Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Creswick
Walk Area: Central Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 120 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: May 2015
Start and finish of the walk is at St Georges Lake car park between the Goldfields Track entry board and the direction post.
Walk west to exit at Melbourne Road. Cross the road to the gravel vehicle track near a 'Portuguese Pit' sign. Walk south along 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 65 m 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 narrower tracks that lead left towards the pit. Walk to the Goldfields Track postnear a big mullock 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 then 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 Georges Street to the car park.
Take the asphalt path near the Goldfields Track entry board and continue through the picnic area and across the wall of 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 20 m to the gravel road on the left (east) then to the Goldfields Track signboard and post. 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.
Continue east on the Goldfields Track for about 1.5 km to the intersection with Jackass Road. Cross Jackass Road to the narrow track opposite. Continue east along this track then take the track between the fireplace and the large tree stump. This track veers left (north) down then along the top of Eatons Dam wall. 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 Cosgrove 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) into 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 85 m then continue up while veering right (north-east) for about 50 m to a track at about GR 596519. Turn right (east) and follow the track as it winds around the northern perimeter of the reservoir. Continue east, keeping to the track that is closest to the reservoir, around to the north-east to an old Creswick Water Board sign. 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 1.3 km to the green Parks Victoria signpost for Niggl Road/Litster Road.
Turn left (west) down Niggl Road to meet Jackass Road at Niggl Bridge (Green Parks Victoria post). Walk left (south) over the bridge along Jackass Road for 160m then turn right (west) at a Goldfields Track post (GR 590522). Follow the Goldfields Track walking track for about 3.2 km back to the Goldfields Track signboard and post. Walk west to the Goldfields Track post across the open grassed area, cross the footbridge and follow the track south of the lake to the car park at the end of the walk.
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From Melbourne head west via the M1, M80 and the Western Freeway/Highway (M8) continue past the C141 exit to Daylesford and take the exit for Wallace/Bungaree/Creswick. Turn south onto Ormond Road for 200 m, then right onto Bungaree-Wallace Road for 5 km, the right (north-west) onto Bungaree-Creswick Road (C291). Follow this road for about 18 km and turn off right into St Georges Street and drive 100 m to the St Georges Lake car park and the start and finish of the walk.
Total uphill: 350 m
Gradient: generally <10%
Path: well defined vehicle and bush tracks with off-track in steep and rough terrain