Wedderburn, only a couple of hours from Melbourne, less than an hour from Bendigo.
Come along for a fabulous weekend with the perfect balance of fun, relaxation, exercise and inspiration with the annual Spring Dance on Friday 19th October, a range of activity options for Saturday, then the fabulous Garden Expo on Sunday 21st October. With an October average temperature of 23 degrees, its a great time to have a weekend away.
Friday 19th October
Wedderburn: Local Attractions
8pm – Spring Dance. A mix of Rock n Roll and Ballroom, with a live band. $20 pp. Tickets available at Community House.
Saturday 20th October
Some ideas below – You can get information on other activities locally and in the district from Wedderburn Community House, or via the Local Attractions link above.
- Boort – The Spanner man: Piccoli’s Spanner Sculptures. Huge sculptures made from spanners.
- Charlton – Antique Store and Tea Rooms, The Rex Theatre, and Golden Grains Museum.
- Inglewood – Antique shops and Eucalyptus Distillery
- Walking trails in Bridgewater, Inglewood, Tarnagulla and Laanecoorie.
Wedderburn Walking trails: Around the town:
A trailrider (a type of all-terrain wheelchair) is available from Community House.)
Reservoir Track: An easy 1.1km loop which may be completed in as little as 15 minutes. It winds around the grounds of the caravan park and circling the reservoir. The caravan park contains many exotic and native specimen trees that correspond to a garden established at the site as early as 1869, and the area was declared a Public Garden Reserve in 1934. The reservoir provided some water security in the 1800’s during the gold rush era and was upgraded in 1880’s to provide fresh water for the town. Today it is used for recreation only and is topped up via the Skinner’s Flat Reservoir north of Wedderburn. There are many channels and drains to redirect surface flow into the reservoir. This is a Grade 2 track.
Nardoo Track: The Nardoo Track 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 is around 1.5km and is a Grade 1 track.
Walk / Ride / Cycle Tracks: Through the bush.
Blue Mallee Trail: This 8km trail takes you on a ride over the sandstone ridges, past the old Brickworks, through Hard Hill Tourist Reserve, and past the Old Eucalyptus Distillery, with the remains of the old boiler. October is a great month for the wildflowers and orchids so keep your eyes open, particularly in areas with lots of low shrubbery. This is a Grade 3 Track, with steep slopes, unstable surfaces and minor water crossings (if its rained recently).
Queens Gully Trail: This 6.8km circuit takes you through dense patches of Mallee scrub and stretches of Box-Ironbark forest and old mine workings.Keep your eyes open for kangaroos, wallabies and the occasional gold detector! A great spot for for Orchids is located on your right just before the channel crossing (if you go the direction indicated on the map). This is a Grade 3 Track, with steep slopes, unstable surfaces and minor water crossings (if its rained recently).
View Nancey Stokes Cottage: On the edge of the Wedderburn Caravan Park this small mud-brick house is a memorial to both the hardships that the early pioneer people had to endure and the great community spirit of the time.
Visit Skinners Flat Reservoir: Just a bit further up the Calder towards Charlton is Skinners Flat Reservoir. This man-made lake filled from local runoff, is now a haven for bird and animal wildlife. It has picnic and camping facilities, including a toilet and fireplaces.
Visit Melville Caves: The beautiful place has huge granite boulders thought to have been once used as a hideout for the bushranger ‘Captain Melville’.
Southern Lookout Walking Track – 1½ hours, 1.8km: Start from the Melville Caves Picnic Area and follow the track to the Southern Lookout. Enjoy some of the best views from the park. Return to the picnic area via the same track.
Sunday 21st October
10am -3pm: Coach House Gallery and Museum (Devonshire Tea and Museum entry included in your Garden Expo registration – available on Sunday only)
GARDEN EXPO: 21 October 2018