Donald

Population 1429

Donald is on the scenic Richardson River and referred to by locals as 'Home of the Duck', owing to the many waterbirds that live in the region. The town also features Bullocks Head, a tree on the riverbank with a growth that looks like its namesake. The 'bull' is also used as a flood gauge – according to how high the waters are, the 'bull' is either dipping his feet, having a drink or, when the water is really high, going for a swim.

Visitor Information

Council Offices, cnr Houston and McCulloch sts; (03) 5497 1300.

Nearby national parks

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  • Mount Eccles National Park

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  • Warracknabeal

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In Town

Bullocks Head Lookout: beside Richardson River; Byrne St.

Steam Train Park: a restored steam locomotive, an adventure playground and barbecue facilities; Cnr Hammill and Walker sts.

Historic Police Station: dates back to 1865; Wood St.

Shepherds hut: built by early settlers; Wood St.

Agricultural Museum: an impressive collection of agricultural machinery; Hammill St.

Scilleys Island: reserve on the Richardson River featuring wildlife, walking tracks and picnic facilities; access by footbridge from Sunraysia Hwy.

Kooka's Country Cookies: tours and sales; Sunraysia Hwy.

Nearby

Lake Buloke The lake is filled by the floodwaters of the Richardson River, so its size varies greatly with the seasons. This extensive wetland area is home to a variety of birdlife and is a popular venue for fishing, picnicking and bushwalking. The end of the park closest to town is a protected bird sanctuary. 10 km N.

Fishing There is good fishing for redfin and trout in the many waterways close to town. Good spots include Lake Cope Cope, 10 km S; Lake Batyo Catyo and Richardson River Weir, both 20 km S; Watchem Lake, 35 km N; and the Avoca River, which runs through Charlton, 43 km NE.

Mt Jeffcott: flora, kangaroos and views over Lake Buloke; 20 km NE.

Fishing spots near town

Dimboola 86 km

At first sight the Wimmera River didn’t look special. Barely flowing, it consisted of sandbars and fallen trees interspersed with shallows and a few deeper holes below the timber. I was fishing with local anglers... Find out more


Campsites around town

Teddington camping area 58 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


Melville Caves camping area 69 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


Mountain Creek camping area 76 km

This campground is a few hundred metres north of the small town of Moonambel in Victoria’s Pyrenees, which encompasses a winemaking district. In the vicinity of Mountain Creek is the Warrenmang Vineyard, which... Find out more


Lake Lonsdale camping area 77 km

Signposted on the Western Hwy about 4 km north of Stawell, just before Deep Lead, is the turn-off to Sandbar Rd. This road winds its way along the northern edge of compact Lake Lonsdale, providing access to a number of... Find out more


Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 80 km

The Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort is out on the Western Hwy about 4 km south-east of Horsham. While the comfort and amenities offered by the park are already reasons to stay, the best rationale is that the spectacular... Find out more


Stapylton camping area 81 km

This large campground has a mixture of sheltered and open sites, and is situated in the far north of the national park. You can take a short, self-guided walk to Ngamadjidj Shelter, a one-time Aboriginal campsite where... Find out more


Camerons Track Campground 85 km

This camping area, located on Camerons Track some 20 km from Avoca, is suitable for camper trailers, but the Waterfalls camping area is a better option for caravans. Camerons Track is the midpoint of the Pyrenees... Find out more


Green Lake camping area 87 km

The campsites at Green Lake are surrounded by gum trees. There are also some BBQs here, which are coin-operated. Nearby is a patch of mallee woodland that makes for a nice walk. Follow the sign off the Birchip–Sea... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 80 km

This is a spacious park on the fringe of Horsham, 4 km south-east of town on the Western Highway. It has a range of facilities including a tennis court and spa. It is a good base for exploring the local area. Bookings... Find out more


Horsham Caravan Park 80 km

Located on the banks of the Wimmera River, close to the town centre, this good quality park is council owned but operated by the YMCA. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Donald park area

At Donald       

Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the Richardson River.


Wooroonook Lake camping area 23 km

T/O at Charlton

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


Lake Watchem camping area 27 km

T/O 20km S of Birchip (R) or 34km N of Donald (L)

On the edge of the lake 1km west of Watchem. 


Teddywaddy rest area 38 km

23km SE of Wycheproof (L) or 9km N of Charlton (R)

Just off the highway among a few shady trees.


Wycheproof park area 39 km

At Wycheproof

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.


Birchip park area 42 km

At Birchip

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


Skinners Flat rest area 54 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.


Wedderburn park area 57 km

At Wedderburn

Opposite the bowling club.


Teddington Reservoir camping area 58 km

T/O at Stuart Mill

Secluded in the forest 6km (partly unsealed) south-west of Stuart Mill via Teddington Rd.


Stuart Mill South rest area 60 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Brim camping area 61 km

At Brim

On the shores of a lake 1km off the highway via the main street of Brim.


Ryans Creek Rest Area 67 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 69 km

T/O at Logan

Surrounded by scrub 18km west of the highway via Wehla Rd in Kooyoora State Park.


Canadian Gully Bushland Reserve rest area 75 km

57km SE of Horsham (L) or 10km NW of Stawell (R)

Just off the highway under some large trees on the edge of a lagoon.


Lake Green rest area 77 km

12km SE of Horsham (R) or 55km NW of Stawell (L)

Adjacent to the highway and overlooking Lake Green.


Burnt Creek rest area 79 km

7km SE of Horsham (L) or 60km NW of Stawell (R)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.


Wail rest area 80 km

10km SE of Dimboola (L) or 26km NW of Horsham (R)

Just off the highway among some trees near the railway overpass.


Berriwillock park area 81 km

At Berriwillock

Opposite the hotel on the service road through town.


Stapylton camping area 82 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Large area in Grampians National Park. Located 48km (partly unsealed) north-west of Halls Gap via Northern Grampians and Olive Plantation rds.


Horseshoe Bend camping area 86 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.


Green Lake camping area 87 km

T/O at Sea Lake (R) or Berriwillock (L)

On the shores of the lake 10km south of Sea Lake or north-west of Berriwillock. Some powered sites available.


Great Western rest area 87 km

At Great Western

Just off the highway among a few trees. On the north side of town.


What's on around town

Scottish Dancing Country Weekend: June.

Donald Cup: Nov.

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