Statue of Sir Hubert Opperman, Ken Stepnell

Population 2827

On the Campaspe River, near Echuca, Rochester is the centre of a rich dairying and tomato-growing area. There are several lakes and waterways near town, making Rochester a popular destination for freshwater fishing.

Visitor Information

Council offices, 43 Mackay St; (03) 5484 4500

Nearby national parks

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  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Rushworth

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  • Bendigo

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In Town

The 'Oppy' Museum The museum details the history of Sir Hubert Opperman, affectionately known as Oppy, a champion cyclist who competed in the Tour de France. There is a collection of memorabilia related to Oppy's career as a cyclist, as well as artefacts from the town's past. A statue of Oppy is opposite the museum. Moore St.

Heritage walk: take in the town's attractive old buildings.

Campaspe River Walk: a pleasant, signposted walk by the river.


Kyabram Fauna Park This park, owned by the Kyabram community, is home to over 140 animal species – everything from wombats to waterfowl. It has been built from the ground up on a piece of degraded farmland, and is now heavily involved in breeding programs for endangered species such as the eastern barred bandicoot. There is a walk-through aviary and Australia's first energy-efficient reptile house. (03) 5852 2883; 35 km NE.

Campaspe Siphon: an impressive engineering feat, where the Waranga–Western Main irrigation channel was redirected under the Campaspe River; 5 km N.

Fishing: nearby channels, rivers and lakes are popular with anglers for redfin and carp. Lakes include Greens Lake and Lake Cooper (14 km SE), also good for picnicking and watersports.

Elmore: here is the Campaspe Run Rural Discovery Centre, which explains Koorie and colonial history and heritage. Elmore Field Days are held each Oct; 17 km S.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Indigenous tour - Shepparton 62 km

A free, short, bush-tucker tour is available from the Bangerang Cultural Centre in Shepparton. You will need to book, but you can visit the centre on weekdays to see the wide range of artefacts from the area, and from... Find out more

Campsites around town

Christies Beach camping area 30 km

There are lots of shaded bush-camping options on flat ground at Christies Beach, which makes it a good choice for large groups. There’s also easy access to the river here, and it’s only a short trip into... Find out more

Englishs Bridge camping area 31 km

The Campaspe River, which flows out of the Great Dividing Range to eventually join the Murray River to the north, makes a nice setting for an overnight stop. The camping area in the Englishs Bridge Streamside Reserve is... Find out more

Mulga Dam camping area 33 km

Small Mulga Dam is in the far north of the national park. A short walk past old charcoal pits starts from the picnic area here. Along the way you may hear some of the many songbirds that thrive in the region. To reach... Find out more

Rush Dam camping area 36 km

Like its neighbour Mulga Dam, Rush Dam is up near the northern boundary of the park. Closer to Bendigo, near the Shadbolt picnic area, you can check out some goldmining history at Old Tom Mine; if you’d like to do... Find out more

Bama precinct camping areas 37 km

Downstream from the town of Barmah, this precinct is accessible via Barmah Forest Rd, 13 km north-east of Moama.... Find out more

Greens Campground 43 km

From Rushworth, follow the Rushworth–Nagambie Rd and then turn onto Green Rd to reach the campground. Once you’ve settled in, walk through the Balaclava open-cut mine and past the remains of puddling machines... Find out more

Loeser camping area 46 km

The Loeser camping area is located on Loeser Rd, which runs off Hartlands Rd. For some great views over Bendigo and the surrounding region, head across town into the Mandurang section of the park and scale the steep... Find out more

Terrick Terrick camping area 47 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

Moira precinct camping areas 48 km

Formerly one of the Millewa group of state forests (which included Barmah Forest in Victoria, and Millewa and Gulpa Island forests in NSW), this recently became part of Murray Valley National Park. It’s 4 km... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Echuca Holiday Park 28 km

This is a popular, quality riverside park just a short walk from Echuca’s historic port precinct on the Murray River. The spacious park has a range of accommodation and great facilities. With its excellent... Find out more

Big4 Shepparton Park Lane Holiday Park 62 km

Located on the southern approaches to Shepparton, this park has undergone substantial redevelopment and is now a tourist park with great facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Victoria Lake Holiday Park 63 km

Set on the shores of Victoria Park Lake, this picturesque place is centrally located on the main highway 1 km south of the city centre. With good facilities and great waterfront sites, it is the park we like to stay at... Find out more

Gateway Lifestyle Shepparton East Holiday Park 67 km

On the Midland Highway 5 km to the east of Shepparton, and close to the Shepparton bypass, this quality park in a rural setting has great amenities and facilities including a tennis court. As with most parks in this... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

MillDuck, Harcourt North 73 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

Aysons Reserve camping area 11 km

T/O 31km W of Stanhope (R) or 5km E of Elmore (L)

Among some large trees on the riverbank 3km north-east of the highway via Burnewang Rd.

Green Lake Recreation Reserve camping area 14 km

T/O 12km W of Stanhope (R) or 24km E of Elmore (L)

Among a few trees on the shores of the lake 2.5km (partly unsealed) north of the highway.

Stanhope park area 27 km

At Stanhope

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

Wharparilla Flora Reserve rest area 32 km

93km SE of Kerang (L) or 3km W of Echuca (R)

Large area just off the highway among some trees. 

Goornong park area 33 km

At Goornong

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Goulburn River rest area 43 km

38km E of Echuca (L) or 19km S of Nathalia (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees on the banks of the river. 

Huntly rest area 48 km

At Huntly

Small area just off the highway among some large trees.

Gunbower park area 54 km

At Gunbower

On the banks of the creek in the middle of town.

Bendigo North park area 56 km

At Bendigo

Adjacent to the highway near the lake on the north side of town.

Mooroopna rest area 59 km

At Mooroopna

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

Calder Woodburn rest area 62 km

31km N of Nagambie (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Bendigo South park area 62 km

At Bendigo

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

Wunghnu park area 70 km

At Wunghnu

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Happy Jacks rest area 72 km

At Lockwood on alternative Calder Hwy (A790)

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

Bridgewater Park Area 73 km

North west side of town via Dunolly Road and Brewery Lane

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

Jock Comini rest area 73 km

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

Secluded off the highway among a few trees.

Ravenswood rest area 74 km

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

Just off the highway.

Cohuna park area 75 km

At Cohuna

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Taungurung rest area 76 km

19km S of Nagambie (L)

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

Coach Road rest area 79 km

89km S of Benalla (L)

Just off the freeway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Grass Tree rest area 79 km

11km NE of Seymour (L) 

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

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