St Arnaud

Courthouse, Tourism Victoria

Population 2274

A former goldmining town surrounded by forests and scenic hill country, St Arnaud is a service centre for the district's farming community, yet retains a peaceful rural atmosphere. The main street is lined with well-preserved historic buildings, many of which feature impressive ornate lacework. Together, these buildings form a nationally recognised historic streetscape.

Visitor Information

4 Napier St; (03) 5495 1268 or 1800 014 455.

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Nearby towns

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In Town

Self-guided historic tour: brochure available from visitor centre.

Queen Mary Gardens: great spot for a picnic; Napier St.

Old Post Office: now a B&B and restaurant; Napier St.

Police lock-up: built in 1862; Jennings St.


St Arnaud Range National Park The park protects an oasis of dense box-ironbark forest and woodland surrounded by agricultural land. Over 270 different species of native flora have been recorded here and provide a glimpse of what the area would have looked like before the land-clearing that occurred during and after the gold rush. Within the park are the Teddington Reservoirs, popular for brown trout and redfin fishing. The rugged terrain throughout provides a great opportunity for keen bushwalkers or 4WD enthusiasts. Wedge-tailed eagles can be seen soaring above the steep, forested ranges. Contact Parks Victoria on 131 963. Sunraysia Hwy; 15 km S.

Great Grape Rd: wine-themed circuit through Stawell and Ballarat; details from visitor centre.


Campsites around town

Teddington camping area 25 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

Melville Caves camping area 39 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

Mountain Creek camping area 42 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

Camerons Track Campground 53 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

Waanyarra Recreation Area 53 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

Waterfalls camping area 54 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

Newbridge River Reserve camping area 59 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 65 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

Lake Lonsdale camping area 70 km

Signposted on the Western Hwy about 4 km north of Stawell, just before Deep Lead, is the turn-off to Sandbar Rd. This road winds its way along the northern edge of compact Lake Lonsdale, providing access to a number of... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lake Fyans Holiday Park 81 km

This is a spacious waterfront park on the shores of Lake Fyans, a popular watersports area to the south-west of Stawell. The park has a cafe and canoes for hire. It is just a short drive to nearby Halls Gap and is an... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Teddington Reservoir camping area 25 km

T/O at Stuart Mill

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

Stuart Mill South rest area 25 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Donald park area 37 km

At Donald       

Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the Richardson River.

Wedderburn park area 39 km

At Wedderburn

Opposite the bowling club.

Melville Caves camping area 39 km

T/O at Logan

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

Wooroonook Lake camping area 40 km

T/O at Charlton

On the shores of the lake 14km west of Charlton via Borung Hwy.  

Skinners Flat rest area 40 km

T/O 26km SE of Charlton (L) or 4km NW of Wedderburn (R)

Secluded area 1km (unsealed) north of the highway. Located in the scrub on the shores of the reservoir 200m past the picnic area.

Ryans Creek Rest Area 43 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.

Teddywaddy rest area 46 km

23km SE of Wycheproof (L) or 9km N of Charlton (R)

Just off the highway among a few shady trees.

No. 2 Creek rest area 52 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Wycheproof park area 60 km

At Wycheproof

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Bridgewater Park Area 61 km

North west side of town via Dunolly Road and Brewery Lane

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

Lake Watchem camping area 64 km

T/O 20km S of Birchip (R) or 34km N of Donald (L)

On the edge of the lake 1km west of Watchem. 

Canadian Gully Bushland Reserve rest area 65 km

57km SE of Horsham (L) or 10km NW of Stawell (R)

Just off the highway under some large trees on the edge of a lagoon.

Great Western rest area 69 km

At Great Western

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

Birchip park area 76 km

At Birchip

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.

Langi Ghiran camping area 76 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.

Bailes camping area 78 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.

Lexton South Rest Area 79 km

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

Large area just off the highway. Only limited shade.

Middle Creek camping area 79 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.

Greenhill Lake camping area 80 km

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

Well off the highway on the shores of the lake.

Mount Langi Ghiran rest area 81 km

17km E of Ararat (L)

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

What's on around town

Heritage Festival: Nov.

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