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Things to do in Carisbrook

Posted 12/10/2022 in Things to do

Carisbrook is a quiet little town in the heart of the Central Goldfields Shire, set around the scenic Deep Creek.

Along with its rare surviving log gaol, Carisbrook is home to several fantastic parks, walks, historic buildings, and memorials for visitors to explore. 

Take a look through the following list to discover some great things to do and see in Carisbrook.

Check out the Carisbrook Log Gaol

Known as "The Logs", this fascinating early 1850s log gaol served as the major gaol in the extensive Carisbrook Police District until the late 1850s, and it remained Carisbrook's gaol for low offenders until about 1900. 

Several notorious bushrangers were imprisoned in The Logs, and at least three people have died within its walls. 

Originally located in the police paddock on Camp Street, this log gaol was relocated in the 1870s. It was again relocated in the early 20th century to its present site on Bucknall Street. 

Today visitors can take an up close look at the gaol, and check out the informative displays housed inside. The gaol is open from 10am - 5pm most days. 

Find out more about the Carisbrook Log Gaol in Carisbrook

Bring the kids for a picnic and play at the Market Reserve Recreation Area

Carisbrook's Market Reserve Recreation Area is a fantastic public space in Carisbrook which features a fenced playground, undercover picnic area, BMX track, community rose garden, information signs and toilets. 

The main entrance to the park is lined with beautiful historical information signs featuring intriguing pictures from the past, and a community rose garden is another lovely feature of this reserve. 

Find out more about the Market Reserve Recreation Area in Carisbrook. 

Take a nature walk along the Creek from Bucknall Reserve

Bucknall Reserve is a pretty little picnic area beside Tullaroop Creek, known locally as Deep Creek.

The grassy lawn is shaded by multiple huge trees, which seasonally provide a lovely carpet of autumn leaves - great for kids to play in! A small undercover barbecue sits by the parking area, along with rubbish bins and a toilet block.

Visitors can take a stroll down the scenic nature trail which travels alongside the creek, pausing to check out the interesting information signs along the way. 

Find out more about Bucknall Reserve in Carisbrook.

Go for a swim at Bland Reserve

Spend an afternoon swimming, walking and picnicking at Carisbrook's Bland Reserve, a charming park along the bank of Tullaroop Creek.

A playground and picnic tables are set along a grassy lawn, and several scenic walking tracks set out from here.

A slight slope takes you down to the waters edge to the left of the footbridge, where you will find a great swimming spot. Visit at dusk for a chance of spotting a platypus from the bridge.

Find out more about Bland Reserve in Carisbrook. 

Grab a bite to eat

There are several great dining options to choose from in Carisbrook!

Stop in for a pub dinner at the Britannia Hotel, where home-style country meals are available in a comfortable setting. 

Carisbrook Post Office Cafe offers both dine-in and take away meals, with a great variety to choose from.

Learn about Tilly Aston at the Tilly Aston Memorial

This informative memorial commemorates the life and work of Tilly Aston, a remarkable woman born in Carisbrook in 1873.

A gazebo containing many detailed information signs lies alongside a picnic table. The memorial lies within a grassy area alongside the Pyrenees Highway.

Find out more about the Tilly Aston Memorial in Carisbrook.

Discover the town's beautiful bluestone buildings

Take a stroll or a drive around the streets in the middle of Carisbrook and discover the town's beautiful old bluestone buildings.

Carisbrook is home to many beautiful stone buildings and ruins, all worth checking out!

Explore the Brian Dowie Conservation Park

Brian Dowie Conservation Park is a fascinating area on the outskirts of Carisbrook. 

Once the site of the Chalks No. 3 gold mine, today the park features a heritage walkway, multiple picnic tables, walking tracks, ruins from the mine, and a detailed information display. 

Find out more about the Brian Dowie Conservation Park in Carisbrook.

Visit the site of the Carisbrook Bald Hill Historic Cemetery

The old Carisbrook / Bald Hill Cemetery was established in the early 1850's and is just a few minutes drive from Carisbrook Victoria. 

The Bald Hill Cemetery was replaced in 1858 by the nearby Carisbrook Cemetery, which is still in use today. There was some overlap of the usage of the two cemeteries. 

The area is all farmland now and no trace of the old cemetery remains except for a monument which was erected in 1997. The monument includes a list of the people who are buried there and includes their age, date of death, and full names.

Find out more about the Carisbrook Bald Hill Historic Cemetery in Carisbrook. 

Head out to the Carisbrook Reservoir

The seasonal Carisbrook Reservoir lies within the Craigie State Forest between Carisbrook and Maryborough, and is a great place for free camping, gold prospecting, bushwalking and birdwatching. 

The reservoir typically dries up through summer, but fills back up again through late autumn, winter and spring. 

A narrow bush road travels along the top of the dam wall, making a great walking track and offering scenic views over the water. 

The reservoir is surrounded by old gold diggings and there are several historic mine sites located close by. 

Find out more about the Carisbrook Reservoir.

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