Enfield State Park


This park is an important haven for wildlife, but during the Gold Rushes the peaceful landscape was dominated by tents and diggers from around the world. The digger s lifestyles are often reflected in local place names like Misery Creek and Surface Point. Surface Point was a Chinese settlement in the 1860s, and there are still relics to be found there, including round mine shafts and a memorial. Today, Enfield State Park holds remnants of a rich goldmining history and offers a wide range of activities for visitors.

Picnic and toilet facilities are available at Surface Point Picnic Area and at the Enfield Township. Bring your own firewood as it is not always available locally.

Exploring on foot: The park features a large circuit walking track with side tracks to Enfield and Bald Hills. Walkers with some navigational experience will enjoy tracks that go through a variety of bush types and terrain. The Searle s Loop Walk from the Enfield Township picnic area passes through mining relics and different vegetation and will take around 40 minutes to complete at an easy pace.

Warning: There are deep mine shafts in the area - avoid walking off track.

Throughout the park a network of all weather unsealed access roads and four wheel drive tracks are available for visitors to explore the sights of the park from the comfort of their vehicle. Some roads are seasonally closed and vehicles must only travel on roads open to the public for personal safety and to protect the park from damage.

Camping: There are basic facilities at Surface Point. Bush camping is permitted in other areas. Remember that fires may only be lit in fireplaces provided.

Fossicking

Nearly half of the park is available for fossicking or panning for gold along Misery Creek. Remember to fill any holes made and leave the area as you found it. Relics are protected by law and must not be disturbed or removed. All adults must hold a current Miners Right to engage in fossicking.

Miners Rights are available at: Department of Sustainability and Environment Information Centre; Level 2, State Government Offices; Corner Mair and Doveton Streets;Ballarat 3350; Telephone - (03) 5336 6856 ; Hours - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday.

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