Get a blast of history at the Creswick Woollen Mills. Established in 1947, it's still in the hands of the founding family and remains as the last coloured spinning mill of its kind in Australia. Pick up a beautifully made throw rug, and take a tour of their facilities. Shoppers will love the Creswick Market. On the third Saturday of every month, delight in the variety of stalls that bring together artisans from all throughout Hepburn Shire. Purchase handmade beauty products, organic produce, preserves and wonderful freshly ground coffee.
Golfers will enjoy a round at the Forest Resort, located on the Midland Highway just outside of town. It also boasts a fully stocked gymnasium, heated pool and spa, library and health spa. In every season (except winter) you can hone your lawn bowling skills at the Creswick Bowling Club, and if you're lucky you may get to see the local Australian Rules football team compete in a game.
The gold rush that first brought booming prosperity to the region is very evident in the cosy town of Creswick. You won't find a better collection of heritage listed buildings and colonial architecture. Outside the town, thick pine and eucalyptus plantations are the birthplace of reforestation. It's here that John La Gerche began replanting in 1882, restoring forest areas ravaged by the mining activities of the gold boom. Local streets are still lined with the trees he planted, impressive giants more than 100 years old.
Delve into the history of the region, or simply find a beautiful spot by a creek for a picnic lunch and a lazy afternoon fishing. Both Creswick Regional Park and Calambeen Park have excellent facilities, and lakes suitable for both swimming and fishing. The local vineyards are phenomenal. Your only choice is soak up the true country hospitality of Creswick's accommodation, and make this wonderful spot your next travel destination. Only an hour and a half drive northwest of Melbourne, there's really no excuse not to visit!
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