Venture into the Loddon Valley to explore stunning natural attractions and fascinating historic sites. Get active in the outdoors, try your hand at prospecting and relax with a visit to a winery.

Covering an area of 6,700 square kilometres, Loddon Valley takes in the townships of Boort, Bridgewater on Loddon, Dingee, Eddington, Inglewood, Korong Vale, Laanecoorie, Mitiamo, Newbridge, Pyramid Hill, Serpentine, Tarnagulla and Wedderburn.

The valley is easily reached by car from Melbourne and Bendigo, and makes a great base for exploring central Victoria.

The great outdoors

Get out and about in the valley's parks and reserves. Hit the trails of Pyramid Hills for spectacular views or take your binoculars to the Black Box woodlands in Leaghur State Park for some twitching. At Moliagul Historic and Cultural Features Reserve, visit the monument to the Welcome Stranger, the largest gold nugget ever found. To set up a base for exploring, pitch your tent at Terrick Terrick National Park or in Kooyoora State Park, where you can explore the Melville Caves, the one-time hideout of bushranger Captain Melville.

In and around the water

The Loddon River and the valley's lakes are perfect for water sports of all kinds. Drop a line in the river, or try your luck at Serpentine Creek, Lake Boort and Kow Swamp. Dive in for a swim at Little Lake Boort and Laanecoorie Reservoir. At Lake Boort, keep your eyes peeled for freshwater turtles and birdlife.


Prospectors have been striking gold around Wedderburn, Inglewood, Rheola, Kingower and Tarnagulla since the 1850s. You never know your luck – more than 80 per cent of the world's largest nuggets have been discovered in the district. Try popular prospecting spots Inglewood Conservation Reserve and Wychitella Nature Conservation Reserve.

Wine time

Set within the renowned Bendigo wine region, Loddon Valley is home to exceptional vineyard cellar doors. Taste your way around local wineries, sampling cool climate reds and whites in perfectly tranquil surrounds.


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