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A Trip to Smythes Creek

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
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Published July 29th 2019
Enjoy a Trip to Smythes Creek
Smythes Creek is located ten kilometres to the west of Ballarat, and is off the Glenelg Highway between Delacombe and Smythesdale. This semi-rural setting offers a range of activities, local businesses, and sights to explore.

Sightseeing and Entertainment

Nintingbool Vineyard is at 56 Wongerer Lane in Symthes Creek. The vineyard specialises in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ranges, and cellar doors are open some long weekends with details here.

For a scenic ride around the area, check out the Skipton Rail Trail which takes you along the edge of Smythes Creek, through Smythesdale, and on to other towns to the west.

Skipton Rail Trail Ballarat
Nimon's Bridge further on the trail in Newtown. Credits: Melburnian, Wikipedia

The local Smythes Creek and Ross Creek Community Group hold a series of trivia and charity events on a regular basis, and details can be found here.

Delacombe Town Centre (DTC) is on Glenelg Highway at the start of Smythes Creek (at Cherry Flat Road). This retail precinct has a wide range of retail and dining outlets. Showbiz Cinemas screen movies daily, with cheap tickets for members.

Ballarat Showbiz Cinemas DTC
Showbiz Cinemas at DTC, Credits:

Shopping and Services

Most of the shops and local services to Smythes Creek are provided by the Delacombe Town Centre (DTC) on the edge of the locality, although there are a few other specialist local businesses off the highway.

Dr Boom Communications sell a range of mobile devices and audio-visual products, and are located in DTC. They are open from 9am to 6pm weekdays, 9am to 5pm on Saturdays, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Smart Dollar provides a range of discount items, homewares, and gifts. They open 9am every day, and close 6pm Monday to Wednesdays, 9pm Thursday and Friday, and 5pm on weekends.

If you feel like some pampering at DTC, try Cutie Nails, Just Cuts, and Leon's Massage.

Food and Drink

For great coffee, try Chill Espresso Lounge at DTC as well. They open at 9am every day, closing 6pm Monday to Wednesdays, 9pm Thursday to Friday, and 5pm on weekends.

Lunch options include fresh and tasty sushi at Akita Sushi, and the burgers and specials at The Groove Train, which is also licensed.

Groove Train Ballarat
Groove Train burgers. Credits: DTC website

If you are in the Smythes Creek area at night, and feel like some dinner, or a beer, try Food Ruckers at the front of DTC - they have a bar, and outdoor seating as well. They are open to 10pm weekdays, and 11pm on Saturdays.


Smythes Creek is an easy trip from Melbourne, but if you want to stay longer and wake up to native wildlife, and enjoy a night in the country, there are some local places to hire. Post Office Cottage is a charming two bedroom cottage set on five acres, featuring an indoor fireplace, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Another option is Wyuna Crescent which offers two bedrooms, and extensive gardens including a tennis court, and a golf driving range - perfect for families.

Getting to Smythes Creek

Smythes Creek is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. A train service also runs from Southern Cross Station to Ballarat, and you can use a Myki, and bring bicycles if you plan to ride around. There is a bus route 25 that runs to the edge of Symthes Creek, or a taxi rank at the station.

Smythes Creek map
Map of Smythes Creek. Credits: Google Maps

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A well rounded article Geoff.
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