One of the favourite attractions in the Hepburn area is the Blowhole on Sailors Creek in Hepburn Regional Park. The Blowhole is a tunnel which was build by miners to divert the Creek so that a loop of the creek bed could be more thoroughly explored for gold. The Blowhole is particularly spectacular after heavy rains when water shoots through the tunnel and exits as a jet of water.
Floods in 2016 caused damage to the Blowhole making the viewing platform unstable and increasing the risk of boulders falling from the tunnel exit. Parks Victoria closed the viewing platform and some of the surrounding tracks while engineering assessments and repairs were conducted. The site required careful construction on challenging terrain.
Works are now complete and the Blowhole was officially reopened last Friday by Mary-Anne Thomas, MP for Macedon, and Parks Victoria rangers.
The Victorian government invested $250,000 to complete a new viewing area and visitor access trails.
Mary-Anne Thomas encouraged people to enjoy the area as visitors return to the region.
“The Hepburn Blowhole is a beautiful spot in our region where history and nature combine,” she said. “Repairing the flood damage has taken quite some time, so I want to thank the community for their patience whilst this project was completed, and Parks Victoria for overseeing this complex rebuild.”
Ms Thomas said parks including Hepburn Regional Park would play an important role in Victoria’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, supporting tourism and the visitor economy.
Parks Victoria reminds visitors of the current physical distancing, hygiene and face-mask requirements.