There is no greater place for kids of all ages to enjoy than nature's playground, and the Central Goldfields has beauty, excitement, adventure and relaxation on offer in equal measure.
Take in boating and fishing by the picturesque waters of Goldfields Reservoir, Cairn Curran Reservoir, the Loddon River and Laanecoorie Reservoir. Take in the sights from Bristol Hill Lookout, or for the more adventurous, head to the top of Mt Bealiba to see across as far as the Grampians.
See if you can strike it rich by searching for gold in one of the wealthiest alluvial gold locations in the world. Explore Box-Ironbark trees, hundred of wildflowers and plenty of fauna via the walking and cycling tracks in and around Paddy's Ranges State Park, Maryborough Regional Park and Craigie State Forest.
For stunning 360-degree views of the region, there's no better place than Bristol Hill Lookout. With a panoramic outlook reaching over the Pyrenees Ranges, and across to Castlemaine and Mount Tarrengower, the Lookout is also an important piece of local history. Like many small towns, the Great Depression especially impacted Maryborough. The Unemployment Relief Committee secured funds to build the tower and provide jobs for many out of work locals. Works commenced in 1929 to commemorate the pioneers who were responsible for building the region. The site, once a scarred quartz hill known as Bristol Reef that operated during the gold rush, now houses the Tower. The bluestone steps were sourced from the old Maryborough Jail and three have verses from Australian poet, Henry Lawson, referring to Australia's pioneers. Opening day was April 16, 1933 and thousands of residents from Maryborough and beyond walked from the Civic Centre to the tower. Today, it's worth a similar walk to enjoy the beautiful view and memories of our pioneers.
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