Smythesdale is a small town located 19 kilometres south-west of the large regional city of Ballarat.
Formerly a gold-mining township back in the Gold Rush days, the area around Smythesdale is surrounded by picturesque valleys and a number of wineries.
The town centre features the historic Court House Hotel, an antique shop, the old bluestone police station lock-up which was built in 1869, the old court house which is home to the Woady Yaloak Historical Society, and a few speciality shops. The nearby Woady Yaloak recreation facility includes a pavilion, sports oval and a skate park.
Relics of the town's gold-mining history can be found at the Jubilee Mine Historic Area, around 11 kilometres south of town on Jubilee Road. The Enfield State Park is close by, which also features old gold-mining remnants including deep mine shafts, and offers several walking tracks for visitors to enjoy the array of vegetation, particularly impressive during Spring when the wildflowers are out.
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