Courthouse, Tourism Victoria

Population 605

The towns of Dunolly, Wedderburn and Inglewood formed the rich goldfield region colloquially known in the 1850s as the 'Golden Triangle'. The district has produced more gold nuggets than any other goldfield in Australia, with 126 unearthed in Dunolly itself. The 'Welcome Stranger', considered to be the largest nugget ever discovered, was found 15 kilometres north-west of Dunolly, at Moliagul.

Visitor Information

109 Broadway; (03) 5468 1205.

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Nearby towns

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In Town

Restored courthouse: offers a display relating to gold discoveries in the area; open Sat afternoons; Market St.

Original lock-up and stables: viewable from street only; Market St.

Gold-themed tours of the region: include gold panning in local creeks; details from visitor centre.


Moliagul: the Welcome Stranger Discovery Walk leads to a monument where the Welcome Stranger nugget was found in 1869. Moliagul is also the birthplace of Rev. John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service; 15 km NW.

Laanecoorie Reservoir: a great spot for swimming, boating and waterskiing, water levels permitting, with camping and picnic facilities; 16 km E.

Tarnagulla: a small mining town with splendid Victorian architecture and a flora reserve nearby; 16 km NE.

Bealiba: hosts a market 2nd Sun each month; 21 km NW.

Campsites around town

Waanyarra Recreation Area 8 km

This recreation area is sited between the original Waanyarra town site, where gold-rush miners set up their tents, and the cemetery. Over spring and summer, wildflowers will burst into colour here. To take a close look... Find out more

Newbridge River Reserve camping area 20 km

You’ll find the compact Newbridge River Reserve camping area next to the township’s main street, the Bendigo–St Arnaud Rd. Anglers set themselves up on the riverbank, while canoeists occasionally push... Find out more

Karri Track camping area 25 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

Melville Caves camping area 29 km

This campground is off Melville Caves Rd, signposted off the Wedderburn–Dunolly Rd; the caves were once used as a hideout by bushranger Captain Melville. From the picnic area there’s a short walk to the... Find out more

Butts Reserve camping area 33 km

Butts Reserve is west of town on Mt Tarrengower Rd. After visiting the collection of artefacts at the North British Mine and exploring the adjacent Carmans Tunnel, climb the fire tower on Mt Tarrengower and also scale... Find out more

Mountain Creek camping area 39 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

Waterfalls camping area 42 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

Teddington camping area 42 km

You can camp beside the Upper Teddington Reservoir as long as you set up your tent no closer than 40 m to the water. Fishing and canoeing are popular pursuits here, but note that swimming is not allowed in the reservoir.... Find out more

Camerons Track Campground 47 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

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

MillDuck, Harcourt North 49 km

This strawbale house won a Most Energy Efficient Home award (North West Region) when it was built. More than 1000 trees have been planted on the property since it was purchased, and it is now an alpaca stud. The B&B,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Melville Caves camping area 29 km

T/O at Logan

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

No. 2 Creek rest area 33 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Bridgewater Park Area 34 km

North west side of town via Dunolly Road and Brewery Lane

Large area on the banks of the Loddon River. Good shade.

Stuart Mill South rest area 37 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Happy Jacks rest area 38 km

At Lockwood on alternative Calder Hwy (A790)

Just off the highway among shady trees 100m north of facilities.

Ryans Creek Rest Area 42 km

12 km SE Wedderburn (R) or 24 km NW of Bridgewater (L)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees. Good shade.

Teddington Reservoir camping area 42 km

T/O at Stuart Mill

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

Jock Comini rest area 43 km

18km S of Bendigo (L) or 132km N of Melbourne (R)

Secluded off the highway among a few trees.

Ravenswood rest area 44 km

20km S of Bendigo (R) or 130km N of Melbourne (L)

Just off the highway.

Bendigo South park area 46 km

At Bendigo

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the lake on the south side of town.

Jessie Kennedy rest area 49 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Market: with local produce, crafts and second-hand goods; Market St; 3rd Sat each month.

Community Street Market: Broadway; 4th Sat each month.

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