Steiglitz Historic Park
Address: Steiglitz Rd, Steiglitz, Victoria 3331
Freecall: 131 963
Situated between Geelong and Ballarat, Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s gold rush, Steiglitz township had more than 1500 residents, four hotels, a newspaper, a variety of shops and even an undertaker.
Now most of the town and its surroundings are included in the Steiglitz Historic Park. Enjoy a pleasant bushwalk, relax with a picnic or pan for gold. Of course, a trip to the park wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Steiglitz Court House, with its display of photographs, maps and relics of gold year. The court house is open on Sunday and public holidays, and at other times by arrangement.
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Steiglitz is approximately 80km west of Melbourne, taking the Princes Highway to Geelong and turning right at Purnell Road and following signs to Anakie and Steiglitz. Follow this road for about 40km to Steiglitz. Alternatively, approach from Geelong, Bacchus Marsh or Werribee. Melway Ref. 511 D4
- Visitor Information Centre
Additional business information
Since the 1970s the Victorian Government has been playing an increasing part in the preservation of historic areas on public (Crown) land. This is in addition to its more familiar role of preserving and protecting the natural environment in national parks. Steiglitz Court House came under National Parks Service management in 1977 and Steiglitz Historic Park, taking in Crown land in and around the township, was proclaimed in 1979. The National Parks Service is now Parks Victoria.
Looking After the Park
* Native plants and animals and historic relics are protected by law and must not be disturbed or removed. * Light fires only in the fireplaces provided in picnic areas. Firewood collection is not permitted in the park. * Please respect private property. * There are several residences in Steiglitz and private land around Steiglitz Historic Park. * Cinnamon fungus is a serious problem in the park. This organism invades and rots the roots of native plants. You can help prevent spreading infected soil by driving only on roads and walking on defined tracks. * Dogs on leads are permitted in Steiglitz Historic Park, but no dogs, cats or firearms are allowed in Brisbane Ranges National Park. * Please take all rubbish with you.
Activities and attractions