Creswick Travel Guide

  • cellar door at Captain's Creek
    cellar door at Captain's Creek
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  • Preparing to film inside the 'Jewellers'
    Preparing to film inside the 'Jewellers'
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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Creswick Things to Do

  • Old gold bank

    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...

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  • Historic Creswick Walking Tour

    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...

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  • St George's Lake

    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,...

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Creswick Restaurants

  • Pub (2)

    This one is more the drinkers and gamblers pub (with the TAB agency attached right next door) rather than the pub one thinks of if wanting to have a meal. Live music on Friday or Saturday nights from time to time.

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  • Pub 1

    For meals, the American Hotel is the most popular of Creswick's 3 pubs and in the past couple of years has really been getting a bit of a name for itself (since hiring a former chef of the well known establishment the Grand Hotel in Mildura)The pub recently added a 2nd storey function room on the back.There's also a nice outside courtyard and beer...

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  • Light meals, coffee and refreshments

    Opened a few months ago and now with a liquor licence, Smokeytown Cafe is open almost every day (except Mondays and Tuesdays) for breakfast, light lunches, coffees, and with the arrival of their liquor licence, probably soon dinners as well. The cafe is well placed and the first of 3 recent cafes to open. It is decorated in mostly 1950's style and...

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Creswick Transportation

  • Creswick Map 2

    Another more detailed map of Creswick, with Ballarat-Creswick Rd (leading to/from Ballarat) running vertically in the centre of the bottom of the screen.

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  • Public Transport from Ballarat

    The bus service to and from Creswick isn't so regular (particularly on weekends) but on weekdays it's quite ok. Here is the timetable.Mon - Fri Ballarat - Creswick7.25 am - ar 7.459.05 - arr 9.2512.15 arr 12.352.20 arr 2.403.45 arr 4.054.45 arr 5.055.50 arr 6.10Sat: 8.45 am - arr 9.0512.10 pm - arr 12.30Mon - Fri Creswick - Ball't: 7.00, 8.00,...

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  • Creswick Map

    Here's a little map to help you find your way around Creswick. The Midland Highway (which becomes Albert St in the town) is the main road into the township.

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Creswick Warnings and Dangers

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    Chinese mineshaft

    by Kate-Me Updated May 15, 2003

    If you're bushwalking in Creswick and stray off the paths, be aware that in many areas there are rather deep mine shafts...some which have been capped, others which are perhaps only loosely covered with undergrowth, and many which remain completely open.
    This mine, pictured, is one of many in Eucalypt forest only 5 minutes from my house, and very close to town.
    This is one of many Chinese mines in the town.
    Europeans tended to dig square mine shafts, and the Chinese round ones, not just because round shapes were less likely to collapse at the sides, but because the Chinese were superstitious and believed that ghosts could hide in the corners of square cut mines.

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Creswick Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunsets

    This photo was taken of VTer Martin NL at the top of Australasia Mine in Creswick, one summer night a couple of years ago now.... if you watch out, there's quite a lot of good sunsets to be had here in a season, especially if you've a good vantage point.Even in winter, we often have rather good sunsets here.

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  • Captain's Creek Winery, Blampied

    The Cellar door of Captain's Creek (an organic winery) just opened in August 2006, though the winery itself has been there (situated on a 100 year old farming property) for several years. It's open on weekends or by appointment. The winery is located just off the highway at Blampied, between Creswick and Daylesford (just past the town of Newlyn, so...

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  • the countryside around Creswick

    If you're in the right place at the right time, sunsets in and around Creswick in summer can be great, especially since the town is surrounded on several sides by hills and mountains on its outskirts. This photo was taken between Creswick and the neighbouring town of Smeaton.

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Creswick Favorites

  • Filming

    Filming outside the Salem's Lot Jewellery store...the crew/crowd controllers were for the most part very easy going, so most of the time there weren't even any barricades, making it very easy to get rather close to the action and see a lot of what was going on.On the film set they had a substantial collection of American number plates to put on the...

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  • Rotunda II

    The Post Office as viewed from beneath the cast iron lacework of Creswick's rotunda in the Main Street.Photo 2: The Post office in 2003 as "Eva's Rooms for rent" during Salem's Lot filming.

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  • Lemon tree Gallery (formerly Creswick...

    This building wasn't used in the filming, but I include a photo of it just because it's one of my favorites, and quite unique in town for its European shutters. Shops in the town which were not used but were located anywhere near the filming sites just had their 'Creswick' names covered or removed. I was confused for a while to see that for an...

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