnel near the northern end of the lake.
Address: St George's Lake
Directions: 3kms out of the township, on Melbourne Rd.
Blue waters...because it's usually green?
It's partially fenced and VERY off the beaten path but worth a look for the bright, unusual green color of the water below in the old quarry.
Directions: on the right hand side near the entrance to St George's Lake
Old Gold Bank
On the town walk, another important building in the town was the old gold bank. The huge internal vault was removed, and the building has had several changes of life in recent years, from coffee shop to B & B and the last 10 years it's been home to some kind of Software development company.
Address: Albert St
Directions: next block towards Ballarat from the old Post Office Building
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