Population 1041

Situated in central Victoria off the Goulburn Valley Highway, this delightful little town was once a goldmining settlement. The original site of the township was known as Nuggetty owing to the numerous gold nuggets found during the 19th century. Rushworth has retained much of its original character, with well-preserved early buildings lining the main street.

Visitor Information

33 High St; (03) 5481 2200

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In Town

Historic buildings: many along High St are National Trust–classified, including the Church of England, the Band Rotunda, the former Imperial Hotel, the Glasgow Buildings and the Whistle Stop. Take the High St Heritage Walk to see these and others; map from visitor centre.

History Museum: housed in the old mechanics institute with displays relating to the town's goldmining heritage; Cnr High and Parker sts.

Growlers Hill Lookout Tower: views of the town, Rushworth State Forest and the surrounding Goulburn Valley; Reed St.


Rushworth State Forest The largest natural ironbark forest in the world, Rushworth State Forest is also renowned for the orchids and wildflowers that blossom here in spring. Picnics and bushwalks are popular activities in this attractive reserve where over 100 species of birds, along with echidnas and kangaroos, can be seen. Access via Whroo Rd; 3 km S.

Jones's Eucalyptus Distillery: eucalyptus oil is extracted from blue mallee gum; Parramatta Gully Rd, just south of town.

Waranga Basin: an artificial diversion of the Goulburn weir constructed in 1916, now a haven for boating, fishing, swimming and watersports; 6 km NE.

Whroo Historic Reserve: Balaclava Hill, an open-cut goldmine, along with camping and picnic facilities, the Whroo cemetery and an Aboriginal waterhole; 7 km S.

Murchison: a small town picturesquely set on the Goulburn River. Town attractions include the Italian war memorial and chapel; Meteorite Park, the site of a meteorite fall in 1969; Longleat Winery; and Campbell's Bend Picnic Reserve; 19 km E.

Days Mill: a flour mill with buildings dating from 1865; 39 km NE via Murchison.

Town ruins: goldmining played a huge role in the development of this region, but not all towns survived the end of the gold rush. Ruins of Angustown, Bailieston and Graytown are all to the south of Rushworth.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Indigenous tour - Shepparton 41 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

Greens Campground 7 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

Major Creek Reserve camping area 30 km

The camping area at Major Creek Reserve is accessed via Mitchellstown Rd, which departs the Goulburn Valley Hwy about 6 km south of Nagambie and heads west through an old quartz-mining area. There’s plenty of flat... Find out more

Dargile camping area 39 km

The Dargile camping area is accessed from the Heathcote–North Costerfield Rd. On the way there, head up Mt Ida or to the Viewing Rock Lookout in the McIvor Range for some great views; from the latter you can hike... Find out more

Englishs Bridge camping area 41 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

Strayleaves Caravan Park 42 km

Strayleaves is a peaceful park in Shepparton with flat, grassy campsites that are scrupulously tended, and – as befits the name – lots of foliage. Each of the sites has sullage, and there’s a... Find out more

Christies Beach camping area 55 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

Mulga Dam camping area 58 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 61 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 61 km

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

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Shepparton Park Lane Holiday Park 38 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 40 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 44 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

Goulburn River Tourist Park 50 km

This park is about 1 km from the town centre in a quiet off-highway location on the banks of the Goulburn River. The park offers good clean facilities and is easily accessible. There are canoes for hire. Bookings... Find out more

Euroa Caravan and Cabin Park 53 km

Just a short walk to the centre of town, this park stretches along the banks of the creek. It is a good spot in a lovely setting and has a large number of tourist sites. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Echuca Holiday Park 58 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

Honeysuckle Caravan Village 64 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Freeway, this smaller park has good facilities and is ideal for a one- or two-night stay in this quiet rural environment.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

MillDuck, Harcourt North 76 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

Stanhope park area 16 km

At Stanhope

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

Green Lake Recreation Reserve camping area 24 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.

Calder Woodburn rest area 29 km

31km N of Nagambie (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Aysons Reserve camping area 34 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.

Mooroopna rest area 37 km

At Mooroopna

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

Taungurung rest area 42 km

19km S of Nagambie (L)

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

Coach Road rest area 43 km

89km S of Benalla (L)

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

Grass Tree rest area 44 km

11km NE of Seymour (L) 

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

Goornong park area 46 km

At Goornong

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Goulburn River rest area 46 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. 

Balmattum rest area 57 km

62km NE of Seymour (L)  

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

Trawool rest area 58 km

10km SE of Seymour (L) or 28km NW of Yea (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Wunghnu park area 61 km

At Wunghnu

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Huntly rest area 62 km

At Huntly

Small area just off the highway among some large trees.

Nalinga rest area 63 km

33km NW of Benalla (L) or 28km SE of Shepparton (R)

Large area just off the highway among a few trees.

Wharparilla Flora Reserve rest area 66 km

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

Large area just off the highway among some trees. 

King Parrot Creek rest area 66 km

21km SE of Seymour (L) or 17km NW of Yea (R)

Well off the highway under some large trees.

Bendigo North park area 67 km

At Bendigo

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

Bendigo South park area 73 km

At Bendigo

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

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