Accor Vacation Club Member Story at The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort
Our Week in Creswick – Bob and Rhonds, Accor Vacation Club Members
Below is a great review from Accor Vacation Club Members who spent a beautiful week at The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort in New South Wales using their Membership points. While there they kept busy seeing all the local attractions and history including the award winning Sovereign Hill mine, Central Deborah gold mine, Craig’s Royal Hotel, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Woollen Mills and even a Chocolate Mill near Daylesford.
After a 10 hour drive from Bathurst we arrived at The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort and soon settled into our two-bedroom self-catering apartment set in a bushland setting just out of Creswick.
As the apartments had recently been refurbished we were pleasantly surprised by some unique inclusions including modern natural timber décor, as well as glass skylights in the bathrooms. It was special to lie in bed and watch the gum trees blowing in the breeze or fall asleep while listening to the rain falling on the glass. Then we had colonial free standing bath tubs located in each bedroom, TV in both bedrooms and outdoor bedroom balconies to observe the great outdoors including the resident ducks and birds that frequented the pond and back porch looking for treats. Downstairs we had all the comforts of home including a stylish imitation 2 way log burner which provided instant heat and a nice comforting atmosphere for eats, drinks and relaxation.
We ventured out each day to explore the history, culture, customs and culinary delights of regional Victoria where there were lots of tourist attractions and amenities to remind us of the gold rush era. In fact on 12th December, 1882 just out of Creswick, there was a terrible mining disaster when water flooded the New Australasian No 2 Mine and 27 men were trapped underground. Over three days a frantic rescue was attempted but only 5 survived with the remaining 22 miners found drowned.
This dramatic event has been recreated just down the road in Ballarat at the award winning Sovereign Hill, where a new mine experience called “Trapped” cleverly uses holograms to immerse visitors in our tragic, but proud past. There were also 3 additional underground tours to depths of 20 metres for the more inquisitive but most people were satisfied with such above ground adventures as gold panning, horse drawn coach rides, street theatre, mining demonstrations, shopping for mining memorabilia and exploring bakeries & lolly shops. Then back in Ballarat there was so much more history as we walked around the wide streets admiring the 19th century architecture blended with the new including the impressive Craig’s Royal Hotel where many royal VIP’s have stayed.
A bit further afield laid Bendigo with another award winning gold mine called Central Deborah which provided more realistic and authentic underground tours to depths from 85 to 228 metres (Australia’s deepest underground mine tour) complete with miner’s hats. While the mine is dominated by a huge 22 metre high poppet head, the surface of the mine is a highlight in itself as it contains so many original buildings, equipment and a treasure trove of vintage mining machinery, gold panning and interpretive museum. However the above ground activities are not as commercial as those in Ballarat where the majority of tourism dollars appear to be directed. But Bendigo had the Talking Tram tour which took us on a hop-on, hop-off tour around Bendigo relating entertaining stories about the city founded on one of the world’s richest goldfields while passing monuments like the impressive Alexandra Fountain, the majestic Sacred Heart Cathedral and the stately promenade Pall Mall.
Returning to Creswick there were endless routes on country roads to visit timeless towns and villages displaying authentic buildings containing cafes, bakeries, galleries, wineries, boutique shops and markets just like yesteryear. We even found a Christmas Shop in Malton, a Chocolate Mill near Daylesford and the premier spa destination of Australia since 1895, in Hepburn Springs. Then back in Creswick we experienced “a very fine yarn” with a visit to the Woollen Mills to see the manufacture of Alpaca fibre. The Mill has been designing and manufacturing since 1947 and is the last coloured woollen spining mill of it’s kind in Australia and sell garments made from alpaca, bamboo, cotton, cashmere, possum & merino.
The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort proved a worthy home away from home for our 7 nights in a little known town called Creswick. It wasn’t on our bucket list of places to visit but being members of AVC certainly entices you to holiday in places which are really hidden gems. Places just waiting for members to explore so we can enjoy that unique experience we are always looking for.