Daylesford Area has many local towns to visit like taking a drive to Creswick, Clunes and Smeaton which are within 20 to 30 minutes drive. To drive from Daylesford to Creswick, Clunes, Smeaton and back to Daylesford is about 80 minutes plus extra time for browsing, exploring and sampling the local produce.
So you could allow about half a day for this tour depending on how long you stay in each town or attraction or detour to other destinations.
Drive to Creswick, Clunes and Smeaton and you will see that they were all 'gold mining towns' with very old historic buildings that are really worth visiting. There are also several smaller towns and interesting attractions in between these towns.
A description of each town is below with the link to the each towns tourist website that will really help you understand what is in the local Daylesford area.
Creswick has a population of about 3000 people and is in an interesting town to visit with a variety of things to see and do including admire the wide main street that is lined with historic buildings that were built in the mid 1800s after gold was discovered, visit the picturesque local parks and lakes, the museum, enjoy a coffee, wine and a meal at the local eateries or hotels.
You can also visit the Creswick Woollen Mill that has been in operation since 1947 and there are many walking trails through the local forest where you see the local wildlife and enjoy a stroll through the bush. The recently built new Tourist Information Centre is in the main street so it easy to find if you require more information about the area.
Find out more about Creswick so you can find plenty of things to do and see.
Creswick's main street with stunning rotunda and Town Hall
If you like old fashioned wide main streets you will love this one, the buildings have been kept fairly original and there is a great variety of businesses from the essential to the antiques, books, gifts, wine tasting and dining. There are also many other historic buildings scattered throughout the nearby streets including the town hall and old post office.
Clunes has a population of about 900 people that are proud to promote their town as it is Victoria's first 'Gold' town, the surrounding area is also interesting with many wineries, look out for gold mining relics and also Mount Beckworth is a lovely spot to have a picnic.
For information about Clunes see the Tourism Website
Clunes has many historic buildings and attractions which are all displayed on this town map at the Community Park in the centre of the main street.
Smeaton is a small town with a population of about 250 people which is surrounded by farm land that is mainly used for grazing sheep, cattle and cropping. It is a very scenic area with many hills close by and more can be admired in the distance.
Smeaton has a local pub called the 'Cumberland Hotel' which has excellent meals, a primary school, a bowling club, there are also two seed and grain processing businesses.
Smeaton's main tourist attractions are 'Andersons Mill' which is an impressive 4 storey 'bluestone' flour mill built in the 1860s which you can see closeup and enjoy a picnic by the pretty 'Birches Creek'. Tuki Trout Farm which is about eight kilometres north of Smeaton is where you can enjoy fishing, dining and staying in cottage style accommodation.
Images of Smeaton celebrating 175 years in 2013
For information about Andersons Mill by Parks Victoria
All about the Andersons Mill Festival held in late March or early April annually.
Anderson's Mill is really interesting to walk around and a great place to have a picnic, it is near the pretty Birches Creek.
The map below shows taking a drive to Creswick, Clunes and Smeaton and their main attractions. This tour may take about half a day or longer depending how long you stay in each town. You can of course choose to go to Smeaton first then Clunes and Creswick or just go direct to one of the towns in the Daylesford area if you prefer.
This Google Map shows the suggested road trip from Daylesford to drive to Creswick, Clunes and Smeaton. You can get written directions that you can print out or read on a mobile device. The driving times given, distance, and locations of attractions are approximate.
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To get driving directions, open the map with the above link, click on 'Get Directions' and add your location and destination.
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