St Arnaud Range National Park
The often-steep and forested terrain of St Arnaud Range National Park is a reminder of how this landscape looked before mining and timber-getting took its toll. Regeneration of native vegetation since the gold era has seen eucalypt forests again grow to maturity – herb-rich woodland, dry and grassy forests and large intact areas of box and ironbark spread across the hills. Mature trees with hollows provide excellent nesting sites for rosellas and sugar gliders. Rare species include the freckled duck, red-tailed black-cockatoo, powerful owl and brush-tailed phascogale.
Scattered through the park, scarred trees, mounds and stone artefacts are signs of long Aboriginal occupation. More recent history is visible in dilapidated sheep yards from pastoral days and old goldmining sites. The clear waters of Teddington Reservoir, built to supply water for St Arnaud but used only minimally since the 1940s, provides a picturesque backdrop for walking, camping, picnicking and fishing. There are some brilliant views from the rocky ridge tops, accessible to bushwalkers and those in 4WDs. Walkers should carry extra water especially in summer, as it can be extremely hot and dry, and beware of deep mine shafts. Four-wheel drive tracks provide some challenging, steep driving. Amateurs interested in trying their luck can fossick for gold (Miner’s Right required and any holes created must be filled in). Teddington Reservoir is known for brown trout and redfin (licence required) and unpowered boats can be launched in the Upper Teddington Reserve. Swimming is not permitted. The campground is near the banks of the Upper Teddington or you can stay in a hut (bookings essential). Collecting firewood is not permitted.
Upper Teddington Reservoir; fuel stove required
Location and access
190 km north-west of Melbourne via Western and Sunraysia hwys through Avoca to Stuart Mill then west to Teddington Reservoir; 25 km south of St Arnaud; 45 km north of Avoca
PV 13 1963
13 900 ha
Avoca (03) 5465 3767
St Arnaud 1800 246 880