50 towns in 50 days: The unbeatable lifestyle of Enfield

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WHAT is the ultimate tree change destination?

Enfield's residents say their town can't be far off the mark.

Just over 20 minutes to Ballarat, this sleepy community on the Ballarat-Colac Road boasts town water, brilliant scenery and one of the better pubs you're likely to come across.

It's not large - just under 400 people call the Enfield area home - but only a few dozen live in the township itself.

The self-proclaimed "governor" of Enfield, Wayne Hoffmann, said he loves the town so much, his drinking problem disappeared.

"I used to have a drinking problem - then I moved next door to the pub," he said.

"Now I don't have a problem anymore."

Mr Hoffman has lived in the areas for years after originally moving from elsewhere.

He said his 20-plus years in Enfield had almost qualified him to become a local.

"We love it here," he said.

"Our kids grew up here, they caught the bus to school in Ballarat everyday."

"It's just a great lifestyle."

On Enfield's doorstep is the beautiful Enfield State Park, boasting plentiful bird and animal life, walking tracks, picnic areas and historical gold mining sites.

Enfield is also ideally placed for day-trips, with visitors able to stay in Ballarat and still have plenty of time for Enfield's charms.

The basics

Municipality: Golden Plains Shire

Population: 394 (2011 Census)

First settled: 1860s

Main industries: Farming

Claim to fame: The Little Hard Hills Hotel. Without doubt one of the hidden gems of the greater Ballarat area. Well worth a look.

Five fast facts:

1. About 100 bird species and 22 mammal species call the Enfield State Park home.

2. Enfield State Park is 4250 hectares large.

3. Enfield's Post Office was renamed from the Whim Holes Post office on 19 November 1874. It closed in 1971.

4. The area used to be called Whim Holes, which was descriptive of goldfield relics at the time.

5. Deep mine shafts still exist today in the Enfield State Park.

Five things to do:

1. Hike to the nearby Frith Gully and camp. It can only be reached on foot.

2. Have a beer and a meal at the Littel Hard Hills Hotel. Bookings are advisable.

3. Pack a picnic and head to Surface Point, the site of a 1860s Chinese settlement.

4. Grab the mountain bike and head to the Enfield State Park. Bicycles are not permitted on walking tracks, but tracks are available for use.

5. Stroll around one of the area's historical gold digging sites at Misery Creek, Staffordshire Reef and Berringa.

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