Avoca

Vineyard near Avoca, Tourism Victoria

Population 948

Avoca was built during the gold boom of the 19th century and is renowned for its wide main street, divided by a stretch of park with trees and a war memorial. Avoca is set in the picturesque Pyrenees Ranges, with the Avoca River flowing by the town.

Visitor Information

Avoca and Pyrenees Visitor Information Centre, 122 High St; (03) 5465 1000 or 1800 206 622

www.pyreneestourism.com.au

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In Town

Historic walk: takes in the original courthouse, one of the oldest surviving courts in Victoria, as well as the powder magazine and Lalor's, one of the state's earliest pharmacies; map from visitor centre.

Cemetery: Chinese burial ground from the goldmining period; on outskirts of town.

Nearby

Pyrenees Ranges State Forest Covering a large stretch of bushland, these ranges are great for bushwalking and picnics and camping. Visitors can see a variety of wildlife, including koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and goannas. Orchids and lilies can be found growing around the base of the ranges in season. An 18 km walking track starts at The Waterfall camping area and finishes at Warrenmang–Glenlofty Rd. Access via Sunraysia or Pyrenees hwys. For further information contact the Department of Sustainability and Environment Customer Sevice Centre on 13 1186.

Pyrenees wine region Shiraz is the Pyrenees’ specialty. Read more

Mt Lonarch Arts: displays and sells fine bone china made on the premises; Mt Lonarch; 10 km S.

Warrenmang Vineyard Resort: with cottage-style accommodation and a restaurant specialising in regional produce. The vineyard is also the venue for A Sparkling Affair each Nov, an event celebrating the release of sparkling wines; 22 km NW

Eco-friendly activities around town

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours, Ballarat 63 km

This carbon-neutral business in Ballarat runs small, personalised tours of no more than six people in the Goldfields region, with three themes – wild nature, gold history and heritage, and food and wine.... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort

In the heart of the Pyrenees wine region near Avoca, Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort offers the full gourmet deal, effortlessly blending style and comfort with a warm welcome. After 20 years spent pioneering wine, food... Find out more


Campsites around town

Waterfalls camping area 9 km

The Waterfalls site, on the eastern fringe of the forest, is easily accessed from Avoca. Several easy bushwalks start here, including the 1 km Valley Walk along No. 2 Creek, and another that heads towards Sugarloaf... Find out more


Camerons Track Campground 16 km

This camping area, located on Camerons Track some 20 km from Avoca, is suitable for camper trailers, but the Waterfalls camping area is a better option for caravans. Camerons Track is the midpoint of the Pyrenees... Find out more


Mountain Creek camping area 17 km

This campground is a few hundred metres north of the small town of Moonambel in Victoria’s Pyrenees, which encompasses a winemaking district. In the vicinity of Mountain Creek is the Warrenmang Vineyard, which... Find out more


Karri Track camping area 19 km

There’s not much space at this camping area in the west of the park, so it’s best to contact the ranger beforehand to check the availability of sites, particularly if you have a caravan. You can walk across... Find out more


Smiths Bridge camping area 28 km

The Smiths Bridge camping area, located on the Elmhurst–Beaufort Rd, is often used as a base by the horseriders who frequent the forest. Note: horseriders can only access existing vehicle roads, not walking tracks;... Find out more


Richards camping area 29 km

There are several excellent walks you can take from the Richards camping area, which is situated beside Fiery Creek. The 21 km overnight Beeripmo Walk makes a fine introduction to the diversity of plants and trees at Mt... Find out more


Chinamans camping area 30 km

Birdwatchers are very fond of the 5 km Borella Walk that leads north from Chinamans camping area to Ben Nevis, due to the 120-plus species that fly around the forest. This walk has a couple of steep sections, so allow... Find out more


Bush camping 31 km

Bush camping is allowed within the forest. Contact ranger for details.... Find out more


Beeripmo camping area (walk-in camping) 31 km

‘Beeripmo’ is an Aboriginal word that means ‘wild mount’, referring to Mt Cole in the south of the forest. This is an overnight stop for hikers doing the 21 km, 2-day Beeripmo Walk, which starts... Find out more


Ditchfields camping area 31 km

From Mt Cole Rd, take the signposted Camp Rd to reach Ditchfields camping area in the far south of the forest. Manna and blue gums are the most abundant trees here. This spot is suitable for camper trailers as well as... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park 57 km

This well-established, quality park is in a quiet rural area 6 km west of the city on the old Western Highway. It has a great range of facilities including a spa, sauna and tennis court. Bookings are required at Easter... Find out more


A Welcome Stranger Holiday Park 64 km

Located 2.5 km east of Ballarat, this is a good quality park in a quiet, easily accessible area. The park has a large number of sites, a heated pool, a spa, minigolf, an adventure playground and a tennis court. We... Find out more


Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park 64 km

Centrally located (2 km from the city centre) and easily accessible, this quality park has a wide range of accommodation and very good facilities, including a heated pool and spa, and bathrooms for children and families.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

eco-luxe @ Mount Avoca

These three luxury lodges overlooking vineyards, an olive grove and the Pyrenees mountains and valleys are the new stars at Mount Avoca Wines, and make the perfect base from which to discover this wine-rich region.... Find out more


Warrenmang Vineyard 
& Resort

In the heart of the Pyrenees wine region near Avoca, Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort is set on 101 hectares, effortlessly blending style and comfort with hospitality and warmth. The resort offers wonderful views of the... Find out more


Rest areas around town

No. 2 Creek rest area 3 km

59km S of St Arnaud (L) or 3km N of Avoca (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Lexton South Rest Area 23 km

27 km S of Avoca (L) or 43 km N of Ballarat (R)

Large area just off the highway. Only limited shade.


Stuart Mill South rest area 31 km

28km S of St Arnaud (R) or 34km N of Avoca (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Bailes camping area 32 km

T/O 32km SE of Ararat (L) or 12km NW of Beaufort (R)

Secluded area 9km (unsealed) north of the highway in the forest of Mt Buangor State Park.


Teddington Reservoir camping area 33 km

T/O at Stuart Mill

Secluded in the forest 6km (partly unsealed) south-west of Stuart Mill via Teddington Rd.


Middle Creek camping area 34 km

T/O 32km SE of Ararat (L) or 12km NW of Beaufort (R)

Secluded in the forest 8km (unsealed) north of the highway in Mt Buangor State Park.


Langi Ghiran camping area 40 km

T/O 13km E of Ararat (L) or 31km W of Beaufort (R)

Secluded area 5km (unsealed) north of the highway in a natural bush setting in Langi Ghiran State Park.


Mount Langi Ghiran rest area 43 km

17km E of Ararat (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For eastbound only.


Greenhill Lake camping area 49 km

4km E of Ararat (L) or 40km W of Beaufort (R)

Well off the highway on the shores of the lake.


Creswick South rest area 54 km

16km N of Ballarat (L)

Very small area adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.


Slaty Creek camping area 56 km

T/O at Creswick

Small secluded campground located 6km (partly unsealed) south-east of Creswick via Bungaree, Slaty Creek and Petticoat rds.


Great Western rest area 56 km

At Great Western

Just off the highway among a few trees. On the north side of town.


Melville Caves camping area 58 km

T/O at Logan

Surrounded by scrub 18km west of the highway via Wehla Rd in Kooyoora State Park.


Mount Franklin rest area 63 km

26km S of Castlemaine (L) or 10km N of Daylesford (R)

Secluded area 1km off the highway in a shady forest setting.


Jessie Kennedy rest area 63 km

6km S of Castlemaine (R) or 30km N of Daylesford (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Smythesdale camping area 64 km

At Smythesdale

Secluded and shady setting 500m north of the highway via Gardens St.


What's on around town

Fine Wine,

Arts and Craft Market: 3rd Sun each month.

Blue Pyrenees Pink Lamb and Purple Shiraz Race Meeting: country race meeting; Mar.

Petanque Tournaments (French Bowls): Mar and Dec.

Mt Avoca Anzac Day Races: Apr.

Taltarni Cup Races: Oct.

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