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Franklinford Streamside Reserve

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Clarkes Road, Franklinford VIC 3461

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This peaceful Streamside Reserve is located within a hairpin bend of the Jim Crow Creek in Franklinford, Victoria. A large clearing sits within the creek's bend which offers plenty of room for picnics. 

During the warmer months when water levels are low, this part of the creek is shallow as it flows over rocks and among reeds, making it a great paddling spot for children. There is also a deeper swimming hole at the far end of the reserve. 

Historic bridge

A fascinating old wooden bridge sits to the right of the clearing within the Franklinford Streamside Reserve. Access to the bridge is prohibited and a private driveway begins here - do not enter.

Governor Franklin's Ford

Just a little further back along Clarke's Road, before you turn in towards the clearing, if you head down to the creek from the roadside you will find another great spot down at the water. The creek streams over bedrock here creating beautiful rock pools when water levels are low. 

This section is the historic site of Governor Franklin's 1843 crossing over the creek during his visit to the area. This ford is along the former track between the Aboriginal Protectorate and Hepburn's pastoral station. 

The Victorian Heritage Database provides the following information on the ford:

Former Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin, crossed the creek during his visit to the area in 1843, giving rise to the town's name.

Site of ford over Jim Crow Creek on western route from 1840s Protectorate Station. Route of former track can be seen cut into creek banks.

Heritage Inventory Significance: Moderate - as indicating the route of the connecting track between the Protectorate and the squatter Hepburn's station in the 1840s. Also of significance because of the association with Sir John Franklin.

Visitor facilities at the Franklinford Streamside Reserve

There are no toilets, picnic tables or rubbish bins present at the Franklinford Streamside Reserve - be sure to bring along some camp chairs or a picnic blanket. There is a toilet located nearby at the Franklinford Yandoit Cemetery


  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!


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