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Happy Valley Crossing Streamside Reserve

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Happy Valley Crossing Road, Happy Valley VIC 3360

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This scenic reserve is a great spot for a picnic and swim, located just half an hour from Ballarat. 

The water runs over a stony creek bed providing plenty of shallow areas for kids to have a splash, as well as some deeper parts for a swim. 

Picnics at Happy Valley Crossing

Picnic tables and wood fire barbecues sit in a clearing alongside the creek, overlooked by a beautiful rocky hillside on the far side of the water. 

There's plenty of shade over both the picnic area and the water, making this a fantastic place to escape the heat during summer. 

Dogs are allowed here, but must be kept on a lead. 



  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • 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!
  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!


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