Things To Do In Hepburn Springs For Your Nature Fix
On your drive to Daylesford and Hepburn Springs take the time to visit the beautiful and interesting Trentham Falls.
There is an absolute oversupply of natural beauty to explore in this part of Victoria. Millions of years ago active volcanoes shaped the landscape, creating waterfalls and cliffs and laying down basalt rock over gold. Deep underground natural waters flow, collecting minerals and eventually finding their way to the surface in the famous springs at Hepburn Springs Reserve. The same terrain revealed gold to hopeful prospectors in the 1850s and led to the development of major towns in the area.
Today visitors no longer come for gold, but for relaxation – drinking and bathing in the the natural spring waters in Hepburn Springs, visiting a day spa, and exploring the natural beauty of the Wombat State Forest.
If you love nature and are looking for things to do in the Hepburn Springs area there are some lovely waterfalls and other natural attractions to explore on your own or with the kids in tow.
Stunning Trentham Falls can be found in the Coliban River Scenic Reserve, just a short drive north of the township of Trentham.
Surrounded by lush bushland, the beautiful Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, plunging some 32 metres over ancient basalt columns. This moss-covered wonderland is especially magical in winter when the waterfall is flowing strong from rain.
This special reserve protects one of the best remnant’s vegetation in the area, including manna gum, messmate and narrow-leaved peppermint as well as spring wildflowers.
Take the easy walk from the carpark and enjoy the best views of the waterfall from the viewing area. There is no access to the top or base of the falls, due to unstable and steep cliffs.
A picnic area in a delightful bush surrounding, is located near the carpark and is a short walk to the falls viewpoint.
Trentham Falls can be accessed from Trentham Scenic Reserve Road.
The Blowhole, Sailors Creek
The Blowhole consists of a tunnel cut into the side of a hill, through which Sailors Creek runs. In summer, it is often dry, but in the cooler months or after a heavy downpour, the water blows forcefully out of the tunnel and plunges into the pool several metres below.
Visitors can see the blowhole from above and also view it from the creek below. You’ll notice the many zen-like stone towers that have been constructed in the river by visitors. Maybe you’ll even want to make your own.
The tunnel was constructed in the 1870s to assist miners who were panning for gold. The Blowhole can be accessed via Blowhole Road in Hepburn Springs.
More To see In Hepburn Springs & Daylesford
Trentham Falls and The Blowhole are just a couple of places to sample some of the natural beauty of the Hepburn Springs area. For those interested in venturing further, there are plenty of walking and mountain biking tracks to explore, including the Dry Diggings Track and the extensive Goldfields Track.
Staying At Hepburn Springs
If you are staying in Hepburn Springs for a few days, there is a range of accommodation to choose from. For luxury accommodation in Hepburn Springs, overlooking Hepburn Springs Reserve, the historic Bathhouse, and in walking distance of great restaurants and the pub, Hepburn Spa Pavilions have two luxury spa villas: Horizon and Saffron. Each architect designed villa boasts stunning views and luxury hydro spas for soothing tired muscles.
For larger groups or families, Hepburn Spa Pavilions also offers Kookaburra Ridge, a beautiful Italian style country house on two acres of gardens with herb, roses and olive grove.