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.
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.
Clunes Creek Walk – 2 km’s | 30 minute loop
The walking track meanders alongside Creswick Creek, through the pleasant environs of Victoria Park, and up to the lookout which affords panoramic views of the town.
Follow the signs along Creswick Creek, past Esmond Park and along the shady banks of the waterway.
This leisurely stroll is perfect for children and families. Along the route find a playground, secluded picnic spots and discover the history of the area.
Located on the hillside overlooking Clunes, Esmond Park contains a number of historical mining sites, including relics of the Port Phillip Mine.
From Esmond Park you can follow the winding Scenic Drive to the lookout for spectacular views over the town and surrounding countryside or take a stroll along the Clunes Creek Walk.