Wedderburn

Population 702

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.

Visitor Information

Loddon Visitor Information Centre, Wedderburn Community Centre, 24 Wilson St; (03) 5494 3489

Nearby national parks

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

Nearby towns

  • Inglewood

    North along the Calder Highway from Bendigo is the 'Golden Triangle' town of Inglewood. Sizeable gold nuggets were found in this area during...more

  • St Arnaud

    A former goldmining town surrounded by forests and scenic hill country, St Arnaud is a service centre for the district's farming community,...more

  • Dunolly

    The towns of Dunolly, Wedderburn and Inglewood formed the rich goldfield region colloquially known in the 1850s as the 'Golden Triangle'....more

In Town

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: 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.

Nearby

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: 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

Melville Caves camping area 22 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


Newbridge River Reserve camping area 44 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


Waanyarra Recreation Area 47 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


Teddington camping area 57 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


Lake Meran camping area 61 km

The 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


Terrick Terrick camping area 63 km

This is the only place in the national park where you are allowed to camp. Nearby is a granite outcrop known as Mt Terrick Terrick, the summit of which affords some wonderful views – the walk up here is short but... Find out more


Notley camping area 63 km

Notley 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

Wedderburn park area

At Wedderburn

Opposite the bowling club.


Skinners Flat rest area 6 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 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.


Wooroonook Lake camping area 41 km

T/O at Charlton

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


Wycheproof park area 51 km

At Wycheproof

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.


Stuart Mill South rest area 54 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Teddington Reservoir camping area 57 km

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

At Donald       

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

At Huntly

Small area just off the highway among some large trees.


Bendigo South park area 70 km

At Bendigo

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


Bendigo North park area 71 km

At Bendigo

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.


Lake Watchem camping area 75 km

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.

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