Parks & Open Spaces
Hepburn Shire is known for its beautiful parks and gardens, all of which are easy to access and enjoy. If you like exploring or relaxing, you can’t go past any of the Shire’s fantastic facilities.
Council manages and maintains several parks and open spaces located throughout the Shire.
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Master Plan Adopted
Following a thorough consultation, stakeholder engagement process and working with a project reference group, a Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Master Plan has been developed that provides guidance for day to day operations, identifies improvement and development opportunities and compliments the Conservation Management Plan for the gardens. The development of a Master Plan also responds to the recommendation made in the 2007 Conservation Management Plan and Council engaged Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design to develop the Master Plan.
The Master Plan was adopted at the Council meeting held on 21 March 2017.
Our parks are available for hosting a number of functions and events.
An Application Form to Request to Hold a Marriage Ceremony at a Council Reserve, together with FAQ sheet and Marriage Ceremony Terms & Conditions within our parks are available for download below.
Surrounded by homes and in the heart of Daylesford lies the 38 hectares named Cornish Hill Reserve. The Reserve is easily reached by walking or driving up Stanbridge Street, opposite the Daylesford Primary School where Council signs will direct you into the Reserve.
It can also be accessed from Macadam Street off King Street down past the BP Service station. During the Gold Rush Cornish Hill was heavily mined for gold. Few people realise that over 250,000 ounces of gold were extracted from below the surface and the Hill was once crowded with prospectors wanting to ‘strike it rich.” Later with the arrival of the Cornish miners, deep reef mining began enabling gold to be extracted up to 300 metres below the surface.
Mining left the hill derelict and denuded of trees, and it soon became an area where goats and cows grazed. Saved by Daylesford residents from sale by the State Government in the 1990’s, a Committee of Management was appointed and later a Friends group established. The woody weeds which soon became established after mining ceased, are now being painstakingly removed.
Today the area is being regenerated into a peaceful retreat, a place where wildlife visits and wild flowers abound. Spring-fed Smith’s Creek rises near East Street and bisects the reserve flowing into Wombat Creek and Lake Daylesford, which are part of the Loddon River system.
If you enter via Macadam Street you will find a picnic table in the valley beside the creek. It is here that visitors can see the regeneration which has taken place. Numerous tracks dissect the Reserve making the location ideal for cycling or walking .
Visitors and locals are encouraged to use the Reserve for passive exercise but be mindful that this area was once heavily mined and subsidence can occur.
Council have adopted Management Plans for many of its parks and gardens throughout the Shire. Further information on those Management Plans can be found by clicking on the links below.