Wedderburn, part of the 'Golden Triangle', was once one of Victoria's richest goldmining towns. Many large nuggets have been unearthed here in the past and – for some lucky people – continue to be discovered today. The town's annual Detector Jamboree, with music, historical re-enactments and family entertainment, is growing every year and recognises the importance of gold in the development of so many towns.
Loddon Visitor Information Centre, Wedderburn Community Centre, 24 Wilson St; (03) 5494 3489
Nearby national parks
Hard Hill Tourist Reserve Hard Hill is a fascinating former mining district with original gold diggings and Government Battery. There is a good walking track through the site, where old mining machinery can be seen. Hard Hill is in a pleasant bushland setting, and picnic facilities are provided. Nearby is a fully operational eucalyptus distillery offering tours and selling eucalyptus products. Northern outskirts of town.
Coach House Cafe and Museum:
Coach House Cafe and Museum:a 1910 building restored to its original appearance, with authentic, old-fashioned stock and coach-builders quarters; High St.
Bakehouse Pottery: old bakery now used as a pottery, also home to gold pistachio nuts; High St.
Nardoo Creek Walk: takes in the key historic buildings around town; map from visitor centre.
Mt Korong: bushwalking; 16 km SE.
Wychitella Forest Reserve: wildlife sanctuary set in mallee forest, home to mallee fowl; 16 km N.
Kooyoora State Park: see Inglewood for details.
Fossickers Drive: takes in goldmining sites, places of Aboriginal significance, local wineries and the Melville Caves; details from visitor centre. Dunolly: St Arnaud:
Dunolly:the Goldfields Historical and Arts Society, with replicas of impressive gold finds; 75 Broadway St.
St Arnaud:boasts the beautiful Queen Mary Gardens and a number of old pubs and verandah-fronted shops.
Campsites around town
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Teddington camping area 57 kmYou 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
Lake Meran camping area 61 kmThe only camping area in Leaghur State Park is at the southern end of Lake Meran, at the northern edge of the park. You get here by following the Chamberlain and Lake Meran tracks from the park entrance, and then turning... Find out more
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Notley camping area 63 kmNotley is the only overnight option in Greater Bendigo National Park that has pull-through sites suitable for caravans. You’ll find this camping area off Nuggety Rd, which branches off the... Find out more
Rest areas around town
Opposite the bowling club.
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 12 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.
Melville Caves camping area 22 km
T/O at Logan
Surrounded by scrub 18km west of the highway via Wehla Rd in Kooyoora State Park.
Teddywaddy rest area 32 km
23km SE of Wycheproof (L) or 9km N of Charlton (R)
Just off the highway among a few shady trees.
Bridgewater Park Area 35 km
North west side of town via Dunolly Road and Brewery Lane
Large area on the banks of the Loddon River. Good shade.
T/O at Charlton
On the shores of the lake 14km west of Charlton via Borung Hwy.
Wycheproof park area 51 km
Just off the highway. In the middle of town.
28km S of St Arnaud (R) or 34km N of Avoca (L)
Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.
T/O at Stuart Mill
Secluded in the forest 6km (partly unsealed) south-west of Stuart Mill via Teddington Rd.
Donald park area 57 km
Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the Richardson River.
Happy Jacks rest area 67 km
At Lockwood on alternative Calder Hwy (A790)
Just off the highway among shady trees 100m north of facilities.
Huntly rest area 70 km
Small area just off the highway among some large trees.
Bendigo South park area 70 km
Adjacent to the highway overlooking the lake on the south side of town.
Bendigo North park area 71 km
Adjacent to the highway near the lake on the north side of town.
No. 2 Creek rest area 73 km
59km S of St Arnaud (L) or 3km N of Avoca (R)
Just off the highway among a few trees.
T/O 20km S of Birchip (R) or 34km N of Donald (L)
On the edge of the lake 1km west of Watchem.
What's on around town
Wedderburn Detector Jamboree: gold festival; Mar long weekend.
Historic Engine Exhibition: Sept.