Here’s a look at the ideal day in Creswick, with suggested activities to do along the way to and from Daylesford.  

Creswick Day Trip
Home to grand gold rush era buildings, cosy cafés, stunning natural scenery and more, Creswick in an ideal day trip destination

Home to grand gold rush era buildings, cosy cafés, stunning natural scenery and more, Creswick in an ideal day trip destination, located an easy 20-minute drive from Daylesford along the Midland Highway. This historic village boasts a beautiful and leafy elegant main boulevard, lined with cosy eateries and boutique shops. Just outside town you’ll find Creswick Regional Park, where you will discover pristine lakes and historic natural treasures.  

Overwrought Sculpture Garden and Gallery

Discover a sculpture garden and gallery featuring unique Australian handmade metal artwork at Overwrought Sculpture Garden and Gallery, located along the Midland Highway in Blampied, enroute to Creswick. Browse through the captivating collection of artisan wares including wall art, garden art, sculptures, signs, furniture, fire pits, bird baths and privacy screens. And step into the beautifully landscaped sculpture garden where larger works are uniquely displayed. Enjoy a coffee, hot chocolate or chai from the coffee cart within the gallery before continuing to Creswick.   www.overwrought.com.au  

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Maze House

Located half way between Creswick and Daylesford, Maze House is the perfect stopping point for the young or young at heart, boasting a 27-year-old hedge maze set in a five-acre country carnival garden. After conquering the maze, try your hand at Maze House’s original old time carnival games, such as Return Bowling, Knock ‘Em Down, Spin the Horoscope Wheel, Hookey and more, all of which are dotted throughout the garden. Garden lovers will also enjoy strolling through the rambling property which boasts orchards, a vegetable patch, flower cutting garden, firewood lot, perennial borders and shady areas for relaxing. Be sure to grab a snack from the retro Milk Bar.   mazehouse.com.au      

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Creswick Woollen Mills

A visit to Creswick isn’t complete without checking out the iconic Creswick Woollen Mills. Established in 1947, this Australian owned brand is renowned for producing the highest quality textiles and manufacturing of natural fibre homewares, apparel and accessories. Experience a slice of Victorian history at their original Mill, which is home to an award-winning interactive exhibition ‘A Very Fine Yarn’. The exhibit takes you through the history of the Mill, and the journey of natural fibres – from source, through the manufacturing process and onto the shop floor. Be sure to pick up your own woollen goodies from the onsite shop before leaving.   creswickwool.com/visit

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Le Péché Gourmand

For guilty pleasures, a visit to Le Péché Gourmand is a must for any visit to Creswick. This traditional French boulangerie-patisserie specialises in classic simple recipes for croissants, breads and pastries. Here, all the bread and pastries are made on premises every day, using local organic ingredients sourced within a 100-mile radius when possible.   lepechegourmand.com.au

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The Farmer’s Wife

Housed within a beautiful old 1880s building boasting triple fronted bay windows along Creswick’s main boulevard, the Farmer’s Wife reflects owner Bec Mason’s flair for style. Formerly an interior designer, Bec always seeks simplicity, quality and the enduring beauty of things from the past. This combination of beautiful quality clothing and homewares with her eclectic mix of preloved treasures provides a rewarding shopping experience.     thefarmerswife.com.au 

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Creswick Regional Park - La Gerche Forest Walk

Thanks to the work of forestry pioneer John La Gerche, Creswick is recognised as the birthplace of reforestation – and today, much of his work can be enjoyed in and around the town. Follow the self-guided, one-hour loop walk (2.2km) through the nursery plantations surrounding the Creswick Landcare Centre and past La Gerches' original plantings in the Creswick National Park. Be wowed by the now 100-year old trees, towering over the surrounding landscape as you learn about La Gerche's story along the way, with signage explaining natural treasures found within the park.   Be sure visit St George’s Lake, which can also be found within Creswick National Park, this little gem is the ideal family friendly picnic and swimming spot. It’s also popular with birdwatchers and you might even spot an elusive platypus if you’re lucky.     parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/creswick-regional-park  

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The Farmers’ Arms Creswick

Offering an elevated pub experience, the Farmers Arms is an ideal option for lunch or dinner. Priding themselves on offering a true paddock to plate experience, guests can choose from popular menu items such as chili caramel pork ribs, wagyu rump or a house made trio of sorbets. Whether you are travelling as a twosome or as a larger group, you can sit in the relaxed bar or the larger dining area, or enjoy a craft brew in the sun in the spacious courtyard.   farmersarmscreswick.com

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Creswick Farmers’ Market

Time your visit to coincide with the Creswick Farmers’ Market. Taking place on the first and third Saturday of each month, the market sets the town abuzz and is a great option for the whole family (four legged friends included). Featuring over 90 specialist boutique sites, stalls include unique locally made goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies, where you can talk directly to local producers and designers. Open from 9:00am to 1:00pm.   creswickmarket  

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