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Rushworth - Cities, Towns and Localities
Welcome to the historic town of Rushworth, located in the Central Victoria region.

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, Euroa, Echuca, Nagambie, Shepparton, the Goulburn River and Murray River.

Check our listing of Rushworth accommodation and 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.

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Rushworth Attractions

Rushworth Museum
• The Rushworth & District Historical & Preservation Society's,
Old Mechanics Building, High St, RUSHWORTH VIC 3612 • Ph: 03 5856 1951 (Secretary)
• 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 genealogy.
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).
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Rushworth Events

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Rushworth Easter Festival
• 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, children’s 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.

Rushworth’s 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 Children’s 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
Cost: Free

Easter Sunday 24th April, 2011
Where: Moora Rec Reserve (7km west Rushworth)
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: Entry $5 adult, $3 pensioner/student $1 child

ฉ Rushworth Easter Festival, February 2011

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Rushworth Distance

Distance to Rushworth
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Rushworth:
• Benalla 95
• Bendigo 75
• Echuca 69
• Elmore 44
• Euroa 58
• Heathcote 61
• Kyabram 32
• Melbourne 167
• Merrigum 31
• Murchison 20
• Nagambie 45
• Seymour 70
• Shepparton 47
• Tatura 36
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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