Old Kilmore Gaol, Travel Victoria

Population 4720

Kilmore is Victoria's oldest inland town, known for its historic buildings and horseracing events. Like many towns in the central goldfields, Kilmore was the scene of a Kelly family saga. In this case, it was Ned Kelly's father who had a run-in with the law. In 1865 John 'Red' Kelly was arrested for killing a squatter's calf to feed his family, and was locked away in the Kilmore Gaol for six months. It was a crime that Ned had actually committed. Soon after Red's release, he died of dropsy and was buried in the small town of Avenel, where the Kelly family lived for some time.

Visitor Information

Library, 12 Sydney St; (03) 5781 1319.

Nearby national parks

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  • Yarra Ranges National Park

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  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Woodend

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  • Yea

    This town sits by the Yea River, a tributary of the Goulburn River. Hume and Hovell, the first explorers through the region, discovered this...more

In Town

Old Kilmore Gaol An impressive bluestone building, established in 1859, that is now a privately owned auction house; Sutherland St.

Hudson Park: picnic/barbecue facilities; Cnr Sydney and Foote sts.

Historic buildings: Whitburgh Cottage, Piper St, and a number of 1850s shops and hotels along Sydney St; brochure from visitor centre.


Tramways Heritage Centre at Bylands: extensive display of cable cars and early electric trams, with tram rides available; open Sun only; just south of town.

Broadford: a small town featuring a historic precinct on High St; 17 km NE. Mt Piper Walking Track: wildlife and wildflowers can be spotted along the way (1 hr return); near Broadford.

Strath Creek: walks to Strath Creek Falls and a drive through the Valley of a Thousand Hills; starts at outskirts of Broadford.

Fishing spots near town

Maribyrnong River 56 km

The age-old adage about the grass supposedly being greener somewhere else applies to fishing around Melbourne. Many anglers who head out of town do so because they don’t believe any serious fishing is possible... Find out more

Yarra River 60 km

Mulloway are one of the most sought and least caught Victorian species. Anglers often put in hundreds of hours in unsuccessful quests for a trophy of this enigmatic species. During autumn, reports tell of mulloway being... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Melbourne Zoo 54 km

Melbourne has a choice of two excellent zoos: Melbourne Zoo, with more than 320 species on display; and the 225-hectare open range zoo at Werribee, about 30 minutes drive from the city centre (access from the Princes... Find out more

Mountain-biking around Melbourne 58 km

With 20 kilometres of tracks developed by the Mountain Bike Association of Australia, Lysterfield Lake Park has something for all standard of mountain-biker, including family-friendly loops and exciting single-track... Find out more

Indigenous tours - Melbourne 58 km

To grasp what Melbourne was like before the skyscrapers arrived you can take a two-hour Koori Heritage Trust walking tour. You will gain an insight into Indigenous history and the natural and cultural landscape of the... Find out more

Cycling around Melbourne 60 km

Melbourne has an active cycling community that has helped develop and establish some great routes and a network of cycle paths. One of the best sources of information is Bicycle Victoria. One option is to hop on the Main... Find out more

Bicentennial National Trail - Healesville starting point 64 km

Acclaimed as the longest-marked, nonmotorised, multi-use trekking route in the world, this track traverses an incredible 5330 kilometres from Healesville to Cooktown in north Queensland, passing through 18 national... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Heritage Golf & Country Club (St John course) 56 km

Jack Nicklaus, the golfer, was the most powerful player of his generation and also its finest strategist, a man who could win a tournament based on smart play and at other times on pure heroics. Jack Nicklaus, the... Find out more

RACV Healesville Country Club 63 km

Of the 120 golf courses featured throughout these pages, the new layout at Healesville is the odd one out. It could, in fact, be considered a minnow among giants, for this par-68 measures only 4872 metres from the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Holgate Brewhouse 38 km

Paul and Natasha Holgate have travelled a decidedly different path to most other craft-brewery operators over the past decade or so. They started brewing ales from a shed adjacent to their family home in Woodend in the... Find out more

3 Ravens Brewing Company 51 km

This microbrewery began operating from the basement of the successful Thornbury-based engineering company Zetkin and has proved to be an interesting diversion or sideline for the principal business. Some of the company... Find out more

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company 55 km

Craft brewers come from all sorts of different backgrounds but classical pianist Simon Walkenhorst and his opera singer wife Beth Williams are among the more exotic. Together, they started Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company... Find out more

Foster's Group (Abbotsford Brewery) 57 km

Re-branded as the Foster’s Group in the 21st century, Carlton & United Breweries was formed in 1907 through an amalgamation of the city’s six largest beer-makers: McCrackens City Brewery, Victoria... Find out more

Mountain Goat Brewery 58 km

Kicking off in 1997, home-brewer Dave Bonighton and music industry booking agent Cam Hines proved that two good mates can start a successful microbrewery with no money, but with unlimited enthusiasm, dogged perseverance... Find out more

Campsites around town

Regular Camp camping area (walk-in camping) 18 km

This camping area, a short distance south of No. 1 Camp on Main Mountain Rd, is surrounded by bollards so you can’t park beside your tent. At the southern end of the park is the short, easy walk from Blairs Hut to... Find out more

No. 1 Camp camping area 20 km

Gatherings of horseriders and other large groups often base themselves at No. 1 Camp, which is a spacious open site – you’re likely to have company if you stay here. Turn east on North Mountain Rd at... Find out more

Freemans camping area 24 km

Formerly the site of a forestry camp, Freemans is now regularly occupied by picnickers and other daytrippers. The open nature of the site makes it good for families and other large groups. Get onto Main Rd from Ennis Rd,... Find out more

Trawool Reservoir camping area 29 km

You’ll need a 4WD to get out to Trawool Reservoir, an old water storage at the northern edge of the forest. Drive along Main Rd and turn onto East Falls Rd. For some good views of the surrounding area, head up Mt... Find out more

Nioka Bush Camp 40 km

The tiny 1.2 ha Nioka Bush Camp is a Parks Victoria site beside the Plenty River on the outskirts of Melbourne. It’s a peaceful retreat where you can fish, bushwalk or just hang around doing not much at all.... Find out more

The Gums camping area 44 km

The Gums camping area can be reached by travelling 4 km down Glenburn Rd from Kinglake, and then continuing for another 6 km down Eucalyptus Rd. While the campsites here in the midst of the Great Dividing Range have been... Find out more

Major Creek Reserve camping area 50 km

The camping area at Major Creek Reserve is accessed via Mitchellstown Rd, which departs the Goulburn Valley Hwy about 6 km south of Nagambie and heads west through an old quartz-mining area. There’s plenty of flat... Find out more

Firth Park camping area 51 km

Firth Park is an old sawmill site in the northern section of Wombat State Forest; there are visible remnants of the logging that was done here. There’s plenty of room for tents, but the space available for caravans... Find out more

Dargile camping area 52 km

The Dargile camping area is accessed from the Heathcote–North Costerfield Rd. On the way there, head up Mt Ida or to the Viewing Rock Lookout in the McIvor Range for some great views; from the latter you can hike... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Goulburn River Tourist Park 34 km

This park is about 1 km from the town centre in a quiet off-highway location on the banks of the Goulburn River. The park offers good clean facilities and is easily accessible. There are canoes for hire. Bookings... Find out more

Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park 47 km

This is a tourist park in a quiet area of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, just 9 km from Melbourne’s CBD. The park has relatively easy access to the Hume Highway and other northern approaches and is a popular... Find out more

Crystal Brook Tourist Park 54 km

This park caters for tourists. It has good facilities and is located in a leafy area of the northeastern suburbs of Melbourne. A minimum-length stay applies during holiday periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bindley House B&B

Just two blocks from Kilmore’s collection of antique shops and smart eateries is historic Bindley House. Built around 1862, it offers accommodation in two suites – the elegant Victorian Suite or the rustic... Find out more

Laurel Hill Cottage

The stables of Melrose Farm, one of the region’s most historic properties, have been converted to become Laurel Hill Cottage. Surrounded by its own private garden, it has been beautifully refurbished to accommodate... Find out more

Woodbury Estate B&B

Located in gardens on a 5-hectare rural property with magnificent mountain views, this 30-year-old English-style home offers two in-house rooms for B&B accommodation. Both have private entrances, private lounges,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Alto Hotel on Bourke 58 km

Although it is not doing anything radical, this plush hotel on Bourke Street is one of the most ecologically aware in Melbourne, and should be commended for its power-saving measures, garbage sorting, supply of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Trawool rest area 32 km

10km SE of Seymour (L) or 28km NW of Yea (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

King Parrot Creek rest area 33 km

21km SE of Seymour (L) or 17km NW of Yea (R)

Well off the highway under some large trees.

Grass Tree rest area 42 km

11km NE of Seymour (L) 

Just off the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Taungurung rest area 42 km

19km S of Nagambie (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Yea East rest area 44 km

1km E of Yea (R) or 30km W of Alexandra (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Coach Road rest area 46 km

89km S of Benalla (L)

Just off the freeway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Sheepwash Lagoon rest area 53 km

11km E of Yea (R) or 20km W of Alexandra (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.      

What's on around town

Kilmore Celtic Festival: June.

Kilmore Cup: harness racing; Oct.

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