Our town is the reason for our festival – we are proud of its streetscape, of its history, and above all of its people, and CresFest was built to celebrate all of these.

Where to stay

There is a good selection of accommodation options in and around Creswick. Below are links to some wonderful places to stay during the festival. In 2024 we are partnering with RACV Goldfields Resort to offer some irresistible packages, and, at the other end of the spectrum, with Creswick Footy Club to offer camping at the Doug Lindsay reserve. 

If mid-range is what you’re looking for, try the Creswick Motel, the Creswick Holiday park cabins or one of the hundreds of airbnb places in the region. If all else fails, there is a wide range of accommodation in Ballarat, just 15 minutes away down the A300. And if country village camping is your thing, our good friends at Dean Rec Reserve and Kingston Ag Society are offering campsites there – book these with your tickets.

What to do

Dining & Drinking

So many great options in our town and in the region. You could spend a weekend gourmandising and picking up artisanal produce,  if it wasn’t for all the great music you came for! Below is a list of the possibilities in town and nearby. 



Our town is a mecca for bike riders with well developed and maintained mountain bike trails, new pump tracks and even a BMX and skate board bowl for the kids.  

If you love walking, the Le Gerche Walk, Saint George’s lake and Calembeen Park all have great circuits, from roughly 20 minutes to 90 minutes, and of course Creswick is a way station of the famous Great Dividing Trail, so there’s heaps to see and enjoy.

Gold heritage-  you’ll find all about the ‘rivers of gold’ trail and the exciting history of the region by visiting the lovely folk at Creswick’s Visitor  Information Centre in Albert Street, right across from the IGA. pop in and they’ll load you up with pamphlets and information on where to find the odd spec of remnant gold!

Lindsay Heritage trail – of course the famous Lindsay family of artists (not just Lionel and Norman, but Percy, Ruby and Darryl all grew up here) – their story is told around town on a trail developed by locals and enjoyed by out of town visitors over a 20 year period. The kids will enjoy the magic Pudding Playground, too, up in Raglan Street just near the Primary School.There is so much more to see and do, to buy and eat and drink in our town – just head over to the great website run by Business and Tourism Creswick for a full list of what’s on offer.

CresFest acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which we live, learn and work, the Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation.
We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.