What to do in and around Trentham

With its prime location, Trentham offers many attractions for visitors. From indulgent gourmet weekends to adrenaline-charged outdoor activities, there is something for everyone.

Trentham Falls

Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, plunging some 32 metres over basalt columns. Trentham Falls was formed some five million years ago from molten lava rapidly cooling as it flowed along the old Coliban River valley. At the base of the Falls, quartz gravel and the former river bed can be seen. The Falls reserve protects one of the best remnants of original vegetation in the area, with stands of manna gum, messmate, stringybark and narrow-leaved peppermint. The reserve is ideal for picnics or barbecues, with picnic tables, fireplaces and toilets provided for visitors. The Trentham Cascades are a short walk further north from the Falls Reserve car park.

To get there, take Falls Road (the continuation of High Street) from the town centre past the football ground and Golf Club. Turn right at the T-intersection at the Daylesford road, and then left at the sign some 100 metres up the road.

The Wombat State Forest & Lerderderg State Park

The 75,000-hectare Wombat State Forest lies to the South of the town, and offers many activities including camping, bushwalking, mountain-bike riding, horse riding, four-wheel-driving and trailbike riding. The rugged Lerderderg Gorge runs North-South through the forest area, and there are many walking trails, including the heritage trail along the Lerderderg River and the Domino Trail between Trentham and Lyonville. The network of fire tracks is ideal for bicycles, with some challenging technical sections and single-track for the more adventurous. The Kyneton & District Trail Riding Club runs regular horse rides and camping trips in the forest. The forest also offers challenging four-wheel-driving and trailbike riding, while the sheer size and rugged nature of the forest area means that it is still easy to find areas all to oneself.

Lyonville Mineral Springs

The award-winning Lyonville Mineral Springs are approximately ten minutes from town on the road to Daylesford and visitors can sample the refreshing mineral water while having a picnic or barbecue in the picturesque reserve there.

Historical Sites

Trentham has many historical sites dating back to the goldrush. There are ruins and the remains of old gold diggings scattered throughout the surrounding bush. The old police station and slab lock-up is located in Camp Street behind the current Police Station. There are two original "Bills" horse troughs in Trentham: one located near the rotunda at the corner of of High Street and Cosmo Road, while the other is by the old butcher's shop in Market Street near High Street.

The Trentham Historical Society have published local history booklets including 'Take a Walk Around Trentham'. They  are available from the Newsagents, Jargon, and the Information Centre at the old railway station.
Booklet details.

Quarry Street Reserve

The picturesque Quarry Street Reserve and Lake is a popular venue for barbecues and picnics. There are undercover gas barbecues, picnic facilities and toilets at the reserve and there is enough space even for large groups. The reserve was created through voluntary labour and is located on Stony Creek, near the intersection of Quarry Street and Victoria Street. The springs in the south-western corner of the reserve are thought to have been Trentham's first water supply.

Trentham Golf Club

If you fancy a round of golf, the Trentham Golf Club is located within walking distance from the town centre.

Walking and Riding Trails

The Trentham area has numerous walking and riding trails throughout the Wombat State Forest and the nearby Lerdederg forest and more walking/riding trails in and on the outskirts of the town are currently being developed. Planned tracks.

Links to walking, cycling and riding in the region.

Domino Trail Walking Track

The Domino Trail is an easy 8km walk following the old railway line from the Trentham heritage listed railway station (no longer in use) into the Wombat Forest, does a loop in the forest and returns to the station. 
2013 - The Domino trail has been changed and extended - it now runs along the rail alignment to Lyonville and is a smooth, wide, all weather trail suitable for walkers, pushbikes and horse riders but motorbikes and other vehicles are not allowed.

Please note also that all dogs must be on a leash whilst on the Domino Trail walk or the surrounding forest and that cats are not permitted.

RailTrails Australia: Domino trail
A map and guide to the Domino Trail can be downloaded below 
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24 Jun 2012, 00:12