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.
Council Offices, cnr Houston and McCulloch sts; (03) 5497 1300.
Nearby national parks
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.
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
Campsites around town
Teddington camping area 58 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
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Stapylton camping area 81 kmThis 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
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Green Lake camping area 87 kmThe 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
Horsham Caravan Park 80 kmLocated 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
Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the Richardson River.
T/O at Charlton
On the shores of the lake 14km west of Charlton via Borung Hwy.
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
Just off the highway. In the middle of town.
Birchip park area 42 km
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
Opposite the bowling club.
T/O at Stuart Mill
Secluded in the forest 6km (partly unsealed) south-west of Stuart Mill via Teddington Rd.
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
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.
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
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.