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National parks & reserves

Live and love the outdoors all across the historic Goldfields region. Wander through native bushland teeming with bird life, kangaroos, wallabies and wildflowers, and discover thousands of relics from Victoria's famous gold rush era.


See echoes of the past everywhere you tread, from the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park and Greater Bendigo National Park to the Maldon Historic Reserve. Visit abandoned mine tunnels, see quartz-roasting kilns, and stumble across old mining machinery peppered throughout the region's box and ironbark forests.

Colours of the bush

Experience what the forests were like before the gold rushes on a walk through forests in the Heathcote-Graytown National Park. Visiting in the spring? Be sure to make the trip to the Paddys Ranges State Park to see the breathtaking wildflower displays. The park is home to more than 30 different types of orchids.

Get active in the outdoors with a bit of trout fishing in the Loddon River, rock climbing in Kooyoora State Park, or just relax amid the native bushland on a family camping trip.

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Greater Bendigo National Park

This park protects some of the highest quality Box-Ironbark forest in north-central Victoria, along with mallee and grassy woodlands. This is an...

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Pink Cliffs Reserve

Wander through intriguing mini gorges and cliffs of fine pink clay at this geological reserve. A great spot for bushwalking and photography.

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Paddys Ranges State Park

Well-known for its wildflowers in springtime, Paddys Ranges State Park is home to 30 types of orchids and more than 140 native bird species like the...

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Mount Alexander Regional Park

Rising 350 metres above the surrounding area, Mount Alexander Regional Park is a prominent landmark offering magnificent views and a natural forest...

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Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

From the remains of house sites and puddling machines to the gold mines and gullies that yielded up fortunes, Australia's first national heritage...

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Creswick Regional Park

Centrally located between Ballarat and Daylesford, this park is home to a variety of native wildlife and colourful spring wildflowers. Explore the...

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Kooyoora State Park

With magnificent views and a rich variety of plants and animals, Kooryoora State Park is an ideal place for picnics, sightseeing, rock climbing,...

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Mount Buangor State Park

Explore a variety of landscapes including eucalypt forest, creek flats, waterfalls and steep escarpments at Mount Buangor State Park. From the peak...

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Terrick Terrick National Park

Home to many threatened species, the granite peaks of Terrick Terrick National Park contrast with areas of remnant native grasslands. This is an...

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Heathcote-Graytown National Park

Easily accessible by road, the Heathcote-Graytown National Park is a great place for bushwalks. Mt Ida and Viewing Rock provide views of Heathcote...

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Maldon Historic Reserve

Walk through box and ironbark forests and see relics from the region's gold mining era, from abandoned tunnels to mullock heaps and quartz kilns.


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