The Melbourne School of Land and Environment acknowledges that Creswick campus is located on Dja Dja Wurrung land.

Situated on 20 hectares of land with adjacent native and plantation forests, Creswick has been an important location for forest science education since 1910, the historic campus containing original goldfields architecture significant to Victoria's heritage. It is Australia's only dedicated forest ecosystem science campus where staff undertake extensive research in forest ecosystem conservation, forest industries and molecular biology.

CreswickOur scientists include plant geneticists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, soil scientists, fire scientists, ecologists, mathematicians, and engineers. These experts are collaborating to investigate a number of complex challenges including post-fire hydraulic and erosion processes in Australia, and the effects of fire on carbon content in forest soil, litter and understory. One of our academics is sequencing the Eucalyptus tree genome, for the development of plantation trees with a number of properties sought by commercial enterprise.

Research at Creswick has a long history of support from the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. This support has helped equip Creswick with analytical, teaching, microscopy and Forest Industry Laboratories. The campus has an extensive range of tree species, is near to a 610 hectare demonstration forest and is adjacent to Victorian Timber Industries Training Centre and Creswick Landcare Centre, which allows students access to a sawmill and nursery.

Joining the WasteWise program in 2007, our Action Plan drew together ideas on reducing waste, energy and water consumption. Achievements included a 70% reduction in water use, a 46% reduction in paper consumption, a 33% reduction in the number of kilometers driven, and a 14% reduction in gas use. Having received our bronze level certificate, we are now formulating additional plans to tackle further aspects of our consumption and carbon emissions. Our new plan will be part of the Resource Smart program, which has a greater emphasis on water, transport, and energy as well as waste.

Creswick Accommodation

Accommodation is available for members of the University of Melbourne community engaged in study at the campus.

DownloadCreswick Campus Info Booklet(pdf 2.5mb)

DownloadStudent Induction(pdf 1.46mb)


Creswick Live Webinars

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All seminars hosted at Creswick are available to view live online.
How to view a webinar:

    1. Click the above link box 5-10 minutes prior to the commencement of the seminar
    2. Select Enter As A Guest
    3. Type the name to be used as your identifier in the meeting and click Enter Room
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Webinars are available for LIVE streaming only.
Selected recordings of webinar sessions are available on the MSLE Seminars page.


Locate Us

Around 120km west of Melbourne, Creswick campus is a few hundred meters from the township of Creswick and just 15 minutes from Ballarat, Victoria's largest inland city.

  • By Road from Melbourne is around 1.5 hours. Take the Western Freeway and follow the exit marked Creswick. The Campus is signposted from the town’s main street.
  • By Rail with V/Line between Melbourne (Southern Cross Station) and Ballarat. Download the V/Line timetablewith connecting line/bus to Maryborough via Creswick. There is also a connecting Daily Bus Service or taxi services available from the Ballarat Station.

DownloadCreswick Campus Plan(PDF 83KB)

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