Sir Robert Menzies monument, Australian Geographic

Population 374

This little town in the Wimmera is 5 kilometres south-east of Lake Hindmarsh, is the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria (although it can dry up for years in times of drought). Former prime minister Sir Robert Menzies was born here in 1894.

Visitor Information

Wimmera–Mallee Pioneer Museum, Charles St; (03) 5397 2101.

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

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...more

Nearby towns

  • Dimboola

    Dimboola, on the Wimmera River, is a key access point to the Little Desert National Park. The area was home to the Wotjobaluk Aboriginal...more

  • Nhill

    The name of this town is derived from the Aboriginal word 'nyell', meaning 'white mist on water'. Nhill is exactly halfway between Melbourne...more

  • Warracknabeal

    The town's Aboriginal name means 'the place of the big red gums shading the watercourse', a name that is both beautifully descriptive and...more

In Town

Wimmera–Mallee Pioneer Museum This unique museum details what life was like for early settlers in the Wimmera through a collection of colonial buildings furnished in the style of the period. The buildings on display are spread over a 4 ha complex and include log cabins, a church and a blacksmith's shop. The museum also features displays of restored farm machinery. Southern entrance to town, Charles St; open Mon–Sun 9.30am–12pm, 1–4.30pm, Sat–Sun 1–4.30pm or by request; (03) 5397 2101.

Menzies Sq: site of the dwelling where Menzies was born; Cnr Charles and Roy sts.

Wimmera River Walk: 6 km return; starts at museum.


Lake Hindmarsh Victoria's largest freshwater lake is fed by the Wimmera River. Boating, waterskiing and fishing are all popular pastimes (Schulzes Beach has a boat ramp), with pelicans and other waterbirds existing at the lake in breeding colonies. Picnic and camping spots are available on the lake's shores. Contact the visitor centre for an update on water levels. 5 km NW.

Rainbow: a charming little Wimmera township, with Pasco's Cash Store, an original country general store, and Yurunga Homestead, a beautiful Edwardian home with a large collection of antiques and original fittings (northern edge of town, key available); 35 km N.

Pella: former German settlement with Lutheran church and old schoolhouse; 40 km NW via Rainbow.

Lake Albacutya: fills only when Lake Hindmarsh overflows; 44 km N.

Wyperfeld National Park: great for bushwalking; known for its birdlife, including the endangered mallee fowl, and wildflowers in spring; 60 km NW via Rainbow; for details see Hopetoun.

Fishing spots near town

Dimboola 36 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Little Desert National Park 61 km

This park contains one-fifth of all flowering plant species in Victoria. The elusive mallee fowl and rare scrub robin live amid the 600 kilometres of tracks that go out to remote sections of the park near the South... Find out more

Campsites around town

Picnic Point Beach camping ground 4 km

Picnic Point Beach, which lies just north of where the Wimmera River empties into Lake Hindmarsh, is a good place for some solitude. From the Nhill–Jeparit Rd, detour onto unsealed Lake Rd, which runs up along the... Find out more

Four Mile Beach camping ground 5 km

Four Mile Beach has more facilities than any of the other campsites around Lake Hindmarsh, including powered sites and a kiosk selling basic foodstuffs; the trade-off is that this is the only place in the reserve where... Find out more

Schulzes Beach camping area 16 km

This campground is located on the western shore of Lake Hindmarsh, where it has some impressive river red gums for company. South of here, at Antwerp on the road to Dimboola, you’ll find what’s left of the... Find out more

The Wattles camping area 24 km

After skirting the western edge of Lake Hindmarsh, the Nhill–Rainbow Rd crosses over Outlet Creek, heading east. It’s here, at the northern foreshore of the lake, that you’ll find the track leading down... Find out more

Williamsons Beach camping area 24 km

Just off the Nhill–Rainbow Rd, at the northern tip of Lake Hindmarsh, is this serene campground. Note the lack of facilities here, and that the access road is sometimes inaccessible after rain; check before you... Find out more

Kiata camping area 38 km

Kiata campground is in the eastern block of Little Desert National Park. It’s at the end of Kiata South Rd, which runs off the Western Hwy between Nhill and Dimboola. Head to the nearby picnic area to take the... Find out more

Horseshoe Bend camping area 40 km

Horseshoe Bend is on the eastern boundary of Little Desert National Park, on the Wimmera River opposite Wail State Forest. North of here is the Pomponderoo Hill Nature Walk, which takes in a scenic lookout and some of... Find out more

Ackle Bend camping area 40 km

Ackle Bend is on the Wimmera River in the eastern block of Little River National Park, just south of Horseshoe Bend. The walk north along the river yields some great views. Other leisurely pursuits available here include... Find out more

Western Beach camping area 41 km

Western Beach is situated on the shoreline of Lake Albacutya amidst parrot-filled black box and river red gum woodlands. Stay here for a few days to enjoy the peace and quiet, or make it a stopover before visiting the... Find out more

Yaapeet Beach camping area 42 km

On the eastern shore of Lake Albacutya, accessible from either Rainbow township or the nearby community of Yaapeet, is the Yaapeet Beach camping area. Water is only sometimes available here, so it’s best to bring... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Nhill Caravan Park 38 km

This is a convenient park on the Western Highway, on the western outskirts of Nhill. It has good basic amenities and is conveniently located midway between Melbourne and Adelaide.... Find out more

Horsham Caravan Park 67 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

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 70 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

Kaniva Caravan Park 72 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned caravan park with no full-time attendee. Take a site and the caretaker will call by. The park, with basic facilities and nice grassy sites, is situated next door to the town pool.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Little Desert Nature Lodge, Nhill 45 km

Set on 117 hectares of bushland beside Little Desert National Park, the lodge has 24 rooms with ensuite bathrooms, or 16 bunkrooms with shared facilities. By staying here, you are helping support projects such as the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Native Waterhole rest area 29 km

16km E of Nhill (R) or 22km W of Dimboola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Wimmera River rest area 31 km

32km E of Nhill (L) or 6km W of Dimboola (R)

Just off the highway near the river.

Kiata camping area 38 km

T/O at Kiata

Large open area 12km (partly unsealed) south of the highway in a pleasant bush setting in Little Desert National Park.

Brim camping area 39 km

At Brim

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

Horseshoe Bend camping area 40 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.

Ackle Bend camping area 40 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.

Western Beach Camp Area 41 km

T/O to Rainbow

On the shore of the (dry) lake 17 kilometres northwest of Rainbow via Hopetoun Road and Albacutya Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Yaapeet Beach Camp Area 42 km

T/O to Yaapeet

On the shore of the (dry) lake 3 kilometres (unsealed) west of Yaapeet via Kenmare Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Wail rest area 42 km

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

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

Camerons Reserve rest area 51 km

26km E of Kaniva (R) or 14km W of Nhill (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Hopetoun camping area 58 km

At Hopetoun

On the shores of Lake Lascelles. Donations accepted.

Wonga Camp Area 62 km

T/O to Yaapeet

In an open bush setting 27 kilometres (part unsealed) north of Yaapeet via Park Road in Wyperfeld National Park.

Burnt Creek rest area 72 km

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

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Lake Green rest area 76 km

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

Adjacent to the highway and overlooking Lake Green.

Lake Watchem camping area 77 km

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

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

Birchip park area 85 km

At Birchip

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

Donald park area 92 km

At Donald       

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

Stapylton camping area 94 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.

South Australian Border rest area 94 km

18km E of Bordertown (R) or 25km W of Kaniva (L)

Just off the highway among trees at the state border.

Green Lake camping area 99 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.

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