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A small town about 35km north of Ballarat, Smeaton lies on the fringes of some of the most productive goldfields the world has seen.

To the south, mullock heaps on Lawrence Road point the way toward Creswick and one of the world's richest alluvial goldfields.

Today, however, the memory of large reptiles which once held way on the ancient ark of Australia rival the heady days of the gold rush. The World of Dinosaurs presents life-sized replicas of the huge beasts in a bushland setting.

Closer to town you'll find historic Smeaton House, which dates back to the rush days of the 1850s. The Regency style home was completed by John Hepburn who is buried alongside his wife and family in a small, private cemetery near the homestead.

The most impressive, man-made landmark, however, is the four-storey Anderson's Mill whose grinding machinery was powered by a water wheel that measures 8.5m across.

Anglers won't want to miss the opportunity to visit the Tuki Trout Farm just outside Smeaton.

Smeaton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area

In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Anderson's Mill stands as a powerful reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850's. Standing today much like it was over 100 years ago, the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place. Anderson's Mill is located in Smeaton, north of Creswick, in an area well known for it's fertile volcanic soils and goldmining past.

Construction of the flour mill commenced in 1861 and it was operational within six months. The Oat section of the Mill was completed by the following harvest. Outbuildings such as the stables, grain store and bluestone office were added later as the operation expanded.

The water wheel was developed from designs by John Smeaton and the patterns cast locally in Ballarat at Hunt and Opie's Victoria Foundry. Water was collected from Hepburn Lagoon, about five kilometres from the Mill, then released into Birch Creek before being channelled into the water race to turn the wheel.

The amount of water required depended on the product being processed. The person operating the release gates at Hepburn Lagoon would be asked to release 'half oats water' or 'full flour water' for the shift's operation.

Before you go
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Creswick-Newstead Rd
Smeaton, VIC, 3364

Located 1.9K from Smeaton

Overwrought Sculpture Garden and Gallery

Overwrought have been producing unique Australian metalwork for over eight years and have recently opened their own sculpture garden and gallery. Their gardens feature rustic metal sculpture and the gallery showcases local and interstate artists.

Set on the plains of the Central Victorian potato growing district of Blampied, Overwrought offer the visitor a tranquil spot to sit by the pond and enjoy the ambience of the Australian countryside.

Only eight minutes from Daylesford, toward Ballarat. Overwrought are easy to find and have ample parking for cars, coaches and caravans. On your next visit make sure to meet the artists who create the beautiful work on display - and say hello to the friendly alpacas too.

3409 Midland Highway
Blampied, VIC, 3364

Located 10.1K from Smeaton

The Tangled Maze and Mistydowns Nursery

Have a great family fun day at the Tangled Maze and Mistydowns Nursery - a large and unusual maze just bursting with flowers.

Mystery trails, puzzles and plenty of space for kids to burn up that unspent energy. Try a challenging game of mini golf or enjoy a leisurely game of bocce, giant chess, quoits or naughts and crosses to keep those busy minds occupied.

Rain hail or shine the whole family can have fun in the indoor activity centre on the synthetic ice rink or get the adrenaline going with a game of laser tag.

Relax and take in the fabulous views or enjoy the tasty meals in our tempting cafe. Browse in Mistydowns Nursery, well stocked with heritage roses, peonies and unusual perennials.

Bookings made by any groups will enjoy hours of pleasure at special rates. Christmas break-ups and birthday parties can enjoy what is on offer with a difference. Seating available for up to 120 people.

Tangles function room with its unique French Baroque decor is an ideal venue for weddings, conferences, parties or special events. Seating up to 120 guests with views to die for, it is fully licensed and completely self contained. The glass atrium entry is ideal for pre dinner drinks or small functions and overlooks beautiful wrought iron balustrade landing.

Getting lost in the maze is half the fun at The Tangled Maze, beautiful gardens, fabulous views, delicious food and coffee, a delightful place for all ages to relax and enjoy a great day out.

Weddings, corporate groups and conferences catered for both in their function room and team building activities outdoors.

Visit the Tangled Maze next time you are in the Ballarat region. There is something for everyone to enjoy because getting lost is only half the fun.

2301 Midland Highway
Springmount, VIC, 3364

Located 10.9K from Smeaton

Creswick Museum

Creswick Museum is an accredited museum and is housed in the former Municipal Offices of the Shire of Creswick, the Town Hall complex. The Research Centre is housed in the old Infant Welfare Centre. The Museum in 2014 was awarded Volunteer Museum of the year for it's Spirit of China in Creswick Exhibition.

The Town Hall was built in 1876, a magnificent two storey National Trust classified building, with a tower and clock. The interior of the building is notable for the magnificent classic winding staircase of local Basalt. From the balcony on the second floor you can look down onto the Exhibition Gallery.

The nucleus of the collection was provided by the late E.J. Semmens and have been fortunate to receive several bequests. The collection has been expanded with works of the artistic Lindsay family, especially by Lionel and Daryl. The Lindsays spent their childhood in Creswick. Paintings by Moyle and Tibbitts illustrate Creswick during the goldrush era. Victor Litherland bequeathed to the people of Creswick the paintings in his studio. Paintings by Bernaldo and Longstaff are also featured.

Creswick was the place where the New Australasian Gold Mining Disaster happened in 1882 with the loss of 22 miners. Of the 27 miners who were trapped in the mine on the 12th December 1882 only five came out alive. The Museum has a display telling the story. Also on display artefacts from the mining era, including the lunch pail on which one of the deceased miners wrote his farewell message. Notable other people in the region were John Curtin, Captain Hepburn, Sir Alexander Peacock and William Spence.

The Research Centre is a Place of Deposit, Public Records Office. Amongst the collection is Creswick Advertisers 1859 to 1974 and maps of the district.

Town Hall Building,
70 - 72 Albert Street
Creswick, VIC, 3363

Located 13.3K from Smeaton

Creswick Courthouse Theatre

Creswick Theatre Company prides itself on providing audiences with quality and value-for-money entertainment. They have provided opportunities for many actors and off-stage personnel, many of whom have moved on to bigger and better things.

Anyone with an interest in theatre will be given an opportunity to become involved, regardless of experience. Assistance with set building, lighting, sound, costumes or other front of house or back stage roles are as important to Creswick Theatre Company as their performers.

Creswick Theatre Company have introduced a monthly film night which is a nice way to catch up with other members and local film buffs.

Raglan Street
Creswick, VIC, 3363

Located 13.5K from Smeaton

Smeaton: Events

Creswick Woollen Mills presents Cutest Cria Competition

Indoors out of the cold, Creswick Woollen Mills have some of the cutest Cria, or baby Alpacas.

Come along, select the Cria you think is the cutest, pop your name into the barrel and if your name is drawn you will win a beautiful prize.

Have a browse around the massive store while you are there. The srote has the largest collection of natural fibre products in regional Australia

Event Dates
      26th Jun

Railway Parade
Creswick, VIC, 3363

Located 12.1K from Smeaton

Creswick Market

The Creswick Market is held the third Saturday of every month. Bring the kids and your four-footed friends, all are welcome.

Located in the picturesque and historic township of Creswick, just 20 minutes to either Ballarat or Daylesford the Creswick Market a great day out for the whole family.

Free live music and over 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies, something for everyone. Talk directly to producers and designers, learn about the ingredients and processes that brought the item to you.

The market features: gourmet take away food and great coffee; live music; kids entertainment and playground; beautiful gardens to relax in; historic township to explore; hand made arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, home grown fruit, vegetables, plants and other produce.

Creswick Market is a much-loved monthly event, with the true relaxed feel of a regional craft market. A must see for all residents and visitors of the Goldfield region.

Event Dates
      16th Jul
      20th Aug
      17th Sep
      15th Oct
      19th Nov
      17th Dec

19-21 Victoria Street
Creswick, VIC, 3363

Located 13.2K from Smeaton

Creswick Annual Garden Lovers Weekend

Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend is a garden lovers delight in the Victorian Central Highlands.

Featuring viewings of seven private gardens, commercial gardens, the annual garden club flower show numerous workshops and garden-related stalls.

The private gardens include four suburban gardens in the town and three set on rural properties. All have varying aspects of beauty and creativity - hidden gems often not previously seen by the general public but guaranteed to impress.

The commercial gardens include viewing of the John Curtin Hostel, a self-guided walk in the arboretum of the University of Melbourne's Creswick campus, Lambley Nursery in Ascot, Mistydowns and Tangled Maze at Springmount and Overwrought sculpture garden at Blampied.

Creswick Garden Club will be hosting their annual garden show in the Creswick Town hall.
Workshops program will be available at a later date.

Further information and ticket purchases on the days from the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre and also soon to be available on-line.

Event Dates
      5th Nov
      6th Nov

21 Victoria Street
Creswick, VIC, 3363

Located 13.2K from Smeaton

Creswick Theatre Company's - Movie Night

The Creswick Theatre Company present a specially selected movie on the third Friday of each month at the Creswick Courthouse Theatre.

You never know what you will see with a very eclectic range of movies on offer. Join a wonderful group of like-minded movie buffs. Enjoy tea or coffee and catch up for a chat during intervals.

Join the Creswick Courthouse Theatre, Raglan Street, Creswick. Film starts at 7:30pm and there will be an interval with tea and coffee served. Donations accepted.

Please visit the Facebook page for movie details (Creswick Theatre Company).

Event Dates
      15th Jul

Raglan Street
Creswick, VIC, 3363

Located 13.5K from Smeaton

Alice in Wonderland

A pantomime for Children these School holidays, laugh along with your children as they follow Alice on her adventure into Wonderland.

Written by Amanda Stone Productions who has also designed our posters and Directed by Carol B Cole.

Meet all your favourite characters, including the wicked Queen; the mysterious White Rabbit, a curious cat, a cryptic caterpillar and an extra special Mad Hatter. This fantastic tale includes an unusual game of croquet, a collection of favourite Childrens story books and just who stole the Queen's tray of jam tarts? Something sinister is lurking in Wonderland, will our beautiful Alice find her way home?

Audience participation is encouraged, in fact the Queen demands it!

Event Dates
      5th Jul
      6th Jul
      7th Jul
      8th Jul
      9th Jul

4A Raglan Street,
Raglan Street,
PO Box 188
Creswick, VIC, 3363

Located 13.5K from Smeaton

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