Chiltern–Mount Pilot National Park

Barbecue Bike riding Campfire Toilets Wildflowers Wildlife Aboriginal site Camping area Information Picnic area Walking

Introduction

This is old goldmining country, and eroded gullies, scattered relics and old mine shafts recall the heady days of the 1850s. The park protects impressive stands of box and ironbark, remnants of eucalypt forests that once covered vast tracts of Victoria’s north-east. Wildflowers bloom profusely in spring, with wattle, delicate native orchids and vivid bush peas. Over 200 bird species have been identified here, several rare or threatened, including the nectar-feeding regent honeyeater, the brilliant turquoise parrot and the brush-tailed phascogale. Eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies are often seen. Follow the Chiltern Historic Drive (25 km) to see the original Indigo goldfields cemetery, and the open-cut Magenta Mine – it produced 368 kilograms of gold between 1860 and 1910.

There are some excellent walks along the park’s old roads and tracks, and some pleasant picnic spots. On Woolshed Falls Historic Walk (2 km return, 1 hour) old water races and abandoned workings are reminders of the gold era (visit after heavy rains to watch the falls cascading). Pick up a brochure at the Honeyeater Picnic area for the White Box Walking Track (8.5 km, 2½ hours), or take the short walk to the summit of Mount Pilot (545 metres) for magnificent 360-degree views. Near the base of Mount Pilot there is evidence of rock art at Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site.

Time appears to have stood still in Chiltern, once a goldmining boom town of 14 suburbs. All that remains is old-world shops and heritage buildings lining the quiet main street. Nearby you can visit Lakeview, one of the childhood homes of Henry Handel Richardson, author of the classic novel The Fortunes of Richard Mahony.

Fact file

Camping

Reedy Creek area

Location and access

275 km north-east of Melbourne via Hume Fwy to Chiltern; park extends around Chiltern and south to Beechworth

Park information

PV 13 1963

Size

21 565 ha

Visitor information

Beechworth (03) 5728 3233, 1300 366 321

Chiltern (03) 5726 1611

Wangaratta 1800 801 065

See Also

Campsites

Reedy Creek camping area

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


See Also

comments powered by Disqus