It’s hard to imagine now, but in the 1850s there were eight hotels, a five-storey bluestone flourmill, butter factory and several banks in Smeaton. Some things don’t change – the Cumberland Hotel is still a hub for locals and visitors. Anderson’s Mill, sitting on the banks of Birch Creek, is now classified by the National Trust, however, and is open on the first Sunday of the month.

Fish for your lunch at Tuki Trout Farm or take a self-guided tour to learn more about the area’s goldmining history.