Dean is a rural township 8 kilometres south east of Creswick and 95 kilometres north west of Melbourne. It is east of the Creswick State Forest and is situated in a basin formed by the Bullarook and Adekate Creeks. The township has a general store, recreation reserve, public hall and tennis court, but no longer a hotel. The school had 14 pupils in 1998 and closed in 2003.