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Creswick Museum

Town Hall Building, 70 - 72 Albert Street, Creswick VIC 3363

Creswick Museum is an accredited museum and is housed in the former Municipal Offices of the Shire of Creswick, the Town Hall complex. The Research Centre is housed in the old Infant Welfare Centre, Cnr. of Raglan Street, Friday and Saturday 11am to 3pm. The Town Hall was built in 1876, a magnificent two storey National Trust classified building, with a tower and clock. The interior of the building is notable for the magnificent classic winding staircase of local Basalt. From the balcony on the second floor you can look down onto the Exhibition Gallery. The nucleus of the collection was provided by the late E.J. Semmens and is held in trust for Creswick and the district residents. Creswick Museum has been fortunate to receive several bequests. The collection has been expanded with works of the artistic Lindsay family, especially by Lionel and Daryl. The Lindsays spent their childhood in Creswick. Paintings by Moyle and Tibbitts illustrate Creswick during the goldrush era. Victor Litherland bequeathed to the people of Creswick the paintings in his studio. Paintings by Bernaldo and Longstaff are also featured. Creswick was the place where the New Australasian number two Gold Mining Disaster happened in 1882 with the loss of 22 miners. Of the 27 miners who were trapped in the mine on the 12th December 1882 only five came out alive. The Museum has a display telling the story. Also on display artefacts from the mining era, including the lunch pail on which one of the deceased miners wrote his farewell message. Notable other people in the region were John Curtin, Captain Hepburn, Sir Alexander Peacock and William Spence. The Research Centre is a Place of Deposit, Public Records Office. Amongst the collection is "Creswick Advertisers" 1859 - 1974 and maps of the district.

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Creswick Regional Park

Midland Hwy, Creswick VIC 3363

Centrally located between Ballarat and Daylesford, this park is home to a variety of native wildlife and colourful spring wildflowers. Explore the ancient hills and discover the relics of the gold mining era on a bushwalk or mountain bike ride - or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings with a picnic by tranquil St Georges Lake. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

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Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area

Creswick-Newstead Rd, Smeaton VIC 3364

In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Anderson's Mill stands as a powerful reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850's. Standing today much like it was over 100 years ago, the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place. Anderson's Mill is located in Smeaton, north of Creswick, in an area well known for it's fertile volcanic soils and goldmining past. Construction of the flour mill commenced in 1861 and it was operational within six months. The Oat section of the Mill was completed by the following harvest. Outbuildings such as the stables, grain store and bluestone office were added later as the operation expanded. The water wheel was developed from designs by John Smeaton and the patterns cast locally in Ballarat at Hunt and Opie's Victoria Foundry. Water was collected from Hepburn Lagoon, about five kilometres from the Mill, then released into Birch Creek before being channelled into the water race to turn the wheel. The amount of water required depended on the product being processed. The person operating the release gates at Hepburn Lagoon would be asked to release 'half oats water' or 'full flour water' for the shift's operation. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

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Creswick Woollen Mills

Railway Parade, Creswick VIC 3363
Creswick Woollen Mills is the home of luxurious, natural fibre products designed in Australia to suit Australian conditions. Founded in 1947 by Polish migrant, Paul Ryzowy, Creswick Woollen Mills is now the only coloured woollen spinning mill of its type in Australia. Over 50 Australian mills of this type have closed in the face of competition from cheap imports in recent years, but Creswick remains, employing over 30 people directly and a further 80 indirectly across Victoria through its contractors and suppliers. Located in Creswick, a small township approximately 120 kilometres from Melbourne, north-east of Ballarat, Creswick Woollen Mills is the largest private employer in the region.
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Creswick Courthouse Theatre

Raglan Street, Creswick VIC 3363
The Creswick Theatre Company was formed by a group of local theatre enthusiasts in 1981 as Creswick Amateur Theatre and staged our first production in the Creswick Town Hall. Over the years, the Creswick Theatre Company (CTC) became an incorporated body and moved to a permanent location in the Creswick Courthouse in Raglan Street. CTC is operated voluntarily by interested members who give their time and resources freely. Income from each production is returned to the group for use in the next production and for necessary building maintenance. CTC produce a variety of theatrical entertainment from well-known musicals such as HMS Pinafore, Oliver, Salad Days, Brigadoon, Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls and more. They have been incredibly lucky to stage plays, pantomimes and musicals from playwrights Carol B. Cole and Deborah Martin who moved to the district. Creswick Theatre Company prides itself on providing audiences with quality and value-for-money entertainment. They have provided opportunities for many actors and off-stage personnel, many of whom have moved on to bigger and better things. They will profile some of their former members on their facebook page in the future. Anyone with an interest in theatre will be given an opportunity to become involved, regardless of experience. Assistance with set building, lighting, sound, costumes or other front of house or back stage roles are as important to Creswick Theatre Company as their performers. CTC have introduced a monthly film night which is a nice way to catch up with other members and local film buffs.
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The Tangled Maze & Mistydowns Nursery

2301 Midland Highway, Springmount VIC 3364
Have a great family fun day at the Tangled Maze and Mistydowns Nursery - a large and unusual maze just bursting with flowers. Mystery trails, puzzles and plenty of space for kids to burn up that unspent energy. Try a challenging game of mini golf or enjoy a leisurely game of bocce, giant chess, quoits or naughts and crosses to keep those busy minds occupied. Rain hail or shine the whole family can have fun in the indoor activity centre on the synthetic ice rink or get the adrenaline going with a game of laser tag. Relax and take in the fabulous views or enjoy the tasty meals in our tempting cafe. Browse in Mistydowns Nursery, well stocked with heritage roses, peonies and unusual perennials. Bookings made by any groups will enjoy hours of pleasure at special rates. Christmas break-ups and birthday parties can enjoy what is on offer with a difference. Seating available for up to 120 people. Tangles function room with its unique French Baroque decor is an ideal venue for weddings, conferences, parties or special events. Seating up to 120 guests with views to die for, it is fully licensed and completely self contained. The glass atrium entry is ideal for pre dinner drinks or small functions and overlooks beautiful wrought iron balustrade landing. Getting lost in the maze is half the fun at The Tangled Maze, beautiful gardens, fabulous views, delicious food and coffee, a delightful place for all ages to relax and enjoy a great day out. Weddings, corporate groups and conferences catered for both in their function room and team building activities outdoors. Visit the Tangled Maze next time you are in the Ballarat region. There is something for everyone to enjoy because getting lost is only half the fun.

Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area

Creswick-Newstead Rd, Smeaton VIC 3364
In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Anderson's Mill stands as a powerful reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850's. Standing today much like it was over 100 years ago, the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place. Anderson's Mill is located in Smeaton, north of Creswick, in an area well known for it's fertile volcanic soils and goldmining past. Construction of the flour mill commenced in 1861 and it was operational within six months. The Oat section of the Mill was completed by the following harvest. Outbuildings such as the stables, grain store and bluestone office were added later as the operation expanded. The water wheel was developed from designs by John Smeaton and the patterns cast locally in Ballarat at Hunt and Opie's Victoria Foundry. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe....

Le Peche Gourmand

69A Albert Street, Creswick VIC 3363
Le Péché Gourmand boulangerie – patisserie” is a French small bakery-pastry shop in the heart of the Goldfields in Creswick, Victoria. Creswick is at the opening of the Macedon Ranges, a short 10 minute drive from Ballarat, 15 minutes drive from the historic town of Clunes where gold was first found in Victoria, 20 minutes from the mineral springs of Hepburn and Daylesford, and the wineries of the Pyrenees....