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From book fairs to gay festivals, from walking trails to artisan masterclasses. Visit Hepburn Shire, it has it all.

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Australasian Mine No.2

A quiet place, where little remains today above ground to indicate the industry, wealth and tragedy that unfolded here at the site of the ‘new’ No. 2 mine shaft.

The New Australasian Gold Mining Company, number two shaft disaster claimed the lives of 22 miners and remains as Australia’s worst gold mining disaster. The poppet head and boilers have long gone and the depression of the No.2 shaft can be seen beside the mullock heap. Unseen above ground, there are several kilometres of tunnels beneath you. The tragic site is marked by a cairn and oak trees.

For more information and current conditions contact Parks Victoria on 13  1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au

Bryce’s Flat Picnic Area

Bryce's Flat makes a nice stop over for a picnic or a break on a hike between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.

See relics of the mining past of this area including the large bluestone pieces that once formed a bridge. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and a huge range of birdlife.

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

Bullarto Railway Station

The restored Bullarto Station is 2452 feet (747.4m) above sea level and today is the highest operating station in Victoria.

In the 1930’s Bullarto had a small, well kept passenger station with an attractive garden, a corrugated iron goods shed, long goods loading platform and a cart weighbridge.

You can visit the historic station on board a restored railmotor from Daylesford. Scenic trains depart each Sunday and the Silver Streak Food & Wine Train travels the first Saturday of each month. There are often additional services during the school holidays and keep an eye out for the ganger trolleys that sometimes operate over school holidays.

Visit www.dscr.com.au for more details.

  • 28 S South Bullarto Road, Bullarto, VIC 3461
  • Operates from Daylesford a regular Sunday service, an evening service 'Silver Streak' on the first Saturday of the month & Wednesdays over School holidays

Buried Rivers of Gold Heritage Trail

Beneath the rolling hills of this district are long buried underground streams full of gold!

This self-guided driving tour passes by underground mining operations that won wealth for some beyond their wildest dreams.

Guide books are available for $2 at the Creswick Museum or the Creswick Visitor Information Centre and provide an insight into the past of Creswick and surrounds.

  • 41-43 Albert St, Creswick
  • 03 5345 1114
  • Sunrise to sunset.

Ballarat to Maryborough Heritage Rail Trail

The Ballarat-Maryborough Heritage Trail (“the trail”) is a cycle touring route connecting the major townships of Maryborough and Ballarat via smaller settlements and other points of interest along the route.  The route is designed for a country cycle on quiet, sealed and unsealed roads that take in some of the most attractive towns in the Goldfields region: Talbot, Clunes and Creswick. 

The route progresses through scenic, relatively flat (gentle gradient) country with views of rolling hills and farmland on existing public roads, or off-road paths. The route is a 115km trip one way. It could be conducted as a return trip with an overnight stay, or be done in sections. As such the route will link to railway stations in the major settlements to enable different access points. The route will appeal to a cycling market interested in a leisurely cycle and those interested in exploring the Goldfields region, including individuals, or cycling groups.

  • 41-43 Albert St, Creswick
  • 1800 454 891
  • Sunrise to sunet

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