Creswick Regional Park


Creswick Regional Park

Creswick Regional Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

At Creswick Regional Park, visitors can encounter wildlife in diverse natural environments, from wetlands and lakes to plantation hills and flat grasslands. Explore a reforested landscape of native bushland and see fascinating remains from mining days.

Walkers can follow easy trails that wind around the gentle hills or set off on an adventure through Victoria’s goldfields country. See the park in a whole new way by cycling and exploring the many open roads and signposted shared tracks in the park. Creswick comes alive with wildflowers in spring, but this beautiful park draws nature-lovers in all year round.

Explore the park via the network of tracks, from the gentle Landcare Walk circuit to the 240km Goldfields Track stretching along the Great Dividing Range between Bendigo, Ballarat and Buninyong. Take the La Gerche Forest Walk and see the reforesting work of John La Gerche, who set in motion the re-planting projects along the mining-eroded gullies and slopes of Creswick. La Gerche’s original plantings are now over 100 years old. Follow the loop track that winds through open forest and creeks at Koala Park, unlike its name Koalas are very rarely seen here anymore.

Popular with visitors and wildlife, St Georges Lake was once a mining dam but is now a summer base for water activities and idyllic picnics. Barbecue facilities and toilets are available. The gently undulating trail around the lake is a pleasant, easy walk and a great opportunity for birdwatching.

Visitors curious about goldfields history can visit the heritage site of Eatons Dam, try their luck at fossicking for gold in Slaty Creek or head off along the Goldfields Track that stretches along the Great Dividing Range. The four-hour walk from Creswick Regional Park to Ballarat follows water races and trails marked by the same quartz stones that the miners used to guide their journeys when travelling at night.

The Slaty Creek Campgrounds provide three seperate secluded camping areas with fireplaces and at Slaty Creek No.1 accessible toilets. You might catch sight of koalas and wallabies, as well as the abundant birdlife that live in the canopies.

Things To Do

An aerial view of St Georges Lake in Creswick Regional Park

St Georges Lake

A scenic spot for wildlife spotting, passive water based activities such as swimming and kayaking, fishing or for a lakeside picnic with free gas barbecues and toilet facilities available.
A picnic table with St Georges Lake in the background in Creswick Regional Park

Slaty Creek Camping and Picnic Areas

Plan a bush picnic or barbecue, enjoy some birdwatching or set up camp near the creek flats beneath tall Manna Gums.
A walking path through the trees in Creswick Regional Park

The Goldfields Track

The Goldfields Track (210kms one way) stretches along the Great Dividing Range between Bendigo, Ballarat and Buninyong. The four-hour walk from Creswick to Ballarat follows trails marked by the same quartz stones that miners used to guide them at night over a century ago.

Creswick Regional Park

Grey Currawongs, Kookaburras, White-throated Tree-creepers, Grey Fantails, thornbills, robins and honeyeaters are common. The migratory Rufous Fantails and Satin Flycatchers can also be seen at times.
Crimson Rosella

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How to get there

Creswick Regional Park

Creswick Regional Park is 120km north-west of Melbourne, located in the town of Creswick halfway between Ballarat and Daylesford just off the Midland Highway.

When to go

St Georges Lake is popular for water-based activities, picnics and BBQs.

Need to know

Creswick Regional Park

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