Distance: 14.5 Km | Duration: 4.5 Hrs | Grade: Grade 3 | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
The Creswick area was extensively mined during the 1850s to 1880s and evidence of mining activity is still evident. Miners built water storages to support their gold mining. The walk includes: Blue Waters, named for the beautiful colour of the water; St Georges Lake, built as a mining dam for the Creswick State Battery which operated into the 20th century; Cosgrove Reservoir, built as a water supply for Creswick; and the remains of Eatons Dam wall, an example of stone and earth construction. The wall was breached in 1933 following intensive rain.
The Walk in Detail
Start and finish of the walk is at St Georges Lake car park between the Goldfields. Track entry board and the direction post (GR 572530). Walk west to exit at Melbourne Road. Cross the road to the gravel vehicle track near a 'Portuguese Pit' sign. Walk sout halong the track and take the second track to the left. Follow this track around to the right (south) then take the first track to the left (east) and walk about 65m to the cliff top to view the water. Return to the track and turn left (south). Continue to follow the main track around the pit, ignoring narrow tracks that lead toward the pit. Walk to the Goldfields Track post (GR 571525) near a big mullok heap then to a T intersection near the exit gateway. Turn left (south-west) towards the wire fence for a last view of Blue Waters the backtrack (north-east) to exit at Melbourne Road. Walk left (north-west) to a Goldfields Track post, then cross Melbourne Road and return along St Geroges Street to the car park.
Take the asphalt path near the Godfields Track entry board (GR 572530) and continue through the picnic area and across the wall of the the dam. Walk up the steps on the north side and follow the track to the right (east) around St Georges Lake to an open grassed area at the south-east corner of the lake. Walk about 20m to the gravel road on the left (east) then to the Goldfields Track signboard and post (GR 576527). Take the track, bypassing the old iron stile at the wire fence, and follow the Goldfields Track posts to eventually exit the Koala Park at the Parks Victoria green post and Goldfields Track post at GR 580523. Continue east on the Goldfields Track for about 1.5km to the intersection with Jackass Road at GR 590522. Cross Jackass Road to the narrow track opposite. Continue east along this track ten take the track between the fireplace and the large tree stump. This track veers left (north) down then along the top of Eastons Dam wall (GR 592520). There is a good photo point at the base near the breached section. Return to the fireplace and turn left (east) and follow the track past the Cosfrove Water Pump Station up to the road. The reservoir and its rock wall are visible ahead.
Walk up the road for a few metres to a track that leads down to the left (north) in to a clearing. There is a faint track ahead to the left (west). Follow this for a few steps then turn right (north) down into the steep gully (Creswick Creek). climb out of the gully for about 85m then continue up while veering right (north-east) for about 50m to a track at about GR 596519. Turn right (east) and follow the track as it winds around the northern perimeter of the reservoir. Coninue east, keeping to the track that is closest to the reservoir, around to the north-east to an old Creswick Water Board sign (GR 602520). A few metres on is an intersection of four tracks. Bypass the track on the left with the old iron signpost frame. Take the next track (north-west) and walk 1.3km to the green Parks Victoria signpost for Niggl Road/Litster Road (GR 597525). Turn left (west) down Niggl Road to meet Jackass Road at Niggl Bridge (Green Parks Victoria post at GR 590524). Walk left (south) over the bridge along Jackass Road for 160m then turn right (west) at Goldfields Trac post (GR 590522). Follow the Goldfields Track walking track for about 3.2km back to the Goldfields Track signboard and post (GR 576527). Walk west to the Goldfields Track post across the open grassed area, cross the footbridge and followthe track south of the lake to the car park at the end of the walk.
Getting ThereFrom the Base (Hepburn Primary School), follow Main Road east then south about 4km to Daylesford. Turn right (west) on the Midland Highway and continue to Creswick turning left (south) through the shopping centre and turning left onto Bungaree/Melbourne Road. After about 1km turn left at St Georges Street and drive 100m to the car park and the start and finish of the walk at Grid Reference (GR) 572530.
This walk includes some off-track walking over steep and rough terrain. Snakes are possible in summer. Boots and long pants, gaiters and pole are strongly recommended. There may be water in the Creswick Creek bed west of Cosgrove Reservoir following heavy rain.