Pyramid Hill might be a town recognised for its historic and art deco architecture, but it is the beautiful granite hill that it is named after that steals the show. A golf course surrounds the hill and a walking track meanders around the base of this view point that was once the meeting place for local aboriginal clans, and a passing point for Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836, who climbed the hill to survey the surrounding landscape.
Mitchell wasn’t the only explorer of note to pass through the area, on 1 September 1860, Burke and Wills, with their cavalcade of 26 camels and 28 horses, travelled from what is now the nearby Terrick Terrick National park to Mount Hope. Wills, German artist and naturalist Ludwig Becker and botanist Hermann Beckler climbed Mount Hope. Becker sketched Pyramid Hill from Mount Hope. On this granite outcrop 10 kilometres from Pyramid Hill are stands of White Cypress Pine, Eucalyptus, Wattle and wildflowers in spring. The local Historical Society with more than 6,000 items in its repository is well worth a visit while in the area. Visitors can stay at the caravan park or the grand 1928 Victoria Hotel in Pyramid Hill, or travel to the exceptional Terrick Terrick National Park where camping is permitted. Just down the road, Mitiamo is the perfect place to grab supplies while camping in the National Park.
With a low granite outcrop, Terrick Terrick National Park contains one of the most intact areas of indigenous northern plains vegetation in Victoria. Within its boundaries are fields of endangered plants, ancient forests and native animals and birdlife, an area that has seduced travellers for thousands of years.