The Shire of Hepburn is around 110 km north-west of Melbourne, with easy access to Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo. It is home to approximately 15,000 people. The region has a rich indigenous heritage.

The population increased greatly thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Many impressive buildings were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings. Many of these buildings remain today. Many areas and buildings within the shire are also heritage listed.

The Shire of Hepburn is the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’. Mineral springs have attracted retreats for relaxation and treatments. There are also many areas of natural beauty with abundant forests, parks and reserves.

Creswick is a historic gold mining town, with a population of around 3000 people. It is situated 16km north of Ballarat.

Creswick is also the Australian birthplace of reforestation. John La Gerche began re-planting forest areas felled by mining activity in 1882. Much of these plantings still survive today.


The University of Melbourne at Creswick has accommodation to support health professional student clinical placements within this region. The accommodation is available to both undergraduate and post graduate health professional students. Residents are allocated a bedroom, while the kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities are shared.

To make an accommodation enquiry for the Creswick University of Melbourne campus, please visit the following link:

Rural health students also have access to accommodation managed by health service partners. Please contact the health service directly for bookings. Creswick is part of the Hepburn Health Service. See for contact details.


Useful Links

For more information on the region, and what it has to offer, please visit the web links below.

Tourist information: and search for Creswick.

Hepburn Shire Council information:



General enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791


Specific enquiries:

Trish Thorpe

Phone: (03) 4301 6853



Thanks to mattinbgn for the use of pictures.

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