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See firsthand how some of Australia's finest natural fiber products are made on a guided tour of the historic Creswick Woollen Mills. Meet and feed resident alpacas, and then follow the journey of yarn, from shearing through processing and weaving into luxurious products prized throughout the country. It’s a great way to appreciate Australian-made craftsmanship and makes an easy excursion from Ballarat or Daylesford.

Highlights

  • 1-hour tour of Creswick Woolen Mills
  • Visit Australia's only surviving colored woolen spinning mill
  • Learn about the manufacturing process behind some of Australia's favorite knit products
  • Feed and pet the alpacas that provide the mill's wool
  • Browse a large selection of blankets and knitwear at the factory store

What You Can Expect

Choose from four daily tour times and make your way to Creswick Woollen Mills, located about 75 miles (120 km) from Melbourne or only a quick 20-minute drive from either Daylesford or Ballarat. Since 1947, this traditional colored woolen spinning mill has been turning out finely crafted products that have made it a household name throughout Australia. It's now the only surviving mill of its kind in the country.

When you arrive at the mill, begin with a friendly staff greeting and an introduction to the alpacas that provide the thick wool used in Creswick’s signature products. Later, you’ll have a chance to pet and even feed them if you like. Learn about the journey of alpaca wool from shearing to shop on a walk through the mill’s new ‘A Very Fine Yarn’ exhibit. Understand the benefits of natural fiber products and the traditional manufacturing process through educational displays and working mill machinery.

Later, you’ll have a chance to browse and purchase Creswick’s natural fiber products at the mill store, enjoying a deep discount over department store prices. Pick up luxuriously soft items like blankets, throws, scarves, and knitwear for all members of the family, and take home a piece of Australia’s craft heritage.

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