RACV Goldfields Resort
Steeped in history and full of vibrant culture, Creswick has plenty to offer the day tripper. With several town walks showcasing the area as well as plenty of bushwalks around, there are options for both those who like concrete paths and those who prefer gravel.
For the former, start with the Creswick of the Lindsays Arts Trail, a self-guided trail that celebrates the famous and fascinating family that lived in Creswick between 1890 and 1960. Alternatively, wander an 8.5-kilometre section of the Goldfields Track and visit Creswick’s beautiful heritage buildings. For nature lovers, both Park Lake and Calembeen Park offer native plants, birdlife, large lakes and soft lush grass just begging for a picnic blanket. More: (16 of the best picnic spots in Victoria.)
If you prefer bushland views, try St Georges Lake Loop Walk, a gently undulating track around the shores of St Georges Lake. Perfect for nature enthusiasts, this picturesque walk offers the opportunity to spot water birds and potentially even the elusive platypus. Although the walk does require a level of fitness, there are wheelchair-accessible ramps to the picnic area and viewing platform. If you’re with the kids, you may opt forthe Landcare Trail instead, an educational, self-guided trail through wetlands, plantations and grasslands that offers an introduction to landcare issues such as water quality, revegetation, biodiversity and conservation. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of echidna and kangaroo tracks and enjoy the sculptures and carvings by local artists along the way.
For a longer walk, we recommend The Miner’s Walk, a section of the 260-kilometre Great Dividing Trail that takes you on a historical journey from Creswick to Ballarat and uses quartz stone markers, just as the miners used to do during the gold rush. Allow four to five hours one way and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
RACV Inverloch Resort
Situated on the Bass Coast a few hours southeast of Melbourne, Inverloch is a breath of fresh air sandwiched between picturesque countryside and popular beaches. Perfect for exploring, the walks surrounding Inverloch hold a variety of treasures waiting to be discovered. Head to Eagles Nest via The Caves and discover pirate caves and dinosaur bones on the way to the iconic rock structure on the end of the rocky headland.
For avid birdwatchers, you can’t go past Ayr Creek Walk, an easy 3.4-kilometre return trail that meanders through native bush and wetlands, affording you the opportunity to spot the likes of honeyeaters and black shouldered kites. Or, if you’re heading out with the family, try the Inverloch Foreshore Shared Pathway and enjoy beautiful views of Anderson Inlet and Point Smythe, with stops along the way for picnic areas, exercise stations and Rainbow Park playground. With a sealed pathway and an easy five-kilometre return, it’s the perfect trail to see the sights before popping down to the foreshore.
Screw Creek Townsend Bluff Estuary Walk is another option for those with little legs. An easy two-kilometre loop, this partially boardwalked track traverses the saltmarshes and mangroves of Screw Creek and offers scenic views over Anderson Inlet from the Townsend Bluff lookout. Pair this with the Thompson Estate Nature Reserve walk for a glimpse of what Inverloch looked like before settlement. The South Gippsland Conservation Society provides pamphlets at the local Visitor Information Centre about this walk to provide information on local flora and fauna you’ll encounter along the way.