Grant Historic Area
Grant Historic Area is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Gunaikurnai 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.
Aboriginal people guided many European explorers and gold miners through the mountains along well used pathways, which eventually formed some of today’s road and track network.
Grant Historic Area is primarily covered by dry forest and woodlands and if you visit in spring, you’ll see a colourful display of wildflowers. More than 100 native plant species occur in here, including some rare and threatened species.
This is a great place to view wildlife. It is common to see wildlife on the roads and tracks so make sure you drive carefully. Keep your eye out for swamp wallabies, bare-nosed wombats, eastern grey kangaroos, brush-tailed possums, and a variety of bat species. Bird watches will spot a variety of cockatoos, parrots, the superb lyrebird, and a variety of owl species. Grant Historic Area is also the perfect place to see many species of skinks, snakes, frogs, and water dragon’s so keep your eye out while exploring.
A variety of vehicle and walking tracks wander through the area and there are pleasant camping sites along the grassy river flats at Talbotville or high on the ridge top at Grant Historic Area.
The thickly forested area hides many features of the mining days including cemeteries, township sites and mining relics.
1864 and 1865 are the great boom years of the district, alluvial gold had been discovered along the rivers as early as 1850. Quartz (reef) gold was discovered in the Crooked River area. By the end of 1865, there were fifteen hotels, a church, courthouse, police station and lockup, medical hall, numerous stores and a newspaper office publishing once a week – the Crooked River Chronicle. The population grew to just on 2000.
The mining industry boomed through the later half of the 1860s. Eight crushing mills driven by steam or water were erected, tramways built and 250 reefs were registered. But only ten years later most of the gold was gone and the town was largely deserted. By 1902 there were only six families, the last residents leaving in 1916.
Keen walkers and history buffs will see their two passions combined in Grant Historic Area. Take a short walk to the Jewellers Shop Mine which didn’t produce water until after Grant township was abandoned, a missed opportunity as water was scarce and sold by the barrel from a horse and cart. Visit the New Good Hope battery site on the Crooked River Track where ore carts lie abandoned and the boiler and stamper still sit in their original positions.
Things To Do
Camping in Grant Historic Area
Fishing in Grant Historic Area
Horse riding in the park
Fossicking in Grant Historic Area
Hunting in the park
Grant Historic Area
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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