Parks near Goldfields

Take a trip back in time on a visit to the Goldfields. In our parks, you’ll find evidence of days gone by. The parks have many stories to tell, with remnants of the gold mining era waiting to be discovered.

Have your own chance to strike gold, with many parks in the area popular for fossicking and prospecting. Parks in the Goldfields also offer great opportunities for bushwalking, cycling, and picnicking.

Running from Mt Buninyong to Bendigo, the Goldfields Track is the perfect way to explore this region. Walk or ride all, or sections, of the 210km track, which passes through many parks along the way.

Parks near Ballarat

Visitors to Ballarat should pay a visit to Woowookarung Regional Park, the town’s newest park. Those willing to venture a little further out of town will find lots more to explore. A popular summer spot for locals, St Georges Lake in Creswick Regional Park is just a 20-minute drive from Ballarat.

Visit Andersons Mill in Smeaton or enjoy bushwalking at Enfield State Park or Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve. All three spots are around 30-minutes-drive from Ballarat.

Two women walking along a path through trees and grasses.

Woowookarung Regional Park

A park by the people, for the people - come and explore; walk, ride, drive, relax, gather and picnic.
A father and son skipping rocks on St Georges Lake in Creswick Regional Park

Creswick Regional Park

Relax and enjoy a picnic by St Georges Lake. Stay at the Slaty Creek Camping Grounds as you explore all this park has to offer.

Andersons Mill Historic Area

A fantastic spot for a picnic in a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Andersons Mill stands as a reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850s.
Echidna in the grass

Enfield State Park

Now a haven for wildlife, Enfield State parks was once dominated by tents and diggers from around the world during Victoria’s gold rush.
Echidna in the grass

Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve

Wander the network of tracks in Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve. Walk to the summit and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Parks near Bendigo

Have you ever heard Bendigo called a city within a forest? That’s because surrounding the city you’ll find Bendigo Regional Park and Greater Bendigo National Park. Both are great spots for enjoying your favourite activities, from bushwalking, to cycling, horse-riding and picnicking.

A 40-minute drive from Bendigo is the town of Heathcote. Tucked away behind the town you’ll find the gorgeous Pink Cliffs Geological Reserve. For stunning views of the area, head to Heathcote-Graytown National Park.

Campaspe River at Rocky Crossing in the Greater Bendigo National Park

Greater Bendigo National Park

The regional city of Bendigo is surrounded by forest that comes alive with wattle and other flowers from August onwards.
The box ironbark forest found throughout Bendigo Regional Park.

Bendigo Regional Park

Bendigo Regional Park is a great spot for bushwalking, horse riding, nature observation, cycling and picnicking.
Echidna in the grass

Heathcote-Graytown National Park

Heathcote-Graytown National Park is a great place for bushwalks. Mt Ida, Mt Black and Viewing Rock provide views of Heathcote and surrounding areas.

Pink Cliffs Geological Reserve

Pink Cliffs Geological Reserve is made up of mini gorges and cliffs of fine pink clay which change colour depending of the time of day and season.

Parks near Castlemaine and Maldon

Explore the historic towns of Castlemaine and Maldon. Both Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park and Maldon Historic Area protect relics from the gold mining era, as well as Box-Ironbark forests. Take a scenic drive and take in the many historic sites along the way.

A 20-minute drive from Castlemaine, near the town of Harcourt, you’ll find Mount Alexander Regional Park. Walk the four-kilometre West Ridge walking track, which links the major lookouts and points of interest within the park.

Two women walk in front the Garfield Water Wheel near Castlemaine.

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Take a trip back in time to the Victorian Goldrush and explore abandoned mines and settlements among shady Box-Ironbark woodlands.

Maldon Historic Area

Located in and around the township of Maldon, the Maldon Historic Reserve protects many relics from the gold mining era as well as box and ironbark forests.

Mount Alexander Regional Park

Mount Alexander Regional Park is a prominent landmark offering magnificent views and a natural forest setting for picnics and bushwalking.

Parks near Maryborough

Spring is a great time to visit parks near Maryborough, as both Paddys Ranges State Park and Maryborough Regional Park are well known for their wildflowers. Explore any time of year for a chance to spot native wildlife and birds.

Pay a visit to the Welcome Stranger monument in Moliagul Historic Reserve, about 30-minutes from Maryborough. Enjoy the Welcome Stranger discovery walk, passing many sites associated with the gold rush and discovery of the Welcome Stranger.

Paddys Ranges State Park

Well-known for its wildflowers in springtime, Paddys Ranges State Park is home to 30 types of orchids and more than 140 native bird species like the rare Painted Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots.
Echidna in the grass

Maryborough Regional Park

Wander amongst the box-ironbark trees and wildflowers in Maryborough Regional Park. Keep your eye out for wildlife too!
Echidna in the grass

Moliagul Historic Reserve

Enjoy a day out at Moliagul Historic Reserve, where the Welcome Stranger, the largest alluvial nugget in the world, was found.
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