Parks near Goldfields
Take a trip back in time on a visit to the Goldfields. In our parks, you’ll find evidence of days gone by. The parks have many stories to tell, with remnants of the gold mining era waiting to be discovered.
Have your own chance to strike gold, with many parks in the area popular for fossicking and prospecting. Parks in the Goldfields also offer great opportunities for bushwalking, cycling, and picnicking.
Running from Mt Buninyong to Bendigo, the Goldfields Track is the perfect way to explore this region. Walk or ride all, or sections, of the 210km track, which passes through many parks along the way.
Parks near Ballarat
Visitors to Ballarat should pay a visit to Woowookarung Regional Park, the town’s newest park. Those willing to venture a little further out of town will find lots more to explore. A popular summer spot for locals, St Georges Lake in Creswick Regional Park is just a 20-minute drive from Ballarat.
Visit Andersons Mill in Smeaton or enjoy bushwalking at Enfield State Park or Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve. All three spots are around 30-minutes-drive from Ballarat.
Woowookarung Regional Park
Creswick Regional Park
Andersons Mill Historic Area
Enfield State Park
Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve
Parks near Bendigo
Have you ever heard Bendigo called a city within a forest? That’s because surrounding the city you’ll find Bendigo Regional Park and Greater Bendigo National Park. Both are great spots for enjoying your favourite activities, from bushwalking, to cycling, horse-riding and picnicking.
A 40-minute drive from Bendigo is the town of Heathcote. Tucked away behind the town you’ll find the gorgeous Pink Cliffs Geological Reserve. For stunning views of the area, head to Heathcote-Graytown National Park.
Greater Bendigo National Park
Bendigo Regional Park
Heathcote-Graytown National Park
Pink Cliffs Geological Reserve
Parks near Castlemaine and Maldon
Explore the historic towns of Castlemaine and Maldon. Both Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park and Maldon Historic Area protect relics from the gold mining era, as well as Box-Ironbark forests. Take a scenic drive and take in the many historic sites along the way.
A 20-minute drive from Castlemaine, near the town of Harcourt, you’ll find Mount Alexander Regional Park. Walk the four-kilometre West Ridge walking track, which links the major lookouts and points of interest within the park.
Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park
Maldon Historic Area
Mount Alexander Regional Park
Parks near Maryborough
Spring is a great time to visit parks near Maryborough, as both Paddys Ranges State Park and Maryborough Regional Park are well known for their wildflowers. Explore any time of year for a chance to spot native wildlife and birds.
Pay a visit to the Welcome Stranger monument in Moliagul Historic Reserve, about 30-minutes from Maryborough. Enjoy the Welcome Stranger discovery walk, passing many sites associated with the gold rush and discovery of the Welcome Stranger.