Victoria Jubilee Creek, simply known as Jubilee Creek, is the site of the original gold prospecting in Knysna. Now a beautiful picnic site with a river running through it, this peaceful and beautiful shady is soaked in nostalgia.
Getting there: take the N2 out of Knysna in the George direction, cross the lagoon and continue up the hill. Take the Rheenendal turn-off to the right, continuing along this road for 12.5 km until you reach the Bibby’s Hoek / Goudveld / Millwood turn-off to the right just past Rheenendal. Follow the dirt road for 4 km until you reach the Goudveld access gate and pay point. Pass Krisjan-se-Nek which is about 4 kilometres further on and follow the signs (it is a winding forest road).
GPS co-ordinates: -33.889929, 22.997017
Difficulty: easy to follow over flat terrain
Permits: R20 adults; R10 children
At a glance
The Jubilee Creek Mine Walk is 100% shaded as it heads upstream through lush, cool forest and ends at a waterfall and pool in which you can swim. Never out of hearing of the burbling water, the trail is fairly level, but is usually muddy and slippery underfoot.
There are a number of cuttings and shafts from the gold mining era. A plaque at the trailhead gives the history of the area. You will see the signposted intersection at which point the Outeniqua Hiking Trail (which has shared the trail from the picnic spot) heads left up the kloof toward Millwood.
The Jubilee Creek Picnic site is site along the stream banks with green lawns and picnic benches. There are braai facilities, ablutions and recycling refuse facilities.
The low down
The trailhead is at the roadside next to the weir. Walk upstream along the meandering trail.