Take a pleasant 1 ½ hour drive from Melbourne and you’ll stumble upon the charming town of Creswick. This former gold-mining town with a population of 2,300 might be small in scope but it has a huge place in Australian history. Creswick was home to a number of Australian icons including the artist Norman Lindsay and former Prime Minister John Curtin. Surrounded by a pine plantation, Creswick’s quaint main street is dotted with historic churches and fine public buildings that point to its golden heritage. Just some of the town’s celebrated landmarks include the Creswick Museum, Creswick Regional Park, World of Dinosaurs theme park and the Tangled Maze gardens.