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Chiltern

Wander through the village's well-preserved nineteenth century streetscape and imagine you're on the set of an Australian period film. Fossick for treasures in antique stores, learn about local history at the Athenaeum Museum, or head out to the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park for some birdwatching or a bush picnic.

Village secrets

The village of Chiltern came of age following the discovery of gold in the 1850s. These days over 20 buildings in the village are registered or owned by the National Trust. Take a walk through the streets, past the historic post office, courthouse and masonic hall. The original police cells still stand as does the Federal Standard newspaper office and the famous Dow's Pharmacy.

Literature buffs will want to make a stop at Lakeview House, the elegant former home of distinguished author Henry Handel Richardson, who penned the Australian classic The Getting of Wisdom.

Boutiques and markets

Snag that great bargain at a local antique store, antique fair or boutique and leave town with a souvenir of your stay. Mix with the locals and stock up on fresh produce, art and handicrafts at the Chiltern Market, held every month.

Back to nature

Uncover goldfield relics, Indigenous rock paintings and native bird life on quiet forest trails through the Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park. Spend a little while longer and you're bound to see kangaroos, echidnas and wallabies in their own habitat, and for 360-degree views over the countryside, take a walk up to the Mount Pilot Lookout.

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Chiltern

History & heritage

Lake View House

Lake View House is the childhood home of Henry Handel Richardson, pseudonym of Ethel Florence Richardson, author of 'The Getting of Wisdom' and...

Gold rush history

Indigo Gold Trail

Today, in and around Yackandandah, Beechworth, Chiltern and Rutherglen, the legacy of the rush for gold remains. The Indigo Gold Trail takes in some...

Museums

The Federal Standard Printing Works

Established in 1859, the Federal Standard Printing Works is one of the few substantially intact provincial newspaper printeries remaining from the...

Sports

Chiltern Pro Rodeo

Chiltern Pro Rodeo is a full pro rodeo event prescribed by the Professional Rodeo Association of Australia. A great event with fun and entertainment...

12 Mar 2017

Produce markets

Chiltern Markets

Chiltern Markets are held the first Sunday of every month. Local coffee, fine foods, home grown produce, arts, craft, handmade items, wine and...

2 Oct 2016
6 Nov 2016
4 Dec 2016

History & heritage

Dow's Pharmacy

Built in 1859 and bought by Hilda and Roy Dow in 1929, the unique Dow's Pharmacy displays a fascinating history of a country pharmacy with its...

Vintage fairs

Chiltern Antique Fair

The Chiltern Antique Fair happens the last weekend of every August. Dealers from as far away as South Australia, Melbourne, Bendigo and Tumut...

25 Aug 2017
26 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017

Tours

Wonderful Chiltern

Melbourne Birding Tours

This two day tour with Melbourne Birding Tours explores Chiltern - Mt Pilot National Park, one of the best remaining examples of Box-ironbark Forest....

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