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St Georges Lake Creswick - Walking Track

Creswick is centrally located, close to many well known historic towns such Ballarat, Daylesford, Maryborough, Clunes, Talbot, Avoca and the Pyrenees wineries. Around Creswick there is much to see and do when you are staying at Rossmore Cottage. There  is an abundance of outdoor activities such as bush wallking, fishing tennis, golf and gold panning. You could take a drive to explore the numerous historic hamlets in the areas, follow the Buried Rivers of Gold Trail or visit local wineries for a spot of wine tasting. There are many charming cafes in the district for lunch or restaurants for a scrumptious evening meal.

These photos were taken around beautiful St Georges Lake in Creswick which has a walking track around the lake perimeter, picnic area and a place to swim! Creswick has many walks, mountain bike trails, waterways and lakes to explore and fish which provides great opportunities to relax in our beautiful natural envoronment. 

Mrs H has written about her "Creswick" experience which is an example of how you too might  enjoy our great outdoors. 

St Georges Lake - Dogs playing in the water

“Can I just say, seriously, people.. Get up to Creswick!! We've just had the best weekend up there. Laid back, friendly, outdoors, was great! Saturday morning I strolled around the Calembeen Lake then a quick jog into town to take part in the Brackenbury Fun Run. Again, people were friendly and welcoming and I can think of far worse places to be running than through the trees above St George's Lake.
Mr H  went out with some of the locals to check out the trails on Saturday afternoon … while they were riding our 6yo and I explored the town … there are some great cafes/shops in the main street. We had a cruisey afternoon tea (lunch?) by the Slatey Creek followed by dinner at the American Hotel, where the tablecloths are paper and crayons are provided. Food was excellent, wine & beer list extensive and yet kids are welcomed.

The race this morning was friendly, laid back and everyone was smiling.

Hubby said the course was great - challenging in parts but fun too. Speaking with the locals it is clear how passionate they all are about their town, their trails and the potential for it to be an awesome destination. So, get out there before everyone else does!

Three "not to be missed walks"  are the Landcare, La Gerche and Creswick of the Lindsays. Unique, educational for children and adults and easy. The Landcare walk is only about 20 minutes long and winds around a lake with story boards along the route providing information about  indigenous plants and environmental care. Dotted along the path are hand painted tiles by local children, totem poles and  bridges to cross as the path follows the waterway. The trail is very suitable for children and adults, especially those who do not want a strenuous walk but still wish to enjoy beautiful bush surroundings. Nearby is the iconic John La Gerche Trail, also quite an easy walk which takes approximately 40 minutes, built by students from the School of Forestry in Creswick (now University of Melbourne). This trail meanders though experimental plantings of trees, planted nearly 200 years ago by bailiff John La Gerche and undertaken to find trees which were suitable to restore the land and forests denuded by mining and unregulated cutting of trees. It now provides a very unique walk. A forest of oaks, pines and euclyptus, described as a magical experience by those who walk it with some likening it to Sherbrooke Forest because of the huge trees!

The Creswick of the Lindsays walk is a fabulous way to explore the township whilst learning about our famous family of artists. Of the 10 children in the family,  Norman, Percy, Lionel, Daryl and Ruby became well know artists and were all born and spent their formative years in Creswick. They have  written and painted about the Creswick of the late 1800's which has provided a valuable record of that period. Members of the Lindsay family lived in Creswick until the late 1960's.  A visit to the highly regarded Creswick Musuem will provide you with an insight of Creswick's vibrant and rich history and the Lindsay legacy. The Museum has a research centre which is able to assist with genealogical research.

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