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National Trust Anderson’s Mill Heritage Weekend

The atmospheric Anderson's Mill comes alive with displays of heritage crafts, machinery and historical information. The huge waterwheel turns majestically transporting all who see it back to the days when machinery ran quietly and cannot be heard inside the mill with its thick bluestone walls.

The 1862 five level bluestone Anderson’s Mill is situated between two creeks in a small valley. Inside the mill it is quiet and cool and it is here that displays of heritage quilts, spinning and weaving, dying techniques and heritage information can be seen.

The BARAC radio operators are busy at work along the verandah contacting mills across Australia and internationally. The huge iron waterwheel turns majestically and captures the imagination of all who see it whilst the blacksmith uses the turn of the wheel to create his wares. In the oat mill artist Sue Clarke demonstrates printing using a heritage machine. Out in the huge weatherboard granary the Ballarat Embroidery group show their beautiful work, Wimmera Flour demonstrates flour milling, alongside the flowers, plants and heritage gardening items from The Emporium. Beside the creek the heritage steam engines puff away. There is face painting, local heritage soaps, olive oils, food and coffee vans and more to see and do.

Event dates

Event Details

9 Alice Street, Smeaton, Victoria

Entrance to car park is at Elizabeth Street from the Creswick-Newstead Road.
Alice Street is closed over the event times.
There are road signs and speed limits on the Creswick-Newstead road that directs traffic into the car park.


10am to 4pm

Entry fees:
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Rough ground, steep slope, wear sensible shoes, disability parking available.