Autumn Adventures

Experience the stunning colours of Autumn in the Hepburn Shire; Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs & Trentham.

Stroll through the avenues of honour as they change colour, explore botanic gardens & nature reserves.

Experience this region after the heat of summer and before the chill of winter sets in, take this time to explore the forests and reserves.

Locals love strolling through the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford, taking a walk along the Le Gerche Walking Trail in Creswick and through Oak Gully.

If you are looking for a scenic drive, head to Clunes and experience the views across the township from Clunes Lookout or explore the Wombat Forest surrounding Trentham and take in Trentham Falls after rain.

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Andersons Mill

In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Andersons Mill stands as a reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850s. Standing much like it was over 100 years ago; the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place. The grounds of Andersons Mill can be enjoyed at all times for picnics and enjoying the grounds.

Anderson's Mill is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month during Autumn and Spring and during special events such as the annual Anderson's Mill Festival in April & the Heritage Festival in May.
The grounds around the Mill may be enjoyed at other times but please observe private property signs. The toilet facilities are available only when the mill is open.

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For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.

  • 6 Alice St, Smeaton
  • 13 1963
  • First Sunday of each month during Autumn & Spring.

Upcoming Events

Anderson’s Mill National Trust Heritage Weekend

All day event9 Alice Street, Smeaton

Enjoy a fun family day out at the National Trust Heritage Listed Anderson's Mill Heritage Weekend. Anderson’s Mill tours, talks, working waterwheel and more. Food...

Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve

Relax, rejuvenate and explore. This region is home to over 80% of Victorias Mineral Springs, famous for the stunning natural setting and healing waters.

The Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve was Australia’s first Mineral Reserve created in 1865 and houses the historic Bathhouse and Pavilion buildings. Take some time out to rejuvenate and ‘take the waters’, or explore one of the many walking trails that are found throughout the reserve. Have a wander along the creek to each mineral spring and taste the famous mineral water from the pumps or free-flowing pipes throughout the reserve. There are BBQ facilities, picnic areas and a playground, why not spend the day.

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The historic Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa and Pavilion Cafe are located in the Mineral Springs Reserve.

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Located at the top of Wombat Hill in the centre of Daylesford is the historic Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

Take the scenic drive around the gardens and then stop a while to explore. Climb the 77 stairs to the top of the Memorial tower for views across the town. Whilst here you can explore the many areas throughout the gardens including the fernery, rotunda and begonia house.

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Allow time to take a break for a coffee at the cafe hidden amongst the plants. Are you a keen gardener? The Friends of Wombat Hill have regular plant sales in the gardens and a small trolley full of plants for sale located at the cafe.

  • Central Springs Road, Daylesford
  • Sunrise to sunset.

Creswick Heritage Walk – 8.5 km | 3 hour loop

The Creswick Heritage Walk links a number of the best natural and cultural heritage features of Creswick, many of which until now you could only separately access and then by car, such as the heritage-listed La Gerche walking trail.

Starting at the centre of the town from the Visitor Centre, the new Creswick Heritage Walk offers the opportunity for an attractive 8.5km, 2-3hr circuit walk. See the attached map. It features the heritage-listed La Gerche trail managed by Parks Victoria with its 135yo stands of conifers and extensive oak gully, as well as historic buildings and an arboretum within the University of Melbourne Creswick campus, topped off with magnificent views from a hilltop within HVP’s Creswick pine plantation.

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The Creswick Heritage Walk also offers a greatly improved exit route northbound from Creswick for the Wallaby Trak section of the Goldfields Track.

Please note the Creswick Heritage trail is clsoed on days of Total Fire Ban.

For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.

Photo credit: Gib Wettenhall

  • 41 - 43 Albert St, Creswick
  • Walk is closed on days of code red fire danger

Lake Daylesford

Take a walk around picturesque Lake Daylesford and take in the sights and sounds of nature. A short stroll from the town centre, Lake Daylesford offers something to keep everyone happy.

Children love bird spotting and the playground is always a hit. Why not hire a paddle boat for an hour or two or spend the day and utilise the BBQ facilities.

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You will find a cafe and restaurant right on the shores of the lake and many more activities. Don’t forget to taste the famous mineral water at Wombat Flat Mineral Spring and Central Springs Reserve.

Lake Daylesford is a manmade lake, originally a site of gold diggings, then later a Chinese market garden. The construction of the lake began in 1927 and was and still is used for many recreational activities.

  • Leggatt St, Daylesford
  • Always open

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