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Slaty Creek Campground Number 1

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Petticoat Link Track, Cabbage Tree VIC 3889

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Slaty Creek Campground Number 1 is the first of three campsites along Slaty Creek within the Creswick Regional Park. 

This area is fantastic for bushwalking, birdwatching and gold prospecting. 

Take a stroll through the beautiful forest or bring along a gold pan and try your luck panning in the creek.

Free camping at Slaty Creek Campground no 1                       

Camping areas here are located on both sides of Petticoat Link Track, with Slaty Creek running alongside. 

No booking is required, camping is free.

Visitor facilities at Slaty Creek Campground no 1

A picnic area lies alongside the campsites and features the gazebo, toilet block (non flushing), and multiple wood fire barbecues and picnic tables. 

Camping is not permitted within the picnic area, which is bordered by wooden posts. 

Gold prospecting at Slaty Creek Campground no 1

Slaty Creek in Creswick is a popular destination for gold prospectors due to the three free campgrounds along the creek and the extensive surrounding forest for gold detecting. 

Visitors please note that Slaty Creek is a shallow, seasonal creek which will dry up during summer (but retains puddles here and there after summer rains). 

Slaty Creek is a great place to bring the family on a casual trip for easy access to a gold panning creek from the campsite. 

Prospectors may prefer to find a spot on the creek further from the campground, as the area around camp is very regularly worked for gold. 

For more information on gold prospecting in the area, see our handy prospecting guide for Ballarat.

More resources for gold prospecting


Established in 1980, the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria is a voluntary body created to protect the rights and opportunities of those who wish to prospect, fossick or mine in the State of Victoria, Australia.

You can support the PMAV in their fight to uphold these rights by becoming a member. You'll also gain access to exclusive publications, field days, prospecting tips, discounts and competitions.

Check out the PMAV website for more information.


While you're camping here be sure to check out Blue Waters, located less than 10 minutes drive away through the Creswick Regional Park. Once an open cut mine, Blue Waters is now a gorgeous scenic area fantastic for swimming, bushwalking and photography. Surrounded by striking red cliffs, the water is incredibly clear and shines an iridescent blue when the sun hits it.

Blue Waters, Creswick Regional Park. Less than 10 minutes from Slaty Creek Campground Number 1.


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
  • 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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