Looking for the perfect “close enough to but also just far enough out of Melbourne” getaway location, or perhaps the perfect stopover spot as you make your way into Victoria’s capital? Discover the charming town of Creswick, located just 90 minutes from Melbourne and just a hop, skip and jump away from Ballarat and Daylesford. And while you’re here, drop in and say hi to us here at the Creswick Woollen Mill as well!
Not only will you get to enjoy some great food and experience an enduring part of Victoria’s rich history, but you’ll also be able to buy some of the most luxurious woollen blankets, clothing and homewares as well.
Discover The Enchanting Appeal and History of Creswick
With its population of almost 3300 people, the town of Creswick radiates with the charm of its rich Gold Rush history. Originally the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, Creswick transformed into a bustling hub during the peak of the gold rush era. Along with nearby towns like Ballarat, it forged a legacy of historic significance that it upholds to this day.
Nowadays, the region stands as a pioneer in reforestation and forestry education in Victoria, blending its historical roots with environmental consciousness. This picturesque town keeps one eye always looking to the future, all while inviting tourists to look back and experience a blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and cultural heritage. It’s also the birthplace of renowned artist and author Norman Lindsay, writer of the iconic Australian classic The Magic Pudding.
Explore the Town’s Architectural and Cultural Highlights
While you’re here in Creswick, take yourself on a journey through the town’s streets. You’ll discover architectural wonders from the Gold Rush era lining those streets in every direction; with each building telling enduring stories of the town’s prosperous history. Notable landmarks include the likes of the:
- Old Masonic Lodge
- State Savings Bank
- Creswick Library, and
- the Post Office
Each one (still) stands tall as a proud reminder of the town's historical grandeur.
The Creswick Museum, the town’s highly-valued hive of local history and folklore, offers a richly detailed exploration of the town’s past. Together, these architectural and cultural landmarks paint a vivid picture, one that invites visitors to explore the stories and heritage that have sculpted Creswick into the enchanting town that we know and love (and that you soon will too!)
Sharpen Up Your Golf Swing
Fancy yourself a bit of a golfing aficionado? Just 4kms out of Creswick, outdoor enthusiasts and golf aficionados find their haven at the RACV Goldfields Resort’s 18-hole golf course. This beautifully landscaped masterpiece was designed by Tony Cashmore, and is a course that both challenges and delights players of all skill levels amidst scenic views.
If you’re less of a dab hand with the 9 iron and want to try that hand at another outdoor adventure, you’re truly spoiled for choice in the Creswick region. Hiking trails take you through lush forest areas, inviting nature lovers to explore the serene beauty of the region. Don’t forget to have your camera on you! Cycling paths provide another way to enjoy the picturesque surroundings. And of course, just a touch over 20 kilometres away in Ballarat, is the popular Sovereign Hill.
The town’s relaxed and scenic setting is perfect for those seeking a tranquil escape or an active day out in the great outdoors.
Shopping Bliss at Creswick Woollen Mills
Of course, no stay in Creswick is complete without a visit to the historic Creswick Woollen Mills, the only remaining coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia.
Plenty To See and Do
Creswick Woollen Mills represents excellence and tradition in textile manufacturing. But it is more than just a store that sells deluxe woollen clothes and homewares. It’s a journey into the essence of Australian wool production and we’re thrilled to invite you along to explore what we do for yourself.
From the moment you’re greeted by our friendly staff, to the end of your visit, the Creswick Woollen Mill experience is one to remember for the whole family. Immerse yourself completely by:
- Meet our alpacas and sheep up close and personal.
- Learning about the complete journey of our fibres, with our ‘A Very Fine Yarn’ exhibition that explores everything from the shearing and manufacturing processes to how our products end up on the shelves for you to purchase.
- Taking a tour of the old working machinery.
- Visiting the alpaca viewing deck.
- Tasting some of the finest honey.
You can also take photos with our friendly alpacas, and enjoy a hearty, quintessentially Aussie meal at the Creswick Woollen Mills as well.
Explore Premium Quality Products
Of course, no visit to Creswick Woollen Mills is complete without taking home some of our finest alpaca and Merino wool products with you. Showcasing our commitment to delivering luxury at its finest, our deluxe product range includes Merino wool blankets, wool homewares, alpaca wool homewares, throws, quilts, clothing and more. Whether intended for wearing or use on mattresses and beds, each item highlights our aim for excellence through sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Come and Say Hi To Our Friendly Team!
Led by Retail Store Manager Cass, our team at Creswick Woollen Mills is passionate about its heritage and the diverse range of high-quality products. Open 7 days a week, we love connecting with customers from all walks of life, and cannot wait for you to come and visit!