The important nature-based tourism economy of Hepburn and Macedon Ranges Shires has received a timely boost with the re-opening of The Blowhole, in Hepburn Regional Park.

Following a $250,000 investment from the Victorian Government, The Blowhole has reopened with a new viewing area and visitor access trails.

The Blowhole is an old goldminer’s tunnel that produces an impressive spout of water when the Sailors Creek water level is high. Set on the Goldfields Track, the visitor area was severely damaged during a rainfall and flooding event in 2016.

Following geotechnical assessments, site design and careful construction on the challenging terrain, the popular visitor site is once again open to the public.

On the Traditional Lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, and nestled around the destination towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, the Hepburn Regional Park is brimming with cultural, historical and natural features.

From volcanic Mount Franklin at its north to Sailors Falls to the south, the park offers a variety of landscapes and opportunities for recreation. Mineral springs are dotted throughout the forested park, which is home to abundant wildlife, including threatened native species of animals.

Parks and reserves will play an important role in Victoria’s recovery, supporting tourism and the visitor economies of many regional towns.

Visitors to parks are reminded of the current physical distancing, hygiene and face-mask requirements.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“This new upgrade of the visitor area will allow people to once again visit this place where history and nature combine, and then extend their visit along connecting trails through this beautiful part of Victoria.”

“I thank our community for their patience during this project, and Parks Victoria for overseeing this complex rebuild.”