Chiltern–Mount Pilot National Park
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.
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
PV 13 1963
21 565 ha
Beechworth (03) 5728 3233, 1300 366 321
Chiltern (03) 5726 1611
Wangaratta 1800 801 065
- Chiltern–Mount Pilot National Park, Eco-friendly activity