Chiltern, Tourism Victoria

Population 1067

Now surrounded by rich pastoral farmland, Chiltern was once at the centre of a goldmining boom and had as many as 14 suburbs. After the Indigo gold discovery in the 1850s, there was a major influx of miners and settlers, but the boom was brief and farming was soon prominent in the town's economy. Today the rich heritage of the 19th century can be seen in the streetscapes.

Visitor Information

30 Main St; (03) 5726 1611

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Rutherglen

    Rutherglen is the centre of one of the most important winegrowing districts in Victoria, with a cluster of vineyards surrounding the town....more

  • Beechworth

    Set in the picturesque surrounds of the Australian Alps, Beechworth is one of the state's best preserved 19th-century gold towns, with...more

  • Wodonga

    Wodonga and its twin town, Albury (in New South Wales), sit astride the Murray River. There are many attractions around the Murray and...more

In Town

Athenaeum Museum: historic building with heritage display; Conness St.

Dow's Pharmacy: old chemist shop with original features; Conness St.

Star Theatre and Grapevine Museum: the quaint theatre still operates and the museum, formerly the Grapevine Hotel, boasts the largest grapevine in Australia, planted in 1867 and recorded in the Guinness World Records; Main St.

Federal Standard newspaper office: open by appt for groups; Main St.

Lakeview House: former home of author Henry Handel Richardson; open afternoons on Sat–Sun and public and school holidays; Victoria St.

Lake Anderson: picnic and barbecue facilities; access via Main St.


Chiltern–Mt Pilot National Park This park stretches from around Chiltern south to Beechworth and protects remnant box-ironbark forest, which once covered much of this part of Victoria. Also featured are significant goldmining relics, including the impressive Magenta Goldmine (around 2 km E). An introduction to the forest scenery and goldmining history is on the 25 km scenic drive signposted from Chiltern. Other activities include canoeing and rafting, fishing, and cycling and walking trips along the many marked trails. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; access via Hume Hwy and the road south to Beechworth.

Koendidda Historic Homestead: wonderfully landscaped gardens and B&B; near Barnawartha; 10 km NE.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Hume 44 km

Albury–Wodonga is ideal for anyone seeking a variety of freshwater fishing. The list of fish species on offer reads like a Who’s Who of southern Australian freshwater fish. It includes Murray cod,... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Rutherglen region 17 km

The Rutherglen region in the far north of the state is renowned particularly for its fortified ports and muscats, perfect for a winter’s night. There are no organically certified wineries in the area, although... Find out more

Cycling - Murray to the Mountains and High Country Rail Trails 35 km

With 100 kilometres of safe, sealed bitumen surface to pedal on, the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is the most developed rail trail in the state, and therefore very popular, with more than 40 000 people estimated to... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bridge Road Brewers 24 km

Ben Kraus originally trained as a winemaker but his head was turned in the direction of craft brewing during a stint working in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. The cluster of microbreweries in this... Find out more

Campsites around town

Doolans Bend camping area 14 km

Doolans Bend is one of many twists and turns in the Murray River to the immediate north-west of Barnawartha North. Fishing, canoeing and swimming tend to make up the daily agenda here, with long breaks between activities... Find out more

Richardsons Bend camping area 15 km

Take Kings Rd off the Old Barnawartha Rd to reach Richardsons Bend, which lies a few kilometres north-west of Barnawartha North. Note: like many of the tracks leading to sites beside the Murray River, this route is... Find out more

Reedy Creek camping area 18 km

In the southern section of the national park, several bush-camping sites are scattered alongside Reedy Creek, which winds from near Woolshed Falls to the fancifully named Eldorado gold dredge. To get here, take the road... Find out more

Shaws Flat camping area 21 km

This camping spot is only 7 km north of Rutherglen, forcing visitors to choose between another swim or more fishing, and a trip to a local winery for a glass of fine wine and a long lunch – tough decisions must be... Find out more

Gooramadda State Forest (Police Paddocks) camping area 22 km

The Police Paddocks are so named because police horses used to have a rest in the vicinity in the late 19th century. Nowadays it’s campers who put themselves out to pasture here to take a break from heavy activity.... Find out more

Granthams Bend camping area 25 km

From Lake Moodemere, the Murray River doglegs north past Corowa before taking another turn to the east. It’s up this way, 5 km north-east of Wahgunyah, that you’ll find Granthams Bend. There are walks along... Find out more

Stantons camping area 26 km

Stantons camping area is only 5 km from Rutherglen, where the delicious tastes of locally bottled shiraz and muscat await, as well as the fine fare offered in the local cafes and restaurants. Access is via Moodemere Rd,... Find out more

Stanley Forest camping areas 28 km

Numerous camping areas have been cleared alongside Yackandandah Creek – access is off Yack Gate Rd and Number One Rd. Make sure your chosen campsite is at least 20 m away from the creek or any other watercourse.... Find out more

Lumbys Bend camping area 30 km

Lumbys Bend is another of the tranquil twists of the Murray River enjoyed by overnighting motorists and intrepid canoeists. It’s also utilised by swimmers, though the water can get quite cold. This camping area is... Find out more

North Cedars Holiday Park 31 km

On the northern fringe of Wangaratta, off the Old Hume Hwy, is the North Cedars Holiday Park. This is a tranquil spot, with plenty of trees and a reasonable amount of space allowed between each of the campsites. The... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 23 km

The park is on the western edge of town in a quiet off-highway location. It has good facilities and is our choice of parks in the town area.... Find out more

Ball Park Caravan Park 25 km

This is a large council-owned park, close to the centre of town. It is a popular holiday destination and bookings are required in peak periods; a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends. Pets... Find out more

Corowa Caravan Park 26 km

The park is 2 km east of town with frontage to the Murray River. It is the closest park to the popular golf course. Large and shady, this park is great for a weekend or a longer break. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Albury Central Tourist Park 31 km

This centrally located park is about 2 km from the city centre in a quiet, off-highway location. It has good facilities including a tennis court. This is a basic park, but a good base for exploring the greater Albury... Find out more

North Cedars Holiday Park 31 km

Located about 4 km north-east of the township, this is a good quality park in a quiet location on what was once the old highway prior to the opening of the bypass.... Find out more

Painters Island Caravan Park 34 km

Less than 1 km from the town centre, this nicely appointed park is situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Albury Citygate Holiday Park 34 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Highway and located on the northern fringe of greater Albury, this is an ideal park for an overnight stop or longer. Pets allowed in own caravan or motorhome.... Find out more

Lake Hume Tourist Park 39 km

On the shores of Lake Hume and 14 km from Albury, this park makes an ideal holiday base. It features a store, with a good takeaway-food selection. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Mulberry Tree

Housed in an 1879 former Bank of Australasia building, ensuite accommodation is offered in the charming Henry Handel Richardson Suite – honouring the local authoress – and also in the Bank Residence with... Find out more

Koendidda Country House

Built in 1855 beside the Indigo Creek at Barnawartha – from the proceeds of a gold-rush fortune – this stately home stands graciously in wonderful landscaped gardens. An elegant family-run B&B at the end... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Ironbark rest area 3 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.

Chiltern rest area 4 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.

Browns Plains rest area 12 km

18km E of Rutherglen (L) or 26km W of Wodonga (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Howlong rest area 18 km

T/O 16km E of Rutherglen (L) or 28km W of Wodonga (R)

Overlooking a river 7km north of the highway on the road to Howlong.

Police Paddocks camping area 21 km

T/O 2km E of Rutherglen (L) or 42km W of Wodonga (R)

Large area 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Gooramadda and Police Paddock rds. Located on the banks of Murphys Creek in Gooramadda State Forest.

Pioneer Bridges rest area 33 km

T/O to Markwood

Shady area on a riverbank 2km south of the highway.

Burgoigee Creek rest area 36 km

29km SE of Wangaratta (L) or 17km NW of Myrtleford (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Lower Ovens Regional Park camping area 38 km

23km E of Yarrawonga (L) or 25km W of Rutherglen (R)

Numerous secluded campsites just off the highway. Located under trees on the riverbank of the Ovens River's eastern side.

Bundalong park area 43 km

At Bundalong

Adjacent to the highway among some trees. 

Myrtleford park area 46 km

At Myrtleford

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

What's on around town

Antique Fair: Aug.

Ironbark Festival: heritage fair with woodchopping, live music and markets; Oct.

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