Creswick with Ballarat is a town that was established during the Victorian gold rushes in the 1850s. Before the white colony, the area was inhabited by the Wemba-Wemba and today local industries include grazing, forestry, and agriculture. Creswick is also infamous for the New Australasia gold mine disaster that occurred on December 12, 1882, which was Australia’s worst mining accident in which 22 men drowned.
About Creswick, Victoria, Australia
Creswick is famous for the original School of Forestry which was established in 1910 by the Forestry Department. It was set up to train and accredit young foresters. Today, this campus is part of the University of Melbourne. Creswick has three elementary schools, two public schools, and one Catholic school. Creswick Elementary School, Creswick North Elementary School and St Augustine’s are highly respected schools here. There is a high-quality golf course at the Forest Resort on the Midland Highway.
Some places to visit in Creswick:
The tangled labyrinth
It is a great place to enjoy a little hide and seek with the family, as this unusual labyrinth is grown from thousands of climbing plants. You can even enjoy mini-golf, pétanque and explore the Mistydowns Nursery café.
Creswick Woollen Mills
These mills were founded in 1947 and are today the only colored wool spinning mill of this type in Australia. He produces beautiful natural fabrics, including Australian merino wool, alpaca, cotton and cashmere, and even blankets and throws.
Lake St George. Koala Park and Slatey Creek
Lake St George is a famous lake where nautical activities, picnics, and barbecues take place very often. It was originally a mining dam whose water was used by the Creswick State Battery to grind the quartz. Koala Park has many walkways where Australian marsupials can be spotted, and Slatey Creek is ideal if you want to plan a bush picnic or a short walk.
This museum houses an impressive collection of local art and relics tracing the history of the region and is beautifully displayed in the old town hall.