Have you ever had someone 'pay it forward' at your local café?

It’s delightful to be treated to a free coffee, having such a generous act bestowed upon you. We’ve quizzed some businesses about their neighbours, and they are ‘paying it forward’; sharing what they love and helping you learn more about the kind folk of Creswick.


RACV Goldfields, 1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick
03 5345 9600 racv.com.au/goldfields

Let’s start at RACV Goldfields Resort, where you can wake up, overlooking the resort’s golf course or forest views, and rejoice in the sounds of the surrounding Australian bush. Everything is considered here; you can lie in, or get active exploring bike and walking tracks, playing tennis, or swimming. In recent months, they have undertaken a complete redesign of their restaurant, relaunching as Three Founders which is named after the three founding brothers of Creswick (John, Charles and Henry). This is where you can dine on contemporary cuisine, and quality local produce, matched with regional wines. Their Springs Bar and Terrace is an ideal spot for a morning coffee, a café style lunch, or an afternoon drink in the sun. Located on the edge of the Creswick State Forest, between Creswick and Ballarat, it is within 30 minutes of all our places today.

RACV Goldfields Resort → Creswick Woollen Mills


Creswick Woollen Mills, Railway Parade, Creswick
03 5345 2202, creswickwool.com

Creswick Woollen Mills has been around before my time (since 1947)! It’s pretty remarkable, with the only coloured woollen spinning mill of its kind in Australia. Their natural fibre products, including merino wool, possum, alpaca, cashmere, cotton and bamboo are proudly Australian-made. You’ll find lots of products there, much like a shop, but they also have a fantastic interpretive museum that takes you through their history and manufacturing. You can grab a drink at their café and visit the animal yard, where you can pet alpacas and lambs. We have many families stay with us, and this is a hit with their kids. It is a great place to buy a special gift, to treat yourself, and if you want to look your best, you can book a personalised styling session.” – Martin, RACV Goldfields Resort.

Creswick Woollen Mills → Tuki

Tuki, 60 Stoney Rises Road, Smeaton
0418 597 465, tuki.com.au

“The excitement of Tuki builds well before you arrive. It’s a lovely journey. As you enter the property, you drive over a fantastic rise. The views are amazing, and you instantly feel like you’re on someone’s farm, which is particularly special for city folk. There is something for everyone: accommodation, trout fishing and a restaurant. I enjoy taking visitors and friends there to eat. You can call ahead to discuss what’s on the menu, and what we all love is the personal touch – almost like you’re eating with Jan and Robert in their home kitchen.” – Boaz, Creswick Woollen Mills

Tuki → Le Péché Gourmand


Le Péché Gourmand, 73 Albert Street, Creswick
0428 167 883, lepechegourmand.com.au

Le Péché Gourmand is fondly known as the ‘Robert and Jan reward spot’. We simply cannot drive past without a visit (don’t tell my doctor). I think we are so very lucky to have them in our town. They are a classic French bakery making delicacies for the soul. You can find bread, croissants, cakes, great coffee…did I mention cakes? I encourage everyone to visit, they are a delight, consistently open and you can see their passion and care. It’s the biggest cheer me up! Thank you, Paul and Marie, for making such a difference, bringing Creswick a beautiful European food spot.” – Jan, Tuki

Le Péché Gourmand → The American


The American, 90 Albert Street, Creswick
03 5345 2520, theamericancreswick.com.au

‘We love that the staff at The American, as well as owner Brendan, know us. They always find a table, even on a busy Friday or Saturday night, when we call last minute. Most of the staff have remembered what we want to drink, and they pay special attention to our kids. They listen to them and let them order directly. COVID has affected so many of us, but Brendan adapted well and offered different seating areas when he was allowed to reopen. It helped us feel like life was back to ‘normal’. Their menu is consistent and offers what you need in a country pub, with a few other unique dishes. We always feel welcome and get a good meal, and that’s what’s important when we don’t feel like cooking at home.” – Marie, Le Péché Gourmand

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Narenna Bloomfield
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Narenna is a country girl at heart, growing up on a dairy farm north of Bendigo. Now living in Kyneton, (her husband’s hometown) she is a busy mum of three littlies. She loves gardening, baking, photography and getting out and about in the area. A favourite day in the region would be a weekly shop at a farmers’ market, meandering through an open garden and finishing with a dinner in one of the acclaimed restaurants along Piper Street, Kyneton.