On the town walk, another important building in the town was the old gold bank. The huge internal vault has been removed now, and the building has had several changes of life in recent years, from coffee shop to B & B and soon will become something different again.
It has been restored to much of its former glory, and the upstairs B & B rooms are just superb.
By world standards of course, all of Australia's towns are very young, but when judged by Australian standards, we do have many historic towns which are still interesting - just in a different way to other countries.
Creswick is a historic gold town in its own right. The district was settled in a small way as a sheep run in 1839.
The gold boom was slower to happen here than in other towns - by 1853 it was only a tent town with a dozen shops and about 100 tent, but by early 1855 the town's population had peaked at 25,000 - 30,000 people.
The first surveying of the town into streets was in August 1854.
Taking yourself on a self guided walk of the town will reveal several fairly impressive buildings that you probably wouldn't notice if you just drove through (as many people do).
The following buildings are among my favourites and in the best kept condition.
St George's Lake is one of Creswick's most picturesque natural assets and the one major "Must See" which I'd recommend to visitors.
In Winter/Spring there is a small waterfall at the northern end.
There is a 2 km circumference walk at Lake level which takes you through several different types of terrain and surroundings; from natural eucalypt forest, to deciduous forest with board walk leading over small frog swamp and out into the shallows of the lake, across small wooden bridges, to a pine forest area, and back to the main picnic area where there are free electric BBQ's and picnic tables, and a small 'beach' for summer swimming.
You'll see ducks, black swans and other wild water birds, and many different types of small birds during the walk (including often yellow robins, parrots, small finches and wrens).
Alternatively, you may wish to take the upper gravel car road to walk around the lake, which is less scenic but you'll have the chance to see an old gold mining cave/tunnel near the northern end of the lake. (Take a torch, as it goes back quite a long way, ending with a long vertical shaft -- upwards, that is, so no fear you'll fall down any large hole. It's quite stable. I've showed it to a few people, including a German tourist, who really raved about this simple, empty mine...maybe Europeans don't get to see abandoned gold mines like we can, easily.)