Historic town walks
Seeing the Loddon Valley from the window of a car or bus pays scant justice to the natural pleasures of the region.
There are walking trails around the Shire which reveal much about Nature’s beauties, whether through wetlands, forests or towering granite outcrops.
In the north, walk around – or over – Pyramid Hill or wander through one of the best black box woodlands in Victoria at Leaghur State Park, near Boort.
An easy 3.7km walking track around Little Lake Boort brings you into sight of a variety of wildlife.
The 2500ha Terrick Terrick National Park, near Mitiamo, contains a valuable remnant of the native vegetation of the northern plains of Victoria.
Further south, try the Inglewood Nature Conservation Reserve, Kooyoora State Park, the fascinating Melville Caves, The Tarnagulla Nature Conservation reserve or the Wychitella Flora and Fauna Reserve near Wedderburn.
Closer to civilisation, Loddon’s towns offer a rich feast of history.
Inglewood’s main street is awash with the flavour of the gold rush, with 28 blue plaques describing the stories of the heritage buildings still standing and more on nearby streets.
Hotels, pioneers’ homes, iconic businesses and public buildings all have a fascinating story to tell of the days in the 1860s when the district was the epicentre of Victoria’s last great gold rush.
By the mid-1860s, the population on the field was estimated to be greater than 40,000, ranking among the biggest rushes in Victoria’s history.
At Bridgewater, a walking track takes you to a popular swimming hole, with grassed areas, picnic shelter and platform for safe and easy access to the Loddon River. Continue on for about a kilometre for more views of this famous waterway.
In the other direction, back towards the highway, you’ll pass a fishing platform on the way to the new water ski platform for people with a disability and the newly opened Bridgewater Caravan Park.
The Tarnagulla township walk is another treat for lovers of history, with the Golden Age Hotel, Victoria Theatre, Court House, Bell’s Cottage and charming churches among the discoveries to be made.
The Nardoo Trail is a pleasant walk along either side of the Nardoo Creek, which runs through Wedderburn and joins the Korong Creek at the southern end of town.
The loop walk of about 1.5km affords the opportunity to enjoy the creek, now transformed from its original state, but enhanced by tree plantings during later years.
Wander away from the creek and you may see some of the old architectural styles evident in the houses and commercial buildings of the town.
Click on link to view Historic Township Walks Maps, Naturally Loddon Tourism Map and Townships maps.
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