posted on 21 Dec 22 | by

With over 6,600km2 of natural wonders to explore and experience, there is no wonder why the Loddon Valley is often referred to as Victoria’s backyard.

From unique hills and granite outcrops, to picturesque lakes and waterways, to iconic views as far as the eye can see, there is an adventure for everyone.

Whether you fancy a picnic amoungst natural wonders, a paddle or swim in tranquil waters, a short walk or extensive hike, or even a overnight camp under the stars, the Loddon Region has you covered.

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Little Lake Boort

Discover the wonderful Little Lake Boort precinct, with its stunning calm blue water and picturesque shore.  A walk around will take you past beautiful sculptures, near birdlife and beside the incredible Lake Boort. There are plenty of places to picnic to soak up the place, and for those warmer days, a swim or paddle of Little Lake Boort is a must. Stand up paddle boards and canoes are available to hire from Boort Lakes Holiday Park.

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Mount Hope Nature Conservation Park

Visit the Mount Hope Nature Conservation Park – located just 10 minutes from Pyramid Hill, is a striking granite outcrop in the middle of gorgeous parkland. Walk around the base of Mount Hope or climb to the top for panoramic views of surrounding pastoral and agricultural land. This stunning hidden gem is also ideal for picnics and star gazing.

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Kooyoora State Park

Kooyoora State Park – only a short 20 minute drive from Inglewood, provides the perfect place for picnics, hiking, rock climbing, birdwatching, camping and exploring nature. Spend the day or stay overnight, there are plenty of activities for everyone. 

Popular activities of choice for locals and visitors are the Melville Caves lookout and walking track, and camping at the unique Melville Caves camping area.

For the more adventurous, a hike along the Southern Lookout Walking Track and for those looking for a longer hike the Eastern Circuit are our recommendations. 


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Visit the Hill at Pyramid Hill

Visit the Hill for spectacular views of the surrounding area. Take in the amazing views of the wide-open plains and surrounding farms, whether you choose to go for a short walk to the lookout platform, walk around the base of the Hill or climb to the summit.

While at the Hill, be sure to pack morning tea or lunch and enjoy a picnic at the base with tables dotted around, BBQ facilities and toilets available.

Please note that the track to the summit is steep in sections and requires some rock scrambling to reach the top.

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Terrick Terrick National Park

Terrick Terrick National Park – Located 20 minutes from Pyramid Hill, is a popular choice for nature lovers with stunning granite outcrops, native grasslands, woodlands, wildflowers and abundant wildlife including over 100 species of birds.  Explore the old Davies House Ruins, or walk the Terrick Terrick Loop to experience all of what Terrick Terrick National Park has on offer.

For the bird lovers – keep an eye out for rare and endangered birds such as the Plains Wanderer whom calls Terrick Terrick National Park home. 

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Mount Korong

This underrated granite outcrop, located between the towns of Inglewood and Wedderburn, is the perfect place for those looking a new place to explore.
Take in the stunning views from the summit, including views of the nearby Kooyoora State Park. Other popular activities while visiting the area include birdwatching, bushwalking, camping and rock climbing. For the less adventurous, enjoy an afternoon picnic with a view.

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Laanecoorie River Trail

Walk or Cycle the 2.4km loop track and let it take you along the banks of the Loddon River, under the canopies of Yellow Gum Trees and past a stunning bottle trunked Kurrajong tree. 

And if you’re looking to explore the Loddon River some more, why not cool off with paddle or kayak along the Laanecoorie Canoe Trail – with naturally formed mazes along the river and secluded beaches along the trail. To access the launching pad, head to the boat ramp near the Janevale Monier Bridge on Tarnagulla-Laanecoorie Road. 

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Cycling around the Loddon Valley

Cycling around the Loddon Valley is a fantastic way to get the heart rate up and explore the area. Peruse around our quaint towns, enjoy the country hospitality and discover hidden gems off the beaten track.  Our recommendation for a leisurely cycle - The Bridgewater River Walk. This track is 2km return, passing the town’s swimming hole, fishing area, river rapids and several historic sites

And if you’re looking for base camp for a weekend away cycling, look no further than Rostrata Country House. Owners Dot and Colin have developed seven cycling itineraries called ‘Rolling Rides from Rostrata’ ideal for those wishing to explore the region on bike. For more information visit Rostrata Country House.