Rushworth - Cities, Towns and Localities
Welcome to the historic town of Rushworth, located in the Central Victoria
The historic Rushworth, was a stopping place in the early 1850s for
those travelling between the gold diggings of Bendigo and Beechworth. In August
1853, gold was discovered within the vicinity and the first settlement was
established just 1.5 km east of the present day Rushworth. Alluvial gold was
soon found throughout the area and at its peak there were 26 mines operating in
the the district, supporting a population of some 40,000 people.
Today, all the large mines have long since closed, although this has not deterred the intrepid prospectors and the number of tourist
wanting to try their hand at panning for gold. There are a number of maps
available for purchase at the local Rushworth Museum.
Other popular activity in the region include bush walking with the Rushworth
State Forest, the largest ironbark forest in the Southern Hemisphere, just south
of the town. The region is also a wildlife delight, especially for bird
watching, with over 100 species having been identified in the area.
If it is aquatic activities you are after, there is plenty of opportunities with
fishing, boating and water sports at the Waranga Basin, north-east of the town.
Rushworth also makes the perfect base from which to explore the nearby
localities of Bendigo,
and Murray River.
Check our listing of
Goulburn Valley Region accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
Located approximately 8 km
north-east of Rushworth, Waranga Basin is an important off-river storage system,
where water is diverted from the Goulburn River at Goulburn Weir, via the Stuart
Murray Canal and Cattanach Canal. The Basin also has a small catchment area of
its own with a capacity of 432,360 ML and is one of the largest storages in the
The Waranga Basins is a very popular angling spot, with a number of foreshore
facilities that include boat ramps, grassed areas, children's playground, BBQ,
toilets and car parking.
The Rushworth & District Historical & Preservation Society's,
Old Mechanics Building, High St, RUSHWORTH VIC 3612 Ph: 03 5856 1951
Open: Saturday 10 am - 12 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
The museum contains a display
about the gold rush days, cemetery records for Rushworth and Whroo, photographic
display of the old buildings in Rushworth, a 1916 Fowler traction steam engine,
farm machinery, period clothing, railway history, local history, heritage and
Fontainbleu Dam Picnic Area
Located within the Rushworth
State Forest, Fontainbleu provides an insight into the alluvial and reef mining
history. There are many tracks to walk, ride your horse of bike (please ensure
you stay on formed roads and tracks). There are also a number of informal bush
camps. For more information visit the DSE Forests Service website and select
Forestry from the navigation menu. Follow the link to
Bendigo - Places to Visit.
Forests Notes - Fontainbleu Dam Picnic Area (PDF).
Contact Heather: 03 58561454
Easter - April
Enjoy a family festival in
historic Rushworth Saturday 23rd April & Sunday 24th at Moora Recreation
Reserve. The National Trust heritage streetscape provides the backdrop for the
festival which includes a market stalls, art exhibition, childrens
entertainment and a traditional wood raffle. Saturday portrays "our sunburnt
country" in the parade through the centre of town with a crowd favourite the
Clydesdale Draught Horses appearing.
Features of the festival include a variety of country and western music, Mr Rex
- magician, an animal farm, live entertainment, Easter egg hunt and plenty more
activities of the kids.
Rushworths local tourist attractions and shops are all open, so the streets are
lined with bargains. The Easter Saturday market stall and wood auction are a
bargain hunters delight.
Easter Sunday Easter Sunday at Moora Rec Reserve (7 km west of Rushworth) allows
interaction with Draught Horses. Kids (big and small) can enjoy Old fashion
Childrens games, Watch the Draught Horses at work, Wagon and stage coach rides,
"Tug of War" between Draught Horse and Children. Catering is
available all day. This is your chance to get up close with the Gentle Giants
(draught horses). For more info check out the website
Easter Saturday 23rd April, 2011
Where: High St Rushworth, 3612
Time: 9am 3pm
Easter Sunday 24th April, 2011
Where: Moora Rec Reserve (7km west Rushworth)
Time: 10am 3pm
Cost: Entry $5 adult, $3 pensioner/student $1 child
Distance to Rushworth
Following are some approximate distances by
road to Rushworth:
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate
Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
Ph: 03 5481 2200 Toll: 1300 666 535
Council site includes some tourism
information. Rushworth is one of the shires service centres, that also include
Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester, Tongala.
Other townships in the shire include: Bamawm, Ballendella, Corop, Colbinabbin,
Echuca Village, Girgarre, Gunbower, Kyvalley, Lancaster, Lockington, Myola,
Nanneella, Patho, Strathallan, Stanhope, Tennyson, Timmering, Toolleen,
Torrumbarry, Whroo, Wyuna.