There are many interesting walks to be found nearby, ranging from 20mins to a full day, catering to all levels of fitness and interest.

Creswick Walks

Creswick Bushwalking

Take a leisurely walk around town exploring our history. Brochures available at the cottage or the info centre. Melbourne University has recently published a brochure to guide you through their grounds, which house many historic buildings and fauna.

One of the most beautiful leisurely walks is around St. Georges Lake. This takes about 40 mins and can be done on the bush track or on the road. Beautiful environment of native bush and pine plantations surround the recently remodelled lake with rock overflow/spillway.

La Gerche Walking track begins at the Creswick Landcare office and goes through the beautiful Oak Forest. This takes about 40 mins also. Let your imagination run wild in this enchanting forest!

For the more adventurous Creswick to Ballarat walk which is part of the Great Dividing Trail about 24km long. Take in the sights of old gold diggings, farmland, White Swan reservoir, native bush and abundant birdlife. Car shuffle can be arranged.

Creswick to Daylesford part of the Great Dividing Trail divides into 3 parts, of 20km (to Mollongghip), 8km (Mollongghip to Wombat Station) and 19km (Wombat Station to Daylesford). This is now known as The goldfields Track. It will take you through farmland and native bush with numerous bird and animal life.

Koala Park, on the Melbourne road, just before you enter Creswick has a network of walking tracks, skirting the Federation track and St. Georges Lake.

Ballarat Walks

Ballarat Walks

The Yarrowee river Trail is a 16 km walking/cycling trail from the Gong Gong Reservoir at Brown Hill to Whitehorse Rd Bridge in Sebastopol. Beautiful picnic facilities with BBQs.

Lake Wendouree is a most popular place to cycle/walk around, taking about an hour to walk. It is generally very pleasant but recently there have been times where it has been bone-dry.

The Rail trail from Ballarat to Skipton.

The Eureka Trails from central Ballarat are full of history

The Ballarat Koori Heritage Trail links ten sites in and close to the Ballarat CBD.

Victoria Park (near the Arch of Victory) offers easy riding and walking in pleasant parklands.

Daylesford Walks

Daylesford Walks

Daylesford town history tour is about 3km, taking just over an hour.

A leisurely and beautiful walk is around Lake Daylesford and its smaller, adjoining lake. Takes about 1/2 hour.

The popular Tipperary walking track runs from Lake Daylesford  to Hepburn Springs Reserve  through the Hepburn Regional Park.

A great walk is to join Jubilee walk with Daylesford lake and return. Reasonably well signposted and takes about 2 hours return.

The Lost Children's Walk. Just to Sailors Falls is about 4 hours return with the complete walk twice as long - can be done in 2 parts. Beautiful bush track an abundant wildlife.

Different directions of the Great Dividing Trail.(see below)

If you would like to have a walk but not sure of going on your own, a  local bushwalking group meets and departs from the Community House (old Courthouse) every Friday morning at 8:45 for 9:00. Visitors are most welcome. Appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear must be worn, as well as sufficient water carried. Contact phone no. available.

The Great Dividing Trail

Great Dividing Trail Walk

The Great Dividing Trail is a community-planned 280km public walking trail following the top of the Great Dividing Range from Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood, Daylesford, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Creswick, Ballarat and Buninyong. It allows recreational walkers and tourists the time to savour central Victoria's unique combination of gold rush heritage and natural beauty.

It was created by a community-owned organisation, the Great Dividing Trail Association (GDTA), the track links the old gold rush towns at the heart of  Victoria, as well as the forests, hills and lakes, straddling the Australian Great Dividing Range.

The Trail's spokes consist of 4 major tracks, each of which in turn are separated into thematic walks that can be easily accessed for day or shorter walks:

Lerderderg Track - Bacchus Marsh to Daylesford (71k)

Wallaby Track - Buninyong to Daylesford (92k)

Dry Diggings Track - Daylesford to Castlemaine (57K)

Leanganook Track - Castlemaine to Bendigo (58km)

The walks programme is regularly updated and can be viewed at: www.gdt.org.au

Casual visitors are welcome, but booking is required with walk leader at least 4 days in advance. Cost is $5 per walker. The phone no. of the walk leader is on the walks programme.

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