Steiglitz Historic Park

Steiglitz Historic Park

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Steiglitz Historic Park

Steiglitz Historic Park and the Brisbane Ranges National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wadawurrung Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Wadawurrung Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne and set in the Brisbane Ranges National Park, Steiglitz Historic Park is a window back in time to Victoria's Gold Rush of 1850-90s.

Situated between Geelong and Ballarat, Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but from 1860 to 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s gold rush, Steiglitz township had more than 1500 residents, four hotels, a newspaper, a variety of shops and even an undertaker!

Now most of the town and its surroundings are included in the Steiglitz Historic Park. Enjoy a pleasant bushwalk, relax with a picnic or pan for gold.

Of course, a trip to the park wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Steiglitz Court House, with its display of photographs, maps and relics of gold year. The court house is open on Sunday and public holidays, and at other times by arrangement.

Make sure you visit Steiglitz and wander the ghost-town discovering its past from the information boards located there. Please note that private property and dwellings should not be entered.

There are some great picnic spots and several walks from the town centre to explore the area.

Things To Do

 
A couple enjoy a sunset picnic in the Brisbane Ranges National Park.

Brisbane Ranges National Park

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from other parts of the region.
A mother, father and their two young daughts gaze out at the sea from the lookout point of the lighthouse.

Historic sites

Journey back in time and visit some of the historic buildings of post European settlement in Australia, including huts, mansions and lighthouses.
A koala in a tree in the Brisbane Ranges National Park.

Fridays Campground

This camping area provides a good base for exploring the historic gold mining area of Steiglitz Historic Park, wildflower and wildlife studies and bush walking.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Walking

Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Whether you’re surrounding yourself with carpets of colourful flowers, spotting rare orchids, or just enjoying the local native flowers, it’s a great way to immerse yourself in nature and help your spirits soar.

Steiglitz Historic Park

Wallabys, kangaroos and cockatoos can be found throughout at the park and are especially active at dawn and dusk. If you look up you might come across a koala in a gum tree, while there's always the chance of stumbling across an echidna on the hunt to slurp on some ants.

Koalas
Wallabies
Kangaroos
Echidnas

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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How to get there

Steiglitz Historic Park

Steiglitz is located 80kms west of Melbourne. Take the M1 towards Geelong and then turn right towards Little River and the You Yangs. Turn right again on to Granite Road which will take you to Anakie and the southern end of the park.

When to go

Summers can be hot and dry - if you're heading out make sure you bring adequate water and sun-protection. Heavily forested parks are best avoided in days of high fire danger.

Camping & accommodation

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from other parts of the region. With several camping areas available it is a fantastic place to stay and explore.

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